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Comparing life in Mexico to life in the United States is like comparing apples to oranges.  But I have been in Mexico for so long that I barely even notice those differences anymore.
  
Then there are days like this Tuesday when I'm reminded, not so much about the differences in lifestyle, but about some of the small cultural differences.  

Just before going to bed on Tuesday night, Hope suddenly remembered a pending Geography assignment.  She had to make a list of the traditional costumes and foods for each of the five continents. 

Yes, my fellow American friends, in Mexico we are taught that there are FIVE continents, as opposed to the 7 we are taught in the States.  (In case you're wondering, the five continents are Asia, Europe, America, Africa and Oceania.)

When I first learned about the five continents thing,  I really had a hard time understanding it.  As usual, I argued with Hubby about this, while he just listened patiently.  I went on and on with what I believed to be valid points of argument.  What about Australia and Antarctica?  What's Oceania?  And why did they group together North America and South America?  Hubby's only response was, "Why do you think the Olympic flag has five rings on it?"

As smart as I know I am, I didn't have an answer.

Hubby then explained that Mexico isn't the only country to think there are only five continents and that's why there are five rings on the Olympic flag, to represents the five continents.  Ugh!  I hate it when he makes sense! 

So there you have it, one tiny difference between living in Mexico and the U.S.






(P.S.) While writing this, I was reminded of another interesting tidbit which I will share later! 

    5 comments:

    1. In Mexican college, I learned the same thing! (Still not sure what happened to Antarctica)

      I'll go one step further for ya. In Mexico, "North America" is not a continent, but it IS used to refer to Canada and the USA.

      For example, I am a North American. My Mexican fiance is not. WHAT?!

      When you hear a Mexican say "norteamericanos", it's a polite way of saying "gringos". Took me years to figure that one out.

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    2. I've heard that North American reference too. I've also heard people say that they don't know why the Border Patrol asks if people are American. "Aren't we all Americans since we live on the American continent?" And these same people don't like it when Gringos refer to the United States as America. :P

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    3. I'm still going to teach 7 :)

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    4. Leslie seriously my husband rolls his eyes at me every time I say I'm from America. lol Yes I know its ridiculous now that things have been explained and to anyone else but him I say Estado Unidos but I still say it to him and he still huffs and rolls his eyes and says, "me to". (which by the way isn't Mexico also states united, anyway I could go on for awhile on this topic so Ill let it go) ;)
      Have to say Alice I laughed so hard when I read your comment.

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    5. I did not know that about the Olympic flag.

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