Well after spending all of last week in Mexico City (yes in Mexico), there is plenty of things that have been on my mind to share on this site. I doubt I’ll ever really capture all that I would like to say about my trip but oh well…. I personally thought it was a big step for me professionally to get out of the country on a business trip to a place where English was NOT the predominant language. Even moreso, I felt the experience would be good for me personally as well.
I truly enjoyed the trip and the whole experience even though most moments were definitely spent working either at the Ford Cuautitlan Assembly Plant or working from the hotel during the wee hours of the night. I took in all that I could – food, sight, culture, etc. The people were good to me and left with new friends professionally and personally.
My Spanish held up pretty decent and there were only a few times where the person I was communicating with had trouble communicating with me. I like many of them understood the foreign language better written rather than spoken. I was surprised to find that when I spoke English to some Mexicans they didn’t understand but if I wrote/typed in English they could understnad well.
The Mexican Ford plant was quite different than the U.S. plants I’ve been to offering much more on the outside versus the U.S. It was almost like being in a beautiful park rather than a place full of steel, rubber, and paint.
When, I was graduating from college I was pursuing career opportunities not only in the U.S., but also outside the States in places like the United Kingdom and other parts of Western Europe. I imagine the road I have journeyed would even be more interesting had one of those opporunities came through for me. Not that I have any regrets about where I am now….
My life with all it has and all it lacks is a wonderful one I wouldn’t trade for anything. I am appreciative of all of the adversity and prosperity that have come my way because it truly has helped build my character.
I’m looking forward to what’s next on my agenda, but in the meanwhile, I better get caught up on expense reports, bills, etc. – lol 🙂