Granted, we do not live in the heart of Mexico. There are plenty of tourists, we are forewarned of the spiciness of the food and we have certainly never witnessed any of the dangers that we were pre-warned of. But, we have met Mexicans who are from all over the country, learned conversational Spanish and have not only tasted all the local cuisines, but learned to cook them. We’ve embraced life on Isla Mujeres and here’s our favourite things about it:
1. The mariachi bands that play through the tiny streets attracting hoards of people
2. Waking up to Mexican music turned up so loud that the walls vibrate. Beats the standard alarm and definitely wake you up in a better mood
3. After driving Alvin across Australia, to us these golf buggies are the equivalent of Porsches
4. If you’re looking for paradise… (even the occasional rain looks beautiful here)
5. The total norm of beer, margarita and tequila consumption, whatever the hour.
Customer: “A glass of water please.”
Waiter: “Would you like mineral water, sparking water, or Mexican water?”
Customer: “Water from the tap??”
Waiter: Presents a can of Corona.
6. Being banana-shaped is just the norm. Shopping for our own hammock felt like a Mexican right-of-passage
7. ‘Mexican time’ – a term we learned from our Mexican friends. Seemingly a bit like Thai time, though instead of just consistently late, the arrival time may sometimes be several hours early or well into the night. Set date is approximate.
8. The food and the battle of the salsas. Not only is the food every bit as good as you dream it will be, living here allows time to work up the salsa scale. Most dishes are offered with a choice of three salsas/side dishes: Not spicy, a little spicy and extremely picante – we haven’t managed the third one yet without tears, sweats and rolling on the floor
9. The people: kind, extremely generous, neighbourly, fiery – and know how to party!
10. Siestas & fiestas – maybe we should rename our blog?
Hasta luego amigos,
Charlotte & Sarah x