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MexicainDrapeau du Mexique
Sergio Nolasco, mexican
The meeting
South of Mexico City, in the city of Oaxaca, we had the chance to discuss with the co-associate of the youth hostel where we stayed. Sergio kindly accepted to answer to our questions, in a blend of French, English and Spanish. We were surprised of the similarities between our two cultures. Discover some facets of the Mexican culture.

Sergio Nolasco
In a country of 54, 6 inhabitants per km2 versus 3,5 people per km2 in Canada, we discovered Sergio Nolasco, a young man of 29 years old. He earns a living by welcoming visitors at Oaxaca’s bus stations to invite them at his youth hostel. He makes sure that guests feel at their ease and have all they need. What he prefers most is nature - the mountains, rivers, beaches and wildlife diversity of his country makes him proud.


Fillette du Mexique

La familia
For all Mexicans, the family is sacred. Children are a central element of many celebrations. When children are not old enough for school, mothers often bring the youngest at work. For example, it’s not rare to see the store’s cashier with her child in the arms. When both parents work, which is more and more common nowadays, children go in daycare or home care. Family meals are privileged moments that can last as long as four hours.
The private sector in Mexico is very dynamic, but there is still so much to be done. Here, there’s no unemployment or social insurance. If you’re jobless, it’s up to you to survive. This can be really stressing when you have mouths to feed. Jobs are very precarious. To avoid pay raises, employers offer 4 to 6 month contracts. People do their best to get along. Some develop their own little business, but since they have little money to invest, they remain small. Mexicans are hard working people. The heat, which can reach 49°C, with an unsupportable humidity level, certainly slows them down, but never stops them. More than 18% of the active population works in agriculture, which represents 4% of the gross domestic product.

Cactus du Mexique
In Mexico, the heat reaches sometimes 49°C


Changer le monde

Changing the world
If it was possible to change one thing in his country, it would be eliminating corruption. Indeed, corruption is a plague in this region of the globe. In Mexico, it’s difficult to trust legal authorities. Also, this country has an enormous pollution problem. The population is not conscious of their acts on the environment. Along roads and everywhere in villages, important amounts of garbage lie around. At the moment of his visit in Canada, Sergio noticed how people cared about the environment.

Upside down world
A cultural difference that made us smile is the signification of skin color. For them, more a person has a pale skin color, more he or she has chances of being successful in life. That way, without even realizing, the child that has the palest skin color in a family will get more attention from its parents. No need to tell you how strange he found the fact that we wished to get a nice tan for our return in Quebec!


In the countryside and in the city
Sergio notices an important difference between city people and villagers. He describes villagers like traditional, churchgoing people. Children from the countryside tend to leave home earlier than those from cities. The workload on the farms obliges young ones to quit school earlier than children growing up in bigger cities. However, the country’s literacy rate is 92,5%.

More than 93% of the Mexican population are Catholics

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