In an ongoing series, our writer Tina reflects on her life lessons as an expat in Mexico. Here are lessons 28 – 30. Check out the others here.

Things have been pretty busy around here the last few weeks, between various sicknesses and a Bible assembly in Guadalajara. I would say maybe it’s about to calm down but my mom-in-law is visiting from Kentucky for a month on February 15th so probably not. I am just glad to be posting for ExpatPost this Saturday and I hope not to miss next Saturday either 🙂

Without further ado, here are the next three life lessons from an expat mom of four in Mexico:

Life Lessons 28: Making tea is easy. 

At least it is if you have a peppermint plant in your back yard. I crinkle the leaves up in a bowl of water and heat it up in the microwave for 15 minutes or until it boils. I would use a stove if I had one but I don’t so it’s the microwave. Then I let it sit and cool for a few minutes. You will notice the longer you leave the tea in the water. the darker the water becomes and the stronger the tea! Then we strain out the tea leaves with a paper towel and pour the tea into cups. Don’t forget to add honey and enjoy!

UPDATE: We no longer have a peppermint plant and I miss it. Herbs are not hard to find here in Mexico but it was convenient having various plants right in our back yard. If I planted one now the dog and cats would surely eat it… Do animals like peppermint plants?

Life Lessons 29: Hot and spicy foods give me the hiccups. 

I never liked spicy and hot foods when we lived in the States but I live in Mexico now. Everything is spicy. Mexicans even put hot spices on fruit. Plus people look at me funny when I say, “No pica.” Thus I am developing a taste for a little “pica”. The last two times I ate something hot and spicy I got the hiccups. That just shows you how unprepared my body is for these new flavors 🙂

UPDATE: This hasn’t changed but it has improved! I am starting to like a little bit of “pica” in my Mexican dishes. I like the flavor it adds. Just goes to show you that we can adapt to something new and different!

Life Lessons 30: Gelato is amazing. 

It’s also famous in Mexico. Gelato means ice cream in Italian. I didn’t know that till a few seconds ago. Google is amazing. Gelato is lower in fat than ice cream so it’s healthier for you. Especially if it is all natural. Most of these fancy gelato shops tell me it’s all natural. My favorites so far are cinnamon gelato and cream cheese gelato. Sweet gelato dreams!

UPDATE: I really miss the Gelato in Morelia. I have not found a good Gelato store in Uruapan and I don’t know if I will. The one at the mall is just not like the ones in Morelia 🙁 Funny that I had to move to Mexico to fall in love with an Italian ice cream!

That’s it for this week folks! What is up in your neighborhood? Learning anything new? If so be sure to drop me a comment below. Signing off, Tina, the Mexico Mom