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14 Culture Shocks That Foreigners Experience When They Arrive In Mexico

Explained by foreigners living in Mexico.

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We spoke to people from different parts of the world, who came to live in Mexico, and we asked them for their first impressions. Here are their answers:

1. "There's food everywhere! You can find something to eat on every corner."

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"I feel like Mexicans are always eating. It doesn't bother me, I like having different options, but I found it odd at first that you can find up to five food stands in one corner."

- Romy, France.

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3. "My idea of 'spicy' is not the same as this country's."

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"Here I'm told that food is not spicy and that it's only got a little chile to add flavor, but it's not true. What Mexicans barely find spicy, I find excruciating."

- Sebastián, Colombia.

4. "People in small towns are too kind. They even invite you into their homes and offer you their food even if they don't know you."

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"They're very hospitable. In my country, it's the guest who is supposed to take offerings for the host as a thank you for inviting him, but it's the other way around here."

- Katsuhiro, Japan.

5. "I like it very much that people here enjoy music without feeling embarrassed."

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"In my country, people act like they don't know songs in order to look cool. Here they don't care. Everybody sings and dances in bars."

- Angelica, United States.

6. "People cross the street wherever and they don't respect traffic lights, they're more like suggestions."

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7. "Breakfasts are very elaborate. In my country we eat lighter during the mornings, here they have things like chilaquiles or enchiladas."

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"You feel like going back to bed after having so much to eat for breakfast."

- Aga, Poland.

13. "I think that the differences between social classes are very noticeable in this country."

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"Just going from one colony to the other you can see the change, it's striking at first."

- Agnieszka, Poland.

14. "Young people have more liberties, they can do a lot of things that are frowned upon in my country."

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"People with tattoos can get any job without much problem here. In Japan, it's still considered something negative."

- Katsuhiro, Japan.

This post was translated from Spanish.

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