Hi, I’m Ingrid. I’m taking time off from software engineering in my mid-40s to pursue my passions for travel, language learning, and photography. This site is called Second-Half Travels because at my age I optimistically estimate I have half my life left. My goal is to spend as much of it as possible doing the things I love. Read More
Netflix recently started adding Mexican comedy specials to its lineup. Watching stand-up is a great way to learn Mexican Spanish since it’s full of colloquial expressions and pop culture references.
If you are an intermediate or advanced learner, I recommend watching with Spanish subtitles as studies have shown it enhances language learning. I also note down any interesting new vocabulary and add it to Anki later.
Warning: Mexican humor frequently relies on ethnic stereotypes and is often extremely politically incorrect. I have omitted the worst offenders from this list, but still be prepared for some cringeworthy moments. However, if you can get past the occasional tasteless joke, you’ll be rewarded with cultural insights as well as some hip slang to impress your Mexican friends.
If you watch one Mexican comedy special on Netflix, make it this one. Self-deprecating comedian Sofía Niño de Rivera’s brand of dark humor is hilarious. A good opportunity to pick up common groserías and gain insights about Mexican culture like the mutual disdain between chilangos — Mexico City residents — and the rest of the country. Read More
Mexico is one of my favorite destinations; between trips, I pacify my wanderlust with Mexican travel writing. As an expat lit junkie, I especially enjoy the unique perspective provided by Mexico’s long-time foreign residents. Here’s a list of my favorite Mexpat lit: fiction and nonfiction books about Mexico written by expat authors.
by David Lida (2009)
A must-read if you are going to Mexico City. David Lida is an American journalist and writer who has called the city home since 1990. His writing offers enlightening insights into the Mexican culture and psyche. A fascinating series of chapters riffing on different aspects of life in the capital, from lucha libre to street food to strip clubs. Read More
In June and July 2017 I spent three weeks exploring Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
|1||Fly to Vilnius from Düsseldorf||Vilnius|
|5||Day Trip - Trakai||Vilnius|
|6||Travel -> Kaunas||Kaunas|
|8||Travel -> Klaipeda||Klaipeda|
|10||Travel -> Nida||Nida|
|13||Travel -> Klaipeda||Klaipeda|
|14||Travel -> Riga||Riga|
|17||Day trip - Cēsis||Riga|
|18||Travel -> Talinn||Talinn|
|20||Day trip - Western Estonia||Talinn|
|21||Day trip - Lahemaa||Talinn|
|22||Fly from Talinn to Amsterdam|