It takes a lot of colors, loud music following you everywhere you go, and warm hugs to embrace a whole new culture. While breaking out of your comfort zone you get new lenses to see the world through and while meeting new people, you also get to know a brand new “You.”
Whether it’s talking to an old man selling roses on the streets or trying a spicy salsa for which the locals said “no pica nada” but you learned that it’s hardly ever true, casi siempre pican– every conversation leads to new discoveries.
You will learn that old people are very likely to listen carefully and hold a conversation with your broken Spanish and teach you a whole bunch of new words. Like apapachar. Look it up, it’s beautiful. You will learn that you have a lot of new favorite words, just by the way they sound. That’s what Mexico was: a sound, a breakthrough, a whole new world—me meeting my Spanish-speaking me.
I never expected to learn so much about this stunning country, I never wrapped my mind over how much there is to explore, I never stopped being amazed. What triggers the word “México” in your mind? I will let you answer that for yourself but also encourage you to pack your bags and visit, as a traveler, eager to learn.
That’s what Mexico was: a sound, a breakthrough, a whole new world—me meeting my Spanish-speaking me.
Mexico is a synonym for music, colors, kind and passionate people. Mexico is postmodern and pre-hispanic. It’s artistic, it’s vibrant, and it will make you fall in love in a blink of an eye. And maybe this short reflection ended up being a tiny personal tourist brochure, but you know how it is—when you’re in love with someone your eyes light up and you get an urge to tell everyone how happy they make you feel. And yes, that someone can be a country.
So go meet my Mexico. And make sure to embrace its beauty.