Being intertwined with both my Mexican roots and my American culture, I struggle with the concepts of needing to be loved and its extension of needing to be in a relationship as the ultimate life accomplishment, which is of course a slight exaggeration.
If you used to have right-wing views get ready to become a democrat.
If you thought life was all about work, it’s time to think again. You’ll spend many a long hour teasing each other for watching the novela or being addicted to Jeopardy.
The desire to be in a relationship is understandable when we look at Mexico’s family-oriented culture.
Relationships here are a bond between two people who want to help each other and their families out.
That they forget your anniversary or Valentine’s Day, or you have to be present at every single family member’s birthday party.
Even distant cousins and friends of distant cousins.Latinos have no sense of urgency and zero sense of punctuality, so forget trying to instil this in them. Irrational jealousy is the one of the things Latinos do best, so if you haven’t had your first fight for looking at someone else yet – then prepare yourself. You’ll be tired and unable to find the right word when you need it.Or unwittingly say something with completely the wrong meaning. It won’t be accepted and you won’t take it as an excuse either. It will also profoundly irritate you that you arrive late everywhere at all times.But from my experience in Mexico City, it is normal for Mexicans to confess their love a couple minutes into the conversation—an idea that continues to freak me out, two semesters in.However, there is also a certain kind of strength in being able to express one’s romantic feelings so boldly, which I do admire.Learning about their political beliefs, family values and how they view your country is an eye-opener as well. What kind of a mother still buys underwear for their 30-year-old son anyway? What kind of a mother has to be involved in every single decision about absolutely everything? If you’ve spent your life getting excited about waking up to presents under the tree on Christmas morning, forget it.