We are loving our new pack member, Coco. We had Marthita the mobile pet groomer come on Saturday, and I thought I’d take a few photos to show you. Unfortunately, that’s harder than it looks! They are always on the go, playing and messing up my photos! Oh well, here’s what I have!
Paul and I have talked over the years about how (knock on wood) easily some things have gone for us in our transition to living in México. There isn’t any one thing we can put our fingers on to explain this – except attitude. I think we usually go into any new venture as prepared as we can and as open and positive as we can. We prepare ourselves for speaking Spanish, thinking about any unusual words we might need to look up. And we try to always be relaxed and smiling, with an open expression on our faces.
Do you know what I mean? If you’re all tense about an interaction it usually goes badly.
We have talked about this with regard to my trip to the US last month – my impression was that many people walk around with a “closed” expression on their face. They probably don’t even realize it, but it makes a difference! I sometimes feel myself “closing” a little and physically adjust my expression – and guess what, people respond to it! I get lots of smiles and pleasant interactions with strangers that I wouldn’t get if I was more closed down.
No matter what we’re doing we are always thinking about our preparation and attitude and how we’ll be perceived. I also give some thought to my clothing – to be dressed in a way to not be disrespectful. Even if I am on my way to the beach after a meeting, I don’t look it!
There are lots of times when this has been helpful to us. We just changed from an FM3 to an FM2 (actually now it’s called inmigrante) and we were as prepared as possible when we walked into the office. The whole process was too easy to even mention – even with driving to the bank and making the payment and visiting the Kodak place for pictures our total time investment was two hours! Now I know some of that just luck – our renewal is in the summertime when the offices of INM are not very busy, but part is that we were open and relaxed and built rapport with the people there.
People in Mazatlán are just nice, I know that. Really, whenever we travel we realize that the people here are just the best. But still a positive attitude, open expression, and some Spanish makes a big difference.