Like I mentioned in my post Stay Tuned , I have been traveling for some time. So, why Mexico? Why not Africa, Asia, The Americas or Europe?
Well, I am just going to tell you why Mexico and from there you can dissect the reasons why I did not move to the other places.
Reason #1. Sports
Once I finally get a bi-weekly video going on, you will hear me bring up Liverpool, Mexico futbol, American football, WRC and F1 from time to time. Mexico gives me access to all these sports on the tele. They have like 7 or more channels playing sports any given time, and some people might not know that Mexican people like American football too. So, during football season you will see kids tossing the ball around like you would see in the USA.Things you probably didn’t know about this country.
Reason #2. Cultural events
One of things I have realized about myself is, I love going to see music being played for free. In other places a lot of times you have to pay, but here in Mexico the government brings in talent from all over the world and it is either free or you pay a little. Once, in Guanajuato, Mexico I got to see Tanghetto for around $8 dollars US in a beautiful theater. I talked to some Argentine people about having seen them played and how much I paid. They were like that is unbelievable considering they would have to pay like $50 dollars in Argentina.
Reason #3. The food
Mole, tacos al pastor, cemitas, carnitas and salsa. Need I say more? Besides eating amazing street food, I like going to the central mercado and picking up my fresh vegetables, meats and spices to cook at home. I also like that Mexico makes a lot more alcohol than just tequila and mezcal. They make vodka, brandy, rum, and craft beers are making a comeback now that corporations all the world are buying up the Mexican national brands. For example, Puebla has a beer festival and Queretaro has a wine festival each year.
Reason #4. The people
The people here for the most part are very polite and they know that you are gringo (Canadian and Europeans are also called this) so, when you speak Spanglish they will still try to help. Last year, I was in Puebla where they celebrate the Dia de la muertos and Halloween. It is the only place that I know where they do both, and I saw a little girl who had candy give to other children who were passing by a piece of candy that she had received from strangers because they had none. I love the tip system here, they give a little to a lot of people. If you go to the supermarket and someone bags you groceries, you tip a couple of pesos to the person, because even though they are wearing a uniform they are however volunteers. They are also older people that is looking for a couple of extra pesos to help out with their medicine, etc.
Reason #5. Weather
For me the weather is the best here because I have allergy problems. I know what you are thinking, but you woodwork. I do, but for some strange reason my allergy problems seem to drop or go away in humid or dry climates. Which is why, I chose Queretaro, Mexico to live. It sit in the mountains and it is somewhat arid here. Here is what the weather is like year around.
Now, I am not going to kid you here, Mexico is not all peaches and cream for me, but what country is? In a year from now, I could be writing a different post stating, “why did I move to Mexico?”, but for now it seems like the right decision. It also lacks on other fronts. For example, their houses are generally stacked right next to each other; your house will not have a garage where you can work on your woodworking projects or cars (OK, maybe cars). Your backyard will be way too small or not exist at all. You maybe forced to rent a local or bodega space for these things, but that is typical for countries outside of the USA or Canada.Having stated this, It does not deter me from going there and trying it out.
-- The Gringo Woodworker, http://www.thegringowoodworker.com