Trip Start Jul 08, 2007
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El Centro is Mexico old city which of all the sectors I have seen, is the one I found the most impressive
As I was saying, people are very nice in general and some are curious about outsiders. No one asked me for money, although I somehow became a pretty hot prospect for a new credit card, as numerous people asked me to fill in a registration form
The colors of the city are great! I especially loved the food markets all around the city, where you can buy everything, as well as dried insects!! Hum very delicious... a bit like chips. The city is in general an interesting mix of old and new and there is a sense of controled chaos. Almost seems like everything could go out of control, but at the same time, everyone seems pretty relax and I found it quite inspiring and relaxing. Other than the metro, the best deal I have found is 10 pesos (1$) for 4 mangos, cut and ready to be eaten in the street. Hmmmmm mangos... so sweet and delicious here.
The metro is very efficient, safe and I found its the best way to travel! I have never waited more than 2 min at any given time to get in and altough it can get quite crazy and OVER packed at rush hour, especially on the pink link, for 2 pesos (0.2$) per ride, its a very good deal! Its also quite a show. At every stop, there is someone coming in to sell music cds. Once their sales speech is done, often very incomprehensible due to the background noise of the metro, they play the music they are selling using a portable cd palyer and a bag-speaker kind of system. Quite impressive really! Some are selling other things such as food, pencils and Super Glue!? Not sure what is the deal with Super Glue, but I guess Mexicans must break their plates often or something like that? Hundreds of people doing the same thing, from young, to old, to disabled (blind) people
The Mexican economy is primarily focused on $ coming from Mexican;s outside of the country, majoritarily from the US. I had no idea it was so important. People dont earn much money here and the corruption takes care of the rest. Mexican have a pretty big Petrol Industry but the government;s management inefficiency, apparently does not allow it to be as big and profitable as it should be. Storms and hurricanes don;t help either. As I was here, the Government had to shut down 1/3 of its global production because of the hurricane DEAN. They lost 100M$ per day. Of course the tourism industry is huge, employing a lot of people and Mexicans also build a lot of our stuff. For example, Volkswagen have huge plants in Puebla, not even 1 hour from Mexico... so much, that I heard they also control part of the politics of the area.
I have really enjoyed my time here, met interesting people and was a very good landing platform to start my exploration of one of the greatest emerging country in the world. The Chinese have: Made in China. Here it is: Hecho in Mexico! Was also a great place to furthermore deepen my knowledge of Mesoamerican cultures, namely the Aztecs and Mayans. I am now going to Puerto Escondido, away from the mountains and the big crowds seeking the peace of the Pacific Ocean.