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I agree, 100% with Lagoloo, and will add that I found the Mexican hospitals to be cleaner than those in the USA. In one of the many that I used, the cleaning lady even asked which aroma I would prefer that she use in the mop water! On top of that, the food in all of the Mexican hospitals I frequented was a lot better than all but one USA hospital, which used catering from a fine restaurant, and would even provide an extra meal for my wife, at no extra charge. In the Mexican hospitals, the food was simple Mexican fare, but the ladies took obvious pride in preparing it, and it arrived hot.
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What are some things I love about Mexico? For starters . . .

1. The incredible entrepreneurial spirit of the Mexican people. If you have a comal, you, too, can have a business. Or you can buy a 50-kilo bag of dog food and repackage it into 50 one-kilo bags. Got a juicer? You've got a busines! Got a washing machine? You've got a business! I love the hundreds of smaller-than-my-bedroom little tiendas, and men selling pineapples or melons from the back of their pickup. I frequently hear people complain about being annoyed by vendors trying to sell them things. But I think it's great.

2. Closely related to #1: how hard people can work and still remain cheerful. Every day I see workers in the market that I know are putting in 10 and 12-hour days; and yet they are whistling or singing as they haul handcarts piled with 30 crates of tomatoes, or carry heavy bags of mortar on their backs. Young men joking around with each other as they unload the produce truck. (Yeah, I know there is another side to this: "I hired a contractor and he worked 5-hour days when he worked at all, blah blah blah.") But this is the other side of that complaint.

3. The strong sense of family. Entire families out strolling the city together at night. Teenagers walking down the street holding hands with their parents.

4. The heart-stopping beauty of some of the colonial cities. The colors, oh my, the colors!

5. The weight of history. The impossible blend of resignation and optimism. Perseverence in the face of adversity.

6. The celebratory spirit; the willingness to declare a día de fiesta for any reason, or for no reason.

7. Women out sweeping and washing the sidewalks and streets in the morning.

8. No need for an alarm clock--something will wake you up long before the alarm goes off!

9. Those bolillos! Mole. Carnitas. Mounds of brightly colored vegetables everwhere you turn. Pan de elote. Avacado ice cream--seriously? Finding corn kernals embedded in my strawberry ice cream bar.

There's plenty more, but those will do for now. And as for the reason I don't leave Mexico . . . I adopted a Mexican street cat (thrown out in the trash at three weeks of age) and she refuses to leave Mexico. Heck, she refuses to leave the window sill, let alone the country.

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Best post ever!!! Thanks, Turtle. You hit it on the head with so many of your observations. “If you have a comal, you, too, can have a business.” So true!

It reminds me of a couple of phrases in Spanish that I can never quite fully express in English:

“Se la ingenia” referring to someone figuring out a way to do something even if they don’t have the right circumstances, tools, resources. Kind of like MacGyver (people often call my husband a “Mexican MacGyver” because he’s a master at “ingeniárselas”.)

“Échale ganas” Kind of like doing your best, with enthusiasm, hard work, putting your best foot forward.
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...which can be a good counter to excessive consumerism which might be confused with prosperity on this or that index, but really isn't.
Thank you for that reminder!

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5. The weight of history.
I'm not quite sure just what you mean by that, but I have often felt that history somehow feels more alive in Mexico. From putting my hand against the wall of an ancient ruined temple whose builders died dozens of generations ago to walking down a Guanajuato street with the same houses on either side of me that Hidalgo and Allende marched between 200 years ago, likely on some of the same cobblestones, it just feels like the past is right there with me. I feel that way frequently throughout Mexico, have never felt it elsewhere. Granted, I was very young when I visited the corresponding areas of my own country (Boston area, Philidelphia, Washington DC) and foolishly wasted the short time I was stationed in Europe, mostly drunk. Anyway, yes- a lot of weight in Mexico's history.
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One of the myriad of things that I love about Mexico is colour, vibrant colour in both the natural environment as well as the colours people choose for their houses, their clothing, & public spaces. Yesterday I was strolling through a Home Depot in Toronto and this display in the paint department caught my eye. It is labeled “Canada’s Most Popular Colours”. If you can’t see the photo well, the palette is all whites and greys, with a bit of beige and brown thrown in. As if we don’t get enough white, grey and brown through our interminable winters. ¡Ay, por Dios!




Contrast that with these pictures of the backside of a row of houses which are beside a stream across from the market in Yautepec, Morelos. Vibrant blue, pink, yellow, green, purple and red brighten the view from the market fondita where we were eating. En gustos hay de todo, to each their own, but I’m definitely more Mexican in my tastes when it comes to colour.



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The "popular in Canada" chart gave me a good chuckle this morning.
Back in more colorful CA, I would have hesitated to paint the patio walls in magenta, light purple, gold and bright blue......but no problema here and I am thoroughly enjoying them!

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Colors of Canada. hahaha, nice one.
Most of the comments seem to be about the mestizo mainstream, which is very nationalistic. Mexico is extremely diverse with dozens of cultures. Mexico is still in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which it signed in 1948, but things are slowly improving.

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