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What do expats find most challenging?

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We asked expats and digital nomads what they find the most challenging about the local culture in Lake Chapala. They wrote...

"Expats in Lake Chapala face challenges when it comes to communication. Speakers of English and other languages often struggle to grasp the nuances of Spanish, although many locals will try to accommodate English-speaking mandarins. Additionally, interacting with locals on an everyday basis for simple tasks such as banking, purchasing goods and services, and navigating among the bureaucracy of the local government, can be overwhelming for foreigners. Understanding the concept of time, Spanish being the cultural and national language, and aligning oneself with Mexican customs and traditions can all be difficult for expats. Finally, despite the abundance and wide acceptance of American products and culture, expats may still experience some cultural shock as they adjust to Mexican traditions and norms," said a member in Lake Chapala, Mexico.

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"Knowing that you are never really going to be part of it....that you'll always be an outsider to some extent," remarked another expat who made the move to Lake Chapala, Mexico.

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