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.

1. Sofía Niño de Rivera: Expuesta (2016)

Sofía Niño de Rivera: Expuesta - Netflix comedy special

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.

First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, the Capital of the 21st CenturyFirst Stop in the New World: Mexico City, the Capital of the 21st Century

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.

Itinerary

DayDaytimeNight
1Fly to Vilnius from DüsseldorfVilnius
2VilniusVilnius
3VilniusVilnius
4VilniusVilnius
5Day Trip - TrakaiVilnius
6Travel -> KaunasKaunas
7KaunasKaunas
8Travel -> KlaipedaKlaipeda
9KlaipedaKlaipeda
10Travel -> NidaNida
11NidaNida
12NidaNida
13Travel -> KlaipedaKlaipeda
14Travel -> RigaRiga
15RigaRiga
16RigaRiga
17Day trip - CēsisRiga
18Travel -> TalinnTalinn
19TalinnTalinn
20Day trip - Western EstoniaTalinn
21Day trip - LahemaaTalinn
22Fly from Talinn to Amsterdam
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