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5 Things I Hate About Mexico City

1. Noise. With a city of over 25 million people you’re bound to hear SOMETHING! In my first apartment I heard fireworks all day long. You would swear I was in a war zone as they sounded like missiles! My neighborhood threw a party one time and it started at 11pm and went to the NEXT DAY around 8pm. Good thing I can sleep through anything if I’m tired enough. My neighborhood is “quiet”. I hear traffic noise from around 8am to 9pm at night, but I love it here. My neighborhood is so nice and has everything I need.

2. Driving. Aw the perks of living in a big city. There is no real structure to driving out here. Anything goes! They drive stick shifts so a ride is bumpy automatically. I keep telling myself I’m going to ride the train and bus more, but Uber is so convenient and cheap. I can’t give it up. Plus I swear I can’t breathe on the subway for whatever reason or it’s my anxiety kicking in.

3. Roads. Alot of the roads here are in disarray. There are bumpy and does not feel good driving over them. Alot of streets have humps to drive over too which makes riding in a small car unbearable. I’d imagine cars need alot of alignments out here.

4. Cars. Everyone drives a stick shift out here. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. I know if I was to rent a car I would be able to get automatic. But I think I should learn how to drive a stick sooner rather than later. I appreciate that most people drive small cars and not gas guzzlers to help with traffic and pollution.

5. Prices. Some things I can get for cheap back home is expensive here and vice versa so it’s all relative. I’m not a consumer anymore so it doesn’t bother me much. But my apple cider vinegar and aloe juice is expensive out here. I want to bring back bottles of both when I go back home.

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  1. Lived in Mex for a decade. Aloe grows like crazy there…and in pots if you have only a balcony. They call it Savila/Sabila, but I bet you know that.

    • Keen & Ready

      April 8, 2017 — 8:09 AM

      Yes it does grow like crazy out here. I don’t have a balcony or I would grow my own. One thing I hate about city life. 🙂

  2. I moved to Mexico City a few months ago and can’t wait to leave. I hate almost everything here. Traffic is awful, pollution, expensive rentals and the fear of getting robbed. Luckily I am moving to a smaller place this weekend.

    • Keen & Ready

      May 25, 2017 — 9:57 AM

      City life isn’t for everyone. I’ve never had any problems and feel safer here than in Amerikkka…but then again I’m Black so my life would be different than anyone else’s on this earth. I hope you find your forever home!

  3. This One Goes to Eleven

    August 13, 2017 — 4:56 PM

    You don’t have to live in the city for it to be noisy. I live in Baja, in what was until a few weeks ago a quiet area in a canyon meadow with the nearest house a few hundred yards away. Everyone loves the stillness up here–the birds, the crickets. But last week, the landowner on the parcel next to me put down a mobile home practically on top of the one I’m renting. He had acres to work with, but no, it has to be so close to mine that it literally fills the windows. It’s ridiculous. I’m getting sympathy emails from neighbors. And he plays his music loud enough for the entire neighborhood to hear, like a dog pissing on everyone else’s property.

    My landlady just shrugs (after pretending she knew nothing about the guy’s plans to build on top of her lot) and says, “Oh well, that’s Mexico.” Yup, and that’s why I’ll leave as soon as I can afford it. I will find a lawyer that will get me out of the lease because of the noise, so the landlady is screwing herself by not dealing with it. Meanwhile, I’m getting some big speakers. We’ll see how they like classical music and opera for a while.

    I loved Mexico when I first moved here nearly a decade ago, but I could write a list of 40 things I hate about Mexico at this point, the noise being the worst. I’ve moved three times because of it. Any time there’s silence, Mexicans feel a need to fill it with noise and disruption. It’s like a cultural addiction that they just can’t handle tranquility. There’s no getting away from it. I will never understand it, and I will never fit in here because of it. I could probably tolerate the other 39 things I don’t like about living south of the border, but the noise is making me just hate this country. I have a constant headache, I can’t take calls for work, I can’t hear movies or TV shows on my computer, and many nights I can’t sleep. My pets are constantly traumatized by fireworks. There’s no respect for anyone else because they have no respect for themselves (the litter here is a close second to the noise)–just a lot of macho arrogance and one upmanship.

    • Keen & Ready

      August 13, 2017 — 5:26 PM

      Oh wow! Yes my first apartment was horrible! How can you party straight for 48 hours!?!??! My new apartment is SO much better and I don’t think I’ll be leaving for a while. I get street noise because I live on a main street but it’s NOTHING in comparison to my first apartment. I could hear fireworks going off, partying all night, my neighbors’ toilets flushing! But I do live on the third floor and have the whole rooftop to myself…I’m the only apartment up here so it’s pretty quiet. One night I heard my neighbors sexing which was so RUDE…they didn’t even have the decency to close the windows! So yup I totally understand. But I’d love to know the other 39 things because I’m still in my…nothing is wrong with Mexico phase right now lol. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  4. Hi what neighborhood are you in? Enjoying your posts. Happy new year

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