five quirky things to know about living in mexico

five quirky things to know about living in mexico

If you’ve only ever been a visiting tourist, you probably do not know how different this country really is from the rest of North America. Here are a few quirky things you should know about living in Mexico.

A large majority of our fruit and vegetables are imported. For a “tropical paradise”, we have a lot of cenotes and limestone but not so much in the way of fertile land. While there are many things grown locally (coffee, avocados, sugarcane, cacao, cocos, agave, papayas), most of what we consume here is imported from the U.S.

We have seasons where our trees lose their leaves. Where I live in Riviera Maya, the region sees a mass leaf-drop of most of the deciduous trees during the Spring rather than the Fall. By the end of March, the trees are bare but begin to regrow their leaves by May.

By default, I lost more than 20 pounds during my first year here. Why? Because there are very few processed food choices. Traditional Mexican cooking is all about using fresh foods such as vegetables, beans and flour products. I learned to appreciate that and lost a lot of weight that I have never regained.

The date format in Mexico is day / month / year and the beginning of each new week starts on Sunday. Unlike in Canada and the U.S. where the date format is month / day / year and each new week begins on a Monday.

Mexico, like many other countries, does not have an “official” language. Did you know Spanish is not the official language of the country? It is, however, the most widely spoken, but there is not an official designated language. In Mexico, the government recognizes 68 national languages of which 63 are indigenous. Of those 63 indigenous languages, there are 350 dialects. In Riviera Maya, most locals speak Maya because it is a Mayan region.