No smoke in LaPaz, surrounded by sea and sand, sand does not burn...Thanks for the info. It sounds like La Paz has the standard smoke situation, but perhaps not too bad? Does La Paz have the noise culture? How much might I expect to pay to rent a small house with fenced yard?
I swear that there are more Chinese restaurants in el centro than Mexican. All are buffets, i.e., all you can stand.Chinese food? Cantonese or Mandarin or Sichuan? :confused2:
From your exacting criteria, Gayla, may I gently suggest that Mexico is not the best place for you to live?
I would say the town where we have a home meets 3 out of the 4 above criteria. Tepoztlan, Morelos has clean air (it's on the edge of the Tepozteco National Park, a bioreserve), beautiful weather (think eterna primavera - eternal spring), some international cuisine, although more Indian (South Asian) than Chinese. Given its reasonably close proximity to Cuernavaca and Mexico D.F. you should be able to get your international food needs met without too much hassle. Also, there are many people in and around Tepoztlan with a strong environmental consciousness (which you mentioned in a previous post).An entire country with no place in it to live that has clean air, is reasonably quiet, has decent weather, and has amenities such as international cuisine???
The 3 houses I have lived in in Mexico have different noise levels daily. The first in a middle class/upper middle class neighborhood in Mexicali had gas trucks, a guy sellling pastries and bread with loud speakers blasting "Tin Pan" at 5 P M daily except Sun [I had to adjust my nap schedule because of him]. and a truck with a loud speaker blasting buying scrape ítems and a church 5 blocks away with bells ringing daily. Some parties lasting until 4 AM especially Christmas and New Years with fireworks.However, it might not meet your noise criteria. As in the majority of Mexican culture (and Latin American culture in general, in my experience) celebration and festivity are a major part of the town's ambiance, with one barrio or other celebrating a Saint's day on a regular basis. Along with the burros braying, the roosters crowing, children playing, etc. etc. it isn't exactly an oasis of quiet, although this varies by neighbourhood and is certainly not constant noise, just intermittent. Personally, I embrace the sense of life and energy this brings, but of course we each have our own preferences - no judgment on my part of different preferences, unless someone in turn becomes judgmental towards others' preferences or mine. Then I get annoyed.
When I think about it, our home, which is a ways from the centre of town, part way up the mountain with a lot of surrounding trees, is quiet most of the time. Sometimes there is lovely, melodic, meditative instrumental music heard from the nearby church. If someone is having a party, of course, that can be heard, but the houses in our neighbourhood are spread out, so we don't hear a lot of that. The main noise that can be intrusive is Rufina, our neighbour's burra who brays loudly when she wants her food. That can be at 5 a.m. There are also the gas trucks, water trucks, etc. passing buy announcing their wares, or other cars driving by with various announcements coming out of their loudspeakers. That's just part of living in Mexico, as I see it. NOB, you might be exposed to a neighbour's lawn mower or weed whacker.
Lots of Chinese food in Mexico City, mostly at buffet, all-you-can-eat type places, with really bad food! I ate in one on first arriving here, and never again!I swear that there are more Chinese restaurants in el centro than Mexican. All are buffets, i.e., all you can stand.
It's rather hit and miss. I went to two of them where the food was decent while the third was terrible but the beer was cold.Lots of Chinese food in Mexico City, mostly at buffet, all-you-can-eat type places, with really bad food! I ate in one on first arriving here, and never again!
Yea, what is this "no chinese mustard." Nowhere to be found, yet they have sriracha sauce, which is good, but I want mustard on my egg rolls.IN the D.F. the Chinese buffet food tends to be greasy, fairly tasteless and no Chinese mustard on the side, though Mexican hot sauce is available. These places are popular because they're inexpensive and offer seconds and thirds, if desired.