Home Mexico Forum Mexico Guide Mexico Resources Real Estate Healthcare in Mexico
Mexico
Resources
City Guides
CIGNA Expat Health Insurance
Join Sign In
CIGNA Expat Health Insurance

Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Queretaro, Mexico

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Queretaro

Did you receive any cross-cultural training for your move abroad? If yes, was it before or after the move?

No,I received no training at all. I did it on my own, head first.

Expats living in Mexico interested in expat health insurance should take a minute to get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA.

If they speak another language in your new country, do you speak the language? If yes, did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad? If no, are you planning to learn the language?

I speak Spanish now, but I learned since living in Mexico...not before.

Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad?

No, I tried to deal with things one day at a time, but yes, there are still culture issues even after 16+ years.

How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?

It was pretty bad at the time, I mean, I threatened myself to move elsewhere (although not return)quite a few times.

Expats often talk about going through the "stages of culture shock." Examples include the honeymoon phase, the irritation-to-anger stage, the rejection of the culture stage, and the cultural adjustment phase. Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture?

Sure, I went through ALL of those phases and I thought each stage (after the first one) would never end.

What, if any, were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock? These might include things such as anger, depression, anxiety, increased eating or drinking, frustration, homesickness, etc.

I think I experienced prolonged stages of frustration more than anything. Maybe anxiety came and went often. I drank more than before. Strange, I never had homesickness because I was sure I was leaving permanently.

What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?

I appreciate that I've learned to have a lot more patience most and also to live more in the moment, instead of planning everything. We can't assure tomorrow will be here, so we should live more for today...which is something so many people forget to do.

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

Ha! this is easy. The most challenging aspects are adapting to the mentality (you have to literally dumb down to fit into society, for the most part). I have to be more flexible about time too.

Did you "commit" any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders? If you did and you'd like to share them, please do tell!

Of course! I remember once I was looking for a pair of tennis shoes. When I entered the store, a kind (very) young man tried to help me and since I was used to using socks to try on tennis shoes, I blurted out (in Spanish) that I forgot my underwear (instead of socks) since they didn't have any for me to use. The look on his face was priceless and I haven't stopped laughing since. I bought a pair of shoes there, but avoided that street ever since. p.s. Socks in Spanish is "calcetin" and underwear is "calzones" so I always confused the words.

Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?

Well, I think once you get over it, you realize that it's something normal and it helps you to remember that for future trips and experiences living abroad. If you're on their turf, you can't begin to try to change them or say what's "right" and "wrong". You live with it and do your best to adapt.

Read Next

Retirement-In-Ajijic-and-ChapalaAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Ajijic and Chapala, Mexico

A retiree in Ajijic (Lake Chapala), Mexico chose to move to Lake Chapala because of its lower cost of living, better weather and friendly people. Life in Lake Chapala has exceeded his expectations -- he bought a house and got married.

Retirement-In-ApizacoAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Apizaco, Mexico

A retiree in Apizaco, Mexico talks about retiring in Mexico. He and his wife decided to move to Mexico for the lower cost of living and climate.

Moving-To-Playa-del-CarmenAn Expat Talks about Moving to Playa del Carmen, Mexico

A retiree who visited Playa del Carmen and then returned a month later to rent for a year is very happy with her decision. She's living 3 blocks from the beach and paying a third of what she'd be paying in her home country.

Moving-To-Puerto-PenascoAn Expat Talks about Moving to Puerto Penasco, Mexico

An expat talks about living in the Mirador section on Puerto Penasco, Mexico - the close proximity to Tuscon, the lower cost of living finding a rental and more.

CIGNA Expat Health Insurance

Write a Comment about this Expat Report

Sign In to post a comment.

Comments about this Report

guest
Sep 29, 2010 11:47

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience!! Very interesting to see in the eyes of an expact how they perceive my home town! Hope you are enjoying your experience in Queretaro overall.

RubyCalle
Jan 14, 2014 15:32

Thanks... a lot of things you mentioned I am going to keep in mind!!!

Expatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Mexico from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

15 Expats Talk About Life in Mexico

Expats share some insight into what it's like to live in Mexico on a day-to-day basis once you actually make the move and get there.
Expats share some insight into what it's like to live in Mexico on a day-to-day basis once you actually make the move and get there....

8 Best Places to Live in Mexico

Expats from the United States and Canada often choose to move to Mexico or retire there. Here are some of the locations that they recommend most to others considering living in Mexico.

Expats from the United States and Canada often choose to move to Mexico or retire there. Here are some of the locations that they recommend most to others considering living in Mexico....

Healthcare in Mexico

If you're moving to Mexico or an expat living in Mexico, understanding the Mexican healthcare system is essential. We offer an overview of the public and private healthcare systems in Mexico, health insurance for expats in Mexico, hospitals and prescription drugs.

If you're moving to Mexico or an expat living in Mexico, understanding the Mexican healthcare system is essential. We offer an overview of the public and private healthcare systems in Mexico, health ...

Retirement-In-Ajijic-and-ChapalaAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Ajijic and Chapala, Mexico

A retiree in Ajijic (Lake Chapala), Mexico chose to move to Lake Chapala because of its lower cost of living, better weather and friendly people. Life in Lake Chapala has exceeded his expectations -- he bought a house and got married.

A retiree in Ajijic (Lake Chapala), Mexico chose to move to Lake Chapala because of its lower cost of living, better weather and friendly people. Life in Lake Chapala has exceeded his expectations --...

Moving-To-Playa-del-CarmenAn Expat Talks about Moving to Playa del Carmen, Mexico

A retiree who visited Playa del Carmen and then returned a month later to rent for a year is very happy with her decision. She's living 3 blocks from the beach and paying a third of what she'd be paying in her home country.

A retiree who visited Playa del Carmen and then returned a month later to rent for a year is very happy with her decision. She's living 3 blocks from the beach and paying a third of what she'd be pay...

Mexico Guide
Other Links
Our Story Our Team Contact Us Submit an Article Advertising Travel Warnings

Copyright 1997-2019 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal