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20 More UNEXPECTED STRUGGLES for Foreigners in MEXICO

February 14, 2020


Welcome back Tangerineys. If you’re new here, my name is Maddie, I’m Jordan, and we are Tangerine Travels. We have been travelling around Mexico for about two years now, driving around in our little tangerine mobile with our husky; Laska. My name is Laska… I love belly rubs! And after two years, we decided to reflect on some of the unexpected struggles that we encountered after living here and traveling all across the country. If you missed our last video, we will link that above and down in the description. Today is like a continuation of that list. First on the docket this morning is something that I personally struggled with for 2 to 3 weeks when we first came to Mexico and oh boy! I did not expect it, and I was not happy, not happy at all! Mangata, Puerto Morelos. Hello, good morning! Hello. Good morning! Cheers! [Laughter] Thanks! (Sarcastic) Cheers. No boys allowed! Oops! [Laughter] Okay, so we’re going to talk about coffee. For the first 2 to 3 weeks you guys, those of you who have been following along since the beginning or binge-watched our videos, You probably saw my frustration trying to find coffee in Mexico and this was primarily when we were in Sonora and Sinaloa (Huatabampito, Sonora). I did not anticipate what a rarity and a treat it would be to find coffee anywhere… It seems like that’s not a thing. I’m not sure if Mexican people are just not ever caffeinated. Maybe they have some other great alternative, I need to find out because my caffeine needs are not being met at this time. We were looking for coffee everywhere. Didn’t know where to find it. I was so confused because I thought Mexico had amazing coffee from various regions but we couldn’t find any and when we did, they would be serving me a cup of hot water and this powdery stuff – instant coffee which gave me stomach aches, and a headache, and also taste kind of like… poo… to me, some people like it but I didn’t. So that was a huge struggle and I don’t really know what the deal was, I guess in some regions you can’t find it, but when you get into places like Veracruz, Chiapas, Oaxaca – amazing coffee! We have a Facebook group that’s totally dedicated to Mexico and in it we asked what struggles that other people had when they first came to Mexico. Scott is my spirit animal. He says, I’ve always been a bit of a coffee nerd and was excited to go to a coffee-producing country, figured I’d get some excellent cups. Imagine my surprise when every time I ordered I was brought a cup of hot water, spoon, and a jar of Nescafe. Finally after being in the country for a few weeks We were wandering through the Mercado in Oaxaca and I smell it – the distinct scent of roasting coffee beans. My nose leads me to a tiny stall bursting with the most magnificent smell containing a small man with the tiniest roaster, I’ve ever seen. With my eyes bulging and senses alight I asked him for the strongest ‘mas fuerte’ and was rewarded with a bag of the most magical caffeine powder in the land! We started driving through Mexico, driving through Sonora. And driving through Sonora is like driving through Texas; it’s enormous. There isn’t regular coffee there. A lot of restaurants they won’t even have it on the menu and if they do, it’s instant like Maddie was saying. But there’re tons of great coffee in Mexico. This is not a struggle in most places. We discovered this amazing breakfast place here in Puerto Morelos Oh, I’m sorry. Trisha discovered this amazing breakfast place. [Laughter] And told us about it. Yes. Thank You, Trisha because this is so good! I usually get the eggs benedict (145 pesos – $7.69 USD) and they’re amazing with this like slow-roasted beef that they cook overnight. And what do you get? (170 pesos – $9.02 USD) BLT with gluten-free bread. This is one of the only places in town I know that has gluten-free bread, so I gotta get it while I can! But yeah, really good drinks, excellent food here! We love this place, highly recommended. Mmm-hmm! That’s going to be a bite! [Laughter] Something else that that’s a struggle for foreigners in Mexico Is figuring out cell service. And this is as simple as before your trip here, you go to Verizon or whatever Service provider you have and you’re like, “Okay, how do I get service for Mexico?” You set that up. And then you come here and your phone doesn’t work. Because they didn’t tell you that you have to go into your settings and turn on data roaming in order for it to work here. But then, for us, we came here, we originally had T-Mobile back in the U.S because it had coverage in Mexico but then they ended up kicking us off. I have no idea why T-Mobile would have kicked us off their service when all we did was upload like 3 gigantic video files while tethering our phones to our laptops to use the internet in Mexico. Weird. The day after we uploaded a video, they’re like, “Your service will be discontinued in 30 days.” [Laughs] After doing research, we ended up getting Telcel and we pay about $15 a month per person. So, it’s a pretty good deal and they have really good coverage. Something else we’ve struggled with so much Is figuring out how to call numbers from our Mexican number. We’ve asked before in videos and people commented “Oh, you just need to type in this number before your number if you’re calling a landline outside the U.S or calling a cell phone outside the US. Despite people telling us exactly how to call Mexico numbers or numbers outside of Mexico with our Mexican numbers, this is still something to this day that we’ve not really been able to figure out. So, we got the app called Text Now, which is not the greatest app – there’re ads all over it but it gets the job done. As I’m walking to the car here, I’m reminded of another struggle that we’ve had since day one all throughout Mexico And that is, it can be a struggle to walk on sidewalks without tripping and almost killing yourself because there are very often not standardized sidewalks, maybe there aren’t at all. In some cities, they are using slick stones that, even when they’re not wet, they’re super slippery, so this is a problem for us and we are completely mobile but it would be an even bigger deal if you’re in a wheelchair or had trouble walking or something especially in cities where they let the tree roots kind of pull up the sidewalk. All this to say, you really got to watch where you’re walking in Mexico. This video would not be complete if we didn’t bring up Spanish, of course, the language of Mexico. And it’s not unexpected for foreigners to struggle with Spanish if that’s not their first language But what is unexpected, the struggles that we have faced, are times that we thought like I mean okay, if we get stuck we’ll just plug Google Translate and like we don’t have to know the language perfectly to get by with a little aid like that. But there’re some situations that you can’t do that. Uh-huh. Just imagine how many times you have to call someone, how are you going to use Google Translate over the phone? Or if you call and there’s an automated system, heaven forbid it’s a robot talking in Spanish then like forget it! Then you have to know enough Spanish to get through the automated systems. So, there’s a lot of people who come to Mexico with the thinking like, “Oh, I’ll just use Google Translate for everything” And while it’s a great tool for a lot of situations, it can’t get you through everything. No, it can’t. And another thing we’ve really struggled with is Staying motivated to continue learning Spanish. And this is something we’ve fallen off the wagon a little bit these past few weeks. I think they’re like partly because of frustration like they’re just some times, some days, or some weeks where I feel like I’m not getting it and I can’t communicate what I want to say and I just get embarrassed and flustered. And then it just makes me want to like throw the towel. “I’m done with this! I can’t do it!” “I’m never going to be fluent!” And then I also think being in this area too, there’s so much English spoken that it’s so easy to just be like “Oh they speak English so I’m not going to bother Practicing my Spanish.” Yeah, they have an English menu. I can go to a restaurant with an English waiter or waitress and there’s always someone to communicate with me in English. But like you were saying, the key is consistency. Like we were so good for like 2 years about doing a lesson every single day and that’s how you keep it fresh in your mind, that’s how you keep making incremental progress, and I know we’re making progress, but it is still frustrating sometimes. I’m glad that we found the program that we did to learn Spanish. Yeah. And our favourite program, the one we think we get the most value out of – we’ve tried a lot of them, that is Rocket Languages. And coming up here in a few days after this video is released. They’re having a sale. We recommend going to TangerineSpanish.com which will take you straight to our affiliate link, where you can sign up for a no credit card required free trial. And then if you do that, they’ll e-mail you when the sale starts. Yes, always like to bring it up when they’re having a sale so that you guys can save some money and learn Spanish with us with this program that we really enjoy. And it makes it so easy like bite-sized chunks every single day. There’s visual lessons that you can read. There’s audio lessons. So, it’s kind of made for every type of learner, which is really helpful. So anyway, if you guys want to try out rocket Spanish, you can go to TangerineSpanish.com that link will take you right there and you don’t even have to give your credit card or anything. And if you do make a purchase through that we really appreciate it because since we’re affiliates we get a percentage of the sale which really helps us continue travelling and making videos like this one. So, one thing that was a personal struggle Especially for me was getting used to the fact that there is such a thing as MST, but it’s not Mountain Standard Time, it’s Mexican Standard Time. [Laughter] People aren’t always punctual. And I was raised to be somewhere 15 minutes before whatever it was, was happening. So, needless to say, it’s taken a little bit of an adjustment and it’s been a struggle to realize that people are just generally not on time. Punctuality is not such a prominent thing in Mexican culture. Yeah. I can’t tell you the number of appointments we’ve had where they either didn’t show up at all or they were 4 hours late and almost always, there’s no notice given. Like, they just don’t bother telling you, They just show up the next day or something like that or excuses – that’s the thing too. It’s like people don’t really apologize either because that’s just how it is in the culture that people are late. And that’s just kind of how it is. So, there’s no like “Sorry for arriving late” like ‘I’m sorry for arriving late or getting here late.” It’s just, “Here I am now!” [Laughter] For all you Mexicans watching this video I’d be very curious to know if you consider this a part of the culture or if this is something that annoys you as well. Oh yeah! I’d love to know that! [Screws up and starts talking in a hillbilly accent] For foreigners. For foreigners coming to Mexico. [Laughter] For foreigners coming to Mexico, a big struggle a lot of people have is either Making a living or figuring out how to budget the funds that they do have. People living here over the past decade, at least, those coming from the U.S., have been fortunate in that about ten years ago, the exchange rate was something like 10 pesos to the dollar and now it’s been bouncing around 20 pesos to the dollar. So, your dollars have gone a lot further but in the upcoming decade, the exchange rate could easily go the other way and 10 years from now it could be 10 to 1 again. So, that would be really tough to deal with when it comes to budgeting. You have a fixed income and prices are always changing. So, that is just a struggle that many foreigners deal with and often it is unexpected like you talked about. No one can really control the exchange rate or how much their dollar is going to buy in Mexico. So, that’s a struggle that even though you might know that it could be the case, it’s still going to be unexpected as each year passes. So, the next thing is not so much of a struggle, I mean, calling it a struggle would be a little bit of a stretch but coming to Mexico, I was totally not anticipating that Mexicans would be so helpful, and kind, and generous, and welcoming, And loving. So being around people like that when it’s more common, I think in the U.S I mean, it depends on the situation but my reaction would first be like – if a stranger, out of the blue, is being super helpful and really nice to me and like I think my mind would be like “Is there a catch?” like “What’s going on?” Because I don’t think it’s quite as common for people to have those traits that aren’t actually like, looking for something. I’m not saying nice people don’t exist in the U.S by any means, of course there are. But I think for me it was a little bit of adjustment to realize that Mexicans are just kind of awesome. And you don’t have to worry about them being out to get you all the time. While I totally 100% agree with what Maddie just said. Thanks. There are some exceptions, like anywhere, there’s some shitty people here and people who are trying to take advantage of you, scam you, rip you off, things like that. I have to say though that 90% of that, from what we’ve experienced, happens here in Quintana Roo. From Cancun or Playa del Carmen or Tulum, this whole stretch of land right here on the coast, sad but true. Use your common sense and Trust your gut if it doesn’t feel right. Yeah, definitely. And if you’re coming to this region, the Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, have your guard up a little bit more than the rest of Mexico because I don’t generally think Mexicans are out to scam you but in this region something about it – something about the tourism that this area brings; just brings out the scammers – it brings out the scams. Fortunately where we live in Puerto Morelos, I feel like a lot of that has skipped Puerto. Yeah, there’s not as much here. Not as much that we have to look out for, still the cabs but what are you going to do? Do you want to tell them where we are? Oh, yes! We are at what used to be Chilpayas. It’s now called Escochín. Same menu, same recipes, same amazing stuff except for instance, we used to love “Enchilpayados” like salsa… Thier house sauce. Yeah the house sauce, now it’s “Salsa de Escochín.” I found out they have flan here and I’m kind of like newly obsessed with flan. [Laughter] You got… I got shrimp. This place is super good! If you guys are in town, definitely come check it out. No video that we make in Puerto Morelos would be complete without of course going to our favourite restaurant; Lola & Moya – It’s so colourful and beautiful and all the food is delicious. The coffee is my favorite in town and Same great food, same great prices, but just like a totally new look. We just love coming here for so many reasons Including the owner, Ivett, who is just a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, every day, all the time. A video about unexpected struggles in Mexico will also not be complete unless we brought up The baño. The bathroom. The bathroom, yes. So right now I am standing in front of a public bathroom. I was not really familiar with having to pay that frequently in the U.S to use a bathroom. Like on road trips and stuff on the highway, you have public restrooms which are like pit stops for truckers and anyone on the road and you just get to use those facilities for free. But in Mexico You typically have to pay between 1 and 5 pesos. Sometimes, they give you toilet paper, other times you have to have it, so that’s something that we’ve learned to always have on us, or like a travel pack of tissues, or a little bit of toilet paper rolled up and also in public bathrooms you sometimes have toilet toilet seats, and soap, and towels, and other times you have none of that, and you just have to squat and use your own hand sanitizer. Ahhh! Ewww! Gross! Oh my gosh! It was sucking all of my blood! I’m getting dengue for sure! Ugh. I am so over this park, it is filled with mosquitos. Oh, let’s talk about To flush or not to flush. One of the longest-running debates on our channel to date. We made a video a long time ago – Things no one warned us about in Mexico. Yeah and one of those things was that we had to toss in the toilet paper instead of flushing it and that sparked a huge debate. Some Mexicans are adamant, “Of course, you can flush the toilet paper! Eww That’s disgusting! Why would you throw it in a trash can?” Like always flush! And then, other people are like “No, you cannot because it’ll clog up the septic system” or “The pipes aren’t designed for that!” And on that video it was almost a 50/50 split being like “Absolutely, you have to throw it away” or “No, that’s disgusting, you should always flush it.” But, we’ve seen like to that point, we’ve seen signs in restrooms that say “Do not put the toilet paper in the toilet” and like “Please, use the trash can.” And that’s been all across Mexico. So, this is still like, for us, it’s always a “flush at your own risk” Kind of like notice whether there is a trrash can conveniently placed next to the toilet and if there is, it probably means don’t flush or you’re going to wreck the sewage. The more modern the building, typically the safer it is going to be to flush. We’re not going to spend too much time on this one, but something that is unexpected for some people is Montezuma’s revenge. If you haven’t traveled to a lot of other places before you might not realize that when you go to somewhere new you’re probably going to get sick a few times – sick to the stomach, as your body adjusts to the new bacteria and stuff and for me, I got sick to the stomach 3 times in our first month in Mexico. So, if you’re coming here, it’s probably going to happen to you at some point, so just be aware of that. And we actually made a video on this – the food and water in Mexico and how to stay safe, so, we’ll link that right here. Another unexpected struggle is Mistreated pets, and street dogs, and things like that, that are in really bad shape. This one really tugs at our heartstrings. I think this is maybe one of my least favorite things about Mexico as a whole. Like obviously, no place is perfect but something that we’ve seen time and time again throughout cities and states across Mexico are street dogs that don’t have enough food and no one’s giving them medical attention if they need it. And even people who own pets, like I think generally Mexicans don’t really view dogs as highly as people do in the U.S. So, we’ve seen people tie their pet with rope – a short rope to a pole and the dog will be there on a two-foot rope and that’s how it lives its life. That’s how it lives a whole life or even people who do treat their dogs well. We had a neighbor who had two dogs but he left them outside whenever he would go to work and then even if it’s raining buckets there’s nowhere for the dogs to hide. The dogs would be balled up crying and freezing. Yeah, they’d have their head hung over and they’re just drenched in water and nowhere to go. So, it’s totally heartbreaking and we always try – whenever we can, we try to go to the store and buy some dog food to feed any street dogs that we see but like, can’t save them all. The next thing we’re going to talk about is Water, and power, and internet, and how they pretty frequently go out in Mexico and I don’t mean to make it sound like “Mexico can’t get its shit together and have power” but you can probably notice why, when you look at like the power lines – the whole rat’s nest of power lines and probably internet lines all jumbled up in a heap or like in a small town here in Puerto Morelos, a big storm comes through and knocks out half the town. Yeah, I remember living in Guadalajara especially in the summer there. There were big storms all the time and it seems like we lost power once a week or something. I actually remember one time in Guadalajara, we looked out of our window and the power lines were on fire. Oh, yeah! On fire! Legit. I was very scared. I don’t even know how that happened. It was either the power lines or cable lines or internet lines. There were cords out there on fire. I mean, it’s just not something you want to see right outside your window. [Laughter] Yeah! So, that’s been a struggle and of course, we work online – everything that we do is online, so then, sometimes the internet goes out and like that’s it. You just don’t work that day. But, learning more about other parts of the world, I actually feel pretty fortunate for what we have because… Where? What we had in the U.S. or here? We have a friend… What we have here. We have a friend who lives in Nigeria, he’s the one who does captions for these videos. Thank you, Olawale! And in Nigeria where he lives, he might have power for just a few hours a day, most of the time it’s out there. So, I’m happy that we have it for almost every single day here. Yeah, I mean, we bring this up and like this stuff goes out occasionally, but it’s not like multiple times a day every day. But by comparison, I would say that like in Arizona where I grew up my whole life, (Mm-hmm) you would have your power go out maybe in a big storm. But it was pretty rare unless some like big thing happened, whereas in Mexico, it seems to be a little bit more common and not so easily pointed to a storm necessarily. And how about internet? – That’s something that’s been a huge struggle for us in our travels throughout Mexico. Yeah, internet. Fast… It not being fast. [Laughter] Opposite of fast…slow. The fast, fast internet! Yeah, the very slow as molasses internet sometimes. We’ve been lucky here in Puerto Morelos because we were able to get hooked up with Fiber-optic, which is available in some places – after being here a while. But we struggled with internet before we got that. But yeah, I think as a general rule, you’re probably going to be dealing with slow internet. Yeah. And usually, the bigger the city, the faster the internet is. Kind of a funny struggle in Mexico is Dealing with coins and change. In the U.S, you didn’t want that junk. No one wants it. And it’s funny unless you don’t have any change in Mexico. Yeah. In Mexico, you can’t seem to get enough of it and you always need it! And I almost think that’s because you can buy more with the change. Like how much can you really buy with quarters in the U.S these days? Whereas, like you have those diez pesito coins – 10 pesos ($0.53 USD). You could actually buy like 2 or 3 tacos with that. So, they’re much more useful to have and it’s much more of a pain in the patootie when you don’t have them. Where are you buying your tacos? The cheap tacos stands… [Laughter] The next struggle that I personally had is dealing with food allergies in Mexico and on the one hand, Mexico has been amazing and the fact that so many things – Just a leaf. Treacherous leaf – are made from scratch but on the other hand, I don’t think allergies are quite as common for Mexicans. So, when I say I’m allergic to gluten they can be like “What?” They have no idea what that is because not very many people are, So it has been a struggle to navigate my food allergies and especially since there’re so many dishes that we’ve never heard of before and even when we find out what it is, it can vary throughout the country. So, that has been a little bit of a challenge but one that I am happy to navigate because we love Mexican food! Something that some people struggle with when coming to Mexico is getting out of the Cancun Airport unscathed. When we come out of the terminal, they have you press a button and if it turns red you get searched and if the light turns green, you don’t and you’re free to go. And it seems like about 1/3 of the people get searched. For us, we are always… It’s like 4 out of 5 times! But they search our bags and we’re on our way. But we’ve had a couple people reach out to us saying they weren’t so lucky. For example, one person; it was this woman and she was traveling alone and she had a few cartons of cigarettes – which was still under the limit of what was allowed, but she didn’t know the laws on this I don’t think. They ended up extorting her for hundreds or maybe even a thousand dollars ($1,230 USD). And the guy took her aside, took her to the back room or wherever, for secondary searching. She was by herself. There was no other officer there. Putting myself in this woman’s shoes, I’m thinking if I was a solo female traveler I’m not sure I would think to look up the protocol, like if I was going to get taken aside for searching, what fines would I have to pay? What are they legally allowed to ask me to do or not do, like put my phone away or not Ask for a second officer to be there? So, I can see how that was just a… I would be so flustered and pretty much just do whatever they said. But the Cancun Airport, for whatever reason, is like a very scammy place, so the rest of Mexico, all the other airports that we’ve been to throughout Mexico, we’ve never had this problem but there, it’s like get out as fast as you possibly can, say no gracias to everyone, get your ticket for the ADO bus, wave at the taxi drivers but do not sit foot – sit ass in one – step foot, sit butt. Do not do it. Just get out of there as fast as you can or get your transport that you’ve already set up and be on your way and enjoy Mexico after that. But the Cancun Airport is like a magnet for scams it seems like, even with government officials, so you got to watch out for that. Second example of someone who reached out to us was them saying that they got searched and apparently while they weren’t looking, the person searching stole like a thousand dollars or something like that out of their bag, so just be extra careful and if you were in a situation like this, like the one where they’re trying to get a bunch of money out of you, what would you do? Let us know. Okay, we got to do this last one quick because it’s raining now and we’re really getting rained on. I can hear it picking up. It’s picking up. Okay. So, what is one of the biggest struggles that many foreigners that come to Mexico have to deal with? That is falling in love with it and realizing you have to go back home. But, fortunately for us, we live here! Fortunately for us, we’re going to hide under this play structure here because we don’t want our camera and microphone to die. So just a reminder, Rocket Spanish is having its sale in just a few days and you can go sign up for a free trial at TangerineSpanish.com That forwards you right to rocket languages. Also here on the end screen, we are going to link our binge-watch everything playlist, so if you want to become one of the Tangeriney elite you can watch our story from the very beginning – all the videos we’ve made up to this point. And if you enjoyed this video and you want to see more, please subscribe to our channel, but more importantly, one more thing! [Laughter] Like that? Yeah! Gong that bell! So you will be the first to be notified the next time we release a new video and we’ll see you muy pronto!

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  • Reply Tangerine Travels February 8, 2020 at 2:21 pm

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  • Reply Don Tettaton February 9, 2020 at 10:59 am

    I love dogs but they do lick their own ass.

  • Reply connie munoz February 9, 2020 at 11:41 am

    I think what i struggle with most in the healthcare in mexico. Yes I know I will get backlash, but as a nurse, I see a whole different side of the healthcare here and I have dealt with helping people with their healthcare here. First if all, Do not expect to move here and use their free Mexican health care. This is for the poorest of Mexicans, and personally if you can live here with qualifications of temp or perm resident, you are making a heck of a lot more money than the Mexican and you should not take up space their system and because of such a lack of supplies, equipment for procedures, medications, lack of staff. The care is basic only because they dont have the equipment and or supplies. as far as the private Drs and hospitals. As soon as you run out of money, they will kick you out, or not even accept you. this is currently going on is our town, a gringo fell in her apartment and mirror fell on her. She was taken to the private hospital and they did a hip replacement, not fix the fracture, but actually replace the hip, yes it might only be 10,000 USA dollars for that surgery, but it was 10,000 dollars she did not have. they discharged her home, and within a couple days was found unconscious at home.(I think she was discharged before with low blood count) well ambulance called and would not take her because she had no money to pay them, red cross ambulance called and they took her to regional hospital because that is where the poor Mexicans go. I didnt know she was there until after I saw a post a week later that she needed 6 units of blood. Not one person except for my husband stepped up to the plate to donate, she has been there 3 weeks still waiting on blood, one of the rules in the free hospital is you provide 24/7 family or friend to help with your care, well she did not have that, and for a week, she wasn't touched, not a wash cloth to the face and or even got to brush her teeth, she has not been moved at all. I spent a week going up and bathing her everyday and getting her to move atleast in the bed, but after a week with no movement, her muscles are atrophy. also the Mexican hospital even though they say its free, you have to pay for things, like an ultrasound, which she had to be ambulanced to the private hospital to have done, but they would not do it till it was paid up front, plus the xrays and endoscopy. she is still waiting on blood after 3 weeks, Blood is 400 usa dollars a pint, and if you have no money, no blood..Have no idea what will happen to this lady, she has no family and the expat community for a day raised about 200 usa dollars and now she has been forgotten about. she is an invalid now, she cant go back to Canada because she is too ill and hasn't been there for 13 years so her healthcare there, well she would have to be there 3 months and pay on her own till her free health care there kicks in. Her money was drained already in mexico. Also this woman had a Hip replacement, only pain meds she was given was over the counter tramadol. wow a hip replacement hurts, I sure couldn't do it with tramadol, so yet another reason she can not move around, the pain. No iv painmedication if you fall and break something and ambulance comes, broken bone or hit by a car deal with the pain, They dont even have AED's on their ambulances, so good luck if you are having a heart attack. Healthcare in the private hospitals not a problem, (but realize there, you also are not going to be getting big bang narcotics to keep your pain undercontrol) when your money runs out or if you do not have money for the hospital, YOU WILL NOT GET CARE. Yes the healthcare is great if you can afford it, but some cant get expat insurance because of preexisting and it is pretty cheap. my husband who is 55 was able to get for 900 usa a year with a 2500 deductible, but as you get older it gets higher and higher, my friend who is 75 years old pays 400 usa a month for her insurance. So please do not move to mexico and think oh free health care, first of all its not all free and you get what you pay for. sorry for the long post, but I really want to stress the importance of people not moving here not prepared for healthcare, Its not just this situation I have seen. I dont live in a rural Mexican town, I live in a big tourist town where you think the free hospital would have more, cant imagine in the rural towns of mexico. mexico is beautiful and the culture and kindness you will find no other place like you will in mexico, but these people thinking they can live on 1500 usa dollars a month here without expat insurance, well 1500 personally isnt going to happen in a beach town and you can easily be drained of your entire savings with your medical. Just be smart people. make sure you figure out medical BEFORE you move here.

  • Reply Solrac C February 9, 2020 at 11:56 am

    The part of being late is part of the culture about 90%, but I wouldn't say everyone. I was surprise when I went to Guanuajuato,Leon and my brother was gonna pick us up to take us to Guanajuato and even told my father that was he was gonna be late and to my surprise he was there 15mins before. So, there's a good 10% to 15% of people that are always on time, but like everything there's always a friend or someone you know who is always late and that's me 😆

  • Reply Charlton Nelson February 9, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Some observations with the Cancun airport. My wife has a money belt which has never been detected ( no scanners ). We always split the cash up between us.
    Also if you look like a tourist ( which we are always) , it appers that you don't get stopped at the Red light Green light game. We have never been stopped once on Red and we have goning every year since 2009. We are near 60 year of age and my wife is from Mexico, so that might play into the equation. But yes, get throught the baggage check and head straight for the taxi's. Stop in the rest room if needed. No hassal in there. Tangerine Travels by far the best guide for Mexico !

  • Reply Our4feet Travelers February 9, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    ohh mexico what a place

  • Reply Rita Roork February 9, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    I hope you can get on well with the drug cartels. Otherwise……………Adios!

  • Reply Jesus Arvizu February 9, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    I broke the always late thing. My mom is late for everything. And I mean everything. And yes there's always an excuse. Or shes around the corner but in reality hasn't even left the house yet. Lol

  • Reply Carlos February 9, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Be ready, be informed, be firm, don't be nerveous and get ready to rumble. Print bring & "what not to bring 🛃s Doc." when you arrive at CUN Customs or anywhere in MX for that matter. If you know you are right in what is in your luggage and, as unpleasant as it may be, stick to your guns ffs!

    My 2020 advance Christmas, Hunnakka – – or whatever you celebrate in December–present to you all clueless travelers with all due respect, of course.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OUH3iaSJzJM2DylEcCYkxh7WxZIz0r45/view?usp=drivesdk

  • Reply Martha Martinez February 9, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    I am from Acuña Coahuila and not all mexicans are late but lots are 😂 Example when you do parties you put 3pm so everybody can get there 4-5 😂 well at least that is what we tend to do

  • Reply MEXICANO AL 100% February 9, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    always say that Mexicans are unpunctual we're not all like that😡😡😡😡😡😡saludos

  • Reply jesus israel caudillo ramirez February 9, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Oh yes I hate that unpunctuality I mean 15, 20 minutes late it's not a problem but yea the struggle is real.

  • Reply SIGN 528 February 9, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    To call from Mex to US 01 + number. To call Mex from US 011 52 + number.

  • Reply Isla Chica February 9, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    I learn something new with each of your videos! Thanks for sharing them all!

  • Reply SIGN 528 February 9, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    To understand time better, as a Mexican, when someone tells me to be somewhere at a certain time & it's friends or family, they really mean 2-3 hrs later. Time is only serious & strictly punctual when for example taking your kids to a Mexican school, if your 1 minute late they won't let your kids in, the door is closed & they loose the entire day of school, no exceptions. For doctor visits, depends bc they do spend alot of time with you, some 1 1/2 hrs or more answering questions & explaining everything, so the doctor is not going to kick out his patient bc you have an appointment, he'll see you when his patient is done asking questions. For service people, if they agree on doing plumbing, handiwork, just let them know your strict on meeting at a certain day, bc otherwise it really means 2-3 days later in some cases. For business & work, always on time.

  • Reply María Lara February 9, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Hi, you know I am mexican and I'm always on time, and it is anoying, you have no idea how many times I've had to wait for people, even for teachers, and everyone was like: why are you here so early? … Anyway is better being on time but you have to know that you will probably have to wait.

  • Reply choff5507 February 9, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    So, this is my understanding of the Mexican phone number dialing scheme and a little bit of history.

    Years ago, Mexico was one of the very few countries which billed cellular users for received calls. I.e. if someone called you from the US to your cellphone you paid an additional cost per minute to receive that call. Obviously this creates issues so they changed this and now it's like most of the world where the calling party pays for the call. When they changed this, they also changed the calling scheme so that the person making the call would know they were calling a mobile phone and would be paying a higher amount than calling a landline.

    Also, Im assuming you're aware of this, but in case you're not. Cell phones have a dialing scheme and a way to dial a country and phone number from anywhere in the world without worrying about country specific coding etc. so, you can call +1XXX-XXX-XXXX to reach any US number from anywhere in the world. Mexico would be +52-NUMBER etc.

    Now, to clarify the final point about dialing Mexican numbers. If you want to dial a Monterrey landline you would dial +5281XXXX-XXXX. Dialing a cellphone with a Monterrey number would be +52181-XXXX-XXXX that added "1" (one) after the country code denotes that you are dialing a mobile number.

    The only thing I am not 100% sure about because it's been a while is if you have a local number like you do is if you need the "1" still, Im assuming that dialing the number like that probably will work either way but I hope this helps. If you store all your numbers in your contacts in that format (+51-NUMBER) then this dialing scheme will always work.

  • Reply Eva Simon February 9, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    What area of puerto morellos did you film this episode?
    Seems like they have nice apartments or condos
    Looking to come there in May

  • Reply Heidi Pesterfield February 9, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    This ROCKET SPANISH…I really wish I knew the truth, I want to believe you, that it really worked for you, that you think it is the best option, but I know how these kickbacks work when you're trying to make a few bucks off affiliate $…I know I won't get a straight answer from you, but…I just wish I knew.

  • Reply American Writer February 9, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Happy Birthday, Britt

  • Reply Michael McNair February 9, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    After spending two weeks in Huatulco, my struggle has been learning to slow down and not sweat the fact that things take a little longer here. If you order a meal and it does not appear on your table in a few minutes like in the USA or Canada, don't sorry, it will come eventually, practice patience!

  • Reply Kaelyn Moyer February 9, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Y'all definitely need WhatsApp! No ads!!

  • Reply rEvolución MGTOW México February 9, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Next video: "Our México rant, we had it! We are leaving for good" LOL

  • Reply Francisco Herrador February 9, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    See you "muy pronto" LOL 😉

  • Reply cyberslacker5150 February 9, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    I love your videos. When you ask for coffee, ask for "Cafe de Hoya" ( coffee made in stock pot). That's true coffee. That's the way it's made in Mexico, Not coffeemakers. It's been made that way in Mexico for centuries. It's true that most inexpensive restaurants in the north don't have that type of coffee but some restaurants in the south have it. Just ask around. …Coffee is grown in the mountains of Chiapas and Oaxaca. It's some of the best coffee in the world. The bathrooms, yes… they are mostly for pay, but because of that, they are kept clean and maintained, mostly. They might be simple, old or small, but they're well kept. I see the attendants always mopping and cleaning them. No customer would want to PAY for a dirty restroom. Compare that to some of the public USA restrooms especially along roads in gas stations and parks. They're always wet, dirty, dingy, smelly, covered in graffiti. Who cares if they clean them. Also hardly anyone in Mexico has allergies, especially food allergies like you folks have. Maybe it's in the food we eat. Oh as for border entries. When entering Mexico, you suppose to declare EVERYTHING you brought from the outside (fruits, meds, cigarettes, things of value) except for a list of permissible "Personal Items" .. If you brought items to declare, you go to the line that says "DECLARAR" ( I want to declare some items line). If you din't bring anything other than your personal items, you go in the "NADA QUE DECLARAR LINE"(Nothing to declare). If you go through that line and you get a red light, you get searched. If you get CAUGHT smuggling items that you were SUPPOSE to declare but you didn't, you get a fine. That's just fair. Sometimes you decide you want to smuggle something and go to the NOTHNG TO DECLARE line, and you get a green light, you can pass through with your contraband (contraband as in untaxed, or illegal to bring into the country), but you just got lucky. Nextime the odds will catch up with you. It's all about the odds. .. In the USA, EVERYONE is searched at the port of entry. You declare and the agent decided if it's permissible or not and what taxes are due. If you lie and you don't declare something and the agent finds it, you get a fine, for not declaring, and if's it's something illegal you also get charged with smuggling contraband. Basically it's the same thing on both countries. Finally here in the US, well, we KILL our stray dogs and cats. Keep up the informative videos.

  • Reply k moo February 9, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    I have so many mini '' coffee candies..
    Ther made out of coffee..sugar..an one kind has some cream (on one side.) . I have 59oz jug full of ice..
    An I drop several tea bags, sugar
    & vanilla drop in ( $2 @ 100 tbags cheap kind ) then later
    use tbags to make hot tea..
    There are American music ppl living
    in Cancun.. for years where they play in local bars.. So you guys go there
    It's safer…
    My brother is more in the Cabo San Lucas area ( Ther Americans that help whole community ther, you be o.k. if you go there..anywhere the local Americans are playing music in bars..

  • Reply HIRED7DAYS February 9, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Im Mexican and i hate these damn Mexicans not showing up on time..i mean whats the damn deal? if you say you are going to be there at a certain time be there! 😄….i hate it so much because its a theft of someones time…i hate it so much i want to build a wall so the mexican's tardiness stays in Mexico😄…viva Mexico? 😄

  • Reply 321ozzy February 9, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Good video, enjoyed it. 🙂 The internet connection and power outages are my biggest fear when moving from the State of Mexico to the coastal area. Cancun airport, yep, totally agree.

  • Reply Memo Goku February 9, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    In Colombia i enjoy a recent made Coffee cup

  • Reply BuceriasRod Hardy February 9, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    WhatsApp is very very popular in Mexico, use it to make calls to anywhere in the world, don't have to put in any special dialing codes but the phone number. Can also use it to send money in some countries.

    Has worked well for us here in Bucerias Mexico

  • Reply Raul Galicia February 9, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    so, the struggles are that you do not live in a 1st world country…

  • Reply Maricela February 9, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Mexican here. Punctuality is so annoying with my paisanos. Example, my family will have a party at 4pm and no one arrives at 4. The party isn’t even ready by then because no none gets there on time. So annoying. My sister is the worse. She’s one that will show up at 8pm when the party was at 4pm. I feel bad for kids parties too. Because people show up so late the parties end up being night parties and it’s so annoying trying to play games and do kid party activities in the dark!! I don’t do that anymore. If they don’t show up on time then oh well. They will miss out on the food and the activities.

  • Reply Adriana Patricia Cortez Reyna February 9, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    When you are so cheap to buy coffee at oxxo😂😂😂😂😂☕

  • Reply joseph smedo February 9, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    LOL love that you got on a coffee tangent…….when we were in PM every morning I would walk across the street to Lola Y Moya to get Rachiel an iced mocha. The owner is an absolute sweetheart, greeted me every morning with a warmer "hola neighbor".
    The new Chedraui Selecto was my happy place, was in there 3-4 times a day. The security people loved our Abominable Snowman stuffed animal that travels the world with us. He is has his little security sticker from there on his tag

  • Reply linoleum1979 February 10, 2020 at 12:29 am

    On the opposite end of the change spectrum, you will almost always get asked for a smaller bill when paying with 500 pesos. As an American it's hard to imagine no one having change for a ~$20 bill! haha

  • Reply Bad Xerge February 10, 2020 at 12:35 am

    Power outages became more frequent after AMLO took office, but it's been getting better in the last months. Internet just don't use Izzi, it's the cheapest one but it sucks, kind of like with Spectrum but with a 180 dollar difference in price, try to get Axtel with optic fiber or Total Play also with optic fiber.

  • Reply Ellen B February 10, 2020 at 1:02 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your videos. My unexpected trouble was the car fumes on the careter in Ajijic. Is that common throughout Mexico?

    I love to walk, and am actually afraid to drive in Mexico so I love the walk-ability and busses in Ajijic but I feel I need a gas mask.

  • Reply Ometecuhtli February 10, 2020 at 2:01 am

    There may be a few places in Mexico where taxi drivers aren't either what one would basically call a scam artist or in cahoots with government officials, I think you'd been lucky on that regard. There've been times when even after paying at the taxi booth the official fare they wanted to charge more for the use of the trunk, despite no mention of any additional charge at the booth or on the ticket, when they pick up another passanger on the street and not even asking you about it, and there are many cities where public transportation has gone way down in quality or frequency while taxis get more and more expensive, or when another service like uber start operating and you have to walk outside the terminal or they'd beat their drivers. That is not to say that taxi drivers in Mexico are per se criminals but in the conditions that they are allowed to operate they sometimes can behave like that, so if possible and unless you carry some valuables or it has been pointed out as a security risk, or bad drivers like on Guadalajara buses, I would recommend taking public transportation instead.

  • Reply Rick Fidelis Reed February 10, 2020 at 3:15 am

    I’ve learned in learning Spanish, every once in awhile, you will plateau; stay focused and continue every day. Buena suerte ❗️

  • Reply Enrique Casaña February 10, 2020 at 3:34 am

    Speaking of coffee, I noticed how you entirely skipped Chihuahua on your trip (can't blame you that much) but on northern Mexico it is much more common to find coffee and strong coffee culture on border cities (Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, where I'm from and hopefully you visit at least once). Obviously most coffee comes from the south or the east coast, but at least in my hometown there are tons of small local coffee places. Enjoy!

  • Reply Dena Collins February 10, 2020 at 4:11 am

    I was told that the Mexican airport terminals are owned privately. In the US they are managed by the feds . So that is why different termals have different rules in Mexico. A Mexican told me this. So you can travel to different airports and have different issues arise. Also know in Cancun what termal your departing plane is leaving from. I was scammed $15 to ride a shuttle from one part of the airport to another because of a new terminal. They had a free bus but I was afraid it might be on Mexico time and dident want to miss my plane. I was probably scammed.

  • Reply Alan Suboter February 10, 2020 at 4:54 am

    I really like your videos. I am planning to move to Guadalajara this year. You have given a lot of great advice and you do it in a very humorous and honest way. I am from El Paso and have lived in Cd. Juarez as well. I am fluent in Spanish and my family is half and half. I love Guadalajara and am looking forward to moving there. Your videos are very helpful because, even though El Paso is very Mexican and Ciudad Juarez IS in Mexico, there is a difference in Mexico from the North and the South. Your videos have been very helpful in understanding how to get mail, which bank to use, and a lot of other important information. Thank you very much. – Alan

  • Reply Skyerzen February 10, 2020 at 5:33 am

    I get sick when I come back to the U.S. too!

  • Reply Mauricio Ferrer February 10, 2020 at 5:36 am

    About your language problem… In your town it's kinda normal for people to talk English because it's more of a tourist town, but if you go somewhere where not that tourist it's gonna be more difficult to find someone that can speak English.

  • Reply vegabotain February 10, 2020 at 6:33 am

    odd, I live in Sonora and there are LOTS of coffee places with excellent coffee, I live in the capital though, can't say anything about the beaches. We even have our own local coffee factory and most people makes ground coffee in their own homes. I hate people being late, and sadly it is very common and very annoying

  • Reply fuego09esmeralda February 10, 2020 at 6:36 am

    5:48. I was used to sidewalks on my neighborhood in Mexico City, and I complained of sidewalks in towns on the SF Bay area which often times were not walkable or even not existent…! I guess it depends on where you go…

  • Reply Ashley Meers February 10, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Hrmmm, my husband and I are coming into Mexico via the Cancun airport. I want to get my pesos before coming because we will get a better rate. How do you protect your money then?

  • Reply dio gutz February 10, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Mexico is not a coffee drinking country. what do you expect from a country that gave chocolate and vanilla to the rest of the world. I beg to diff about the change in USA. Its not what you can buy but how to pay for something. Nothing is even because of the sales tax. here in silicon valley sales tax is 9.250 %. so you need change.

  • Reply Jimmie Fries February 10, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Why don't you try to live in the non-tourist areas if you wan't to learn Spanish fluently?

  • Reply CheyennesWorld February 10, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Hi guys. I'm moving to Mazatlan on March 1st. I'm Canadian and was widowed 2 years ago. That's been extremely devastating. About a year ago I started watching your channel. Initially, this was to help distract me at night time, when the grief was hardest to handle. I had never been to Mexico before watching your channel. You guys broke down a lot of barriers that kept me from visiting there. Then I saw your post on Mazatlan and it really spoke to me. I went there to see for myself and fell in love with it there! I got connected with an amazing animal group, the Mazatlan Animal Rescue, and will be regularly volunteering with them. Rescuing and training dogs. Yay! This has given me a new purpose and something to look forward to. I desperately need this since my husband passed. I am 50 years old so this will be a huge life change for me… a good one. I already speak basic Spanish so I feel okay about that. Just wanted to tell you this and let you know that your channel has an impact on people beyond just tourism. Thank you so much!

  • Reply tuxedoman64 February 10, 2020 at 10:15 am

    I'm almost certain you have covered this in a previous video, but you you mind me asking how old you both are? I am 31 and sometimes feel like I've chickened out on several opportunites while blaming age (by resigning to the idea that I am too old or young, depending on the situation).
    P.S. Is Maddie of Bosnian descent? ( I have no guess for Jordan, you both seem like thoughbred Americans to me, I used to check I.D.s for and living and am trying to get a read).

  • Reply platinumUser7 February 10, 2020 at 10:30 am

    No coffee in the North of México? Here in the south of the country is very easy yo get

  • Reply aleekzsbeat February 10, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Its part of the culture being late, but we like to blame everything else but ourselves, use excuses in every situation to make things “easier” , like saying “oh sorry, my car broke, uber wasnt picking up, bus didnt showed up” while in reality the guy just forget to set the alarm, thats why in most of the offices they have the “punctuality bonus” so they can make everyone to come on time

  • Reply INFORME MILITAR February 10, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    You seriously drive, i love Mexico but I wouldn't drive the highways

  • Reply chris tignor February 10, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    my biggest struggle after 8yrs in mexico is using the electric hot water shower heads with wires exposed

  • Reply yemina2121 February 10, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    For me being late it's not a cool thing to do but somehow I'm late always like 5 to 10 mins. Not hours! Lol

  • Reply jose estrada February 10, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    First of all I don't even go out here in the US with 500 dollars in my pocket let alone in a foriegn country.. 2nd the most I'd give an extortioner would be like 50 bucks depending on the situation I'd go up to a 100 just to avoid the painful judicial system in a foriegn country

  • Reply Ignacio Martinez February 10, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    It's almost a cultural thing but an annoying one. But be sure beeing late, IS rude. But some Mexicans are unapologetic about it, 'cause beeing on time it is a "casual thing", not mandatory. You know… the "ahorita" mexican time paradox. Saludos desde la CDMX!

  • Reply CaviDS February 11, 2020 at 12:07 am

    the being late thing is normal in most Latin American places. We moved to Brazil in 1975 and about 2 months latter my sister had her first Birthday party there, set for 3 pm, by 4 no one was there and she was in tears, by 5 people started to arrive…..

  • Reply Chato Rodriguez February 11, 2020 at 1:36 am

    I don’t think is part of the culture. At least I wouldn’t say that. Is just that we as Mexicans don’t educate our children in that matter. I was growing up I don’t remember being late at any appointment or to school or to a doctors visit. We just need to educate our children to respect others peoples time. Stay safe tangerines!

  • Reply Ken Locke,@ February 11, 2020 at 1:39 am

    International calls use viber, you can text, call, facetime all free!
    I'm in touch with people all around the world.

  • Reply jim dabs February 11, 2020 at 2:07 am

    SO DO YOU GUYS LIVE IN PUERTO MORALES ?, I WAS GONNA BUY A VILLA THERE BACK WHEN THEY WERE 30K FOR A SINGLE UNIT,,,, VILLAS MORALES !

  • Reply jim dabs February 11, 2020 at 2:19 am

    TO CALL THE U.S. 001 + AREA CODE + NUMBER

  • Reply Tom Hancock February 11, 2020 at 4:51 am

    did she really have a$9 sandwich?

  • Reply Lance Kozlowski February 11, 2020 at 5:12 am

    One of my main shocks… litter is off the charts, generally. Rubble and fallen things can block or line sidewalks so many places.

  • Reply Miguel Flores February 11, 2020 at 5:24 am

    Hey guys, remember when You visited restaurant "don Perri"?

  • Reply Are Gomez February 11, 2020 at 10:06 am

    As a Mexican, I hate it when people are late. Even though it's part of our culture we should evolve into being punctual because being late takes a toll on productivity. Sometimes we want to act as a first world country but we don't behave as such.

  • Reply ddd228/Dave in Seattle. February 11, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Uh,some people NEED coffee!
    OXXO!!!!!Como se dice allergic? Maddy has a few.

  • Reply Norma Bardwell February 11, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Ooooo, I'm one of the elite! Do you have an award for that , or a t-shirt? LOL. Hi, Trish! Good to see you! And the TP thing…my husband is seriously now considering not moving because of that!

  • Reply wolf pack February 11, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    I guess that’s what Spanish speaking people feel like in the us when there trying to communicate with people

  • Reply Victor Holguin February 11, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    I hate the lack of punctuality, and discipline from lot of Mexicans, especially in central and southern Mexico.

  • Reply princess Ruby February 11, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    I'm an Indian and my bf from Mexico!now we are in LDR and that's why I'm watching this video, I think I have learn about mexican culture !I hope we'll meet one day after that do you guys accept me when i come to Mexico???
    Now I'm learning Spanish too

  • Reply sxtn102 February 11, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    I ran into the same issue while visiting the north coastline of Jamaica! Yeah, that's right! The home of Blue Mtn Coffee! Waking up in the foothills of the coffee plantations, we wandered the village asking, only getting these odd looks like drinking coffee was a foreign concept. It was extremely odd and totally disturbing, like a bad dream! Never did get an explanation to understand why. Lynn

  • Reply Alvin Ferrion February 11, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Let’s get loud Latinos! ✊🏽

  • Reply Alvin Ferrion February 11, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Go vegan 🌱

  • Reply John Janssen February 11, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Have you tried WhatsApp?

  • Reply Diego Monroy Fraustro February 11, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Yeah, "Mexican Time" also annoys the heck out of me. You can follow these rules and you won't be that frustrated:
    – When meeting a Mexican friend, do INSIST if they can make it on time; if they didn't do it TELL THEM (not with hate but with a serious face–"don't do it again, please")
    – When meeting with a stranger, make sure they text you when they are leaving for the appointment–you can do so at the same time.
    – If meeting with a an intent of buying, selling, an interview, business, etc. it is considered VERY rude to not be on time (yes, ironic…), so expect that from the other side unless you know they are on heavy traffic or they text/call you. Not doing so is considered unprofessional and you can easily lose a client or potential business opportunity. **Note that this mainly applies to more professional activities, not your usual interaction.
    – Expect nothing less than CRIPPLING time waste when government is involved.
    – Bad traffic correlates with people being late; partly because of culture, partly because it's a game-changer for schedules.
    – The less busy and urban the city, the more "flexible" are people with appointments.
    – As in everything, there are Mexicans who don't like being late and others that make a national sport; learn who prefers what.
    – Communicate! Get in touch with people before the appointment, to make sure they'll make it on time.
    – If someone's late, tell them "yeah no problem, you owe me the next meal though" –at least you get a free meal or beer!

  • Reply Adam Bosak February 11, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    i like to know how you clean the inside of that straw

  • Reply HE D February 11, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    I think it always depends on the sewer infrastructure. Most places in Mexico, that are not built for tourists, you probably should not put toilet paper in the toilet, but in the trash can. On the other hand, when our Mexican family comes to visit us in the US I make sure our bathroom trash cans have plastic bags otherwise I'm in for a not so nice surprise!

  • Reply dixie schultz February 12, 2020 at 12:59 am

    Mattie must have picked up Spanish from her family
    Speaks very well, so does Jordan! The locals during your travels are just JEALOUS!!!

  • Reply christine c February 12, 2020 at 2:00 am

    I just starting watching your videos, and I think the 2 of you are precious!. So, these comments are kind of related to a few of your videos I've seen so far.

    I've only done the tourist type of travel in Mexico– several cruises, a week in Cozumel once, and Cancun twice. Having said that, I was warned by so many friends and family to not travel to Mexico. ( NOT that they've even left the country!) Then in the last couple of years, there have been all sorts of bad news reports of violent crimes in Mexico , and then the US embassy put out travel warnings. It made Mexico sound so scary. Needless to say, we were cautious. And that is good sense regardless.

    I could feel what you were saying about the warnings you received from your family too.

    But , my experiences in Mexico was nothing but wonderful !. The people were the most friendly, and helpful I've ever met. I realize, I am a tourist , and tourist are the bread and butter to those people working so hard in that industry. But, I don't think this warmth is simply a paycheck. It just seems so genuine to me.

    We have friends who we consider to be more daring than my husband and I have been when it came to travel. They love Mexico, and have rented a car and spent 2-3 weeks per trip, often 2-3 times per year. They have done many of these Mexican road trips, and stayed and VRBO's and have amazing experiences.

    Thanks to them, and now thanks to you, I am learning the appeal of getting off the tourist area ( somewhat !!) ( Baby steps!! LOL!) I like the video where you wish you had shut out the voices that kept saying " what if this bad thing happens? or that bad thing happens?– what if? what if? what if??!!" . Kuddos to you both for doing that! What a great adventure you are both having!

    And yes, sharing your journey helps someone like me obtain good info for a journey in my future.

    I give a you 5 tangerine car rating!

  • Reply Capacitación y Consultoría Estratégica February 12, 2020 at 2:40 am

    Business wise Mexican are punctual and on sharp time.

  • Reply Mr. Wisdom February 12, 2020 at 2:56 am

    As a Mexican living in the US and visiting Mexico twice a year, I just completely avoid having any kind of appointments, just to keep myself from getting pissed off knowing that there is a good chance that the set time will not be respected.

  • Reply Roberto Lopez February 12, 2020 at 3:59 am

    Being late . Is alway the mexican way i have no idea why!! For example if i tell my homies to arrived at 7 . They get there at 9 🤦‍♂️ lol

  • Reply Isabella Cortes February 12, 2020 at 5:55 am

    Tienen razón en todo lo dicen así son mis paisanos los animales es lo qué más me preocupa esta muy mal todo yo soy Oaxaqueña regresa pronto para ayudar a mi pueblo y sobre todo al los animales no sé preocuparse por su español estan muy bien

  • Reply sid costello February 12, 2020 at 6:16 am

    Hey guy's , I have a suggestion for a video that I wish had been available to me back when I was traveling regularly to Cabo and East Cape on fishing trips. During one trip I happened to get hurt requiring a hospital visit. It was a rather freak accident while on my own time ashore in between fishing days. What I encountered in my search for medical care was stuff straight out of a cheap crime paperback. Scary Cartel stuff and "preferred" versus "no way-no how" doctors and facilities. Have you guys ever put together a guideline for American tourists to carry in case they get hurt?

  • Reply d n February 12, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    I use Telcel when in Mexico and to call outside of Mexico you need the country's number/code eg: for Canada 001 incerted in front of the full number you want to call.

  • Reply Marco Avila February 12, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    hope Maddie is felling better now, four hours late!! that is madness. Leave after 15 minutes if they do not show up nest time they will be on time. Regarding Moctezuma's revenge one can try adding probiotics weeks before your trip.

  • Reply A Taco & a Tear February 12, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Mexican toilets used to just have 1" lines, so they wouldn't accept much toilet paper. As far as Montezuma's revenge, yes I have had that experience too. I now to take grapefruit seed extract with me . You guys do what you do very well. Thanks

  • Reply Edgar Perez February 12, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Have you guys visited Zacatecas? That capital with the same name has a lot of history from when Spain and France took over, and it's not hot there lol they have a hill with a legend too (el cerro de la bufa)

  • Reply fabian miranda February 12, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Hi, I'm 🇲🇽 and watch your videos very often, like them a lot. I want to comment a few points, please take them as constructive feedback.

    No ☕? That's a new one for me, maybe is a Sonora thing but everywhere else you'll find it.

    Cell data. Is not a 🇲🇽 problem, I'm in the 🇺🇸 and with my Mexican plan I get data… Only in big tourist cities though, been living in Indiana for about a year now, my Telcel works but data sucks.

    Spanish learning. I recommend you guys expand your social group, get to know more local people, go to parties and lunch with them, not saying you have not and since you move to different cities makes it harder but I promise that will improve yours Spanish radically.

    Punctuality. No need to say you're right, it is a known issue but please take one thing into consideration, life in 🇲🇽 and many other Latin America countries is not money driven as life in the 🇺🇸 so people tend to be more relaxed, not saying is correct, just stating a fact.

    My point is, moving to different countries and cultures is a challenge no matter where you do it, if you were German living in the 🇺🇸 you would have challenges as well, garanteed

  • Reply meg montgomery February 13, 2020 at 12:29 am

    Its my turn to press the button at the airport this year . Wish me luck! 🌮🏖🌸🤞

  • Reply Word Link February 13, 2020 at 12:32 am

    YOU ARE ENCOUNTERING SO MANY ISSUES BECAUSE YOU LIVE IN A VERY SMALL TOWN. IT'S NOT SO MUCH THE CASE IN MID-LARGER CITIES IN MEXICO. IN MY EXPERIENCE, MOST PEOPLE IN MEXICO ARE PUNCTUAL. IT IS NOT ABOUT THE COUNTRY, IT IS ABOUT THE PERSON.

  • Reply Arthur Aragon February 13, 2020 at 2:43 am

    So you guys are currently living in Guadalajara?

  • Reply Sylvie Haddad February 13, 2020 at 6:34 am

    Being late is also Lebanese. Lol we have our own time. I love Mexico 🇲🇽 🇲🇽

  • Reply Javier L February 13, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Mexico is the first, the best producer and the main exporter of organic coffee in the World.

  • Reply Armando Calderon February 13, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    #7 not every mexican is like that, but the ones who are, just accept them.

  • Reply Armando Calderon February 13, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    I always flush the first paper used, Then the nexts throw to the trash.

  • Reply Joselyn Castaneda February 13, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Hello Tangerines! Special hello to Laska!! 🥰 My husband and I Love to travel all throughout Mexico but we especially like Quintana Roo. Our Husky Nala have extreme separation anxiety 🥺 We want to continue to travel, but not without our Nala. Can you recommend places on good quality dog boarding out there? I’d greatly appreciate the info.

  • Reply Sebastián carrillo February 13, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    los mexicanos no tienen la costumbre de llegar a la hora que acordó.
    Si se dijo que a las 4, es muy probable que piensen que a las 4 para que lleguen antes de las 5 porque todos son impuntuales (hablando de reuniones sociales).

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