After 3 months back in Mexico, I’m still trying adjust to my own culture and family. Hamburg became my home and as some of you may know, leaving home is never easy. First days in Mexico City were nice and weird at the same time, meeting family and friends helped me to get distracted and to forget about the sorrow of being far from home.
Time passed by and I started to notice how much I’d changed and how many German habits I had adopted as mine. It’s funny when you notice how your culture works and what makes it special. With this article I would like to share my top 5 differences between the German and Mexican culture. Here they go:
1. Time: As it is well known in many parts of the world, Germans are extremely careful with their time. They do not waste any minute. It’s really easy to get used to trains and buses that are always on time. Mexicans, well Latinos in general, take their time for everything! Wasting my time is not on schedule now! Adjusting to how things work in the city might take some time (yes! I’m still struggling with Mexico’s time).
2. Mixing food: Mexican cuisine is delicious! However we tend to mix food while eating. What do I mean? Germans might serve two different portions of food in one plate, for example, rice and beans. Many Mexicans would mix both portions before eating in order to get one big portion. Order is definitely not one of Mexico´s strengths!
3. Sun, sun, sun: After a while abroad we might forget small details such as how weather works depending on the season. In Hamburg, you can count sunny days with both hands. In Mexico… we get the privilege (or curse for some) of enjoying sun every day. Sweating while travelling by bus or metro is normal for a Mexican. Germans appreciate a lot more a sunny day; they go out and spend the whole day outside, they wear summer clothes as if they were living in a really hot place (clothes that a Mexican would normally wear while on the beach).
4. Crowded places: Hamburg has around 1.8 million of inhabitants and Mexico city hosts 21.2 million people. Crowded has a new meaning! Disorganized queues everywhere! Full restaurants, full metro wagons and buses…In Mexico you are never alone! Hamburg feels so empty sometimes but soon you start enjoying the short queues and free space.
5. Family: Yes! I think this one is maybe the hardest part of going back to your hometown. Might be that you change quite significantly or family routine, number of new members, traditions, etc. are different as well. Family will always love you but it takes some time before they adjust to your new habits and mindset. German families are not as close as a Mexican one. I can imagine that for a German would be easier to adjust as they tend to live on their own since they turn 18.
It’s always great to be spoiled by family but for sure you will be missing the group of friends and the home you left. Don’t worry, time takes care of everything!
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