So Long, Yellow Brick Road

Looking back on it, I’m shocked that it has been 13 months since I posted anything to this blog! But let’s face it, 2020 is something we’d all rather forget. My last blog entry was posted just a couple of months before we went into the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in Mexico, and what happened from that point onward was pretty much restricted to events within the four walls of my home in Querétaro, Mexico.

The pandemic mode in Mexico has been a bit different than elsewhere, to be sure. Here in Mexico, so many people rely on having a daily income to put food on the table, that the response to the crisis was handled very differently than Canada or USA. Here, most people couldn’t avoid going in to work, if in fact they still had a job. The economic impact of the pandemic was felt quickly and acutely here. Since Mexico relies so heavily on foreign investment, when buying patterns in the rest of the world changed, Mexico felt the pain immediately. Manufacturing shut down within weeks of the start of lockdowns in other countries, with workers left in limbo. It is a sad reality that the majority of people in Mexico were left with the uncomfortable choice between risking contracting a potentially deadly virus, or letting their family go hungry. It really wasn’t much of a choice.

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The Rough Edge of Mexico

Even though I’ve been living in Mexico for a full year now, there are definitely things about this country that I cannot accept as normal.

Don’t get me wrong… there are more than enough positive things about Mexico to make visiting and relocating here a good idea.  The fact that many things cost about one quarter what they do in Canada is a big plus.  The food is richer and more satisfying, with fewer preservatives and fillers than the processed food typical in Canada.  The people are friendlier;  greeting people as you pass in the street is pretty normal here.  Expected even.  In Canada, if you say ‘good morning’ to a complete stranger on the street, there is a better than average chance they will look at you like you have two heads or something.  In bigger cities especially, people rush past each other on the sidewalk without even making eye contact.

But with all the positive things about Mexico, there are some negative things that I still have trouble with.  The list isn’t long, but these things are definitely a problem.  Many locals even acknowledge that these problems exist.

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