Meksiko Siti za početnike/Mexico City, a guide for beginners

Pre više od dve godine spakovala sam svoje kofere na 6 meseci u uputila se u pravcu Meksiko Sitija, jednog od najvećih gradova na svetu. Kao stipendista programa koji je uspostavljen između Beogradskog Univerziteta i Univerziteta u Meksiku (Tecnologico de Monterrey) dobila sam ovu neverovatnu priliku da iskusim kako je živeti u gradu od preko 20 miliona stanovnika i provedem semestar razmene na odeljenju za Međunarodni biznis.

Emocije u tom trenutku su mi bile jako pomešane. Od sreće, uzbuđenja pa sve do straha zbog susreta sa nepoznatim. Priznajem da mi nije bilo svejedno da odem u Meksiko Siti, 10 hiljada kilometara udaljen od Beograda, od moje porodice, mojih prijatelja. Pogotovo kada kako o gradu tako i o državi dominiraju negativne predrasude i komentari koji se prevashodno odnose na  bezbednost stanovnika i visoku stopu (narko) kriminala.

Danas kada se osvrnem na taj period, znam da je to bila jedna od boljih odluka koje sam donela  u životu! Ne samo da mi je to donelo mnoga poznanstva sa različitim kulturama, već mi je i pomoglo da se diferenciram na tržištu rada u Srbiji po povratku. Moji utisci su samo pozitivni i priznajem da nisam imala nijednu neprijatnost tokom tih 6 meseci, iako su takve situacije sasvim realne pa je neophodno da vodite računa o svojoj bezbednosti. Ali krenimo redom.

Meksiko Siti, grad populacije između 20 i 25 miliona stanovnika. Još prilikom sletanja aviona činilo mi se kao da ovom gradu nema kraja. I zaista jeste ogroman. To je prvi utisak koji sam stekla, koji je i dalje prisutan. Ogromno prostranstvo, ogromne ulice, previše ljudi na ulicama. Ukoliko ga poredimo sa Srbijom, po broju stanovnika veći je 3-4 puta. Da, toliko je velik ovaj grad.

Šta da kažem o Meksikancima kao narodu? Pretpostavljam da nam je prva asocijacija na Meksikance tekila, sombrero i naravno neizostavne telenovele. Često kažemo kako smo mi srdačan, ljubazan i gostoljubiv narod. E pa onda definitivno treba da upoznate Meksikance. Oni će učiniti da se u stranoj zemlji osećate kao kod kuće. Predivan narod. Prvi šok je bio da vas svaka osoba u Meksiku poljubi 2 puta u obraz kada vas upozna. Priznajem da mi je to bilo malo neobično i nešto na šta ja generalno nisam navikla. Ali već od početka, možete osetiti tu toplinu Meksikanaca. Što se tiče kulture veselja, slična je kao kod nas. Kako mi imamo naše tamburaše, tako Meksikanci imaju marijače. Vrlo su društveni i podrazumeva se svakodnevno druženje i izlasci sa prijateljima i porodicom. Naravno za ljubitelje salsa plesa, na raspolaganju su mnogobrojna mesta koja možete posetii i isprobati vaša plesna umeća. Šta je tipično za Meksikance? Tačnost im nije vrlina! Sasvim je normalno da kasne pola sata do sat vremena. Ukoliko ste tačna i organizovana osoba biće vam malo teže da se naviknete na ove stvari, kao što je i meni bilo.

Koja nam je velika sličnost sa Meksikancima? Ljubav za fudbalom u kome nažalost nemamo  toliko uspeha. U trenutku kada sam boravila tamo, odigravale su se kvalifikacije za Svetsko prvenstvo 2014, na koje se Meksiko kasnije uspešno i plasirao. Imala sam sreće da odem na utakmicu Meksiko – Panama na stadionu Azteca, treći najveći stadion na svetu. To je zaista bilo nešto spektakularno. Više od 100 hiljada ljudi i gol u 85 minutu za rezultat 2:1 u korist Meksika i koji ih je održao u daljem plasmanu, je nešto što je jako teško opisati rečima. I dalje kada se setim tog trenutka ili odgledam neke od promotivnih snimaka na temu ove utakmice koji su dostupni na YouTube-u, se naježim i obuzme me osećaj nostalgije.

Mnogo puta pomislila sam u Beogradu možete da radite šta kad god poželite, ali u Meksiku Sitiju to zaista možete. Taj grad ima sve. Opet, sa druge strane, kao i u drugim većim gradovima, sasvim je realno da određene delove grada nikada nećete posećivati, jer nemate potrebu da idete u njih sem ukoliko ne radite ili ne živite u istim. E sada, šta nije kul u Meksiku Sitiju? SAOBRAĆAJ je noćna mora. Moj savet vam je da ukoliko posećujete Meksiko Siti da se naoružate strpljenjem. Šta to znači? Jednom sam provela skoro 4 sata u prevozu dok sam putovala iz jednog dela grada u drugi.  Tako da onda putovati iz Zemuna na Zvezdaru i ne izgleda tako strašno.

Šta je u potpunosti drugačije u odnosu na Srbiju? Obrazovni sistem, gde su privatni fakulteti daleko više priznati u odnosu na državne, kao i bezbednost stanovnika. Univerziteti i određeni delovi grada se nalaze pod 24/7 obezbeđenjem dok se ne preporučuje odlazak u neke druge delove grada. Svakako da je sloboda kretanja ograničena u određenom smislu ali mene to nikada nije opteretilo. Ipak, ne možemo živeti u strahu. Određene savete treba prihvatiti i primeniti i izvući maksimum iz svake situacije. Pojam i percepcija veličine je potpuno drugačija. U Meksiku Sitiju kada kažete da je nešto blizu misli se na udaljenost do pola sata kolima, dok se mali grad smatra grad od milion stanovnika.

Ono što je tužno jeste ogromna razlika u bogatstvu između stanovnika Meksika. Preko 50% se nalazi na granici siromaštva. Dok živite tamo, steknete utisak o ogromnim razlikama koje postoje u dohodku među stanovnicima. Dok imate one koji jedva sebi priušte obrok i faktički da prežive, u svakodnevnom ste kontaktu sa onima čiji život podseća na meksičke telenovele kojima smo bili okruženi ranije. Vile, vikendice, privatni bioskopi, bazeni, nekoliko automobila i privatni vozači je nešto sasvim normalno za njih. Zaista vam takav način života deluje neverovatno. Pošto sam na univerzitetu bila okružena takvim profilom ljudi, u pojedinim trenucima sam se osećala kao na filmu. Pojedine situacije koje sam doživela tamo su mi bile neverovatne. Na primer, jednom prilikom drug me je upitao da li ja imam privatnog vozača u Srbiji. U njihovom sistemu vrednosti im to deluje uobičajno i normalno.

Sve u svemu, generalan utisak života u Meksiku Sitiju je sjajan. Moje tople preporuke da posetite ne samo ovaj grad, već mnoga mesta unutar Meksika koja su zaista prelepa. Priroda i obala Meksika je nešto što će vam oduzeti dah. Acapulco, Riviera Maya, San Miguel de Allende, Chiapas, Taxco, Tolantongo su neki od mojih favorita.

Ukoliko ste uživali u ovom postu, pratite moj blog katarinamatijasevic.com i profile na društvenim mrežama, a ukoliko se opredelite da posetite Meksiko, slobodno mi se obratite, biću više nego srećna da vas posavetujem.

Vaša,

Ketyy Lady

Tekst dostupan i na MONDO.rs: http://mondo.rs/a860178/Magazin/Travel/Meksiko-Siti-sta-videti-saobracaj-studiranje.html

Mexico City, a guide for beginners 

More than 2 years ago, I packed my bags and was on my way towards Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world. Due to a cooperation between University of Belgrade and Tecnologico de Monterrey (TEC), and a scholarship provided by TEC, I got this incredible opportunity to experience the life in the city that has more than 20 million people.

I was overwhelmed. From happiness and excitement, in a way I was scared as well because of the fact that I was about to face the unknown. Of course it wasn’t easy for me to decide to go to Mexico City, 10 thousands kilometers away from Belgrade, my home, and family and friends. I was also concerned about the  certain prejudices about MC related to safety and the crime rate.  

Today, when I look back on it, I know that this was one of the better decisions I’ve made in life so far! Not only that I had the opportunity to meet various cultures, it helped me to differentiate myself in Serbia when I returned. My experiences and impressions were only positive- I didn’t have any unpleasant situations during those 6 months. It’s possible that a bad situation might happen to you, so it’s necessary to take care of your safety. But let’s take one thing at a time.

Mexico City has population between 20 and 25 million. Even during the landing I noticed the size of this city. I got the impression that it is huge, which really it is.. Too much space, wide streets and too many people on them. When we compare the population of Mexico City with Serbia, it’s 3 to 4 times bigger. Yes, that’s how huge it is.

What can I say about Mexicans? I guess the first things that come to our mind when we speak about Mexicans are tequila, sombreros, and of course telenovelas. Very often we say that Serbs are very friendly and polite people. Well, you need to meet Mexicans then. They will make you feel at home while you’re living abroad. Lovely people. My first shock was that Mexicans will give you a hug when they meet you. This was something unusual to me and something I’m not used to. From the very beginning, you can feel the warmth of the Mexicans.

 Regarding it’s party culture, it is very similar to Serbs. We have our kafana, they have their mariachi. They are very social, and like to hang out on a daily level with their friends and family. Salsa lovers, will love it there. You have so many places where you can go out and try out your salsa skills. What’s typical for Mexicans? Well, they are not punctual at all! It’s very usual that they will be late 30 to 60 minutes. If you are very organized and punctual person, like I am, it will be harder to you to get used to this.

What’s similar between Serbs and Mexicans? Love towards football. which unfortunately the both national teams aren’t so good. At the moment when I was living there were the qualifications for World Cup 2014, to which Mexico later qualified. I was lucky to attend one of the qualifications matches between Mexico and Panama on the stadium Azteca, the third largest football stadium in the world. And yes, that was really something spectacular. More than 100,000 people, a goal in the 85 minute for the score of 2-1 in favor for Mexico. This kept Mexico in the game, and it’s really hard to find words to explain the atmosphere in the stadium at that moment. Even now when I remember that moment or when I watch some of the promotional videos from this game, I become nostalgic and emotional.

In Mexico City you can do so many things. That city has almost everything. Still, on the other hand, like with many other larger cities, it’s realistic that you won’t go to the many other parts of the city, except if you live and/or work in those parts. What’s not cool about Mexico City? Traffic is a nightmare. My advice to you is to be patient. Once I spent more than 4 hours in traffic while travelling from one to the other part of the city.

What’s completely different compared to Serbia? The education system for one. Private universities in Mexico are considered to be more prestigious and that they provide better education than the public ones. In addition, the safety of the inhabitants. Parts of the city are under 24/7 supervision. Certain parts of the city are recommended not avoid. Of course that freedom is limited in a way there, but I was never worried about it. We should always try to have the maximum from each situation. Perception of the size is completely different. When a Mexican tells you that something is near, they are referring to the 30 min by car and small city has around 1 million people.

It’s really sad the income difference between Mexicans. The poverty ratio is around 50%. You will face the ones that really struggle through the day to those who are living the dream. If you ever watched a Mexican telenovela, you know what I’m talking about. Once a friend from university asked me do I have a private driver back in Serbia, since that’s something according to their lifestyle.

Overall, my impression about Mexico City is amazing. I’m really recommending you guys to check it out, not only this city but also some other places within country. The nature and the coast is absolutely beautiful. Acapulco, Riviera Maya, San Miguel de Allende, Chiapas, Taxco, Tolantongo are some of my favorite places.

If you enjoyed this post, follow my blog and my social network profiles. If you ever decide to visit Mexico, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, I will be more than happy to provide you with some guidance.

Yours,

Ketyy Lady

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