It was 4am in the airport and all I could smell was rain in the air. Thunder echoed all around me, welcoming me to my new home with great claps clattering around the sky.
With great apprehension I was here. I had done it I had relocated to Mexico City. Now Mexico City often gets a bad wrap. Prior to coming I had read every trip advisor warning, ever advice segment, but what they always failed to mention was how beautiful, green and welcoming this city would be. Relocating to a new place is never plain sailing but the warmth and support I have received from locals and ex pats alike has been overwhelming.
Mexico is a vibrant colourful country with a rich history and a vast of cultural gems. There are many opportunities to study Spanish, teach English as a foreign language and get away from the normal tourist traps of Cancun and Playa De Carmen. One such location I would definitely recommend any new comer to see is Tulum. This beach paradise is one hour outside of Cancun. It’s crystal clear waters and white sanded beaches will take your breath away. There are many things to do such as visiting the Tulum ruins or the nearby seventh wonder of the world Chichen Itza. You can visit Sian Ka’an a world heritage site rich in tropical forests and spot some rare species such as wild dolphins and sea turtles! And if you’re not too tired after all that there are many diverse Eco parks and snorkelling opportunities in this sometimes overlooked location, but don’t think you have to leave Mexico City for some sight seeing!
Mexico City never stops giving, it is a cultural hub where you can while away your time off exploring the many museums, old town centres and markets. It is a city proud of its heritage boasting famous residents such as inspirational artist Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky. There are many things to see and do, you can dance the night away learning salsa, or take in a show of authentic Mexican wrestling! If you like museums you will be spoilt for choice with the large Museum of Anthropology where you can immerse yourself in the history of the Mayans, Aztecs and the many indigenous communities that make up Mexico’s cultural heritage. There is a museum for Frida Kahlo, many modern and traditional art museums and of course a variety of churches, cathedrals and traditional plazas. There are many locations that are only an hour away, from the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan to the riverside market town of Xochimilco, it is all waiting there for you to explore!
Relocating to a new country has been the best decision I have ever made. I would recommend anyone to take up this fantastic opportunity to explore this enchanting country. Learning Spanish has been a rewarding experience and has helped me grow in my confidence, knowing that you can do this is possibly the best feeling out of all, and believe me if this home bird can do it, you can too! There are many opportunities here to teach English as a foreign language and to learn Spanish.
Mexico City is here waiting for you, ready to be explored. Take the leap!