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Living in México: Some Things That Make Me Go “Hmmmm….”

Even after three years of living as permanent residents of Mexico, there are certain things about our lives here, some of the cultural and regional norms and facets of day-to-day life, that still set me back, give me a giggle or even at times, a gasp—things that carry the impact of a first impression, that amuse me, get my attention, that I have not become desensitized to and that cause me to be both absorbed and perplexed at the same time.

Some are more extreme than others. Take for instance:

1. Three lanes on a two-lane highway

3 Lane Highway

There apparently is an invisible middle lane—primarily on las carreteras (the main highways)—that is created and bordered by nothing but the driver’s daring, risk-taking spirit and his/her willingness to tempt fate. Navigating oneself on las carreteras often feels like a game of Russian roulette and riding as a passenger usually has me alternating between holding my breath, back seat driving, white knuckling, grimacing, gasping, blurting out various profanities and finding a multitude of ways to distract myself to make the ride as tolerable as possible. You can imagine how much my husband Frank loves this!

2. The trash truck is coming!

I wasn’t too sure at first if the ice cream man was coming, if the knife sharpener was on his way (in fact he blows a whistle a top a bike) or what was going on until I asked a nearby shop owner what the loud, clanging metal sound meant. He kindly informed me that the trash truck was on its way, and indeed it was! In a colonial town, with narrow cobblestone streets, it is best to have the heads up that a wide-bodied truck is making its way down the road!

3. Meat

Salchichas at Tuesday Market

Tuesday Market, San Miguel de Allende

A walk through a tianguis—an outdoor market filled with a potpourri of every imaginable regional fruit, vegetable, handmade craft and meat—certainly leaves no doubt as to the origin and freshness of the carne asada tacos you might find yourself eating at one of the many open-air stalls, likely having been delivered that very same morning from a nearby rancho.

If you are accustomed to purchasing your t-bone steak or chicken breasts all cleaned, trimmed and nicely packaged, or if you are a vegan, prepare yourself for the potential shock value of meandering through one of these vibrant and dynamic markets. It is not uncommon to see an entire cow or pig head sitting on the corner of a butcher’s stand, along with all of the other parts that in the States are normally discarded and not necessarily considered edible, let alone desirable to look at. 

All parts used Tacos

Cabeza (Cow Head) Tacos

 

Pollo @ Tuesday Market

Refrigeration, who? Arrive early!

On more than one occasion, while passing by a very popular butchers here in the centro of San Miguel de Allende, I have come upon beheaded pigs and cow carcases hanging from the back of a delivery truck. It definitely catches me off guard and gets my attention, even after several years of living in this country where this is no mystery or secret as to where your bacon or filet comes from. When the driver is not able to find a parking spot right in front, they will wheelbarrow the cargo down the very crowded street to the entrance. A sight that gets many transplants and visitor’s attention for sure!

(Edited to add: I know the following photo is pretty intense and perhaps shocking or disturbing to some, but it’s a reality and at the least will hopefully encourage people to consider the sourcing of their food and therefore be advocates for ethical treatment of animals. I do not work for PETA, nor am I a Vegan—but the in-your-face reality certainly makes me be more thoughtful about my own purchasing power.)

Meat

From farm-to-butcher

When I took my Mom through the mercado during one of her recent visits with us, she jumped about two feet in the air when she came face-to-face with an intact cow’s head, eyeballs and all, sans the skin. I suppose if one were playing with the idea of veganism, a walk through a tianguis just might seal the deal. For us carnivores however, it is an important reminder to support farmers who are raising their animals in the best conditions possible.

4. Avocados

It’s the small things in life. Thank you Soriana for separating the avocados into a consumo para hoy (consume today) and a para madurar (let ripen) pile. That is so kind and considerate of you. Also, when going into a Mom & Pop’s frutería, one often has to ask for the avocados as they are more often than not behind the counter, hidden and protected from public fondling, and not out amongst their other fruit and vegetable friends.

Avocados

Not ripe vs. ripe!

5. Glorietas

Those perplexing roundabout traffic circles that serve as an intersection for oncoming vehicles from all four different directions, often converging at the same time. If you are not careful, alert and prepared when you enter this whirlpool, you just might find yourself getting stuck, going around and around, like on a merry-go-round spin toy at a child’s playground, feverishly trying to calculate the right moment to jump off and get out!

I have learned that I must enter the glorietas with confidence, ready to kick ass and take on the fast and furious obstacle-like course of dodging oncoming cars, trucks and motorcycles. I find myself holding my breath until I have successfully exited the glorieta and am hopefully, on the right road. It has been on more than one occasion that I was unable to get out when I wanted to and had to take a road not initially intended on…but, better to err on the side of safety and add a few minutes to my trip than make a hasty and potentially dangerous move.

Glorieta

Round and Round on The Glorieta

6. Left-Hand Turn Signals

It is not safe to assume that a blinking left-hand turn signal means that a left turn is intended by the driver in front. Quite the contrary, it often means “go ahead, it is safe to pass me now—on the left”. However, don’t assume that either, for a pass on the left, when in fact a left turn is in the making by the driver in front can be a risky assumption to make. Additionally, in Mexico, it is common road etiquette and practice to pull to the right-hand side, before making a left turn. Are you following all of this? Keep in mind too, while you are mentally and tactically navigating the driving conditions, that there are often burros, horses and dogs on the shoulders that one must avoid for both their safety and yours. Again, similar to the dynamics of a glorieta, stay alert, aware of your surroundings and able to respond quickly and safely!

Left hand turn in mexico

Blinking left turn signal…Should I stay or should I go?

7. Line Manners

I will need to consult with one of my Mexican National friends on this matter to get the “inside scoop”, but it has happened on more than one occasion where Frank and I will be waiting in line—at the cell phone store to pay our bill, at the corner tienda (store) to buy a beer, even in line at the movie theater—and we will be superseded by a local—i.e. cut in line! I would be lying if I weren’t to admit that this peeves me. Perhaps they are erroneously judging a book by its cover and think that because of our physical presentation, that we do not speak the language nor know the “rules of the land”. Whatever it is, I don’t like it, and if you were a fly on the wall, you would see that I stand my ground and graciously, respectfully and firmly take my place right back.

8. Metric System

I am an educator by profession—a Spanish one with a knack for all things liberal arts, minus the mathematics. Algebra and metric conversions, admittedly, are not my strong suit. Fahrenheit to celsius, inches to cm, kilos instead of pounds…..it’s enough to make a girl dizzy!

Time to get to work and study this helpful chart!

Metric

Photo Credit: K5 Learning Blog

I give it my best effort and although there is a lot of guess work and generous rounding off, I seem to get by okay. My first few trips to the local butchers, I held my breath wide-eyed waiting to see what the two kilos of salchicha that I ordered would look like. Fortunate for me, my family loves Mexican sausages and over four pounds of them could easily fit into our fridge and freezer!

9. The streets are ALIVE with life and magic!

Quinceñeras, weddings, funerals, blessing of the corn, a multitude of celebrations….the rich gamut of life is celebrated openly and publicly on the streets here in San Miguel de Allende and throughout many communities in México.

My husband Frank captured this little video of a wedding procession in centro on his way home from a walk. One just never knows what they’re going to run into in this colorful, alive country! I have certainly learned to never leave home without my camera!

10. Do Not Pass Go

As an educator and mom, I believe in the importance of hands-on parenting—including and certainly not limited to, walking your children into their classroom (up to a certain age of course), doing a quick and informal assessment that “all is in order”, kissing them goodbye and letting them know that you will see them at the end of the day. This little bit of continuity from home to school, in my opinion, creates a palpable cord of connection between parent and child throughout the day.

Here in Mexico, it is the societal norm, rule and expectation that you will drop your child off at the school entrance, to not enter past the main gate, and to await their turn to be dismissed—again at the gate—at the end of the day. Of course parents are allowed on campus for special functions, but the daily round is to part ways with your little ones and retrieve them only at the entrance to the school.

No doubt there are reasons in place and I am not saying they are wrong, just different.

11. Sometimes direct translations don’t always work! 

Beef Jerky

Jerck Beef

12. Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way 

Determined, resourceful, ingenious, skillful and innovative are all adjectives I would freely use to describe the Mexican people. Whether it is reusing, reconfiguring and repurposing or coming up with the most interesting ways to assign function and form to something that might otherwise be thrown out or thought impossible…for me, the Mexican ingenuity truly embodies the “where there’s a will, there’s a way” expression.

During one of my morning walks around Parque Benito Juarez, I saw this woman balancing what appeared to be a very heavy load on her head, navigating her way down the slippery cobblestone streets in flipflops! Impressive indeed!

Self-Sufficient

¡Sí se puede!

 

Fruit Stand in Rain

Fruit stand still open during the big rains!

13. Side Mirror Care

To avoid collisions and keep your side mirror as part of your car, pull it in on narrow, cobblestone streets or any narrow streets for that matter! Trust me, you’ll be happy you did.

side mirror

14. Burros for field work, transportation and deliveries

In many parts of México, burros are used for field work, transportation and delivery. It is not uncommon to be out and about here in San Miguel and come across a pair of them hard at work.

Burro Delivery

Knock Knock, Anybody Home?

15. Different Types of Saints

I debated whether or not to post the following, and my apologies if I offend anyone but it is just too funny and too odd not to. The other morning after dropping our twins off at school, Frank stopped by the tortillería to pick up a medio kilo of flour tortillas. Next door was a small furniture store that had this little treasure on full display out in front:

A special kind of “Saint”

Now use your imagination and I will spare you the picture of what this darling little statue looked like from behind. Indeed, the artist who created this piece had multiple and distinct things on his/her mind! 

Other things that have garnered my attention and are definitely worthy of including in this article:

* People that are always willing to lend a helping hand

Helping Hand

We get by with a little help from our friends….

*A pig on a leash 

One day while walking through the jardín here in the center of San Miguel de Allende, I saw this young woman walking her pig on a leash. Not an everyday sighting and one that got my and many other passersby attention!

Pig at Parroquía

As seen at El Jardín

*Trampoline on a 3rd floor terraza!

Trampoline on Roof Top

Wow, just wow…

*Booze samples at Costco

Costco Samples

Happily retired firefighter in Mexico sampling tequilas @ Costco!

*Two different speed limits on same side of highway

The other day after dropping off Mairead’s friend at her house, we all got a good giggle as we noticed that the lane we were in had a 40 km/hour speed limit whereas the one just to the left of us had a 60km/hour limit! Hmmmmm….

Driving in Mexico

One Road, Two Different Speed Limits

* Movie tickets for 40 pesos each (around 3.20 USD!)

* Email, WhatsApp & Phone Communication with Doctors

* Here in San Miguel de Allende (and other smaller and/or colonial pueblos), an absence of stop signs and street lights

Believe it or not, these are but just a few of the interesting features and “oddities” of life in Mexico that stand out to me….the ones that I have been able to capture in words and photos. There are many more that occur in the ebb and flow of any given day that just make me feel grateful to be living in a country that keeps my senses alive and has taught me just to roll with it and take things as they come…

Have you had any experiences in Mexico that make you feel simultaneously absorbed and perplexed?  I would love to hear about them in the comments section below!

Cheers y Saludos

~Katie

 

Last but not least, today’s Spanish Lesson:

The Spanish Teacher in me just can’t help herself! You will notice that many of the words throughout this article are cognates–words that sound alike or are possibly spelled exactly alike as their English counterpart/translation. Thus, another reason that Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn—truly!

1. Carretera: highway

2. Tianguis: open-air market

3. Centro: center

4. Mercado: market

6. Soriana: major grocery chain in México

6. Consumo para hoy: consume today

7. Para Madurar: need to ripen

8. Frutería: fruit shop

9. Glorieta: roundabout

10. Salchicha: sausage

11. Quinceñera: a girl’s 15th birthday celebration

12. Tortillería: tortilla shop

13. Medio: half

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  • Tony Marinello January 3, 2015, 2:22 pm

    Hi Katie, I enjoy reading your blog. It brings back memories of when we first came to SMA in 1997. How things have changed as a function of the population growth.

    One “thing” that we have needed to adjust to is that virtually no one stops at a stop sign. That can be dangerous until you assume that no one will stop at a marked intersection. It is summed up by one native…” Stop signs, senor ,are only a suggestion!!!” Perhaps that says it all.

    • Katie O'Grady January 3, 2015, 2:41 pm

      Hi Tony,

      Thank you so much.

      Wow, would have loved to have seen SMA in 1997!

      Yes, you are right….stopping is a nebulous “thing” around here for sure, but fortunately, for the most part, we have experienced courteous drivers that most always yield when it is their turn to do so, and definitely for pedestrians.

      And the local’s explanation regarding stop signs makes me think of the one given as to why there are fireworks on any given day of the week….”Why are there fireworks today?” “Because it’s Tuesday.” Hehehe….pretty good reason, I’d say!

      Cheers,

      Katie

    • Pepe September 25, 2015, 6:44 pm

      Seems the Stop signs may have been a waste of money! Here In Patzcuaro, there are no signs, no lights, yet all seems to move smoothly and aggression is not apparent…!

      • Katie O'Grady September 25, 2015, 7:26 pm

        Greetings Pepe!

        Sounds pretty much the same as life here in San Miguel!

        Other than a few here and there, stop signs and stop lights, are NOT the norm… and life seems to go on just fine!

        Saludos,

        Katie 😉

  • Bob Cox January 3, 2015, 3:46 pm

    Hand signals: a hand coming out the right hand passenger side of a car frantically waving up and down means…. We are about to cut across 6 lanes of traffic.
    I asked a Mexican driver… Why don’t you use your turn signals? He said, “Because it wears out the battery.”
    You should of seen SMA in 1967…. even more interesting.
    As for Meat Markets, locals tell me yellow chickens are better than others… however early one morning as I was going through the market I saw chicken vendors rubbing yellow dye on the chickens they were getting ready to sale. Caveat Emptor !!

    • Katie O'Grady January 3, 2015, 4:48 pm

      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for a good laugh!

      I will for sure be keeping an eye out for those yellow chickens!

      Do you have any pics of SMA from 1967?

      Best,
      Katie

  • karen January 3, 2015, 4:16 pm

    We sold out and are living in Quintana Roo now for two and a half years. I am interested in others who have made the plunge as well.

    • Katie O'Grady January 3, 2015, 4:41 pm

      Hi Karen,

      We love the Quintana Roo area—honeymooned there in 2001 and will be returning this Semana Santa with our 10-year- old twins…

      From where did you move?

      Cheers,
      Katie

  • Adrienne January 3, 2015, 5:26 pm

    Hi. Nice blog but I would recommend not to talk about your personal experience as a rule for all Mexico. Where I live, you will never see donkeys by the roads nor mules being used whatsoever. People who are planning on moving here and read this piece will have the idea ALL Mexico is like this which is very untrue.

    • Katie O'Grady January 3, 2015, 5:40 pm

      Hi Adrienne,

      Thank you for the compliment.

      I only write from my personal experience. I imagine that is the nature of a travel blog in general, and certainly it pertains to my choice of writing style for the blog that I author.

      If you spend some time looking at my various posts, you will see that everything is written from a first-person, personal, experience-based viewpoint and I never once assume that ALL of Mexico is exactly what I share to be my/my family’s reality.

      Perhaps not all Mexican towns are inhabited by burros, but in the 2 towns that we have lived in, they certainly are.

      As for the other items mentioned in this particular post, I would be curious to know where you live….Have you not seen any outdoor markets, glorietas or road/driving conditions that I mention?

      Cheers,

      Katie

    • soulpatch January 3, 2015, 6:02 pm

      What else is a blog but a personal experience?
      I can’t imagine that anyone would consider all of Mexico is populated by burros in the streets just as people don’t perceive the SoCal high-school experience to be represented by Ridgement High.
      Personally, I wouldn’t read blogs if it wasn’t for the personal touch.
      Saludos!

  • Judi January 4, 2015, 8:55 am

    Does anyone else worry about the chickens being left out at room temp? I am always being told that chicken can be very dangerous if its not very carefully handled…can get salmonella very quickly.
    Still, love Mexico and enjoyed your blog…

    • Katie O'Grady January 4, 2015, 8:59 am

      Hola Judi,

      I hear ya! That is an understandable concern.

      I think one of the keys is hitting up these markets early morning when everything is fresh and just set out. We normally purchase our chicken from a local butcher where it has been in a refrigerated case, but if I were to buy from a tianguis, I would definitely do so early morning.

      🙂
      Katie

      • Mary Jordan September 23, 2015, 8:21 am

        Interesting about the chickens — Definitely buy early morning — but I was told by a National to buy the ones without the yellow, as they are the freshest. hmmmmm?

        • Katie O'Grady September 23, 2015, 9:29 am

          Hi Mary,

          Yes, at the tianguis I would say early morning shopping/eating is the best!
          As for the chickens, I have heard that their yellow color can be due to a marigold diet, but who know?! 😉

          Best,
          Katie

  • Margaret G January 4, 2015, 9:19 am

    The police driving around with their lights on all the time. Especially driving right behind me! I’m still conditioned to pull over immediately. But when I do they just pass me… So far. 😛

    • Katie O'Grady January 4, 2015, 10:20 am

      Yes, Margaret, hahaha, that can be unsettling! My firefighter hubby’s got that one wired…. I always feel a sense of panic, but he just calmly stays the course and let’s them pass by.

      🙂
      Katie

  • Monnica January 5, 2015, 9:16 am

    When we traveled across the US we found the “glorietas” in many states. It’s the new traffic device. Same everywhere….takes a definite slowing down and caution, but it is faster than stopping and waiting and stopping and waiting.

    • Katie O'Grady January 5, 2015, 2:05 pm

      Hi Monnica,

      Yes, even in my Mom’s small town in La Jolla they installed some a few years ago, but drivers seem to be very challenged understanding the flow of traffic around one. I wonder if they are included in the new driver’s ed books.

      🙂
      Katie

  • AndisMom March 4, 2015, 6:58 pm

    It is always an adventure to shop for food for our vacation rentals! It’s part of the experience really…one thing that was a big surprise for me when I first went shopping even in “mega” supermarkets is that the eggs are not refrigerated! Being the germophobe that I am, I had to do a little research and talk to some locals to gain a comfort level on why this is OK when it is not Ok to leave eggs unrefrigerated in the US.

    Enjoying reading this blog and looking ahead to a possible retirement in Mexico in a few years!

    • Katie O'Grady March 4, 2015, 9:27 pm

      Oh yes, the eggs….totally get it.

      I must be making some major adjustments however, as I am now accustomed to and fine with the eggs out on the counter.

      Walking through the outdoor markets however, and seeing the whole cow´s head, skinned with eyeballs still intact, definitely gets my attention though!

      Would love to have you join our Los O´Gradys in Mexico Facebook Page as well as subscribe to the blog!

      Welcome!

      Cheers,

      Katie

  • Mike Baxter September 22, 2015, 9:53 pm

    Love your Blog. I share many of your observations. I love Mexico. The Chapala region is fantastic because of the weather and the people. Keep up with the informational and sometimes numerous,descriptive BLOGS!

    • Katie O'Grady September 23, 2015, 9:44 am

      Greetings Mike!

      Thank you for “loving my blog”… 😉
      Truly so nice to receive such positive feedback!
      Are you in The Chapala area?
      And I get it…. I love Mexico too!

      Cheers,

      Katie 🙂

  • annyfanny September 22, 2015, 10:05 pm

    Hi Katy
    I love reading about your life in SMA. The mention about line etiquette caught my attention as it kind of bothers me also. An amiga who is well versed in life in Mexico said that one can say “La cola!” with a smile. It literally means the queue and usually results in the person who is not being polite to wait their turn. I did this and it worked.
    cheers!

    • Katie O'Grady September 23, 2015, 9:47 am

      Hi Anny!

      Love your name! 😉
      And yes, agreed, a nice and firm smile accompanied with a “la cola” would likely suffice in a situation like that!
      I will try that next time! Thanks for the suggestion.

      Cheers,
      Katie 🙂

  • Joseph Barnes September 23, 2015, 12:26 am

    Katie,
    I have read several of ur blogs. You are a very talented writer! How about 4 people on a motorcycle, carrying hardware, Driver is the only one required to wear a helmet! Dad drives, baby next, older Kid, And last but not least, Mom! She is holding the hardware! We have horses walking around with no riders, guess they know where they are going! Jugglers at the Stoplights! The Amish looking sweet kids, selling cookies that taste like punishment!

    • Katie O'Grady September 23, 2015, 9:07 am

      Hello Joseph,

      Thank you for the kind words about my writing. It is nice to have such encouraging feedback over something that I love so much to do.

      And yes, I have seen the very exact scene that you describe–an entire family on one little motorcycle and only the driver wearing a helmet! Oh goodness….

      You sound like you are in the Vallarta area? The horses, jugglers and Amish families…I remember it all well..

      Enjoy your day!

      Cheers,
      Katie 🙂

  • Renee D'Antoni September 23, 2015, 12:56 pm

    Nailed it, Katie. Personally, I love that magic middle lane, because drivers (theoretically) need to work together and communicate on the roads. Whereas back in Canada or the US, drivers are über-protective of their road space and often don’t allow others to pass or merge. Big thumbs up for the aguacate ripeness awareness too. Out Soriana doesn’t do that but of course all the tianguis vendors do.

    • Katie O'Grady September 23, 2015, 1:18 pm

      Thank you Renee!
      And yes, agreed, driving conditions are very different north of the border! Our recent trip back in August was a painful reminder!
      Cheers,
      Katie 🙂

  • Debbie Kane September 23, 2015, 8:43 pm

    loved your posting almost as much as I love the gracious people of Mexico!

    • Katie O'Grady September 23, 2015, 8:56 pm

      Now that speaks volumes and is a huge compliment—thank you Debbie!

      Cheers,

      Katie 🙂

  • Daniel Russ September 24, 2015, 4:34 pm

    Traveling to and from SMA by car was a real challenge for us last year (we drove down for the week of Independence Day). From going through customs to getting down the road, it was all a challenge. I only speak a little Spanish (and wish there was an “Idiot’s Guide to traveling to and from Mexico”). The two speed limit signs and the left turn indicators were mucho confusing. Then there were the police security stops which were a bit intimidating since there were many guns present. Everyone was very nice all along the way. In San Miguel we parked our large car and opted for Taxis. It was much easier. I love reading of your travels and hope to meet up some day. Thank you and please keep it up!

    • Katie O'Grady September 24, 2015, 5:57 pm

      Hi Daniel,

      That is a great idea…. an “Idiot’s Guide to Traveling Mexico”—ha!

      Of course the time of year you came is especially crazy in this narrow-streeted colonial town.

      Oh my goodness…you also came across the two different speed limit signs? Sorry, I can’t help but laugh and am very glad you were all safe!

      And you played it smart by parking the car…much easier to get around here by foot or taxi.

      Thanks for sharing….enjoyed the giggles!

      Here’s to our paths crossing!

      Cheers,
      Katie 🙂

  • Pat Fraser October 3, 2015, 10:51 am

    Interesting, sometimes humorous. Had my fill of Mexico in about three hours years ago. Think I’ll confine my international travels to Europe and my residency to the good ol USA (wave flag).

    • Katie O'Grady October 3, 2015, 1:05 pm

      Ha!
      I get it Pat…Mexico is not for everybody. Thank you for the laugh, but I understand and respect that what is good for one is not for another. Each to his own.
      Where in Europe do you travel to and are fond of?
      Cheers,
      Katie

  • harriet welty rochefort October 5, 2015, 3:34 am

    Hello Katie,
    Love your blog! It is strange, but I am an American who has lived in France for more than forty years and I find there are similarities in differences that we see, right down to the animals complete with heads at the market and people cutting in line. If you or any of your readers are interested in Franco-American cultural differences and want to know more, check out our site, http://www.understandfrance.org or read my books on the subject! In the meantime, I will continue to follow your blog with great interest. It is lively, entertaining and informative and what I like most is your open mind and sense of fun.
    Best regards,
    Harriet Welty Rochefort

    • Katie O'Grady October 5, 2015, 9:32 am

      Greetings Harriet,

      I am so looking forward to learning about France via your site, thank you!
      I was in Paris for a weekend in my early 20’s, and have great memories of cafés, late night clubbing and delicious food!
      Interesting isn’t it, the cross-cultural connections and similarities? Perhaps via forums like ours, people can come to embrace our shared commonalities as humans on this earth. Borders do not need to divide us.
      Cheers,
      Katie O’Grady 🙂

  • Tina Marie Ernspiker October 5, 2015, 4:08 pm

    Very cool! We are expats in Mexico too. We moved here from KY two years ago with our four children. We live in Uruapan, Michoacan. San Miguel is lovely. We were there for a short weekend and I loved it. I am glad to have found your blog. Wish you the best!

    • Katie O'Grady October 5, 2015, 4:19 pm

      Hi Tina!

      I hear Michoacan is beautiful as well! In fact, one of the amazing earth angels and doctors that gave me my life back here in Celaya–45 minutes outside of San Miguel—is from there and I dream of going one day.
      I’m excited to check out your blog too—looks great!
      So fun to cross paths with other adventure-driven families!
      Thanks for popping in to say hello.
      Cheers,
      Katie

  • Fabiola October 23, 2015, 3:11 pm

    I loved reading this post! I am a Mexico City resident, and believe me, some of the things you listed are also a bit exotic for me! No doubt, life in a small town is very different from life in a big city, in any country. However, I am glad you are happy and having fun in Mexico. Saludos! 🙂

    • Katie O'Grady October 23, 2015, 3:16 pm

      Hi Fabiola!
      Thanks for popping in!
      I do agree that some of the things I have experienced and write about are likely particular to small town/colonial living…all fascinating, entertaining “features” that for sure keep my senses alive!
      Indeed we are happy and loving México! 🙂
      Saludos,
      Katie

  • connie April 3, 2016, 10:10 pm

    I liked the words at the end today, I just started a using a tutor twice a week to learn before we move there in three years, I think its hard to learn, a lot of words easy to figure out but I really am struggling

    • Katie O'Grady April 4, 2016, 11:59 am

      Hi Connie,
      Thanks for the feedback and I’m glad you found the vocabulary lesson useful. A reminder to me to include more of that in my future posts!
      I think it is wonderful that you have begun lessons 3 years out from your move—good for you! Also, listening to Spanish-speaking radio and tv shows, checking out elementary level books from the library, conversing whenever and wherever you can…all these things help.
      Perhaps you would find my article, ¿Habla español? 5 Surefire Ways to Learn Spanish helpful.
      Best,
      Katie 🙂

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