why we miss living in the united states


That cannot be the alarm going off. Who booked the flight this early? I don’t even think I fell asleep. Oh well. We’re going to Phoenix! Wooo! [Music] Find Taxi at 2:30 AM Take taxi to ADO bus station. Take ADO bus to Cancun airport. [Music] Layover in Atlanta [Music] Phoenix, Arizona What is up Tangerineys from Phoenix, Arizona. This is where I was born and raised,
we are taking a trip back here to see some of my family and some of our old friends.
Jordan spent the last 10 or so years in Phoenix Arizona as well. For college, we both went
to ASU. But anyway, in today’s video, we are trying to find little slices of Mexico throughout
Phoenix and see what type of Mexico influence, things that are going to seem probably more
familiar to us now that we’ve been living in Mexico for almost a year and a half. So,
our first stop is this Hispanic market called Ranch Market. And as you can see up here,
there’s a Panadería, a Pescadería and all “ías” – Carnicería, Tortillería – Nevería,
La cocina. All the “ías” but I’m curious to know what type of Mexico we are going to
find in this store. Let’s go! [Music] First impressions, I’ve heard nothing but Spanish
so far and this is like blasphemy here for Mexico. It’s all Pepsi. Instead of Coca Cola. [Laughter] [Laughter] Look at this. Oh my gosh! Holy Jackfruit! The first and only place we ever tried this fruit was
in San Blas. It doesn’t look like something you would wanna eat, it looks like something
you should run away from. Over here, it says Sabores de Mexico and this looks like prepared
food, lots of meat. Agua fresca. Salsas. Bolillos! [Laughter] Oh and look, Aguas frescas counter: Hibiscus, Cucumber, Tamarind, Watermelon, Mango, Pistachio, Strawberry, Spinach with pineapple. Or is this Spinach with pineapple or what is that other stuff called? Chaya. It might be chaya. Or it might be Spinach here. This is super funny to be in here after being in Mexico.
Everything’s making me smile or laugh. It seems like Mexico-esk, it doesn’t seem like
Mexico that we know it as, but there’s certainly a lot of familiar elements. Oh yeah. A ton
of things in here that are more from the Mexican culture than they are for the US culture.
Like people are not gonna to be buying a big thing of cinnamon sticks to make horchata or cafe de olla. Yeah, they’ll buy cinnamon but not in that huge amount. No [Laughs].
There’s the tortillaría So, I’m seeing [intercom announcement in Spanish] I’m seeing a lot of chilies, a lot of spicy stuff, a lot of
corn, a lot of meats, and cheeses, but what I’m not seeing are a lot of Gringos. Just
us [Laughter] No gringos. Without gringos. Without gringos. [Music] Ah! Here’s the section. [Laughs]
So yeah, I’m with you Jordan, I was smiling the whole time we were in there. There’s a
lot of Mexico there, I mean, the prices are certainly a lot higher than you might find
in Mexico, but a lot of the same very traditional foods and ingredients that you would use to
make some of the things we love so much like Sopes, and aguas frescas. Yeah, with prices,
I noticed at the Panadería where they had their sweet treats, and sweet breads, and stuff,
that’s going to be around five Pesos per item or about 25 cents in Mexico, here it was a
dollar. Which is like pretty good price a dollar for a big huge like cookie or like
loaf. At Ranch Market, certainly lower prices than at other grocery stores like Frys,
or Safeway, or whatever, but a ton higher than real Mexico, actual location Mexico. I
don’t know if they accept Pesos though. Yeah, we should have asked. [Music] We are in a
part of Phoenix called Guadalupe and we found Mercado Mexico. I don’t know what this place
is but we’re gonna go check it out. All right, let’s go see. Hello, how are you? Hi, how are you? Very well, yourself? Very well, thank you. I like your Spanish [Laughter]. These things look so familiar and colorful, oh yes, day of the dead. So, this is definitely a transplant of Mexico, I think we should ask where they’re from. Yeah. If
you liked this video, subscribe to our Channel and, Gong that Bell! Oops, better not gong it too hard! Jordan, it literally says “Please don’t bang the bells.” Ay Ay Ay Ay. They’re all hand
painted, lead free. I love that every one is unique. Yeah, I mean you can literally see
where they painted each of these in different colors .Yeah, that’s awesome. When we’re in Phoenix, we want to find Mexico in Phoenix. Normally, we live in Mexico. In Quintana Roo. In Quintana Roo. But where are you guys from? She is from Guadalajara, Jalisco and he is from Sonora. We lived in Guadalajara. Yeah, for 4 months. So now you live in Quintana Roo? Yes, yes in Puerto Morelos. South of Cancun. Yeah, Cancun. I haven’t been there. It’s in Oaxaca. Puerto Morelos is a much smaller town than Cancun. And why do you guys want to have a store in Guadalupe – in Phoenix? She is the owner and she had to decide now that she has been here for 30 years. She has had the store for 30 years. Really? How nice! She’s famous. People are coming from other parts, other states. From New York. People have traveled here, right? Yes. People from different parts come here too. The things here, are they from Sonora and Jalisco? No, different states of Mexico. Yes, in all parts of Guadalajara and Oaxaca. They’re really pretty. What’s your name? My name is Araceli. Araceli, nice to meet you. Maddie. Nice to meet you. Jordan. And the boss… boss! Hello, how are you guys? [Laughter] My name is Cecilia. Nice to meet you Cecilia. I thought that Mercado Mexico was kind of funny because it was like so many familiar artesanias from all over Mexico.
All the vibrant colors of Mexico that we see everywhere and I could tell they were really
proud of the fact that it was some from the states all over Mexico. If I understood correctly,
she was saying that people travel from all over the US too, to come there so that they
can get these artifacts and these… Artifacts? [Laughter] Like arts and crafts. We can’t say
handicrafts, people just don’t say that in English. That was a really cool experience.
Yeah, that was fun. And they were shocked, shocked, I think that we’re speaking Spanish with them. [Laughter] So, you might be wondering why the inside of my car looks different and that’s because
it’s not my car, it’s my mom’s car, thanks mom. A lot of people were asking if we were
gonna drive or fly, and from Puerto Morelos, it would be approximately 60 to 70 hours of
driving, so I don’t think we’re ever going to make that drive at this point, so we flew
here. Yeah, Google Maps says 40 hours but it always takes way longer. Alright, so we found some authentic
Mexican food, gonna grab some here. Hi, how are you? Good thanks. How are you? All right,
thanks for asking, how can I help you? Uh, one taco please. What, I’m sorry? Taco. OK.
And that’s it. All right. One taco Your total at the 2nd window, $1.62, thank you. Thank you. A freaking taco costs a buck 62. I thought you were gonna go “Un taco de pastor” and they were gonna
go, “no, we only have rat meat here.” [Laughter] Thank you. Thank you. Have a good day. You too. What is this? A hard shell, that’s something you’re not gonna see in Mexico. Lettuce, some shitty cheese, and something that sort of resembles meat. Soy by-product and – oh Man! That’s hot sauce, huh? Laska, want a treat? Ugh. Yeah guys, it’s just – it’s just not good
[Laughs]. So what you’re saying is; eat tacos from Mexico not fake Mexican food from Taco
Bell. Just freaking disgusting looking – What is this? I haven’t had this in ages. How
can they charge a dollar 62! What the heck! You know how many Tacos – good tacos we can
get in Mexico for that? Like at least two. [Laughs] At least two good ones. So as
we’ve been driving around Phoenix, I’m shocked at how many things that we see in Spanish,
like right over here, this llantera, tire shop, and I – I imagine these things were
always here the whole time I lived my life in Phoenix, but I just – Didn’t know what
they were. I didn’t understand the language, so I just didn’t notice, I didn’t look, and
now I’m seeing that there’s a lot more Mexico here and probably a lot more Sonora, like
northern Mexico influence than I ever realized before. Which is just crazy to me, like how
much we can put in the background. I gave my fake taco to these pigeons hanging out.
Interestingly, they don’t seem to want to eat it, so I think that’s a freaking terrible
sign for exactly how great this taco is, how bad this taco. Come here, hi, hi, here birds! Polly wanna taco? Hi, I’m a bird! Go get the taco! They don’t want it. That’s scary, that’s literally scary, you ate that. [Laughter] Not even a pigeon will eat it. So, what are we doing now? Food City! La ciudad de comida. Living in Phoenix, I always thought of Food City as like the literal cheapest place you
could get produce, like this is where you go if you want to get like five tacos, tacos. [Laughter] Five avocados for a dollar. This is also where primarily like Mexicans go to get their
produce as well, because it is so darn cheap. So, we’re gonna see what type of Mexico
we can find in here now too. And you have to pay with Pesos. No. So here we have this cone-shaped
candy looking things. I used to never know what these were. I thought it was a candy,
like a Mexican candy. Yeah. But, what actually is it? I wouldn’t have known what to do
with it. It’s like an unrefined sugar that they use – that they often use in coffee.
They put coffee, piloncillo, and cinnamon to make cafe de olla. Cafe de olla. And it’s
amazing! Oh, oh ho-ho. You know something I always saw in Food City before, Piñatas
everywhere, but that’s not something I’ve seen everywhere in Mexico. I don’t know that
I’ve ever seen like a kid’s birthday party with a piñata, so I don’t know what part
of Mexico that’s from or maybe that’s more like Americanized thing, I don’t know. So, remember
we went to that park, that big park in Guadalajara and they had a whole bunch of piñata hangers.
Oh yeah, but I’ve never seen it, so I don’t know if it’s just not as common in Mexico,
or it’s only for rich people, or is it a dying out part of the culture? I don’t now. Mazapanes! Oh, good old peanut butter, sugary snack. Didn’t – aren’t those made – the guy
who made them lives in Guadalajara actually. Or at least started the company. There, yeah. Interestingly, I used to think of Food City as a super Mexican grocery store. But now, there’s like small
sections of it that are very Mexican but then, most of it it’s just like your average store.
Yeah, average grocery store – whereas Ranch Market on the other hand, that place is legit. Señoras y Señores! Come! There’s food! I thought you guys weren’t gonna eat it. You’ve devoured
almost the whole thing and made two new friends while you were at it. [Music] Licuados y jugos. So we’re gonna – Hey you! Are you famous? Who me? I don’t know about that. I think I recognize you from your videos. Okay, so
we’re taking a little break from Mexico stuff to show you a place that is very near and
dear to Jordan’s and my hearts or heart, our collective heart. This is our first date spot,
the place that we first went on our first date if that wasn’t clear. [Laughter] It’s called Windsor, and this is right in the heart of Midtown Phoenix. So, we’re gonna get a little of
5 before 5 action. That’s five dollar cocktails before 5 p.m. All right, I’m excited for this,
these drinks are so good! [Music] So, it was just a little over three years ago that we
were sitting in that booth, two booths over, and Jordan comes in and has no idea who I
am. Just about walks by me – Uh, are you Maddie? [Laughs] And then I kidnapped her. Yes, later on in
the date, he just took me in his car to some indeterminate location at which point I was
like, “Crap! No one knows where I am, people think I’m going to Windsor. My mom thinks
I’m going to Windsor and here we are leaving.” But now, here we are today and he still has
me captive. Ahhh! Okay. So, we’re going to share With you guys some funny stories about when
we first started dating. Being here brings back some memories. Brings back
lots of memories. [Laughs] So first off, we were dating at first and about a week – No, first
off, she – we met online on a dating app and she sent me a message, because I had Laska
up on my shoulders in my main picture and she thought that was cute. I was like, I don’t
know which is cooler, like how – the fact that you did that or how calm your dog looks
and it went from there. Then we met up here at Windsor like we already told you and from
there we dated for a week, or maybe two weeks, at which point I thought he’s way too calm!
I can’t tell his emotions, I think he’s a psychopath and I broke up with him. I think
you mean sociopath but I’ll let it slide. I think I mean sociopath too. And then after that,
about eight hours later, we got back together and we’ve pretty much been inseparable since.
So, we were dating for a little bit before becoming “official”. And we always used to
go on these hikes and a lot of time my best friend at that time [Waiter interrupts] Got your sweet potato fries.
All right, thank you. You’re welcome. Could we get mustard, please? Mustard, yeah. Thanks. And at that time, my best friend Jessica was often the one I was going on hikes with, so
we would all like go together and she brought snacks on this one hike at Tom’s Thumb, which is in Scottsdale, our favorite hike by far. And Jordan brought nothing that I
could eat, with all my food allergies. So it was like, I just absent mindedly said,
“well, at least one of my boyfriends cares about me”, because Jessica and I jokingly
called each other – each other’s boyfriends, because we hang out so often. And then I was
like “well , I guess I never thought of it like that, but I guess I’d consider you my
girlfriend”. [Laughs] and that was like “Oh shit!”. That’s the strangest way I’ve ever
become official with someone. Mmm, we can absolutely have the conversation because I’m an idiot. [Laughs] All right, so we’re gonna stop by this popular Mexican food joint here
in Phoenix called Filibertos and we’re going to try to order in Spanish and see how it
goes. [Laughter] This should be fun. Oh, look here on the window, that’s how you know its authentic,
it says “Season Tamale” not Tamal. Tamale literally isn’t a word, Tamal or Tamales.
Okay. What do you wanna get? I don’t yet. I don’t know. So our idea finding Mexico
is going to grocery stores and fast-food places. Hi, can I help you? Hello. Do you speak Spanish? Yes. Yes? Very well. Give me a minute, please. What do you recommend? Carne asada burrito, number 9 a “California” I don’t want #9. Well… I would like a number 5, please. Pardon me. Number 5, please. Enchiladas? Yes. Would you like them to be with chicken or cheese? Chicken. With chicken, please. Anything else? That’s it. That’s all. Thank you. Thank you. Good morning. Hello, good morning. $9.49 please. Thank you. Here you go, thank you. And if you could stop recording me, thanks. Thank you. Now this is some
good Mexicans food unlike that pigeon food that we ordered before. [Laughs] Did you say “Mexicans
food”? I don’t think so. “This is some good Mexicans food”. [Laughter] Back in college, going to Filibertos
was like the late-night food to get because it’s like super greasy, salty, delicious,
pretty cheap, and this looks pretty darn good! And I’m not sure if I’m surprised or not that
we could speak in Spanish, but she seemed pissed that we were recording her, which is
not the reaction – not a typical reaction we get when there’s a camera. Uh-huh. So, that was
strange. But we did put the camera away when she said that. So, I respect if you don’t
wanna be on film. So, it is our last day here in Phoenix and we’re going to this
spot called Morning Squeeze. It’s a new-to-us favorite place, and this will be our
third time since being in Phoenix. And we thought, okay, after being here for almost two weeks,
what do we miss about it here in the US and like specifically Phoenix? There are some
things that I didn’t really think about before leaving Phoenix that I do miss now. So, I
think the first one and the big main one on both of our lists is English, like in Mexico,
obviously we’re still learning the language, so there’s a lot of anxiety, and stress, and
frustration that comes with that, not being able to say what we want to say, here it’s
nice to just say anything. Talk to anyone and not be afraid of the conversation going
too far into the realm of unknown language. It’s pretty hard after a while to speak
in another language and struggle day after day. All day every day, is just a struggle
with the language. So, it’s nice to be able to come back here and be able to speak English
with everyone. And like you were saying, you kind of took it for granted, being able to
make friends, talk to anyone. I totally took that for granted that you could just make
friends with literally anyone in a store, on the street, whatever, and it’s like – I
mean, it’s difficult in Mexico to do that. Granted there are people who are bilingual,
there’s lots of expats but it’s definitely not as seamless and casual as you could do it here
in the States. And you mean it’s difficult not because people aren’t friendly
but because of the language barrier. Yeah, not because of the people at all. Yes, there’s
a lot of expats there, yes there are a lot of people who know English but the reality
is the vast majority of people we come across in Mexico only know Spanish. So, something
we’re reminded of at Morning Squeeze as I ordered gluten-free bread and they have tons
of allergy-friendly options, is that in the US, and specifically Phoenix, I think it’s
like totally boomed in this department, being allergy friendly like for gluten-free, paleo,
vegetarian, vegan, soy free. Like every type of diet or allergy you can think of, it’s
pretty much accommodated. It’s still the case with you that like your onion allergy, lots
of stuff is pre-made. Yeah. The restaurant doesn’t make it, they buy it in bulk. Salsas,
sauces, or whatever. Yeah, exactly. So, that’s still the case where it’s not allergy friendly
in that way but gluten-free anything – like We just went to a pizza joint and we asked
if they had gluten-free crust and they had multiple options. They’re like, “do you want
a regular gluten-free crust or a cauliflower crust?” Like mind blown. Everything, they
even have I think like separate pans or an oven or something, very friendly in that department.
And there are some cities in Mexico that are like that, Guadalajara for instance is more
allergy friendly than others, but it’s not quite to the extent that it is here and especially
like freaking year and a half later, it’s so much – it’s like every single place, instead
of those – just those designated allergy-friendly places when we left. It’s crazy. So, we’re
at the airport now, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport waiting for our red-eye, it leaves at 12:30
a.m. And will be arriving at likes 10:30 am Cancun time. But in the meantime, we’ll
finish up saying some of our stuff. One thing I miss about the US is the convenience of
being able to order something online and get it super quickly. We mentioned that in a previous
video how you actually kind of, like not having that. Well I think I have a love/hate thing, because
it’s nice, the convenience is nice, but it’s like so convenient that you can so easily
get sucked into buying a bunch of crap that you just want on a whim. But I like it, I
like to buy crap on a whim. [Laughs] So then there’s some other things that we miss in
the US like just items that we can’t find anywhere in Mexico, like Tom’s toothpaste.
For me, licorice. I really like cold brew which you can find, but it’s not as prevalent
as it is here, at least in Phoenix, it’s like super – it’s a thing. And yeah, other random
items like that. Like friends and family. Yeah, just other random things. Love you fam.
[Laughs] Something we never thought of is those series you’re binge watching on Netflix
might not be there when you go across the border. So, there were a lot of things – there
were some shows that we really liked watching, and then we went to Mexico and could no longer
watch them. Like our guilty pleasure show of ours Shameless, anyone, anyone out there?
[Laughs]. Uh, but then you go across the border and there’s also a whole bunch of new shows
that show up too, so it’s a win-lose. Yeah, We didn’t do too much exploring of Netflix
while we were here because we had a few shows we really wanted to watch, but in Mexico we’ve
noticed a lot of shows that are from other Other countries in other languages
and just dubbed in various ones like German, English – We accidentally – Spanish, French.
Yeah, we accidentally watched a French show and gave it a Thumbs Up because it was pretty
good, and now, now just constantly serving us French shows [Laughs]. It’s like wi wi. But as far as I’m concerned, no ho ho. [Laughs] So this is actually one Jordan pointed out
but it’s something I really miss about the US is that I can wear whatever clothes I want
without being like shame-judged for them. Like in Mexico I think culturally or for whatever
other reasons, wearing even what are – I wouldn’t consider slutty clothes, they’re just less-conservative
clothes like wearing shorts in certain cities is less acceptable. I would have never thought
that wearing shorts could be considered a taboo. And it’s different though in the US
where you’ll – you could be judged but it’s sort of for having like less cool clothes
or less new, or designer, trendy, or whatever But the difference is – I mean, I could just
be okay with that; you don’t like my clothes, that’s okay. I like my clothes, I picked
these, they’re fine with me, they’re comfy or whatever. No shame judging. Whereas the whole like shame
aspect of it in Mexico is like not – not my favorite. Coming back to Phoenix, I realized
something I really missed – [Airport PA] [Laughs] Love you. Mmm. Something else I missed was
the nature around here and what you could do there. Like hiking and mountain biking,
paddle boarding. Yes, you can do some of those things, not really where we’re living right
now. I mean, yeah and you could do paddle boarding and like various types of activities.
There’s tons of natures, natures? There’s tons of nature and things to do outside, but
it’s just a little bit different, like I got used to hiking every single weekend with my
dad, and hiking was something we bonded over at the very beginning of our relationship.
So, certain things like that, yeah, I miss it too. So something I kind of forgot about
until we came back to the US was how much I miss the accurate information on Google,
like when you’re looking for a restaurant or a store or something, you can be pretty
sure that the hours are right, the business website is gonna be there, you can find out
if it’s closed or not, like in business anymore, whereas in Mexico it’s always a gamble whether
the hours are gonna be right and all that other information, and so, it kind of makes
it more difficult to plan, you can end up showing up to a place and it’ll be closed
in Mexico or not even exist or the wrong location. So, I definitely missed the accuracy of Google
Maps and the reliability of it. Something else I miss about the US, well, in Mexico,
when I go to a convenience store and I get a bottled tea, that thing is way too sweet
for me. And that goes for just about everything in Mexico. There is so much sugar added and
yes, there is sugar added to an extent in the US but I don’t know about you, but everything
is too sweet for me in Mexico pretty much. Yeah, and I almost wonder if it’s because
in the US, stuff is trending in the direction of like artificial sweeteners, like aspartame
and sucralose and other cancerous ones like that or maybe, like kind of a health trend
of going toward agaves, stevia, things like but yeah – Or just a health trend of like
not putting so much damn sugar into things. [Laughs] But don’t get me wrong, there’s still
tons of sugar in the US but it doesn’t seem like excessive sugar in certain things in
Mexico that I can’t even touch, they’re too sweet. Yeah, related to another thing I missed,
there’s something I used to see pretty frequently in Phoenix and that was Mexicans coming up
here pretty much buying everything on the clearance rack at like Hollister, American
Eagle, or something like that, and then driving them back down south to re-sell. And, how
is that related? Well, cheap, quality, name brand clothes just aren’t really something
you can find in Mexico. So – You can find these brands like American Eagle, Hollister,
whatever else but – they’re super expensive. There’s a markup and everything because of
the import taxes on clothes and so, finding brands that we’ve become accustomed to buying
or that we know fits us really well – And that are soft and last a long time, that – that’s
something I wish I could get easier. So, if you’re thinking this is kind of negative and
oh, woh is us, we miss all these things, please don’t. Because there’s so many more
things we love about Mexico, but coming back here, it’s been a whirlwind of emotions and
just kind of being able to make these comparisons and notice things about our old life that
we really liked. And also, a lot of things that we saw that we’re like “Wow, I’m really
glad that we live in Mexico now and we’re in a different culture because I don’t miss
this!” And there were also quite a few things we took for granted in the US before going
to Mexico. So, I think it’s important to do this all the time, just like reflect on various
things and find the things that you can appreciate and like the little things in life that really
make – that bring you joy, that make you happy. So, that’s kind of what we were trying
to get out of this little reflection exercise. And also to sort of paint some – paint an
idea of the differences between Mexican culture, US culture, and specifically related to
Phoenix, and of course all over Mexico since we’ve been travelling all over the place for
a year and a half or so. Well, thank you guys so much for watching to the end. If you
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