Ventanas Mexico

Resources for full- or part-time life in Mexico

Ventanas Mexico provides resources to people considering moving or retiring to Mexico, including a blog, the section It's Cheaper in Mexico, and the books the "Interactive Guide to Learning Spanish Free Online," and "If Only I Had a Place' on renting in Mexico.

My First Uber Ride in Mexico

 

Even the smallest things take on the aura of a great adventure when you’re living in another country. In this case, it was my first Uber ride in Mexico.  

LC.I. Jorge Arechiga Perez, also an insurance agent. Nice sedan too!

LC.I. Jorge Arechiga Perez, also an insurance agent. Nice sedan too!

The vote to allow the service in Mazatlan only passed a few weeks ago.  When I learned that my ultra conscientious friend and a mother of three allowed her 17 year-old daughter to use Uber, I felt I could take the chance.  

Among Mexicans I know, they seem to feel Uber is the safer of the two choices.

The first ride was so positive, I decided to go for my second.  Jonathan, I learned, reads Kafka's "Letter to My Father," to his 10-year old daughter to try to help her understand why loving parents sometimes have to be strict.

The first ride was so positive, I decided to go for my second.  Jonathan, I learned, reads Kafka's "Letter to My Father," to his 10-year old daughter to try to help her understand why loving parents sometimes have to be strict.

 

I will always love the taxi drivers here. They are friendly, helpful and fun to talk to.  Nowadays, they sometimes even remember me, "Hola! Kerry!"   I will continue to support them, even when I might save a few pesos with Uber.

However at times you want the anonymity of arriving to your destination in a street car. The Uber ride share cars only carry a discreet $ sign on the dash to indicate they are Uber cars.

Mexican addresses can be disorienting. Keep your business cards and pay close attention to every detail in a direction before typing in your destinations.  You still get the email to rate them. 

The only other difference in Mexico is that you have a choice between paying with a credit card on file with Uber like at home  or “en efectivo” (cash), including the tip. Mexico is much more a cash country than ours so this modification had to have been necessary.

Uber. Just one more reason to create a second life in Mexico

(not a paid endorsement...but maybe I should ask.)

 

Related links: How Uber and Lyft make living a part-time expat life an easier reality - Ventanas Mexico.

The best methods for making Uber and taxi rides an effective method to practice your Spanish -  Ventanas Mexico

Next up:  Under the topic of cultural assimilation, how can mariachi music possibly be sexy I asked myself?  The answer is always in the hips.

Most recent:  Two things you'll be grateful to have for surgery in Mexico. 

 

Kerry Baker

Kerry Baker

Hola - I'm the author of the "Interactive Guide to Learning Spanish Free Online,"  a guide that is probably the most fun you'll ever have learning a new language. I learned real conversational Spanish at 55 years old for free. So can you.  Check out the Guide.

Also take a look at "If Only I Had a Place" a guide to renting in Mexico (It's different).