Written By: Leticia (Student, Mexico)
Mexico shares land with three countries: the United States of America, Guatemala and Belize. Mexico also borders the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea to the east. The main characteristics of Mexico are the food, the music and the beautiful places.
First, Mexico can have spicy and sweet food. Corn is the basis of the Mexican diet. It can be found in almost every meal, usually in the form of the tortilla. Popular fruits and vegetables are tomatoes, sweet potatoes, avocados, mangos, pineapples, papayas, nopales (cacti) and a variety of chilies, such as jalapeño, poblano, serrano, and chipotle. Chilies, as well as cilantro and some spices, give Mexican cooking a distinctive flavor. American soft drinks, such as Coca-Cola, have become popular in Mexico in recent decades, but fruit-flavored soda drinks are also widely consumed, as are fresh fruit juices.
Second, the music of Mexico is very diverse. It has been influenced by a variety of cultures. Music is a very important part of Mexican culture and is always part of a celebration. Mexican music sings of love, passion, history, and legends, among other things. Here are three genres of traditional Mexican music. The first one is the Mariachi music; Mexicans usually use this music on special occasions. For example: Mother´s Day, or a girl’s 15th birthday. Another one is Ranchera music; these songs usually are about love. They draw on traditional folklore. The last one, Norteño music; which commonly uses an accordion, waltz and polka. This music is a blend of Norteño and American rock and country music.
Third, Mexico has beautiful places to relax and to have fun with your relatives and family. Some gorgeous beaches that you would visit are in Cancun, Cozumel, Acapulco, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Vallarta. Those places are perfect to dive and to explore in the nature. Mexico City, Monterrey and Michoacan are cultural places where you can find museums, churches and theaters. If you want to visit the pyramids; Puebla, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Oaxaca and Merida are perfect places to go.
Mexicans’ culture is very diverse. Each state has its own customs, but all of them have the same essence. It is important to know some things before going to have an idea of the flavor of the food, the kind of music or dancing and the places you can visit. In that way you know more, and you don’t experience culture shock!