It's 6:14 am. I've been up since 2:30. Thank god for Netflix. Just the other day I wrote about all of the exciting things we've already experienced in our move to Mexico City. However, I'm also here to tell you that not everything is apple pie and roses (although it's pretty close). Don't get me wrong, I'm still thrilled to be here even on just a few hours of sleep, BUT moving abroad comes with it's challenges, and since I'm trying to make as little noise as possible until David wakes up, I'm thinking it's a good time to share a few of them.
Some of the challenges we've experienced in the first few days are unique to Mexico City, but I actually believe most of them are common realities for anyone making a move abroad.
1. The weather is beautiful, BUT my nose isn't too happy. Too much information too soon? Too bad. Mexico City's weather right now is pretty close to perfect in my book. The mornings and evenings are cool, and the afternoons are sunny and warm. However, the city's climate is much drier than we're used to, which is causing the inside of my nose to crack and bleed. Other than making sure I stock up on Vaseline, there isn't too much to do about it at this point, and hope that my body adjusts sooner rather than later.
2. The food is incredible, BUT my stomach still needs some time to adjust. As anyone who has been reading my posts for a while knows, I have a long history of tummy troubles. I knew coming into this that I would have some ups and downs. To be perfectly honest, my stomach has mostly responded really well! In fact, I'm eating foods here that I rarely ate at home without issue; lots of fresh fruit, and a significant increase in dairy products. However, twice already this week I've woken up needing to run to the bathroom, but nothing a little Pepto can't fix.
3. I consider myself a directions expert, BUT this city's streets have me confused. I would file this one under the "culture shock" category. Even though this frustration has nothing to do with Mexico City itself, it is related to moving to a new place after 11 years in DC. I'm so used to getting places without consulting Google that simply not even knowing north from south is really throwing me a curve ball.
4. I love buying groceries from street vendors, BUT I miss being about to use a credit card. So far, we've been able to use a credit card to purchase about 80% of what we need, but some of the most basic and common purchases in life require cash here. I'm certainly not opposed to cash, but from a budgeting perspective it's frustrating to not have all of our spending habits immediately populate into Mint.com. I know, very first world problems, but after years of developing, and sticking with good financial habits, it's going to be an adjustment.
It's now 6:45 am, which means I can make my coffee without annoying David, or our neighbors (remember, all windows are open, so everyone hears everything). Much more to come. This morning only marks Day 6 of this grand adventure. Thanks for reading my sleepless venting, apologies for any grammar or spelling mistakes I didn't catch.
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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