Introduction to Mexico; My Nigerian Perspective

a female standing next to a boat by the lagoon in bacalar quintana roo mexico

My dream was to study in Mexico for a master’s in Management degree. My family thought my dream was crazy because of how Mexico was being presented in the media, but I did my research and decided that getting my master’s degree in Mexico was what I wanted.

So in 2018, I learned Spanish, I got admitted into University and I was excited to start my studies. However, when I applied for a visa to Mexico, my visa got denied 3 times. I was devastated because the “Nigerian factor” reared its ugly head again, but I had to move on and let it go. Fast forward to a few months later, my masters may have been put on hold but I ended up visiting Mexico without a Mexican visa (I’d discuss how in an upcoming post) and it was a lovely experience.

I was in Germany at the time so to get cheap tickets, I decided to fly to Cancun from Belgium. I also wanted a cheaper way to make it to Belgium, so I used the ride share blablacar to catch a ride from my house to my hotel in Belgium for 35 euros per passenger, a train ride would have cost more than double the sum and driving wasn’t an option.

I flew to Mexico from Belgium in early spring of 2019 and as a girl from the tropics, I couldn’t wait to be back in warm weather. My flight was with Tui fly and my flight route was Brussels – Montego Bay – Cancun, flight time was 14 hours and it cost around 450 euros per person.

Flying to Mexico was a bit tough because the flight was long and we had to stop at Montego Bay in Jamaica, but as the plane prepared to land at Cancun airport, and I saw the thick jungle underneath the plane, the stress of the flight was worth it.

Mexico is an amazingly beautiful country and I feel like it’s more 2nd world than 3rd world, from my research I found that Mexico has the 15th largest economy in the world (I bet you didn’t know that too). Mexico is rich in culture and home to ancient Aztec/Mayan civilisations. In Mexico there’s nice white beaches, cenotes, lagoons, thick jungles, huge lizards, jaguars, caves and a very diverse climate across the country. The official language is Spanish and temperatures ranges from 24 – 40 degree celsius.

Mexicans are “tranquilo” meaning they’re relaxed, easy going people who love to party and have a great time. Most of them are devout Catholics and a few of them are protestants and remind me of Nigerians.

During my 2 week stay in Mexico, I didn’t visit Mexico city which is the capital. I landed in Cancun in the state of Quintana Roo and from there, I took road trips to Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Punta Allen, Bacalar and the ancient Maya city of Calakmul in the state of Campeche.

I absolutely loved Mexico and I can’t wait to go back.

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3 Replies to “Introduction to Mexico; My Nigerian Perspective”

  1. Nice to read about. I was somewhat ignorant about Mexico, especially considering it was a neighboring country to my native USA. I knew about Aztec and Mayan prehistory, but had little feel for the culture and especially the geographic beauty and variety. Then I took a 9-month job contract there based in Mexico City and learned to love the place. The city is chaotic and interesting. But best of all were the numerous side trips taken over long weekend. So many worthwhile old cities and mountain villages, deserts and seacoasts. I hope you can see the interior and more northern parts someday — it is quite different from the resort regions. And mostly I hope you are able to study there someday.

    1. Wow! Thanks for sharing your experience. It seemed like you absolutely loved Mexico. I can’t wait to explore Mexico City and check out the northern parts like you said. I hope I can make it back there someday. Thanks 🙏🏾

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