Health in Mexico – Don’t Drink the Water

Staying Healthy When Abroad Requires Effort

No matter where on earth you travel, there are obviously health risks associated with the location, some of which are surprisingly common.  Coming from Canada, this is a fact that is sometimes easy to overlook, as we have relatively few environmental health concerns  (apart from a growing cancer epidemic, like much of the western world.)

Some tourists have a tendency to throw caution to the wind when abroad, and stop following some basic but important rules.  They will eat at any roadside stand they fancy and forget about things like washing their hands frequently.

Don’t get me wrong: I’ve been known to eat at some rather dodgy-looking places from time-to-time as well (My wife still remembers with horror that little gem of a Chinese food place on King George Highway in Surrey, BC.  So cheap!  And who cares that the basement was flooded?  One word: Buffet)  It’s hard to resist when something looks really good.  But for the sake of food safety, it is better to exercise some restraint. Continue reading “Health in Mexico – Don’t Drink the Water”

Torrential Queretaro Rainfall Brings Relief From Heat

Nothing Takes the Heat Down Like a Good Heavy Queretaro Rainfall

Our first month in Queretaro, Mexico has been characterized by the one environmental feature we were hoping to avoid by coming to this part of Mexico: High temperatures.

I’ve never liked high temperatures.  (Fascinating side point: Moose can’t tolerate temperatures above 22° C without serious health implications. )

Let me explain what I mean by ‘high temperatures’ so that I’m not misleading you.  My favorite temperature to be walking or working outdoors is -10° C (14° Fahrenheit for our American friends.).  At that temperature, a good jacket and a toque is all you need to be comfortable.  In Calgary, when the temperature first starts to climb into the low teens (above freezing) in the spring, folks typically abandon their coats, because that is considered ‘t-shirt weather’.  Anytime the mercury climbs above 25° C, that is getting pretty hot.

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New Habitat: Mexico Housing

After arriving in our new city of Queretaro, one of the first orders of business was to find a place of our own to rent.  As I intend to stay for at least a full year in Mexico, I was prepared to sign a lease to see if more favourable pricing could be secured.

It was very nice of our friend Linda to allow us to stay with her, but after a week in the city, it was time to start house hunting.  Before leaving Canada, I had been put in contact with a leasing agent who would locate properties for us to consider, and then take care of the details necessary to secure a rental property.  As with many things in Mexico, it seems that this is somewhat more complicated than it is in Canada.

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The Fuzzy Concept of “Tomorrow” in Mexico

In English, the word ‘tomorrow’ literally means ‘the next consecutive day’.  This meaning does not vary and is not subject to any conditions which might alter that definition. The concept of “mañana” in Spanish, by contrast, seems to be a highly subjective concept.

“Tomorrow” (“mañana” in Spanish) is an interesting word…

To be sure, I had long heard that the use of ‘tomorrow’ in Spanish-speaking countries did not always have a firm definition.  This had certainly been the case when I lived in Dominican Republic many years ago, and as such I probably should have been mentally prepared for Mexico.

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