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1. They will never stop believing the world is a magical place…

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Photo: Eneas

2. I warn you: Mexican children are dangerously nice and your kids will make so many new friends, they’ll keep asking you to come back to Mexico…And you’ll have to give in.

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My children having lunch with their friends at the market in Coyoacan. Photo: Laura Bernhein

3. They will discover Frida Kahlo and will start asking you so many questions about her that you’ll have to start studying…

My daughter with an actress impersonatting Frida Khalo at the artist's former house, Museo Casa Azul Photo:   Laura Bernhein

My daughter with an actress impersonatting Frida Khalo at the artist’s former house, Museo Casa Azul Photo: Laura Bernhein

4. Or maybe they’ll become interested in Anthropology…

My son looking at the skeletons of a burial scene a the National Museum of Anthropology Photo: Laura Bernhein

My son looking at the skeletons of a burial scene a the National Museum of Anthropology Photo: Laura Bernhein

5. Food and drinks made out of fresh ingredients can become a severe addiction…

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Photo: Soy Poblana

6. And they’ll never know what to eat for dessert…

7. All those skulls will scare them forever. Be ready for months of nightmares…

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My kids loved the Day of the Dead celebrations. Photo: RuloLR

8. Women at the markets will spoil them with all those little nicknames: “güerita”, “rey” and “princesa.” The real world is not like that!

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Photo: Laura Bernhein

9. They will want you to repaint your house with vibrant, lively colors.

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Urban art at Casa de la Cultura, Coyoacan Photo: Laura Bernhein

10. And the worst of all: they will be speaking Spanish long before you do…

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Photo: Laura Bernhein