As you probably know by now, I am living in Mexico City these days. The city is perfectly positioned in the centre of the country so that I can take exciting trips and explore other parts of the country, and in fact, right now I am sitting in a cafe in Oaxaca and wondering how I got to be such a lucky person. These moments of unbridled optimism are rare for me and so I thought I would share some of the things that make me love travelling and living in Mexico so bloody much.
1. The people give me joy
Before you get the wrong idea, I am not going to become one of those “it’s not about the places, it’s about the people” travel bloggers, but I have to say that I am yet to meet a Mexican person that I dislike (apart from maybe the couple of guys who tried to snatch my bag in Guanajuato one time). When I was backpacking around Asia, I met people who I really couldn’t stand frequently (although in fairness, they were usually other backpackers, and quite often Brits) so it is a complete joy to be based somewhere where I don’t feel the need to get into arguments or roll my eyes. Considering my Spanish is basic to say the least and that I am a foreigner who could be easily ignored, the Mexican population have generally been extremely welcoming, generous, and patient with me.
2. The food is incredible
Like, so incredible I could weep. For the life of me, I cannot understand why so many travellers bang on about Thai food and all of that nonsense when a plate full of fresh tacos are clearly more appealing and delicious than a bowl of pad thai. Every day that I am here in Mexico, I am trying new foods, and virtually everything that I pop into my mouth is ridiculously tasty. Coming from London, where it is basically too cold to eat food on the streets, my heart still has a special place for street food. As a result, I am devouring tacos, quesadillas, tortas, gringas, tamales, sopes, and tlacoyos by the dozen. Also, because England has virtually no Mexican influence, I am trying most of this stuff for the first time, and every mouthful feels like the most exciting discovery.
3. The booze is cheap
I am a boozehound through and through. I can’t help it, I’m from London – drinking is what we do. Stuck for something do after work? Drink. It’s a wet and dreary Sunday. Drink in a pub. It’s a beautifully sunny Saturday afternoon. Drink in the park. The booze culture in Mexico is really quite something. Alcohol is great quality, plentiful, and really really cheap. I can have a Saturday night out in the heart of Mexico and get absolutely mortal by only spending a tenner. If that’s not a reason to visit wonderful Mexico, I don’t know what is.
If you are not a ridiculous human being and you enjoy friendliness, delicious food, and boozing, you need to get yourself on a flight to Mexico asap. Strap on a backpack, group some friends together and book a villa on the coast, book yourself an all inclusive holiday in Mexico with First Choice – whatever you do, just get here.
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