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Living in Guadalajara, Mexico

When not at work or formal activities, Mexicans will dress from quite casually to quite formal, or anything in between. Restaurants do not require a tie or jacket. Shorts, skirts, tee-shirts, sandals, and sunglasses are usual clothing items year round for casual wear. It is also quite acceptable and the weather is agreeable to wearing slacks, jeans, and maybe a light jacket or sweater.

The climate in Guadalajara is said to be the nicest, and the most consistent in the world. In the summer the temperature is usually about 28C. during the day and cools off to 23C at night. Winter temperatures are approximately 23C. during the day and 14C. at night. The humidity is quite low in Guadalajara, with it increasing somewhat during the rainy season.

June to August is the rainy season, which means it quite often rains at night, but is usually sunny and pleasant during the day. The rain helps to moderate the warmth, but you should have an umbrella with you during this season.

There are several customs in Mexico that may be new to you. For example, it is customary to shake hands when being introduced, and women often kiss each other's cheeks when meeting and leaving. Mexicans do not always remove their shoes while inside their homes.

Smoking is largely acceptable, but becoming more unpopular. If you smoke, please mention it on your APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION, so that we can match you with hosts who will not mind.

Unlike some places in the world, the legal system in Mexico has some flaws. Policemen are not always looking after your best interests, and it is always advisable to stay strictly within the law.

Keep these points in mind while you are in Guadalajara:

  • When in a car, the driver and passengers must always wear seat belts.
  • It is illegal to drive after drinking alcoholic beverages.
  • Record the numbers of your credit cards, passport, etc.
  • Label cameras and other valuables with your name and address.
  • Do not take large amounts of money or wear expensive jewelry in public

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