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The Mexican Joya

The Mexican Joya

Once I heard Mexico City was a sculpture ready to be admired, a museum free of walls and ridiculously expensive fares. I thought it was a interesting statement but one I didn’t fully understand until later on when I had to come back after having lived far away for a long time.

I must admit I rediscovered Mexico City about a year ago. When I was a kid I remember my parents driving around its streets, taking me to visit museums, churches, archeological places, celebrating Mexican traditions, etc. I remember I thought it was a huge place but never really valued its history, beauty, culture and dynamism; well of course I was a child.

I left Mexico to achieve other goals; almost nine years later I came back and revisited all those places I once knew. I have to say I was stunned. I never appreciated what I appreciate now; I enjoyed everything even the chaos, traffic, and stressed people everywhere. It might overwhelm foreigners, but I love it.

Now, I have to disagree with the initial statement, Mexico City is more than a sculpture and a Museum, it is a jewel.  We have all kinds of things to see such as galleries, street exhibitions in Reforma, colonial buildings all around the city, El Zócalo, La Catedral and its surroundings, El Palacio de Bellas Artes, El Castillo de Chapultepec, not to mention archeological places like El Templo Mayor, la Pirámide de Cuicuilco.

Our cultural celebrations are not behind, September 15th, November 2nd, etc. Mexico City also demonstrates modernity; Santa Fe and Interlomas are some clear examples of new architectonic styles, technology and advance. We have it all.

Something that reminded to write about this is an article I read on MSN. It shows a list of ten museums people can visit when they come to Mexico City. Those museums are everything you can ask for; they give you culture, the past, the present, the future, and knowledge not to mention a good sense of pride in being Mexican.

Not only Mexico City but the entire country, we have a beautiful country. Each state has its own culture and jewels to offer. So come to Mexico, whatever state you want, but do come!

-       Daniel Carrillo,

P.S. the government is even willing to insure your visit.

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    Daniel is our Mexico City-based editor and Dos Lives contributor. Contact him at Daniel[at]doslives[dot].com.