Drug trafficking, vandalism, smuggling, are phenomenons that developped in the past years because of poverty and necessity. The country is represented by all those wonderfull places, cities and towns that compound the whole country. Foreigns think that the only attraction in Mexico are the beautiful beaches we have, but there are many other magical places to visit and different types of attractions.
I agree with most of the article. I also agree with her when she says men are chivalrous, yes they pay the bills, and dinner and open the door for you but all of this is also relative, it depends on the type of education you recive at home and the people you get along with.
I disagree whith the 11th misconception, I think each of us celebrates the days we think are important for us; like in any other country there are a lot of dates no one realy remembers. The government decides which dates must be remembered because of the importance and relevance they have. I hope this can be helpfull.
I absolutely love it when Socialists come and start to publicly announce they are socialists… really, these people… it has been my experience that socialists have a huge misconception of what the model means.
Anna is trying to get people to think of Mexico as something more than just beaches, burritos and the image of a lazy, brown drunkards with a huge sombrero, a bottle of tequila in one hand and a donkey standing near him while a cactus gives him shade. Everyone complains about all the issues in this country, yet who among you are actually doing anything to help change that? I work very closely with lawyers and human rights defenders. And were trying to change the fact that women are abused and dish out proper justice against any who dare touch them.
Socialism… really? Just look at all the countries with socialist governments. The poor is everyone not in the government. Get up your butt and get to work. Go into business on your own, do something to change your situation rather than just sit around complaining.
I have meet so many people who are poor because they keep content to living on handouts. And these are the people who put the current president there. So really, a socialist party exists in Mexico because it would be great for them in power. Why should a neurosurgeon make as much money as a janitor or viceversa? Because of equality? Give me a break. How much of his life has a successful neurosurgeon invested in his career and time to gain the knowledge that makes him earn what he earns?
He does as much effort as the surgeon so he should have the same wages? Those men and women had a vision, they worked their vision until they got to where they are. Mind you, Carlos Slim sold bubblegum when he was young. What vision do you have? What have you got to offer that is worth what a neurosurgeon makes? What do you have that makes you better than Slim? A false Utopia. You want that, keep your socialist views. The capitalist model is made to reward those that go out there and DO, not those who demand to be given.
Yawn, what a Right Wing ranter you are. Your last is such pure nonsense that it pretty much speaks for itself. Boy are you living in LaLa Land! As a US citizen may I just say your post made me vomit. You are the perfect example of why some Mexicans dislike us. You are why I moved to Mexico. Go away!
As a Mexican… I really really loved and enjoyed your blog! This is amazing, Anna! Even with drug cartels in mexico is not compare to the crazy people that lives in usa not a single day goes by without the us news or local news reporting someone being killed or murder brutally in some neighborhood… yes there is violance in mexico but is related only to drug cartels struggle. Not single people murdering each other or kids killing other in kids in schools.
Nice article, accurate information. I am from Mexico City living in Sydney, Australia. And If You Think Youre A Man - Various - Super Mario Dance (CD) find this article very helpful. I constantly have to answer the same questions. Travel a bit and see the world, just because you saw it online bad or good media does not mean that it is true although I pretty much agree with this article. But you are saying not to fall for what you read online or hear from other people or media, and it seems to me that you do fall for that too.
The western suburbs of Sydney are not all dangerous and drug dealing places, we are trying not to fall into stereotypes here! The probability of being a victim of a random act of violence at night in Sydney is way higher at the city centre than anywhere else.
Exactly I am not trying to stereotype here but there is a higher crime rate in the western suburbs with drug related gang shootings as parts of Mexico has, every city has their share of problems. I would put it exactly how you said in a random act of violence anyone can get hurt.
But in the city and suburbs near the main cities of Mexico are as safe as most cities worldwide. It is just the international media tends to focus on the bad aspects of Mexico rather than the good ones. Mexicans are among the most racist people in the world starting by segregating themselves!
At the beginning of the 20th century the Mexican railway connected the entire country and the US as well… how can you understand that today there are no trains anymore?!? And what are Mexicans doing about it? The way Mexicans sabotage each other are unaccountable….
Why are Mexicans still allowing the US to portray them as servile, low-living, ignorant delinquents? In all US movies the Mexicans are always looked down, they allow them to show places that resemble two centuries ago!
And the country is so rich and diverse! From the various native groups not all Mexicans are Aztec descendants to all European, Asian yes, they had trade with China way back in the 17th century and even some African. Que nefasto comentario, trata de ver y agradecer lo positivo que tenemos, y si alguien hace comentarios positivos pues que padre no?
In Fact, the reason that the americans celebrate 5 de Mayo, is because when the french invided Mexico they have plans to get to united states of america, united states was in a civil war in that If You Think Youre A Man - Various - Super Mario Dance (CD), so they may not stop the french intervention, when mexican won the battle in puebla, the united states of america celebrate becouse the mexican stop the french and that battle change the final plans of the french army.
The average A,Erica will not know the significance of 5deMayo. Sad that so many of these articles bring up superficial information. What is the economy really like?
To what extent or how deep does the corruption go? But knowing more about Central America would be interesting. What really needs to be talked about is who comes here illegally and why. Most Americans are so spoiled and clueless when it comes to illegal immigration and why it occurs. Rarely does it have anything to do with breaking laws and is ALL about survival, period! The economy is extremely divided. There are some extremely powerful, rich people like Carlos Slim, the richest man in the worldand then a huge percentage of the population is living under the poverty line.
Consider the fact that an average salary can be around dollars per month. Minimum salary is less than 6 dollars per DAY, not per hour. Corruption can be seen a lot in politics. Lots of nepotism going on as well. Policemen are corrupt in most of the country, as well.
Lots of people from Central and South American countries immigrate illegally to Mexico. The main reason people immigrate to the US is very simple. As I mentioned earlier, the minimum wages here are a joke. Basically, for a poor, uneducated Mexican, working one day in the US would earn them the same amount or more as if he worked for a full week in Mexico.
Hey hey! I just desagree about the woman special public transport…. It feels we are back in time, it is segregation…. We always tend to have this stereotype among us, one thing I think you could also add is that americans always seem so surprised that a lot of Mexicans speak fluent english. You cast my home city in favorable light; thank you. However, as a guy who has lived the majority of my life in Iztapalapa also within Distrito FederalI can tell you are missing an important part of the experience.
I only recently moved to Coyoacan. I work in Polanco. Please, visit the places I mentioned to get the whole picture. Go there by bus and travel by subway at rush hour too. I have been living in different places in Mexico and in different countries. I have to say that I agree in most of the things that you mention. I said kind of because there are of course certain things with tyhe ones I can not agree. Is quite difficult to get the main idea on how things are in the country or in one place just living for a while.
True that burritos are not representative, but yes, they are part of the folk food in the nord of the country. Sopes are not precisely national dish, neither tlacoyos, chileatole, tamales, or other food from different states. Mexico offers so many things and I appreciate how you show it up. Do you mean you want to spend 12, MXN for 2 people? It depends where in Mexico City do you want to live. Could you specify? Hey Anna, I am also from Mexico and been living abroad for a while, and I just want to say great job!!!
I am Mexican and live abroad in NYC for business school. Traveled many times to europe. But a general referece the idea is so good! Or in the supermarket attending in the panaderia bakery shop for example. The reason there is such divisions here, like the metro having girl wagons, is nothing less but because it was so dangerous for woman using it alone, which it still is by the way, that they had to separate women and men, which is pretty bad if you ask me. I will agree with you, men here are gentlemen, which also has a reason why.
This is a very Macho society, men do not see women as equals and therefore treat them as if they could not be independent.
Mexico is an amazing place to live in and I love and enjoy it fully, but I am very careful as a woman in this country and there are many things I permit myself of doing in Canada that I cannot even think about doing here. Saludos y gracias por compartir.
Mexico is a great country of coarse full of unwealthy people but if we refer to them that way by the messure of money, but if anyone would get the chanse to meet those people, they are the rickest pearsons you would ever get to know because of their wealthy soul, they are the most happy and shearing persons you would ever get to meet despite of ther low resourses.
We are not all dark skinned, but why should the colour of the skin define us when we have such a rich culture and amazing food?
The problem with mexicans is that we do know how to make a lot of noise, which is why parties here are a blast. Mexico Independence Day is actually September 27, not observed as this was consummated If You Think Youre A Man - Various - Super Mario Dance (CD) Agustin de Iturbide, who pushed for the formalization of an independent Mexican Empire he became emperor against those that wanted a Republic.
Years later, at the beginning of the XX century, with Porfirio Diaz as president of the Republic, the celebration of the beginning of independence was formalized to be on September 15, as this was Diaz birthday. Mexico has safe and unsafe areas. Here in the UK my house has been broken 3 times. In my country never ever had a criminal problem. Quite the opposite here. Even in East London I was never personally attacked walking down the street in the middle of the day in broad daylight like I was in Tijuana when my purse got snatched off my shoulder.
But, so be it. Despite all critics you are completely right. Also I agree that Mexico is not only Cancun and Baja California, there are many other beautiful places here.
I love what you do, you inform a lot of people about your experiences and for some people is really helpful. Every woman has to know how to defend themselves here in Mexico or in any other place in the world. I wish we stopped comparing ourselves to other countries and enjoy the beauty of this territory and its people.
I chose this country as the place where I decided to raise my son. I am so happy I did. Mexico, I love you. Mexico is a country with great potential, amazing people and SO many resources, the problem is the way we want to explode all of them. Anyway, your article is great but a little inaccurate. Thanks again for trying to show people around the world Mexico is way better of that told by media.
Anna, thanks for sharing great points about wrong ideas people abroad have about mexicans. The big problem of mexicans is that we step in to each others foot and thats why the country hasnt grown as much as it should. Anyway, I liked ur post, I have blog as well, i will recomend people urs.
Anna, thank you very much for the way you described this country. There are lots of problems that deserve to be solved immediatly: Insecurity and organised crime… the way we percieve ourselves and behave towards against ourselves… disparity incomes… gender equity. But you have been here and you also saw all good things this place offers to foreigners and to Mexicans. You know? I lived in Africa for about 6 months. Great article and awesome blog Annalisa.
Your article shows many of them. I really liked your article, as such as the great amount of comments it raised, at least you can say many mexicans are also passionate. Im mexican, i love your comments! Negativism for pessimists… Just dont care about what they said annalisa, people will always hate, no matter if its something good or positive….
Have you ever been to Baja California Sur? I grew up there and I agree that it is a bit americanised, but still it has its own Mexican charm. Of course hotels and resorts are all over the place but you can find real tacos, gorditas and sopes, not to mention the amazing tequila.
Anyway, i think most of your points are right, I really like when people love Mexico as much as I do and share their good experiences and thoughts to the world. I agree with some of the stuff that you wrote however there are things that are not true. I have visited many areas in Europe and yes there is always bad spots but Mexico City has become more dangerous in the last 20 years.
Mexican men are very macho, that is a rule around the world but there are countries where men are better. Mexico is not one of them.
Domestic violence is big in all levels of society. If you think that it is not then you would say that Santa Fe is not Mexico either because it is Modern like American cities. Thanks for your blog and to take the time to write about my country, I may not agree with all you said but it is nice to see that you have so many nice things. It has been more than a decade that the government declared it not an obligational holiday with labor suspension.
I do agree dude, but She said that We think the commemoration of 5 de mayo battle is If You Think Youre A Man - Various - Super Mario Dance (CD) a reason to celebrate :D, Of course when You army defeates the, considered in that time, the most powerful army in the world is something must be celebrated. Yes but third world is not about having modern buildings or exclusive restaurants, it IS about having a wide gap between rich and poor. Brazil is definitely third world.
It appears that according to this writer Mexico is indeed third world. And frankly, even the US is third world. Fix inequality and I will ditch all the other misconceptions. Thank you Anna, very educational and you write very well. I have had a very interesting and dramatic life as in my true international love story The Red Silk Robe, in Amazon, check it out… Have also done a lot of travelling, so I will definitely be watching your site for more information and facts, if my brain can take in anymore….
I will also friend you, as would love to keep in contact…. Thank you Julia Cynthia Kent. They are two differently fruits entirely. The only thing they have in common is that they are citrus and round….
Then they took Mexico city and Maximiliano governed for some years for the conservative side while Benito Juarez, the liberal president was forced to run away, it If You Think Youre A Man - Various - Super Mario Dance (CD) only after 5 years that the third battle of Puebla took place where General Porfirio Diaz defeated and expelled once and for all the French from Puebla, after that the French defeat was imminent and Maximiliano was caught and executed putting an end to the Liberal vs Conservative period and to the French Invasion.
Well the 5th of may its justo a battle as a matter of fact we did not win the war, the frenchs defeted the mexican army and went all the way through into the capital. The battle of 5 de Mayo only delayed the inevitable and thinking about it, the lives lost in it were worth jack.
We brought down the second empire through guerilla warfare, we should celebrate the day the French pulled back, not the day we delayed the inevitable French descent on the capital. On the other hand the 16th of september is kind of a big deal. Fun fact about the 16th of september: The battle of Puebla the 5th of may was an attempt to drive the French off, we won the battle but lost the war and the French made Maximiliano de Habsburgo our emperor. I agree with most of your comments, but Mexico safe?
Would you really recommend someone to flag down a taxi from the street? Actually Mexico City is very safe, the rest of the country not so much.
I lived in East London for 2 years and never once had my purse snatched off my shoulder in broad daylight in the middle of the day on a semi-busy street like recently in Tijuana.
In being here less than a month. Less than a week, actually. I disagree with 3, 7, and 9. Fact: A lot of Mexican food is spicy hot or can bedespite the use of limes! Fact: A gap in equality is not the only classification of a third world country.
Fact: Women only buses does not mean that women in Mexico receive privilege. Sorry to disappoint you again those pink buses are not everywhere, and by that i mean they almost dont exist, most cities dont have to have a pink bus, i would rather have the same bus for everyone, a pink bus just means its not safe for a woman to ride on a regular one. On the safety side it all depends on what city you live in, and what part of that city. Its like saying Chicago is safe city, i probably is, if you hang around the nice areas, but not everywhere.
Nice article in genera, but I think you got it wrong with the all female public transportation; it is but a shortsighted remedy against the abuse they suffer here when they are harassed by men. It is a kindness we show even other Mexican strangers, just in case. Monterrey, for example, has avenues with 7 lanes, not many american cities can say that… D.
Anna makes a great point with this post, just felt like there needed to be something else added. Hi Anna, I just love what you posted, which is totally true. Thank you for sharing this, keep doing this as many people has a huge misconception about Mexico. May I print your post to share with my co-workers and clients? Ask how many women dress with skirts or small shorts in the metro and you will find that only foreign tourists do it.
Mexico is what it is, but that girl in the photo is HOT! Your Cellphones Roaming charge comes from an abusive company that screws the whole country. Yeah, Mexico is better that what is thought to be, but Mexico is also Worst than what everybody thing it is.
Most of this things are true for Mexico City. Very nice article. Question — Is there much color prejudice in Mexico? I notice you mentioned:.
Insteresting information. Just celebrate this in schools. Police have been implicated in some of these incidents. Both local and expatriate communities have been victimized. Almost 90 kidnappings of U.
Embassy and consulates in Mexico between April and November of I wish it was not like this… I wish Mexico gets better with time. Unless we get an honest government then things might improve and can have a safe Mexico again! And some open doors and pay for bills. There are thousands of women being beated or even killed by their husbands. So NO, women are not specially privileged in Mexico.
And NO, Mexico is not even close to be first world. Im mexican. Grate article in the other points. Oh but we eat burritos on the northern region of Mexico.
We always have, and we always will. They are different from the Tex-Mex kind, that is true. The thing is, as you point out, Mexico is a big country, and the term Mexican food is rather loose, there are different regions with very different tastes.
Same applies to embarazado and embarrassed. Such a mexican, i would like to thank you for writing, in a very unique way, about my beautiful country… with your heart!!! Kudos on your blog!
I am mexican well I was born american but living a mexican live for way long already. And yes these are truly misconceptions people abroad may have about this beautiful country. Very nice post, I appreciate you taking the time to write about my country and some of its misconceptions. So, why make a big deal out of one battle?
Another interesting thing about mexicans? I hope you have the time to visit even more places from Mexico, and get to know much more about the places we have. Nice and informative, but just a little observation on you last point: Mexican independence from Spain was declared on August 24, What happened in September 15,was a call to arms against the ruling class, which later became the Independence War.
As a Mexican, I agree with most of what you say. I have to say, though, that I differ on what you say about Mexican women. And the fact that men are gentleman-y does not, in any way, relate to gender equality. The fact that men often do pay for things has to do, in my opinion, with a quite traditional take on gender roles.
I also agree with Yannick, by the way. Which people and where are they getting their information? I lived there for six years, and was a victim of a major crime an average of once a If You Think Youre A Man - Various - Super Mario Dance (CD).
Fraud, kidnapping, theft, vandalism, harassment, embezzlement…and of course, everyone I know there has been a victim of, or knows a victim of several of these crimes. The degree of incivility that I witnessed there is criminal, but overshadowed by much bigger battles, like government corruption, the drug war, and Juarez. Please correct that-in honor of brave -poblanos that lost their lives protecting the country- Thank you Dario. Just two comments:. It is actually part of its charm.
Sure, there are safe places in Mexico, but last I heard of my relatives, it is not a good place to be at the moment. Also, being chivalrous to women is not the same as women being equal to men, if anything Mexican men are very patriarchal.
Being that there are pink busses and special section for women on the subway is not a priveledge. Those were implemented to try and create a safer environment for women. By the way, May 5th its celebrated only in Puebla, its an off day and we have a parade too, i know because i live where the battle took place. Two men entered my house while I was asleep. Quit saying that Mexico is a safe country. It is not. It is not a safe haven when you are eating dinner with your family and a police convoy of 50 cars rushes by with their sirens, or when you see a military tank roaming the streets.
Not a third world country. Do you know the poverty rate in Mexico? Maybe if you only hang around Polanco or Santa Fe, and never step outside your little bubble…. As someone else noted, the pink buses or the metros designated for women are to prevent sexual harassment. And what about the real name? And Burritos… in the north part of Mexico we do eat burritos maybe not quite chipotle style, but we do.
They are Tex-MEX for a reason. And women privileged? Seem that you enjoyed Mexico, glad to know is a great place and specially with great people! You forgot to mention this last important information. So actually Mexico is considered to have 32 states. Could you please explain why do you thing this? US states can have their own laws, and normally these are different if compared with the laws in other states i. Those kinds of things do not really happened in Mexico.
There is not a difference. And I do not agree with your opinion about the taste of Mexican food. It is not either spicy or sour. Mexican food has a large variety of tastes, and it different in every state of the country.
And not every Mexican likes spicy salsas. Tal king about same gender marriage, some states like Distrito Federal allow it. Abortion the same. If you want to find out more about different State regulations concerning abortion rights you should wait for my book about abortion in Mexico — will be published in Roaming occurs from town to town due to the abusive Cellphone companies rising the rates and overcharging for everything.
The structure is very similar, with local congresses and federal lower and higher chamber. The funny thing is that most Americans I know had never heard of Mexican States they have the misconception that only the US has them. De hecho, tu ejemplo de matrimonio homosexual se aplica perfectamente. En el D. NezaNaucalpan, Huizquilucan, Tlalnepantla, etc…. I love everything you say here! I agree in everything but the point that -Women are privileged, as others comments said, those buses are a result of sexual harassment and a deep problem of inequality we are suffering in Mexico.
If we want real equality we should, as women, stop wanting just the benefits of man but asking them to pay for everything, pick us up, give us their seat, etc. I like the way you expressed that point because we can not deny people on Mexico are suffering from kidnappings, burglars and many safety issues but some places are still kind of safe if you take some precautions.
Also, as a tourist you are less expose to this problems as you are visiting specific less dangerous places. Education decision are deciced by each State. Jorge Luis Ojeda you are mexican I guess, check this. Please learn english and then share your opinion! It seems you really did not captured what she was saying. Sus aclaraciones son inexactas. En Mexico la seguridad es un problema grave y no sucede como dice ella simplistamente, solo entre las mafias de las drogas.
Esta sola falsedad da al traste con todo el articulo. Ella puede ser la causante de una desgracia con esa ligereza con que trata ese tema. Mexico city is not synonymous to D. F is the smallest of all it is the one of the most populated places in the whole country and Mexico city is part of the state of Mexico that is exactly next to D. Thanks for taking the time to look at the bright side of our country. As you can read above, there is a lot of people that identified themselves with your points of view.
Most of them took the opportunity to let you know how you got something wrong. In my opinion, Mexico is a big country full of traditions and culture which will often vary from state to state and sometimes even from municipality to municipality. The north of the country is absolutely different to the south, likewise both north and south can be just as different from the center.
The fact that you speak about what you experienced while there, makes all of your points valid. Which in my experience this are all things people do believe about my country.
Algrajeda, te states of Mexico are autonomous and independent from each other. Each of them have their own constitution and have their own civil code and laws. The gay marriage is a good example, since it is legal only in DF and Quintana Roo, but not in the other states. And one final thing, DF is not a state since it is not autonomous and does not have its own constitution it depends on the federation, however it has three levels of government executive jefe de gobiernolegislative Asamblea Legislativa del DFjudicial poder judicial del Df and its Tribunal.
Hey Anna nice thing going on here! Excuse you? Can you be any more condescending and negatively. We are also all not nacos. Income equality is very severe in Mexico. I agree, being poor is NOT the same as being uneducated. The problem is not that people that go to the U. First because poor and uneducated does not mean rude. Sorry but you are generalizing I know a lot of Mexican friends and people with much greater education with masters degree working in US and working at the top of the head of a lot of companies not all Mexicans living in US are undereducated and also I have known a lot of poor people working on the US that are so responsible, educated and honest than some rich people living in Mexico that think are educated.
Redneck is different. Thanks for sharing Anna! You should definitely fact check your article before posting. Mexican states are certainly not more independent than US states. Mexico is a federal republic meaning that each state operates according to the laws and decrees of the federal powers. So states in Mexico have less autonomy than US states.
Also Mexico City is synonymous with the districto federal. Much like Washington, D. Is synonymous with the district of Colombia. The rest of your points I would deem as fairly correct.
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