A Foreigner’s Eye View on Mexican Culture
While recently taking leave from Jaltemba Bay in the Riviera Nayarit for a visit to the USA after a long absence, some interesting revelations came to light about our beloved Mexico. It never ceases to amaze how similar and yet so different American and Mexican cultures can be. Both countries share the same continent and enjoy similar establishments, such as restaurants, shopping, services, even entertainment activities and cultural attractions, but both with their own distinctive flair.
Given the negative travel warnings issued over the last few years about Mexico travel, we’d like to share some positive observations about life in Mexico. Why not share some of your positive experiences with us too?
Slower Pace of Life
One of our favorites, an easygoing pace of life is a major difference between America and Mexico. People move to a much slower clip in Mexico, both socially and professionally, which is a refreshing change for visitors – although sometimes frustrating when trying to meet deadlines – especially those preferring an escape from the pressures of daily life for a relaxing vacation or a retirement home.
Another endearing part of the easygoing Mexican lifestyle is their friendly, cheerful, casual communication style. In Mexico, talking is an art (Spanish is, after all, a romance language) and since Mexicans like people who enjoy their country, they want to speak with them. Talking in circles is not uncommon since they don’t quickly get to the point, but be patient, since they usually, eventually do.
Mexicans really are Mexi-can-s. In Mexico, if something is broken, they will try to repair it and 90% of the time, they can. As with many things, they put their heart and soul into it because they’re proud of their work; need to earn income; and like to make people happy. Even if these resourceful people can’t find a replacement part, they may manufacture it using the original part as a pattern.
Punctuality & Attendance
While Mexicans are not generally known for being on time, some are punctual. More frequently, they’ll schedule appointments and not arrive or agree to go somewhere and not attend. They will say “yes” even if uncertain but will rarely call to cancel or reschedule, since this is considered rude. Later, when addressing the issue, they commonly offer the sincerest apologies for their absence.
These are only a few of the obvious differences in Mexican culture. While foreigners are often bewildered by their customs and norms, their ways are ingrained in their culture and are logical to them. The driving motivation for much of their behavior is their firm belief in courteousness and obedience. Mexico is still a hierarchical society based on centuries of Spanish rule when to be anything other than courteous and obedient could yield serious consequences.
Accepting the differences while vacationing or living in Mexico can make all the difference!
Get a foreign Eye View on Mexico from Jaltemba Bay in the Riviera Nayarit.