I can’t seem to find the right words or pictures to share. I want to show you the beauty of Mexico, but I’m not talking about the beautiful Mexican resorts, beach or even the natural resources of Oaxaca. I’m talking about the raw beauty of a small border town, so different from the manicured lawns and pristine streets of Orange County.
I’ve been here for about a week now and I’ve been enjoying it so much, but somehow it´s always bittersweet. I delight in the fact that my parents have lived in the same house for over thirty years, so I can literally come home. I love that I can eat my favorite foods at our family restaurant, and that there´s people around me who actually want to take care of the munchkin for a little while. Oh and that he actually has someone to play with!
At the same time ever since this “drug war” started, Acuña has gone from one of the fastest growing cities in Mexico to almost a ghost town. Businesses are closing because Americans have stopped crossing the border to eat and drink, and the fees imposed by the cartels are too large. In the past two years there has been an increase in poverty in Mexico, with the numbers climbing to 46.2% of the entire population. This means that there´s practically no middle class, just disgustingly rich, poor and extremely poor. All of these things remind me why many Mexicans have chosen to leave their home country legally or illegally.
I guess what I should be telling you are the little details that make Mexico unique. For example, at the movies we don´t pour butter on our popcorn, there´s hot sauce readily available in a dispenser. Also, Mexicans are not afraid of color and it shows in store displays, houses, and even the supermarket. The food here is so good, usually not processed, and full flavor. Honestly, I think blandness doesn´t exist here. One of the best features of Mexico are the people, the people are warm, honest, joyful, well most of them are. They certainly know how to throw a party and enjoy one, but most of all they know how to make the best out of what they have.
I will be here for two more weeks, so there will be more to tell. In the mean time have a Happy New Year!