The first time I went to Dubai and met people from different parts of the world, something really got my attention… Some of these people asked me: do you Mexicans carry guns with you all the time?
After that question I started to pay attention about the image or perception the people have about us, Mexicans, and this are some of the Mexico stereotypes that I found:
Some of you relate Mexicans with: sombreros, maracas and nopales; some of you asked me about the “Mexican Nap” and contrary to what you think, we only take 15 minutes after lunch to relax and enjoy the meal! Not as in Italy, where they close the shops after lunch to really take a nap!
Some of you think about Mexico when you hear about Tequila and Fiesta (party) – I don´t even like tequila!!
And sadly, some of you relate Mexico with insecurity and Drug Cartels. AND YES, some of it is true! However, Mexico is much more than that.
Mexico is History.
Do you know where our Mexican emblem comes from? Back in 1325 the Aztecs, following the instructions of their God, Huitzilopochtli, yes even I have problems pronouncing the name, were looking for the “promised land”. This land would be the place where they’d find an eagle, standing on a cactus, eating a snake. When they found this place, in the middle of a lake, they built the city of Tenochtitlán, which nowadays is known as Mexico City.
We also had the Mayans, which created, in the American continent, the symbol for the ‘0’ and something really close to our current algebra. They were also amazing astronomers. They created a calendar that dates back to the 5th century BC and that came to an end on December 22nd, 2012 – and no, the world didn´t come to an end!
In 1520, Christopher Columbus arrived to Mexico, starting the colonization and the indoctrination into Catholicism. In 1810 we started our independence and we became a democracy in 1823. Since then, we have had 62 different presidents. Don’t ask me about their performance!
Mexico is also Culture.
We have different traditions such as the day of deaths, where we celebrate and embrace, in a particular way, death; making jokes about it like creating our own obituaries! We have the worldwide known Mariachis and Charros; and a variety of folkloric dances, such as the “Flyers of Papantla”, whom, by the way, will be wireless by 2020! And of course, every September 15th we celebrate our Independence Day, which brings out the true Mexican within us!
Mexico is also Tourism.
We have different archeological places like Chichén Itzá and Tulúm in Yucatán; Monte Albán in Oaxaca; Tajín, in Veracruz; Palenque, in Chiapas; and Teotihuacán, in Mexico City. Of course, Mexico also has beautiful beaches like Acapulco, Cabos, Playa del Carmen and Cancún (in the Caribbean), which receives more than 2 million visitors per year. For those adventurers, Mexico also offers beautiful landscapes to practice Ecotourism and many other activities.
Mexico is also Economy.
Our economy ranks 14th in the world. Mexico has the highest number of free-trade agreements. As of 2012, Mexico had 12 agreements with more than 44 countries, including big economies like EU and US. Must of you have heard about the BRIC countries, however, how many of you have heard about the MITS’ countries? These countries are Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey and South Korea where investors say it is where the investment opportunities are. If you don´t believe me, ask Carlos Slim!
Mexico is also Values.
Family is the most important pillar of the Mexican society. Within the family, we learnt how to respect our elders and women; we learnt about unity, humility and friendship. Sometimes we drink just as an excuse to hang out with our friends! Something that I have to remark is that we are not Machos! In fact, I can say that my dad does everything my mom says!
Mexico is also food and drinks.
Of course, you have heard about our tacos; seafood, enchiladas, tamales, jalapeños, guacamole and tortilla. And of course, we have our worldwide known beer, Corona!
For everything that I just said, I invite you to think about Mexico. Not only as a place to visit for vacation, but for everything that is behind it.
At the end, the only danger you will be exposed to when visiting Mexico, is to the desire to stay!!
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