Chelsea’s Mexican Musings: Social Life and Friendships in Mexico

In Chelsea’s Mexican Musings, a Canadian teen reflects on her life experiences in Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico.

The social life in Mexico is a lot different then in Canada. In Mexico my friends and I chat “face-to-face” a lot more. In Canada, my friends and I chat mostly by text messaging or over the internet. I have to say that I like chatting “face-to-face” a lot more!

I may not see my friends in Mexico as much as I would like to, but I sure have strong friendships with them. One of the things I have noticed is that when I hang out with my friends in Mexico, there is always something to do! We are always busy walking around, playing soccer, shopping, swimming and much more.

One of my favourite things to do with my friends in Mexico, is to go four wheeling on the back roads up in the mountains, and on the the quieter country-like streets in Los Ayala. There is always something to do!

During my first few weeks in our home in Los Ayala, making new friends was hard at first because of the language barrier, but I worked through it. So far I have been doing pretty well with maintaining my Spanish and I am learning the slang, to help me chat with my friends from Mexico over Facebook. One of my closest friends from Mexico is Julio Carrillo, and when ever I am down there we hang out 24/7! I would say that he is one of my closest friends, out of all my friends. It just goes to show that you can make friends anywhere, no matter what country they are from, or what language they speak!


About the Author: Hi my name is Chelsea Swanson and I’m thirteen years old. I have one brother named Chase who is eleven years old, who enjoys computers and designing videos. He is very creative with that sort of stuff. My Moms name is Rhonda and my Dads name is Mark, but everyone calls him Tony.

My dad works for Argo Road Maintenance and my Mom operates a daycare at home. We live in a small town called Kamloops which is located in British Columbia and has about 85,000 residents.

My favourite sports are volleyball and swimming. Some day I hope to be competing in the Olympics for swimming and to win a Gold medal! My favourite foods are shrimp tacos from Rosita’s 1 on Los Ayala beach (you can only get these in Mexico!), mango’s and hot sauce. My number one goal in life is to travel the world, and I’m keen on spending lots of time in Australia, the Mediterranean and Asia.

When I’m older I hope to have my own fashion line, or my own surf shop in Sayulita. Some things I love to do in my spare time include drawing, hanging out with friends, listening to music and talking with my Mom. I really have a passion for music. One of my favourite types of music is Mexican music. My dream when I was younger was to be Brittany Spears. I have even wrote my own lyrics and sheet music on the guitar. I don’t think I could live without music!

Some of the things I will be writing about in my column is my experiences in living in Los Ayala, why my family lives there, what the culture is like to me, and much more. When I’m older I hope to be living in Mexico, I think it has been a great experience! LOL

This article was originally published November 1, 2011 on Magical Los Ayala.

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