Book Excerpt from “Mexico: The Trick is Living Here”

24 May

An excerpt from Julie Taylor’s book giving tips to expats living in Mexico:

On Communication

“There are no rules for mail.  It is a surprisingly individual service and different at every house.  In the cities the mail will be delivered to your house by a mail person on a motorcycle with saddlebags.  Get to know this person’s name and face.  Greet him warmly, ask him from where he hails.  Tell him where you are from.  You don’t need to invite him in for tea, but spend a minute in a basic Mexican greeting ritual.  This is the person who will leave your mail at your door or with a neighbor.  He will learn whether or not you have an untrustworthy neighbor and avoid giving it to that person.  …  His feeling that he is appreciated will go a long way toward you receiving excellent mail service.  You can give him a nice big tip in an envelope whenever you would like, especially….”

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