Since beginning our Mexican adventure in 2003, I’ve learned a lot of things. Make that A LOT. Even though I’d visited Mexico many times before, I guess I hadn’t known the “Real Mexico”. There are many myths about Mexico. Some present the country in a positive light and others not so much. Here is our take.
Here are five myths about Mexico.
- It’s hot.
- It’s Dangerous.
- It’s Cheap.
- That everyone drinks Tequila.
- That people eat Nachos.
Sure, there are parts of Mexico that are desert-like, however, where we live, it hails for a few days every year (except this year!?), goes down to 5 degrees at night in the winter (note that we don’t have any heating in our homes) and you can wear a long sleeve shirt all year long. Don’t get me wrong, Fall is my favourite time of the year and it is fall every.single.day here. However, if you like the heat, or beach, San Cristobal de las Casas is not for you.
I’m not going to lie to you. On more than one occasion, persons of power (i.e. The Police) have implied and/or suggested that we pay them for wrongs that we did not commit. To date, we have never paid a cash bribe. Note that payment in cans of Coca Cola may have occurred. However, not once in all of our 15 trips (times 5,000km) have I felt that I was in personal danger. Not once. I may be adventurous but I don’t have a death wish.
I’m currently writing a post about this so I won’t go into too much detail expect to say that yes, Mexico is cheap if you have a salary of $2,000 net per month. It not, well, cat food comes in a variety of flavours.
Saying that people drink tequila is like saying Canadians eat poutine. Sure, we like poutine and people eat it but, not everyone, all the time. If you go to a party around here, you are more likely to find people drinking Brandy and/or Beer. And, when people do drink tequila, they sip it out of a glass like a fine liquor, not in a shot like lemonade.
Since arriving in San Cristobal de las Casas 11 years ago (where has the time gone), I have never had nachos. Not at a party, at a restaurant, or in my own home. Which is kind of sad because I really like nachos. There are lots of culinary regionalisms so I’m sure that some parts of the country eat nachos (the north perhaps?) but not around here.
So there you have it, five myths about Mexico that have been busted.
What Myths Have you Heard About Mexico?
P.S. I’m currently working on a post titled “25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Mexico.”