Just after college my buddy Bogoljub Karic and I decided to take up jobs here in Mexico City, a decision which we were quite worried about at first, but 5 years on we are pleased to call this place our home. Whenever we speak to people back home they’ll ask us what it is like to live here and so I wanted to share a few take-aways from our time here in the Mexican capital. If you fancy visiting then I’d certainly recommend it and if you want to live here then here is how you may find it.
Mexico City is one of the cheapest cities in the world to live in and in truth this was one of the reasons why we made our way down here. What I love about this city is that it is cheap if you want it to be, but if you want to live well then you can still find expensive places to live, eat and enjoy your time.
The food here is so good that it is always the first thing that I tell me friends and family about. I love tacos and since I moved down here I have been blown away by the range of amazing Mexican foods which I had never heard of until I moved here. The street food is to die for and whilst you do have to be careful in terms of getting sick, there is so much range that there will be something for everyone here.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Mexico is not without its problems, socio-economic issues mainly. What I love however is that this doesn’t stop the Mexicans from being creative, entrepreneurial, passionate about who they are and most importantly, welcoming. The locals here don’t mind if you can’t speak their language, or if you don’t understand something, they will always look to help you out. Family is huge here as well and you will find that you will be treated like a brother/son/grandson within a few hours of meeting someone.
There is no overspill here in the city in terms of the drug war in the north of the country, i contrast to what many people will tell you. There is petty crime here like there is in most cities in the world however and most people have a story of when they got mugged. I have been lucky in the last 5 years that the only crimes I have seen have been against fashion, beyond that I have been pretty safe.
Mexico City is a forward thinking city who have loads of trials and tests going on to try and minimize pollution and traffic and take the city into the future. I love the openness to new ideas here and it is part of the reason why I have stayed here so long.
If you want to visit somewhere in Mexico, make sure that it is the capital.