As I boarded the plane to Mexico, Cancun to be exact, I had a mix of feelings of what to expect. You see so many movie showing Mexico as a country full of tequila drinking, donkey riding men wearing colorful ponchos, huge sombreros and sporting thick full mustaches. You hear the stories and listen to the news, but nothing could have prepared me for what I actually found.
When I stepped off the plane and walked into Cancun airport, I looked around me and i was surprised to see that there were so many tourists, people like me, coming from all over the world to see what Mexico was really like. Passing through immigration a wave of anxiety washed over me. What if i had a problem with my paper work? What if they thought I was doing something illegal and I could explain because I didn't speak Spanish?
Everyone around me was smiling, laughing and seemed happy to be away from there troubles. Obviously they had been here before. So, I told myself, if they're not worried, why should I be? I have nothing to hide. I'm here on vacation, to relax and enjoy some tasty tacos and margaritas. After passing through immigration with no problems and a stamp for 6 months in my passport, I headed off to find my luggage. There was only one step left and I was about to take my first steps into the real Mexico, customs. After a quick inspection I was pointed toward the exit.
When the doors leading out of the customs area opened, I held my breathe not sure what to expect on the other side. What I saw was nothing like I had imagined! There were people everywhere, waiting and calling out to me, each one offering me a different service. Did I need a hotel? Taxi? Bus? Did I want to rent a car? Or take a tour? I was overwhelmed by the friendliness of people offering me help to find just what I was looking for.
As i found my way outside i realized, this was a city. A city with roads, cars, buses. People with cellphones, Internet access and cable TV. People without mustaches, and a few with them. People speaking English, Spanish and a few other languages I couldn't understand. They were all dressed in business suits and and the women had stylish high heels and handbags. There were no colorful ponchos, no donkeys and the only drunk people where the ones getting off my flight. It was a city like the one I'd come from with everyday life like I was used to living.
Well, to make a long story short, my vacation was for a lot longer than expected. I've been living in Playa del Carmen for quite a few years now and I can tell that I have learned a lot. Playa del Carmen Real Estate helped me purchase some property about an hour north of Cancun. They have lots to offer in the way of housing - Mexico condos for sale or Playa del Carmen Beachfront for sale. I've learned that nothing is ever what it seems, and people will always surprise you. And never expect anything!
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Region: Mazatlan real estate Thomas Lloyd graduated from Purdue University Krannert School of Management with a degree in Management/Financial Option Investments. He has been living, investing, and working professionally in Mexico for over 15 years. A Mexican Certified Realtor he is the current president of TOPmexicorealestate, you can contact him at (512) 879-6546.
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