What I Dislike About Mexico

eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredDecember 2018 · 6 min read

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I’ve been in Mexico for almost two weeks now, and while I am excited and like a lot of things, I have also come across a few issues I have here.

Without further ado, here are five things I don’t like about Mexico:


It’s cold inside


While you are turning green because I’m on a holiday in Mexico, I’m turning blue because it’s so cold in here. I didn’t pay good money to haul my ass away from the deadly cold Finland, only to freeze myself in what I thought is a tropical country. I of course checked the weather beforehand to see what I need, and I do have winter clothing, knitwear etc with me, but I thought that would be for me to use outside on the evenings, or for the part I travel in Finland, but no, I need it inside! There was of course no problem in the Mayan Riviera area, where it was really warm even at night time, but inland, Jesus fucking Christ I’m freezing inside!

I’m currently in Puebla, and I had this same problem in Mexico City too, both being inland, high up, surrounded by mountains, and it’s winter time. It’s all nice outside during the day, I can even get away with just a t-shirt and jeans when it’s sunny, but as soon as I go inside, I’m freezing. First I though it was just me being a bit tired and hungry, which is when I get easily cold, by no, it’s not just that, it’s actually really cold in every apartment I’ve been in Mexico, apart from the ones in Mayan Riviera.

I come from Finland, a land that is known to be really cold, but we have heating and insulation in our houses so it’s nice and cozy inside, even when the temperature outside is sub zero. Here in Mexico, they apparently have no fucking idea how to build warm houses, or they don’t just care, either way, I hate it. There is no insulation in the houses, no heating, there are barely glass in windows, and every door and window has cracks so that it’s basically windy inside. They are also fans of tile floors, which keep really nice and freezing all throughout the day.

I’m pretty sure it’s about 12 degrees Celsius inside right now, and I’m wearing two layers of wool knits and a pair of wool socks, still freezing. I’m already dreading going to the shower, and even more, coming out from there. Being cold makes me cranky as fuck, if you didn’t already figure it out from this rant.

No sound proofing



This ties in with the previous issue, because it has to do with how houses are built. Having no insulation, double glazed windows or double doors, means also that all the sounds from outside, and from other apartments, carry in really easily. And Mexican cities are really not the quietest places to begin with, so you hear everything like it’s happening in the next room.

I’m quite sensitive to unnecessary sounds; people speaking, music I didn’t choose to listen, gunshots, fireworks I’m not seeing, dogs barking, a taco cart hollering until midnight… “Tacos, tostadas, enchiladas…..” on repeat. And no, I won’t wear earbuds, those feel annoying.

Can’t put toilet paper in the toilet



This is by far the most disgusting thing in Mexico, and the biggest reason why I consider this as a third world country. The piping in the toilets here is so narrow that if you put toiler paper in the toilet, you can clog it really easily, so instead, you throw it in the waste bin next to the toilet. DISGUSTING! Even if you were to take out the trash every day, it’s still disgusting. Apparently this is not the case in every place, but how the fuck am I supposed to know which toilet has small pipes and which don’t, but all the public toilets seem to have huge signs everywhere that you should not put toilet paper in the toilet. DISGUSTING!

Can’t drink water from the tap



I come from Finland, where you could literally drink water from the toilet and it’s cleaner than the tap water in Mexico. Nobody drinks water straight from the tap in here, and everyone has to haul water bottles from the store, very annoying. It’s a bit hard to remember that sometimes, and more than once I have almost drank the water for example when I’m washing my teeth or in the shower. That being said, I do wash my teeth using tab water, because I have a pretty strong stomach, but I always have to remind myself “don’t swallow don’t swallow don’t swallow.”

Pollution



Final big thing I don’t like about Mexico, is the amount of pollution, especially in Mexico City. I can definitely feel it in my throat, and it keeps ruining my sleep on many nights. I have ruled out other causes for my throat hurting and itching, because I’m hardly ever sick, and if I am, it lasts usually two days. Now I’ve had this throat cancer since Krakow (the most polluted city in Europe) from a month ago, and it’s not letting go.

The other thing with pollution is the soot that covers everything, it’s small black particles which you can’t always see, but are basically slowly turning everything black if not cleaned regularly. I might be exaggerating but I feel like if one were to wear a white t-shirt and spend the whole day outside in the centre of Mexico City, the shirt would show signs of soot on it by the evening. Not a fan.


There is a saying in Finland and it’s often said in a sarcastic tone, that travelling opens your eyes, and it’s very true. This trip, more than any other I have taken in my lifetime, has shown me how good I have it in Finland, which is something I knew already, but don’t always remember to appreciate. People like to ask me why I don’t move to a cheaper country to live because I could blog from anywhere in the world, and the above reasons are one of the biggest for that, along with little things like safety, “free” education and health care.

While I love to see new places, I’m always happy to go home too. Clean air and water, the quiet of the countryside, going to a hot sauna and curling up in front of a fire while it’s snowing outside. I’m coming home for Christmas.


Muu maa mustikka, oma maa mansikka.


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Such a great rant!


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredDecember 2018

And I forgot to use the tag rant!!


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pharesim
pharesim @pharesimDecember 2018

Reminds me of my arrival in Spain. No real heating, no insulation, and the tap water tastes like swimming pool.
But even if I had to dispose the toilet paper in a bin, I still prefer it so much over northern winters. Car issues make me stay in Czech Republic right now, and I'm getting so grumpy about the freezing cold every time I need to leave the hotel. Dog walks are really short these days.


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredDecember 2018

I don’t much like making compromises, I want both the good weather and nice ameneties! Yeah it sucks when a simple thing turns into a huge task because you have to pile up ten layers of clothing just to get the dog out or get milk from the grocery store. I hope you get your car fixed soon and can drive back to warmth!


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pharesim
pharesim @pharesimDecember 2018

I found an insulated heated place to stay at when I'm there :)
Thank you!


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phortun
phortun @phortunDecember 2018

The winter in the Czech Republic (my homeland) can be both really nasty and incredibly beautiful. I am not there at the moment but it looks like you are experiencing the first option. I am sorry about that. Will you stay for the Christmas?


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pharesim
pharesim @pharesimDecember 2018

I hope not xD It's up to the workshop though, no idea yet.


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wolfhart
wolfhart @wolfhartDecember 2018

Thank you for the travel feed
I will not go to Mexico now

To cold and noise
Toilet paper goes down the toilet along with the business ,you don’t save it in a can. Discusting for sure. Woman don’t swallow. Hell no I won’t go.

Hope sore throat gets better soon.
There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredDecember 2018

Sorry to ruin Mexico for you, but there are good things in here too, food for example!

I don’t know what the weather is like inland at summertime, but I assume warmer, but also very rainy.

One week to go until I’m back at home for a nice family christmas :)


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wolfhart
wolfhart @wolfhartDecember 2018

Its not ruined, I have been to to many third world countries. Some don’t have toilet paper at all, but use a small hose. They all have things to offer and broaden our experiences. Nice to see you experiencing it.
Family Christmas is the way to go.


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phortun
phortun @phortunDecember 2018

Hahaha, those struggles are real! :D but... Nr. 3 and 4 (the toilet paper issue and undrinkable tap water) are common in the tropics and subtropics all over the world (including south of Europe actually - we had to deal with these issues when living in Malta and the Canary Islands too).

And the coldness of the Mexican inland - why did you even drag yourself over there? :D All the good stuff is here on the coast :) Was a beatiful sunny day with 30 degrees Celsius today here on the Yucatan coast - just like any other day :D A Finnish girl shivering with cold in Mexico, that sounds like a terrible oxymoron :D


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredDecember 2018

Omg I know, a stupid move from me, but I felt like being in here for three weeks, I have to try and explore several parts of the country. Next time I’ll fly straight to Can Cun and just move up and down the coast 😂


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phortun
phortun @phortunDecember 2018

Yeah :) There is enough cool places on the Riviera and its surroundings to keep you entertained for months ;) What are your plans for the rest of your vacation?


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daltono
Daltono @daltonoDecember 2018

Yooooo. That toilet paper thing had me considering revisiting some of the food I ate earlier today.
That’s not even write.. might as well just go outside and use leaves.


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredDecember 2018

Yep, that is so disgusting. I understand using an outhouse when camping or on a festival, but for normal living situations, it needs to be a proper toilet.


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daltono
Daltono @daltonoDecember 2018

I literally just stayed at an Airbnb tiny house last weekend they had an outhouse.. it was a bit surprising, but nowhere near as nasty as what you had to deal with in Mexico.

I agree with you 1000%


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredDecember 2018

I’d still rather have the toilet inside, than to go out in the dark in the middle of the night just to go pee 😅


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daltono
Daltono @daltonoDecember 2018

Lmao yea true. We are used to these “luxuries”.
I fear the day that a toilet cleans my booty hole with a spray. I may never be able to use a regular toilet ever again.


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredDecember 2018

Ahahah yeah exactly, we’d end up spending all our crypto to buy a fancy japanese toilet 😂


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daltono
Daltono @daltonoDecember 2018

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evecab
Eve @evecabDecember 2018

😂 you are describing my parents house in Colombia with the cold, noise and the toilets 😀. While I love to visit them , I hate the cold especially when I have to et out of bed and take a shower. I’m happy to be back in my tropical heat now


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredDecember 2018

The cold is the worst for shower, going to the toiler or having to get out of bed. I’m trying to wake up here, and I really don’t wanna come out from under three blankets!


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evecab
Eve @evecabDecember 2018

You have to bite the bullet! Count until 3 and run 🏃‍♀️ 😂


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soyrosa
Rosanne @soyrosaDecember 2018

LOL - yup. Travel is awesome and often uncomfortable. Toilet paper shennanigans remind me of Argentina :-/ In public toilets I had to buy paper so in the end I just took paper with me everywhere I went :’)

Lovely rant, I’m mostly jealous you eat Mexican food for three weeks :P


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredDecember 2018

I don’t like uncomfortable and I usually try and make it as easy as possible by having a good accommodation etc. They know how to charge for everything in here too, and going to some public toilets does cost, which I am okay with. I always carry individual babywipes with me everywhere for those nasty public toilet situations, or if I spill something on my clothes.

The food is one of the best parts in here, cheap and good!


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LOL this made me laugh :D I have a love hate relationship with Mexico, too, but for other reasons.

That toilet paper issue is actually not just a Mexican thing - same here in Thailand.

And the "freezing inside", yes, I remember that, too! It's so weird.

What about safety? I felt so unsafe in Mexico City where every building has a guy with a gun in front... Or Acapulco, where you constantly encounter tanks with armed soldiers... brrr...

Puebla is pretty. I hope you enjoy it!


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredDecember 2018

Hmm, I’ve been in Thailand and I don’t remember a toiler paper issue there, but maybe nobody told me and I just got lucky and not clog any toilets 😅

I don’t actually mind the armed guards, I’m more afraid of random people. So far I’ve felt pretty safe, because I haven’t been alone anywhere at night time.


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Ha! Apart from the 2nd point, that sounds so much like Taiwan.


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eveuncovered
Eve @eveuncoveredDecember 2018

Can I please get some of that warm weather, and then all the good parts about Finland that are opposites of the issues I mentioned here 😅


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Sure, you'll get plenty of hot weather when you come to Taiwan in the summer


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Eve @eveuncoveredDecember 2018

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