Mexico is always fun. However there is one thing I can’t stand, THE TRAFFIC!!! I wonder how people put up with that? It takes 30 min. to get to the closest place you need to go to. And that is of course if they are not working on the road or anything like that. One night I took Daniel to a birthday party, and I left a bit early to "avoid" the rush hour. Well, unfortunately my shortcuts were being worked on and it took me 2 hours to get back home. It was so horrible! I was so frustated!, I know I will never go back and live in Mexico City, but now I also want to make sure I don’t stay there too long when I’m there.
I was in Mexico City for only 10 days. So I wanted Daniel to spend as much time with his cousins as possible. But since I was also a bit delicate with the pregnancy I had to take it easy. However we still managed to see them quite a bit. They are so different, it’s like night and day. They live most of the time indoors while Daniel is bearly inside the house. I really don’t know what to do with him indoors, he’s not much into painting, or manual things, and even though he has tons of toys, it’s still not enough for more than a couple of hours at a time. However his cousins hardly ever leave their house, and if they do, it’s only for a couple of hours. On the weekends it’s a different story, because my brother and his wife are home from work so they take them along everywhere. And they visit my parents, I guess this is the time when you miss having a house. Leaving in an apartment can be comfortable for grownups, but for kids it’s like living in jail. Well, obviously I see it like that with Daniel, because he’s fortunate and spends most of his time outside. Anyway, we still managed to have a good time and enjoy the little ones. We went to the park and shopping and everything else.
I like to call them the Einsteins, they are the same age as Daniel and they can count to 10, tell all the colors in spanish and now even in english. They can do so many things, they have this great nanny that teaches them all this stuff. Oh well, what makes me comfortable is that eventually Daniel will get there, there is no hurry. There is time for everything and soon Daniel will start learning that kind of stuff in school. I must say that our educational styles are so different from American to European or perhaps I should say Scandinavian (I’m not so familiar with the south of Europe’s educational system). It seems like here in Sweden the kids are more into practical stuff. I would say that most of their learning is done with their parents until 18 months and then in Daycare, they emphasize in learning by playing. They have a session for singing, baking, etc. And they spend at least 2 hours a day outside playing with whatever there is available in the park, from sandbox, tricycles, snow sled, ball or whatever. The weather doesn’t seem to be any kind of problem for this people, just dress the little one correctly and go for it.