Mexican.

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Take a moment to appreciate this ScreenShot here…

Let me tell you a few things you might don’t know about Mexico, my country, the country I share with other 119 426 000 habitants… If you’ve been to my country you won’t let me lie and say that this image it’s just… how to put it in a nice word? BULLSHIT nonsense.

Well yeah, I mean we do have sauce, pretty girls, corn fried toritillas that you may know as nachos, veggies, dogs (one in particular that looks ugly in there but it’s quite a … we’ll get there), sombreros, burritos, ponchos, cactus, TACOS, tequila.. etc…

But Mexico is just so much more, so here are a few things that I would like to share with you about this colourful country.

(I have to admit that I love the mix of the colours in the screenshot up there)

THE FLAG 

You see that little flag over there, has been through a lot of changes, and its meaning is simple in a way but has a lot of history, a friend of mine recently asked me if I knew the meaning of the colours, and I did remember the meaning of two but I couldn’t get them all and there are just 3 colours (shame on me)… Green is for hope, white is for unit/unity and red is for the blood of our national heroes (because they died for us)

Here are some facts: We have a songs, poems and the day of the flag is February 24, it is illegal to wear the flag, or be disrespectful, use it in an appropriate way, you can really go to jail or pay a big amount of money, ask Miley. Maybe we are not the only country that does that, but do you know the real meaning behind the flag of your country?

THE FOOD

I think we are pretty famous about our diversity in food. Yes some of us like our food spicy but we don’t always or not all of us eat chilli or “JALAPENOS”. I would like to describe to you what Mexican food is like, but I just can’t, I mean take a look…

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Buñuelos 🙂 #food #mexicanfood #buñuelos

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Conchas! (Mexican sweetbread) #mexicanfood

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Ok I need to stop because I’m starting to get hungry just at looking. Maybe it doesn’t look as tasty as it is, but I can asure you that if you come to Mexico and try to eat everything you will gain like 4 to 5 kg (10 lbs) in less than a month. (Ask your friends that have come here, I have plenty of testimonies of friends of mine from many different countries.)

CLOTHES

I bet to you that If you come to México and see a person in the street (that it’s not going to a party or a festival) with a sombrero, poncho and huaraches I’ll buy you dinner. We seriously don’t go out dressed like the girl in the screenshot. We do have traditional costumes and some people wear native clothes from their region but the majority wear normal clothes, and by normal I mean regular standard clothes, we are not some fashion capital or something like Paris or Milan, but we do like to design clothes because we are proud of what we are, but Mexican designers are more practical than autochthonous clothes.

Ricardo Seco’s design

THE DOG: “Xoloitzcuintle

Ancient mexican dog that I’ve only seen couple of times in my life. The weird name “xolozciuntle” it’s in nahuatl, that means dog with out hair. You can see one in the Chapultepec Zoo in DF.

The one in the right.

THE LANGUAGE: “MEXICAN SPANISH

We say bad word, we speak with double meanings, we use a lot of english words, it’s hard to understand the spanish that we speak even in different parts of Mexico, it’s not the same one word in the south that in the north and so. In my experience talking to people from Colombia, Spain, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, etc.. in spanish it’s just hard. I spend one summer living with a Columbian friend, sometimes we had to speak in english because what I said he understood something else, and I always misunderstood him. If you speak spanish you can have an idea of what it’s like by watching this musical video.

And I could think a lot of more things to share about my country and its gigantic culture, our parties, architecture, art, natural wonders, traditions, etc… but I guess that you’ll have to come, because living in Mexico, adopting Mexican culture it’s a challenge and a real experience. We are proud of what we are, at least I am, I am in love with México.

Note: This is the only picture of me wearing a sombrero and I was in a global village sharing my culture.

Un beso,

M

AIESEC … Global Citizen? TIPS AND TRICKS.

TIPS and TRICKS:

 

If I had to give one advice to people who are going to travel to a different country where they’d never been, it would be check the weather forecast… When I was going to prepare my luggage for Russia all my friends and family told me to buy extremely warm clothes, jackets and shoes… But what they would never imagine is that during summer the city where I was gonna stay the average temperature is 30 to 40 centigrades, so I took of course some jackets and warm clothes to stay warm but I also took skirts, swimsuits and shorts, either ways my jeans ended up to be shorts because of the heat…
Another advice, I recommend you to try to learn some words or greetings of the language they speak (if you don’t speak their language) people are surprised and they really appreciate when you do an effort to try to communicate with them in their language and it wouldn’t be bad to try to lear of their cultures as well as their traditions… It’s always nice to bring something to the host family and AIESEC committee, because it speaks for you and how grateful you are, I recommend you to bring small toys (for the kids in case you are working with them) and for adults some bracelets, bags or something small that will represent Mexico your beautiful country, also they love sweets (candies) bring some traditional candies and they will love it! I also had a friend who collected money, so I gave her a 5 pesos coin and she was so happy and exited!
About transport from your home to the foreign country I’ll recommend you to look for scales, as many as you can handle because it’s cheaper and buy your plane tickets with time (1 1/2 or 2 months). Once you are at your final destination to start this new experience transportation in the city depends on the country you are visiting, because all of them are different, but public transport is the best and cheapest way to go one place to another. Ask for help of AIESECers of the committee you matched, I’m sure they’ll help you and give you the best way to transport. Don’t never ever change money at the airport, it’s the most expensive rate you’ll ever find.

About cultural shock… Well first, you’ll have the one where they can’t believe you how you live in Mexico and in their country, some of them they don’t know how we live and what’s going on with our country, some people will like to talk to you about politics and religion because they are really curious, also about our traditions and how we celebrate some things.

Please don’t go with the idea of what you’ve heard of that country, forget about ‘stereotypes’ for example, my dad wasn’t really happy with my choice about Russia, because he believed Russian people were cold and mean with everyone who wasn’t Russia, and yes… some people are mean but so does here in Mexico, when I arrived my buddy took some traditional stuff and was really happy to meet me and every single person I met was happy to meet me and so was I, I made so many friends so fast you’ll almost think it’s impossible, also I felt kind of a rockstar because they always wanted to take pictures with me!

About the VISA and all that, I did had to wait until the government of Russia send a letter to the Russian embassy here in Mexico inviting me to their country with a special letter written by the Russian LC, but I did not have further problems because I was prepared and had checked for dates and everything.

As for the LCs, my LC was in Leon Gto and they helped me with everything they could… My LC in Russia was Rostov-on-Don, and they were amazing with all of the trainees that went for the summer, it was the biggest reception they had and they could manage it pretty good! I was always with someone who spoke English and Russian so that I could communicate and go around the city without getting lost, unless I asked to go alone somewhere they will always keep track on me.

I did not have major problems, none involved with AIESEC, and I’m waiting to take another experience as soon as I have vacations from school and some saved money.

ImagenSelfie with the Russian kids at “Green Fire” camp in Dederkoy, Russia. 

 

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10 years and a list.

This great blogger which I’ve just discovered by wondering around wordpress shares a lot of what it’s going on my head right now… She wrote a great post about “23 THINGS TO DO INSTEAD OF GETTING ENGAGED BEFORE YOU’RE 23” and  honestly I couldn’t agree more. I mean I’m 20 years old and I’ve not lived as much things as this women or other people, but I’m pretty sure I’ve done enough things to be happy about…

Back in the summer when I was having the time of my life experience a new adventure on my own volunteering in Russia I found a peculiar cultural thing that was going on with this  young people (now friends), that some of them weren’t even 20 when they already got engaged or married… my first “buddy” asked me what I thought about getting married at my age (I was 19 and so did she) I thought it was a joke but answered nicely, I told her that I there is no rush on getting married, I mean if I’m already committed by word to this person there’s no need of marriage, because honestly I think that is one of the biggest adventures people take, but for now on I rather do other things and I’m gonna make my own list about…

Things I need to do in my 20’s.

1.-  Go to Paris

Paris 2013

2.- Twice or more.

3.- Ski, water ski and surf.

4.- Go to Egypt and South Africa

5.- Go to Russia, again

Russia

6.- Go topless at the beach

7.- Take a picture while kissing a stranger

4.- Eat pizza and ‘gelato’ at Italy

5.- Go to Seul

6.- Take a random trip

7.- Roadtrip in Mexico

8.- Go to San Miguel

16.- Get a Tattoo

17.- Finish a book

18.- Have a nice blog (working on it)

19.- Go to all places where you can practice all the languages you are learning or know

20.- Buy a professional camera

21.- Make a Vlog

22.- Save for a GoPro and buy a new INSTAX

….  (to be continued)

I’m sure there are plenty other things that I wanna do before I turn 30 and get married, I have 10 years and a list, maybe I get married with stranger or my best friend (if I ever talk to him again) but who knows? My advice in this… Live and enjoy, at the end the things you do matters only to you.

Love,

M. ♥