Posted: March 31st, 2009 | Author: benmccorkle | Filed under: Editorial, Travel | No Comments »
…because i just got back from a vay-kay there.
- The toll on my lungs, a nicely blended combo of high altitude and smog, didn’t really become noticable until around dusk every day.
- Public Displays of Affection are *really* common here, among old, young, straight, and gay alike. It’s pretty noticeable when you walk through parks, festivals, and museums. No one seems unnerved by it, though.
- Also notiecable? The policia, federali, military presence. They are *everywhere* and moreover, they all seem to have their guns at the ready. As with #2, though, no one seems too unnerved by it.
- The virus that is the American Branding Machine has encroached upon Mexican soil: Starbucks, McDonalds, Applebees, Wal*Mart, and pretty much most other big U.S. corporations can easily be found down there… If one were to squint, one might be forgiven for mistakenly thinking one was in NYC.
- Public art is *everywhere.*
- Holy cow–there’s an awful lot of old stuff here: churches, pyramids, castles, etc. the U.S. is a cultural baby in terms of Western Hemisphere nation-states.
- Despite its bloody back-story, the merging of indigenous and Spanish cultures seems to have happened to a much greater extent than the U.S.’s Anglo-Native American merger…
- Tacos al pastor 4-eva!
- I’m apparently resistant to Montezuma’s revenge (also known locally as “turistas”). Thankfully.
- Pics here.