Introducing MCT


I stumbled across a new Facebook group/page thingy – Surviving Mexico City. I don’t usually take much notice of Facebook pages, but this one was my sort of topic, has a good theme, and so far quite a few witty/helpful additions to the Wall.

I offered my own suggestion. To do with the value of owning a watch in Mexico City. See that clock in the photo above? I took the shot from the rooftop terrace of the Museo Estanquillo. It’s ornate and worth a photo. Is it telling the right time? Might be. Might not be. I bet no one’s checked for a while though….

The time according to GMT, PST and EST might be the same for everyone in those zones. But Mexico City time is special. Unique. And doesn’t mean the same thing for any two people you might meet. MCT is whatever a Chilango says it is.


8 thoughts on “Introducing MCT

  1. Too true. Time is one of those concepts I have had to severely readjust in Mexico. And I was glad to do it. There is something odd in thinking people being enslaved to mechanical time pieces.


    • Oddly, people assume that because I’m British I am going to want to do everything according to – their words – English time. It’s a terrible assumption to make. I much prefer MCT. Besides, where they get the impression Brits are punctual from, I don’t know. Britain’s trains got out of the habit of running according to a clock decades ago. The Empire is gone too. Both happened about the same time.


  2. This may be the case just about everywhere in Mexico. When I got here I pretty much put my watch in a drawer and forgot about it. Too bad cell phones have those damned digital watches that still remind you. It is not as though I had to be anywhere at a particular time or taking pills so the magic of not wearing a watch is gone for now.


    • See, the Mexican way of doing things is much more logical. You wake up. You have breakfast. You got to work. You do this that and the other. It’s all in order. When will the meeting be? After I make a phone call I need to make, which is after lunch.

      What time is that? After I’ve made that phone call I need to make, which is after lunch. Order of events, not time keeping, rules supreme. Viva MCT!


  3. When I was last in Mexico City, many moons ago, I agreed to meet some (Mexican) friends. Thinking I was on *Mexican* time, I arrived an hour late. They were on time.


  4. Kim G says:

    I have to say, all of my Mexican friends are punctual, contrary to stereotype. It’s been a pleasant surprise.

    Maybe MCT isn’t quite as relaxed as everyone thinks.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where the subway doesn’t even publish a timetable.


    • It is a stereotype, that’s for sure. It has more truth in it than some stereotypes I know. Germans do have a sense of humour, for a start. It’s just different, that’s all…

      But for sure, there are plenty of Mexicans out there who manage to turn up on time. And then there are those who stroll along at all sorts of times!

      I’m sure we could categorise types of people, industries, companies etc into two groups, English Time and Mexican Time. And I’d wager that there would be quite some uniformity within each group.

      Boston subway has no timetable? Does it need one? Maybe Mexico has one too, I don’t know. All they really need to display here is the time of the first train, and then state ‘every couple of minutes till last train at ‘…


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