Buenos dias Amigos,
Overwhelmed, pretty much sums up the last 36 hours of my time here in Mexico City. My expectations of a “stereotypical” Mexico, aka sombrero and poncho wearing people that make delicious tacos, has been turned upside down and I love it. The city itself feels just like any other western city, yet there are certain aspects that make you realise you’re in Mexico. Latin music blares out from restaurants and shops, everywhere are food stalls radiating smells of fried meat and fresh corn, and there seems to be another magnificent church every time I turn a corner.
I’ve been stunned by the architecture which is a photographer’s dream. It took us 4 hours to walk about 2 miles because I stopped so much to take photos of all that was going on. And I’m still not sure I’ve done it justice.
It just so happens that this weekend Mexico celebrates their victory in the battle of Puebla. And I found myself in a midst of a patriotic march of uniform clad children, men and women marching the street. This, and the fact that there are so many Mexican flags on buildings, I’m beginning to get that that Mexico is a very patriotic country.
And a hard working one too… everywhere there are people trying to make a living; market stall sellers, handicraft makers, shoe polishers, taco vendors, painters, entertainers. I walked past a musician turning his portable musical organ hoping to delight listeners into giving him some money. However, El Organillero is an acquired taste!!!!
The bustling energy of the city makes me wonder how different it might be when we go to the countryside on Monday to visit the clients. I doubt that they have the same prospects as the people in the city, and certainly not the amount of potential customers (there are nearly 9 million people living in Mexico City).
But I’m looking forward to understanding this contrast a bit better. If our clients are as hard working as those in the city, then I’m beginning to see how important it is to give people the chance to earn a living and unleash the potential for those living in the countryside.
P.S Be sure to check out my first video log ‘Mexico City Senses Overload’