One of the many things I like about Mexico’s culture is that it’s quite open and sociable.
In my early 20’s (1980’s), I found that a nice way to get language practice and meet people was to buy a local paper and sit in the main plaza reading it. It wouldn’t take long until somebody would walk by and ask, “you can read that?”
Me: “well, some of it.”
A big ol’ chat would start up. I loved it.
If you grab a bench in those plazas, somebody is going to stop by to engage. It’s a given. I made my heart good and glad to be alive. ❤️
There are a few I met that way I continued to know for years.