What a 9-year-old has learned from 3 weeks as an expat
We’ve been living in Cozumel for 3 weeks now, so I figured I’d post just some of the things I’ve seen Tigger learn as well as sharing some things straight from the source.
- The value of money. When wanting to rent a scooter again, he thought nothing of the 25 USD cost. Until I explained that was almost half a week’s groceries.
- He has learned about exchanging one type of money to another. Right now the USD to MXN (peso) is 11.66, but you can get a quick estimate dividing by 10 (100 MXN equals close to 10 USD).
- People tend to be very friendly in other places in the world.
- Often the best way to deal with touts is to say “No thanks” in their language while you just keep walking.
- Learning the local language, or at least some of it, really enhances your experience.
- Kids can play and have fun together without being able to verbally communicate.
- Slow travel can often mean repeatedly saying goodbye to people you’ve grown to really love and like.
- Putting your arms out while riding on the back of a scooter won’t make you take flight.
- Barracudas look more scary than they really are and are extremely curious.
- How stingrays hunt for food in the wild.
- When you’re getting tired in deep water, Dad makes a really good resting float.
- Smiling at someone is far more powerful than words quite often.
- Milk comes in boxes and isn’t kept in the refrigerator section, and neither are eggs for that matter.
- Fresh meat tastes way better than frozen.
- Bananas come in miniature sizes, too.
- Air conditioning is a treasure.
- Sometimes you just have to smile, shrug your shoulders, or laugh at cultural differences.
- Iguanas poop a lot, and they do head bobs. They also come in different colors.
- Geckos chirp at night.
- Mexico has delicious ice cream.
- McDonald’s tastes better here.
- There are coconut trees in Mexico.
- They sell octopus and squid tentacles in the stores. [And squid fillets]
- People are friendly.
- Cozumel has parrotfish, sea turtles, octopuses, sideways fish [flounders], and flying fish.
- They put broken glass on the walls to protect from people stealing their stuff.
- Octopuses can change colors.
- There are crocodiles here.
What are some of the things you have learned through travel, either domestic or international, or things that just surprised you about a place?