When I first came to Mexico and the city where I am staying with my in-laws, I didn’t really feel comfortable here. I wanted to try out Mexico city; there are lots of things to do, there are more foreigners, there are cheaper places to learn Spanish, and it will be easier to get a job. Although I really like Cuernavaca, where I am now…. I just thought that I would enjoy Mexico city more.
For the past few weeks now however, my attitude is changing! I think I’m settling in more and I’m getting more comfortable with my surroundings.
I know where I can buy medicines in the pharmacy, I know where the doctors and dentists are. I know which restaurants I can go to for cheap food. I know where I can get things photocopied, I know (pretty much) the layout of the centre. I know how to get to my therapist and to my spanish classes. I know more roads and where they lead to…
Although the city is much quieter than Mexico, I’m starting to like it more and more. Before I didn’t really want to find a job here, but now that I’m more familiar with the area, I feel that I actually could stay here if both of us found jobs. We’d have to rent somewhere if we plan on staying longer so that is something we would need to think about!
But at the moment, In the city I just don’t really see a job here for me. Maybe I’ll be teaching English (yet again), but there aren’t too many schools around here, except drastically overpriced schools for spanish learners.
But as always, everything isn’t concrete, so we’ll see what happens when the time comes!
Myself, my fiancé and his Mum and Dad decided that we’d go to the cinema and watch the new film ‘Black Panther’. (Great film!) So we arrived, bought our tickets and we were in a supermarket buying some drinks to take in with us. As we were paying, I suddenly felt a swaying sensation. I thought I was becoming dizzy or something, but as I looked around I realised that the whole supermarket was swaying side to side. It wasn’t moving so much as to make us fall or have any of the products there fall, but it was noticeable. I look at my fiancés Mum and she too looks scared.
Suddenly the cashier starts shouting in Spanish and everybody starts to rush towards the exit. I was afraid in case the earthquake would get worse! It was a relief to get outside with everyone else! In September there was a very bad one in Mexico city and it affected the town where we are now, so I’m sure everybody was scared! They know how bad earthquakes can be!
So that was my first real experience of an earthquake. I think it was around 7 on the Richter Scale in Mexico city, so we only felt a little of that! We’ve had tremors in Chengdu, but they would be very very slight, and sometimes I didn’t even know that an earthquake happened until I heard about it from other people.
But yeah, everyone here has been shook up from the last bad earthquake that happened, so I’m sure it’s even scarier for them!
We had to wait outside for about 20 and then everyone was allowed back inside. We weren’t sure if the cinema would stay play the films, but thankfully we could watch it!
My fiancé is originally from Cancun, where he spent most of his life there. Then he moved to Cuernavaca which is south of Mexico city where he went to University. As much as Cancun is very popular with tourists and having gorgeous beaches and weather, whenever I ask him where is the worst place he has visited in Mexico, he always states Cancun. He says that the place has changed a lot since he left and he just doesn’t want to live there anymore.
His Mum and Dad now live in Cuernavaca and it’s known for it’s good weather and that many people from Mexico city come here to get out of the hustle and bustle for a while. Many have second homes in Cuernavaca to come to during holidays. Here are some pictures I took from the centre of the city; I love the architecture and it’s so colourful!
In the centre there are many stalls and you can buy different types of Mexican food, like corn on the cob with mayonnaise and chili powder on it; I know it sounds weird, and I didn’t really like it when I tried it, but apparently it’s very popular here in Mexico! Also you can buy lot of different fruit drinks, made when you order! We tried a pina colada: pineapple, coconut and cinnamon, and it was so nice! I’ll definitely be getting it again!
Here is one of the little shop like places to buy your fruit juices. You can get a small cup or a big one. The big one is huge and I would struggle to finish one by myself!
The city is also quite popular with foreigners wanting to learn Spanish, so there are quite a few private languages companies here. Although they are VERY expensive I might add!
Cuernavaca is about 1 hour drive from Mexico city, so it’s a good place to live if you want to travel to the capital.
So yes I really like the city and I can’t wait to stay a bit longer once I leave China!
Here are a few pictures I took when I first came to the town. As you can see the weather is beautiful; a far cry from the smog of Chengdu.
I will indeed be uploading more photos when I have time.
A street in Cuernavaca.