A few years before I made the move to Merida, I started a blog. I had been reading other blogs from folks already living here and found not only useful information, but made some lasting friendships with some of the bloggers whose advice helped me make an easier transition.
The internet is a wonderful source of information, but as we all know, things change and a lot of what we read is outdated, incorrect and unfortunately, can steer us in the wrong direction. If you have legal questions, as a Mexican attorney. Real estate questions? Ask a reputable broker or agent. Do your “due diligence”. After all, making the move to Mexico isn’t the same as buying shoes. It’s big. Daunting at times, but life changing and wonderful if you take the time to learn all you can.
What the internet doesn’t help you with however, are some of the basics...like a trip to the grocery store. So here is some simple advice.
I have learned that if you don't know which is the best bread to buy, watch what the local woman are putting on their trays at the bakery.
Shampoo? Whichever brand there is the least of on the shelf, must be the best (it is).
Meat is another story. That's hit or miss but always flavorful.
Fabric softener...not so easy.
And then there are eggs. Could not for the life of me find eggs. I looked and looked and finally asked, "Dónde están los huevos"? Well I can tell you where they're not. In the refrigerated section and that's because Mexico doesn't muck up what nature intended.
When chickens lay eggs there is a natural cover that encases the egg. A waxy cuticle called a bloom. This is what protects those little chickadees from bateria while they incubate.
Since eggs have approximate 7,500 pores on the shell, there's a good chance some major cooties could invade the porous surface, but here in Mexico, they leave well enough alone. That bloom does the job.
Mexico City 1900 Photo by Alfred Iles
In the United States, sometimes it seems we have to mess around with everything. Chickens are confined and once the eggs are laid, they are scrubbed, rinsed with detergent and sprayed with a chlorine wash...and then bathed in mineral oil.
Mexico along with most other nations has known for a long time that you don't fool with Mother Nature.
You’ll find cartons of eggs on a shelf in the grocery store, or if you prefer, visit the local tienda...where you can purchase two little ol’ eggs if that’s all you need. Just ask the owner if you don’t see them.
Next time you're in Yucatan and wondering why your breakfast tastes so good you'll understand why sometimes, the simplest meal is the best.
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