Mexico and Puerto Vallarta & San Miguel...........

Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2016

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mis Estimados
Mexico Dave in his alternate universe - Mexico......

Countries have personalities - a national identity. The USA is a dynamic country of immigrants and it is the land of Freedom & Opportunity & the American Dream..It is also the land of rampant materialism, consumerism and cut-throat competition...I am not sure what the personalities of Canada and Mexico are; because they both live in the shadow of the USA Giant...
Mexico - Mexicans are proud of their country and are optomistic.. However, I do wonder if the large indigenous, native population really feel like they are part of Mexico... There are definitely two Mexico's - The 3rd world indigenous, native population - a subjected people - and the 1st world Mexico that is developing into a modern, industrial, developed state..
Canada is a comfortable, easy going, energetic country living in the shadow of the USA Giant,
and in many ways, practically a satelite state of the USA..
Mexico may be heading in that direction too - becoming a satelite state of the USA...
But Mexico has a more distinctive separate culture and stronger national identidy than Canada,.
Being a satelite state of the USA sounds like a bad thing to many people - but being a statelite state of the USA has brought much prosperity to Canada - and is bringing much prosperity to Mexico.... However, along with the prosperity comes an infiltration of American culture into the cultures of Canada and Mexico - for the better or for the worse - who knows, who is to say.
It is debatable whether Canada really does have a distinctive and separate culture - Mexico definitely does have a distinctive separate and unique culture...
The Mexican culture is an amalgamation of the Spanish Culture, The Native Culture and the Roman Catholic Church....
The personalities and national identidies of the USA and Canada are changing due to massive immigration, technological changes and globilization - changes in Mexico are due to technological changes and globalization. Mexico sees the success of China and South Korea and Malaysia,
and wants to be like them. I do not think that is going to happen because the Mexicans do not have the self discipline and drive that the people in South Eastern Asia have - China, South Korea, Malayasia, Singapore, etc... 
Whatever Mexico's pesonality and national identity may be - there is a surreal aspect to it that shows up in its different forms of art - Abstract Art is big in Mexico.... look at those dolls that I have hanging on my walls...

These are some photo's that I have taken along Puerto Vallarta's Malecon - sort of a 2 or 3 mile board walk (it is paved) along the beach through old Puerto Vallarta - when I was in Puerto Vallarta. You can look at the pictures as a slide show by going to the bottom of the blog and clicking on slide show - and you can enlarge picture by clicking on them..... Do you think that there is a surreal quality to Mexican art that is not that common in Canadian art....

February 2 - The unofficial first day of Spring in San Miguel de Allende
- the start of the planting season
Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas Day). This religious holiday marks the 40th day after the birth of Jesus. Special masses involve the blessing of seeds for fertility and candles, representing the light of the world. In San Miguel, Candlelaria is the unofficial beginning of spring and it's become famous for the plant flower sales held in Juarez Park. In San Miguel, Candlelaria is the unofficial beginning of spring. Also on this night, Mexican families have a traditional party. Whatever family member got the baby doll in the Rosca de Reyes bread on January 6th has to provide tamales and atole for the family party tonight. Atole is a delicious hot cornstarch drink that's a bit like drinking hot thin pudding. If you'd like to try it yourself, check out this delicious and really easy atole recipe.
Note: Last week there was some religious ceremony involving the blessing of pets by Catholic Priests - does it never end.......
The week before that - there was a celebration of General Allende's birthday - a hero of the Mexican war of independence - 1810....

February 5 - Constitution Day (legal holiday), marking the ratification of the Mexican Constitution in 1917. Schools, banks, and other bureaucracies are closed, and there is usually a parade somewhere in town.  

I am going to a talk next week on the core values and beliefs of Canadians,
Americans and Mexicans - it will be interesting to hear what they have to say...-

My trying to learn to speak Spanish is tying my brain up into little tight knots...
Sometimes I think that I take things too seriously - and should chill out,
loosen-up and not take things so seriously....

Viva La Mexico

Hasta La Viva
Mis Compadres
Y Mis Amigos
Mexico Dave

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