You Know You’re A Local When You....

Here’s a little test. Hint: If your first language is English, you’re probably not a Choyero
BY: ALE BORBOLLA

Choyero comes from the Word cholla which is an extremely prickly type of cactus, (cylindropuntia cholla), which grows abundantly in the Baja California Sur desert.

It is a term commonly used for the people born here, mostly used from one Choyero to another, determining their origin and traditions. It is also used by the people from other parts of Mexico as an insult to the locals, but they have absolutely nothing to apologize for as our local Choyeros are a proud group, being famous for their accent, slang and customs.

choyero.jpgEnrique Tovar, a local radio personality, made the term famous in his program with “El Inspector Chollero” a political comedian who satirized the accent and the famous words, sentences and expressions locals use. Fernando Escoppinichi used the term in his speech in 2003, making a note of how locals, choyeros, are very protective of their traditions and regional identity.

The typical choyeros come from the valley, people who don’t discriminate, are kind hearted and look after their state, respecting the tourism and cultural mix in their land. It doesn’t matter the exact point where a Choyero is born, as long as he or she is from the South of the peninsula, he or she is considered a Choyero.

There are a few sayings that go around in the spirit of, “you know you are a Choyero when…”

-You walk around the beach and your feet are peeling… since you were a baby.

-You know how to swim because you once wanted to learn how to surf, snorkel or dive.

-You put mayo on ceviche, the best food in the world.

-On Sundays, your mom makes flour tortillas and your dad brings home dried meat for lunch.

-When you leave Squid Roe you grab a hot dog from one of the uquiqutes vendors you see on every corner.

-You call waiters primo, (cousin) or compa (dude or friend)

-Every single summer you complain about the heat but you still go out because you’re a socially committed person.

-Spring break you don’t go on vacation you go camping to the farther beaches with your friends or your plebita, (girlfriend).

-Because you’ve got a hell of an accent like a northern beach boy/girl but when it comes down to it, you can speak properly… yeah right.

-You know all the big traditional families and they all have their family nickname like Los Ceseña=La Ceseñada.

-You know there are only two radio stations in Cabo, and you know which hour they play what.

-You know all the good street food places and talk to the owners or servers like they’re family.