A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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April 13, 2006 —

Recently a reader of my blog emailed this advice:

Try to make learning Spanish a priority for yourselves. After all, Spanish is the primary language of Mexico. My experience is: (1) Spanish is an easy language to learn when compared with most other languages and (2) your relationships with locals will be far more satisfying because of a reduced level of superficiality. In other words, most Mexicans will appear friendly because you are gringos with money. But you will never truly acquire their respect and admiration without speaking their language.

I’m proficient if horribly ungrammatical and with a thick American accent… and I do work on learning some new words most days. (Some days just get away from a person…) I don’t exactly agree with the comment that the friendliness comes from our apprearing rich, because I see it as a built-in aspect of the culture.

But I do agree with the last comment about the importance of speaking the language. Recently I sat on the porch of a well-educated Mexican family having a glass of white wine with them and feeling like an idiot for not being able to speak Spanish in a way that showed I too was a well-educated citizen of the world! Oh well. Those darn verb tenses need more of my time than I’ve found for them this year so far!

2 Comments from the old blog:

  • At April 15, 2006 12:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The ER doc in Puerto Vallerta was great! My daughter fell from a bus (driver didn’t wait for her to fully step out) and broke an arm/wrist. The doc at the San Javier Hospital spoke English, was an orthopedic guy, and between my high school Spanish and his English, we got my daughter taken care of. I agree that speaking the language is a good thing. I will study my Spanish before I return. The hospital was everything I would have expected in an American hospital, and I usually doctor at the Mayo Clinic!

  • At April 15, 2006 8:40 AM, Blogger Rosana Hart said…

    Thanks for your comments! Your daughter’s medical experience is very interesting.

    And what happened adds to what I’ve heard about local bus drivers especially, that a greater level of watchfulness is a good habit here.

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