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.
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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...
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.
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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