Moving to Mexico is great and nice! It is also challenging when coming from a very structured country! It is very different where in Mexico you’re going. Mexico City is an international city, while Oaxaca is a very traditional city. In both cities you will have different experiences of adjusting. Before moving to Mexico, you should know a little bit about Mexico’s culture and not expect that it would be the same as what you have at home. It may not have the same commodities that you have at home but moving to Mexico does give you other kind of life experiences that makes your life richer, I think.
I really like living in Oaxaca. You should always expect the unexpected. In Holland, everything is very structured and organized. For example, on Monday in Holland, I would know exactly how my whole week would go. I have appointments and activities in the evening and I know exactly what I will do. In Mexico, everything that you think that is going to happen does not happen and what you don’t expect to happen happens! Days are never the same, as people can call you up in the morning to invite you for a wedding the same afternoon! I think it makes life challenging. I like it. Sometimes it can be a bit difficult, especially if you come from an organized country, like me!
The second thing that I like about Mexico is that there are lots of things to discover and to do. There are a lot of activities in and outside the city: Oaxaca is cultural very rich and has many great things to do. Oaxaca is also surrounded by chains of mountains, so if you love nature like me, you can go hiking and enjoy amazing views. Also there are lots of opportunities like opening a new business or helping local communities. There are various volunteering activities to do.
I never had much of interest in history, so I didn’t expect to get very involved in Mexico’s culture and history. But here people have lots of traditions and customs and it´s beautiful to get to know them. I have learned a lot and it is very nice to be part of such a rich culture!
What I also really enjoy is the climate. In my country the sun doesn’t shine so often and we have many dark winter months. Oaxaca has a perfect climate, it is almost always sunny, warm during the day, and fresh during the nights and mornings.
Moving to Mexico does also mean that you will be around people that have different ways of thinking and thus behave different than you. For example in Oaxaca, life is slower than in Holland and people don´t always do what they say! Life is slower as people don’t take deadlines so seriously, the mentality is often if you can´t do it today, you do it tomorrow…and so sometimes it takes a bit longer. To arrange things quickly you need to be lucky, on the other hand you also do not feel so pressured yourself to finish your work! Here people do not like to say no. So in order to avoid saying no people say often yes even though they know they will not be able to do what they are promising! I have had many moments of being happy of getting a confirmable answer while the next day I realized I reacted too early!
(Feather dance in a parade in Oaxaca, Mexico, pictured.)
he feather dance, Guelaguetza festival (july), Oax