The valley is an extension of the southern Mexican Plateau and is also known as Anáhuac (Nahuatl: “Close to the Water”) because the area once contained several large lakes.The name México is derived from Nahuatl, the language of its precolonial inhabitants.If you want to rent a whole flat for yourself, and then sublet the other rooms (or live alone), you’ll need an has to fulfil certain requirements and be a Mexican citizen, which is where many recently arrived expats find it difficult to get a foot on the rental ladder. The Mexican penchant for excessive bureaucracy is well-documented (ha!
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However, that brings me on to my next point…If you ask for directions and the person you ask has no idea where that place is, rare is the occasion that they’ll straight up tell you that.
Instead, they’ll vaguely wave their hand, give a very convoluted response or (and this has actually happened to me) ring their daughter to get the direction from her. This also explains the set response of ‘This very much depends where you’re going to be living and what you want your living situation in Mexico to look like, but renting in Mexico can prove problematic.
Contemporary high-rise structures include the Torre Latinoamericana (Latin American Tower) and the World Trade Center, the museums and hotels along Paseo de la Reforma, and the opulent shopping centres of Perisur and Santa Fé.
Supermarkets have sprung up around the metropolis, but traditional markets such as the Merced are still bustling with hawkers of fresh fruits, live chickens, tortillas, and charcoaled corn on the cob.The city’s rich heritage is palpable on the streets and in its parks, colonial-era churches, and museums.On the one hand it includes quiet neighbourhoods resembling slow-paced rural villages, while on the other it has bustling, overbuilt, cosmopolitan, heavy-traffic areas.On the other hand, if you just want to rent a room you should find the process pretty smooth – you’ll probably be asked to give a month’s rent as deposit (the cost of renting in Mexico is quite affordable for Westerners), but there are generally no formal contracts involved in the process. Either way, as an expat in Mexico, you are going to have to get used to hearing different things from various government officials at different points in the lunar cycle and depending on what they ate for breakfast that morning.This can be good or bad depending on how you look at it, and you need to have a certain level of trust in your subletting landlord or lady. I joke, of course, but it can sometimes feel like that when you’re passed from pillar to post and given different information at each stage.The country’s next largest city, Guadalajara, is only a fraction of its size.Moreover, its dense population has yielded an unparalleled concentration of power and wealth for its urban elite, though not for the denizens of its sprawling shantytowns and lower-working-class neighbourhoods.Howeverrrr, you Bear in mind, I’ve lived in two of the biggest cities in Mexico (Mexico City and Guadalajara), so I can’t speak for smaller pueblos.It’s safe to assume that they will likely be trickier to get your hands on there.Before I moved to Mexico, one thing that I kept hearing was that you can’t buy tampons in Mexico.Honestly, I should have packed a suitcase full of the bloody things according to some people.