Cost of living in Morelia, México

It’s actually quite surprising. Whenever I eat in restaurants, I try to find the very best. There are quite a few restaurants here that are excellent. But, no matter how fine the food is nor how elegant the ambience is, I struggle to spend over 20 bucks. Most meals are much cheaper. To break the 20 dollar barrier, you have to have at least three cocktails.

Cleaners of parks use long palm branches to sweep the grounds.
Cleaners of parks use long palm branches to sweep the grounds. Morelos Park, Morelia, Mexico.

I took my clothes to be laundered. Price for the service? 14 pesos. That’s about $.76. Yep, seventy-six cents to wash, dry and fold my bag of dirty laundry. They even had it ready for pickup within three hours. Unbelievable.

The barber shop around the corner is where I’ll go in a few days to get a haircut. The sign in the window advertises it’s only 35 pesos. That’s the magnificent sum of $1.89. The cost of living here is unbelievable. Every time I eat or buy something I do the calculations and shake my head. How is this possible?

La Pila de Sorinne, Morelia, Mexico
La Pila de Sorinne, Morelia, Mexico

The place I’m staying at is excellent – overall. It’s a three-storey building with a rooftop deck overlooking the city. I have three bedrooms and three beds. It’s a massive place for one person. The only drawback is that it’s directly across the street from a shopping plaza. Unfortunately for me, singers come to the plaza with amplifiers and boomboxes to sing and hope for tips from passersby. Bleah. At least that’s mostly just on the weekends.

The plaza across the street as viewed from my rooftop deck.
The plaza across the street as viewed from my rooftop deck.

The noise is irritating. But, I’m still new to living in Mexico. I knew going in that there would be lessons to learn. From now on, no Airbnb across from shopping plazas 🙂

They don't use stop signs here. Whoever gets to the intersection first, has right-of-way and assumes all other traffic stops. Sometimes there are disagreements as to who gets there first. As a pedestrian, I find it disconcerting.
They don’t use stop signs here. Whoever gets to the intersection first, has right-of-way and assumes all other traffic stops. Sometimes there are disagreements as to who gets there first. As a pedestrian, I find it disconcerting.

One more week and I’ll be on my way to a new house experience in Toluca!

On Sundays they close the city center off to cars and it's pedestrian only. Cars are evil.
On Sundays they close the city center off to cars and it’s pedestrian only. Cars are evil.

 

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