Reasons to Fall in Love with Mexico
The People Mexican people are known for their warmth, good humor and hospitality. In world surveys about happiness, they regularly come out to be one of the happiest nations. Everyone is always welcome at their fiestas, baptisms, weddings, and a host of other events with family and friends.
The Food The most well-known Mexican dish is chili con carne which we have never seen on a menu in Mexico. Mexican food is cheap (unless you want to eat at expensive International restaurants), plentiful and astonishing in its variety. Every region has its own cuisine. The food can indeed be hot through the use of many kinds of chiles, but also includes many other tastes and sensations.
Carlos Fuentes claims there r five major gastronomic traditions in the world. French, Italian, Spanish and Mexican. The Climate Because Mexico is such a large country, the climate varies enormously according to region. Where we live in Ajijic, Lake Chapala, it is 75 degrees and sunny 90% of the year.
The Colors When we first came to Mexico we loved the colors, especially the combination in some houses of deep blue and orange. Life in Mexico is colorful, in every sense of the word.
The Landscape D.H. Lawrence, in his novel set in Mexico “The Plumed Serpent” described the Mexican landscape as harsh and unyielding. He was referring in particular to the dark hills that ring Lake Chapala. Lawrence is right in that the landscape can indeed be harsh, arid and inhospitable. But these same dark hills turn to green velvet during the most beautiful of seasons – the rainy season from June 15th to October 15th. In Ajijic, Lake Chapala the landscape is magnificent. We are nestled between the Sierra Madre mountains and Lake Chapala affording us wonderful panoramas of both. The Wildlife Mexico is one of 12 countries in the world that between them contain 60-70% of the planet’s biodiversity, which entitles it to be called ‘magadiverse’. Mexico occupies first place in reptile diversity, second in mammals, fourth in amphibians and vascular plants and tenth in birds. It is estimated that more than 10% of all world’s species live in Mexico
The Surrealism The famous French surrealist, Andre, Breton, commented that Mexico was “the surrealist country par excellence”. This surrealist encompasses not just what is visually everywhere but also to what happens in Mexico. As one of my favorite sayings about Mexico states – “Mexico where the impossible is possible and possible impossible”. I also have my own saying – “that Mexico is a very flexible country”.
These are a few of the reasons that we love Mexico and we know you will certainly find your own. .