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What's up Tangerineys! Welcome to part 2 of Stuff No One warned us about Mexico!

Stuff that no one told us. In the last video, we finally figured out the

difference between limones, and limas, and lemons. We're still not

quite sure whether to flush it or toss it. But we're gonna dive right into this

list today. Number one - never trust a Mexican wearing a sombrero!

Because if he tells you "no muy picante," it's not spicy.

It's going to be spicy! Yeah, I don't mean

to be dramatic but if he says "no muy picante," it will literally light your

mouth on fire and you're going to die!

Literally? [Laughter] So this is just one funny

example of something that happened to us. We asked an old Mexican man wearing a

sombrero, if something was going to be spicy. He said no. We almost died. We were in physical

pain from how spicy it is. [Laughter]

Now, we've been in Mexico since January, so going on eight

months. And we've learned some stuff along the way! We want to share these

things because we did a whole bunch of research before coming here. Facebook groups, videos, blog posts. Yeah, just reading

and watching pretty much everything we could. And there's still so many things

that we just never heard! And at this point, we've been to just about every

state in northern Mexico and some of central Mexico. Here's a little bit of

what we've learned and what no one told us before we started our travels in

Mexico. This next thing is basically the opposite of what we were told. Everyone

said there's tons of crooked cops, they're always looking for a bribe, but

in our experience... We've never paid a bribe, we've never even felt like an

officer wanted a bribe from us. But literally, before this, people made it

seem like if you have any single interaction with a cop, you are, you're

gonna be forced to pay them a bribe. And we've been pulled over so many times! Dozens and dozens of

times. So even when we first started traveling, we had a decoy wallet because

we thought that's something we would need. We put 50 pesos in it, a bunch of

old receipts and some old credit cards and stuff like

that, to make it look like a real wallet. That way, if we ever got pulled over, they

Would see that all we have is a 50 peso bill, and if they wanted a bribe, that's

all they were gonna. [Maddie word vomiting] That's all they were gonna get! [Laughter]

But it turns out, that was

sort of wasted effort. We've never had to do anything like that. We have heard of

people giving bribes to cops if they were doing something wrong. Like speeding,

running a red light, or something like that. But we've always been in the right.

We've always had our paperwork good to go.

Therefore, no bribes.

Next on the list

is that it is really freakin difficult to ship stuff! And I do realize that

international shipping can kind of be an issue anywhere. But even within Mexico,

it's been really tricky for us, and no one really mentioned how difficult that

would be. Especially, since we're so used to, in the u.s. having Amazon Prime and

you can ship stuff in two days. And it's so simple. No one ever really mentioned

how much more difficult it would be in Mexico! Just recently, I had a package

coming from Australia and it shipped Australia Post. Then it went to the

Mexico postal system of some kind. But never were there any notices left. The

package almost got shipped back to Australia after over two months. It was a

nightmare! No one told us that this would be so difficult.

After coming to Mexico, we had so many interactions with people in Spanish. And

sometimes they would have no idea what we were saying! We would be like "I know I

didn't say that wrong!" Yet they still had no idea.

Ss we learned, there's lots

of indigenous people here who speak neither English nor Spanish! And most

Mexicans don't know the language either. That's why we couldn't understand each other.

So another thing that no one warned us about in Mexico, but it's kind of an

awesome one! Is that you are allowed to have open alcoholic beverages or bottles

in the car while driving. You can even be drinking while driving, as long as you're

not the driver. [Laughter] As someone recently shared a story with us about how they

were going through a military checkpoint, or a federale checkpoint, or something

like that. And they had an open bottle of tequila. Everyone was freaking out! The

officers saw the open bottle of tequila and did nothing. Because it's allowed. It's

always a funny spectacle when we see people driving down the street in a

golf cart, or an ATV, a quad type of thing, with a beer in their hand. Or they're

riding a horse with a beer, or something like that. Both of us agree that it's a

little bit better policy in Mexico that passengers can be able to drink

something while you're driving, not the driver. It's like a felony, I think, in the

u.s. even to have an open container. Yeah, in the US, it's not just a crime, like it's a major

crime! Serious crime.

Before traveling through Mexico, we knew that gas wasn't cheap

here. But we didn't know is was double the price of what it is in the US.

last I checked in the US it was about $2.50 when we were in Texas. Here it's

about five bucks a gallon. No one told us that! [Laughter]

Thank goodness for 70 miles to the gallon in our Prius C. Woo! This isn't

sponsored by Toyota, but Toyota, where you at?

Where you at? Where you at? [Laughter]

On the topic of driving, road rules in Mexico, as no one told us, are more like

suggestions. There is a definite flow to the chaos of it, but certainly not as

steadfast, hard fire, hard fire?

It's pretty much just a do whatever you want

and don't get in an accident kind of thing. Which is a huge contrast in the US,

Where you can get a ticket or pulled over for just about anything!

This becomes more obvious after being here for a while, but there are OXXOs

everywhere! On every street corner. It's practically a monopoly of convenience

stores. And you can do anything at these places. You can pay your electric bill,

your water bill, you can recharge your cell phone plan.

And speaking of cell phone plans, no one told us how much cheaper it would be to

get one here than it was in the U.S. Not only can you do a million and one things

at OXXOs, but something else no one told us about, was how affordable it is

to shop at an OXXO, because in the u.s. convenience stores are pretty expensive.

You're kind of going there and paying for the convenience of it. But at OXXOs

It's actually not that much higher than at other stores.

By the way guys, we

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So what else did someone not tell us about Mexico, that's kind of awesome?

Popsicles here - they're full of fruit and deliciousness. They are not just sugar

filled with dyes, and high fructose corn syrup, and cancer. And they're not just

for kids. They're for us too. But we're kids so...

Uh. [Laughing]

So before coming to Mexico, we did tons of research in Facebook groups, and

talking to people, and looking at websites, and watching videos. One thing

that we heard pretty consistently is that you always should order bottled

water at restaurants! And after we got here and started traveling around a lot,

We found out that almost all restaurants serve water that is filtered when you

ask for a glass of water. Of course, you can check to be sure. That would be aqua

de garrafón. That's filtered bottled water. Right? Filtered

jug of water? Well the garrafónes are those five or six gallons big things.

Filtered water.

So what no one told us, is that in a ton of places, you can just order a glass of

water. And it's not coming out of the tap, and you really don't have much to worry

about in that sense. Before coming to Mexico, I had no idea about the extent of

Mexican cuisine! Maybe Maddie has a little bit more

experience with this than I did, because her family's Mexican. But I thought it

was basically tacos, burritos. Except it was like burritos, and quesadillas, and

Enchiladas. Nachos. And nachos, and that was pretty much it. [Laughter]

But in reality, there

is so much more to it than that! And it's incredibly diverse throughout the

country. For example, we can go to a Oaxacan restaurant, and every single

thing on the menu is totally different than anything we see here in [Struggling to pronounce Jalisco]

here in Jalisco.

The next thing that no one told us about Mexico, or maybe it's kind of like they

told us wrong. Is how diverse it is throughout the country, with even the

language, the jargon, how people speak, culture, food, all the things like that.

Which now seems kind of like a "duh, obviously, Mexico is a huge country!" And

so of course it would be different throughout, throughout the whole thing.

But the way that people talk about it in the US, and what you see on the news, and

things like that. Lead people to believe that it's sort of like one city, that's,

you know, the same. I think even the way people talk about it in Mexico. They say

"Mexico is this, Mexico is that" and people who haven't traveled much, who live in

Mexico, often take what it's like in their city or in their state and, apply it, assume

that's how the whole country is like. But it's incredibly diverse! Very different

throughout! Absolutely, I agree with that 100%!

The next thing on the list - Are the huge rivalries between cities and states in

Mexico! Between the north, south, and central Mexico. Yeah, we were just talking

about this. And sort of in the u.s. we know that there's rivalries between

schools. You were just saying like California versus New York east/west,

things like that. Yeah. But more in like a joking way. But here

people are legit serious that their city is the best city! Their food is the best

food! Their culture and lifestyle is the better one. Between big cities, especially

like Monterey, Guadalajara, Mexico City, and then I think even little towns kind

of have the same thing going on too. I find that really interesting! A little

bit strange. Kind of amusing. Yeah, very amusing! [Laughter]

People seem to be very proud of where they came,

Where they come from. Where they live.

I'm from Jalisco, I'm from Colima, or wherever

it is. Go northern Mexico! Go southern Mexico!

I think what it boils down to is

that people are just very proud. They're proud of their state. They're proud of

their family. They're proud of their culture, their team, and their whatever it

is. And that's very true throughout Mexican culture. So it does make sense,

this one, after being here for a while.

I feel like this is something we should

have heard along the way, but something else no one told us about before coming

to Mexico is that you never pump your own gas. And this isn't something we're

used to in the US, at least where we're from. There are a couple states where

people pump your gas for you. But in general, you always pump your own gas. But

in Mexico, in addition to someone doing that for you, they'll also check your oil,

check your other fluids, put air in your tire, and wash your windows. Maddie: Just one tire. Yes

They'll put air in one tire, and that's it! [Laughter]

And it is customary to tip those

people, especially when they do something extra for you!

Something else that we didn't realize until we started traveling through

Mexico, is how great and easy it is to move about the country! With various

options. There's something called bla-bla-car that you can like carpool

with people. Buses, planes, long Uber rides. Long Uber rides. That would be

completely unheard of in the US. But, in Mexico, you can have an Uber driver take

you like an hour or more to another city, and it's actually pretty affordable to

do so. We don't really have personal experience using all these things but

we've talked to so many people who have! Yeah. They say it's super great system! We

especially hear awesome things about the bus system.

Yeah, absolutely. And of course

right now we have a car, so that's why we're not using all these. But if we

didn't, it wouldn't be impossible to get to other cities, wherever we wanted to travel.

Another thing is that police and ambulances frequently drive around with

their lights on. If a cop is behind you with its lights on, that does not mean

you are getting pulled over. Whereas, if they turn the siren on, well that's your

signal to pull over.

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