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Observations on Political Ads and Residency in A Foreign Country

Recently, political ads started popping up on YouTube here in Yucatán, México. I haven’t watched live TV since around 2006 and gave up on live radio when my CD collection topped 500 CDs back in the mid 90’s. Now, I solely rely on streaming services for my entertainment, and YouTube is the only place I encounter ads.

Interestingly, when I first moved to México in 2016, there were no ads on YouTube. However, since the pandemic, they’ve become quite prevalent. I actually enjoy watching ads in Spanish as it helps me learn more about the culture here.

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of ads from two men who are running for governor of Yucatán state. While their campaign strategies are similar to those in any election, it doesn’t really affect me personally.

As a resident of México, I cherish living here immensely. However, I don’t have the right to vote in the election, and I’m perfectly fine with that. My main focus is simply enjoying life in this beautiful country.

All the politics from my home country seem far away and the local politics are unchangeable by me so I just don’t get overwhelmed by politics at all. My neighbors are nice, my small village is expat friendly and the prices on most things are lower.

My quiet life is exactly what I want.

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