Forget your troubles without forgetting Mexico’s own

I want to start a with a quote by one of the most forgettable musical influences of my generation, that sums up Mexico’s pigeon hole predicament:

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No, no I am not. Frankly Mr. Frequencies, no one should be. Anyone who would be may also be interested in using this wonderful $800 calculator I have for sale:

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MEXICAN’T #2: YOU CAN’T REDUCE MEXICO DOWN TO JUST A COUNTRY WIDE PARTY

rivieramayapostcardWhen it comes to Mexico, it’s all too easy to buy into the post-card image frequently burned into our retina’s by the cinematography genius of the likes of “Getaway”. Media presents us with the notion of beautiful beaches, crystal water, music, drinking and relaxation. A place to, shudders, “forget your troubles”.

But Mexico is more than this blanket statement, it’s more than just a party-centred economy based on inebriating foreigners in order to empty their fat wallets, which in many cases, is often followed by their stomach contents. Yum, yum!

Mexico can’t be essentialised to just one aspect of their culture without neglecting all others. It’s like painting a picture with just one colour; I’m sure Picasso’s works would look rubbish if they were all just blue. Yet this is exactly what we do in viewing Mexico as the “beach house” country.

MEXICAN: YOU CAN GO INTO MEXICO AND ASK “WHY?”

In theory, I love the idea of Mexico being a giant party solely dedicated to serving my whims. Andale, Andale! However, to truly experience Mexico it’s important to drop this pretence and adopt a belief of cultural-curiosity.

But Mr Blogger, how can I do that? Well Jeanie, its simple; ask why. Why do the Mariachi’s play traditional music, why Margarita’s, why does Mexico have a drinking culture? Why do they dress in traditional outfits, why do they have these festivities, why am I so attracted to Mexican girsl? Wait, hang on…

 

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