I had an interesting conversation last night with my friend Veronica who works as an economist for Luz y Fuerza, Mexico's mammoth, beaurocratic utility company.
"We find it funny how Americans are so shocked by the economic crisis. Mexicans just respond with "oh, another one?" We grew up with a crisis every few years, so we've learned to roll with the punches. Suddenly everything costs more, so you buy less, you have fewer things, you're in debt again. Ni modo! The sun still shines and you can always afford fresh tortillas."
Ni modo is a phrase one hears often in Mexico, which roughly translates as 'Whatever', or
'There's nothing I can do about it, so why get upset?'. If you live here for even a short while, you'll find yourself using it frequently. Here's a link to a blog that discusses the pros and cons of this oh-so-Mexican attitude toward life.