Posted by ZihuaRob on February 27, 2001 at 07:03:46:
In Reply to: Pretty Tough posted by Ed K. on February 27, 2001 at 02:50:51:
I have to agree with Ed. Besides differences in culture and language the economic situation is very tough here, and competition for scarce jobs is pretty fierce. Then there's the slow season, and no matter what you do you have to get by several lean months when there is practically no tourism. A great many businesses don't make it through the slow season.
If you are fairly proficient in Spanish and can get by without all the entertainment and conveniences available in larger towns then you might be able to live here. Many people who visit here for longer periods find themselves dying of boredom after they have worn out the bars and discos. There really is very little to do here, and "island fever" sets in rather quickly since this place is somewhat similar in isolation to an island. Many prospective semi-residents spend the majority of their time drinking. Okay for some, I suppose, but generally not a very good way to integrate into a foreign culture.
And one major hurdle for foreigners who expect to live here and be a part of the Mexican society is to learn humility. Not near as easy as it may sound, but an integral part of the local culture and a major difference with U.S. culture. Down here, people judge you not by what you do, but by the quality of your heart.