Why Mexico? 10 More Reasons

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In my first Why Mexico? post, I listed some more serious reasons why I’m glad I studied abroad in Mexico, but there are a lot of other less weighty reasons too.  Here are some every-day-life examples of how fun and colorful life was 🙂

  1. Sometimes class looks like doing art on a roof at sunset2018-02-12 18.21.03
  2.  Europe has cool cathedrals, but Mexico also has super cool churches!
  3.  Querétaro has an aqueduct.  At one point in elementary school, I made a model aqueduct for history class, and now I’ve lived somewhere with a real aqueduct, so that’s pretty cool.
  4.  Panaderías, taquerías, Michoacanas, tamalerías, churrerías…. It’s all super good and super cheap.  I swear I never was one of those people who takes pictures of food until I lived in Mexico.
  5.  Jacarandas, plumérias, and bougainvilleas.  Flowers are so pretty and fun.
  6.  Papel picado.  I just really love papel picado.  It’s like having colorful party decorations but everywhere all the time.
  7. Your legs will look great after climbing all the stairs at Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Cholula, la Basílica de la Virgen, and other sites you’ll visit 🙂 The views were always worth it!
  8. There are palm trees!  I’ve always lived in the Midwest (aka no palm trees).  Normally I just looked right past them in Querétaro, but sometimes for whatever reason, I would notice them again and think how funny it was to live somewhere with palm trees. 2018-03-30 16.55.36 HDR.jpg
  9. For being a city no one in the US has ever heard of, Querétaro is surprisingly important in Mexico’s history.  For example, this building was once home to la Corregidora who, according to legend, tapped out a signal with her heels while held under house arrest to warn others in the independence movement that their plan had been discovered.  The message got out successfully, and the actions that followed led to the declaration of independence on September 16, 1810. 2018-05-04 16.46.42.jpg
  10. Dancing in Jardín Zenea–Jardín Zenea was one of my favorite places in Querétaro.  About three times a week, there’s dancing there in the evenings open to anyone who wants to participate.  I always felt like I was in a movie when I was there.  I couldn’t upload a video, and a photo doesn’t really capture it at all, so I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it! 🙂


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