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Many people might agree this creates a relaxed atmosphere. I always had the sense that I grew up in the wrong country, the wrong century and the wrong language. This was confirmed for me after the first time I visited a city that was over years old.
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Growing up in the U. As cultural trackers have long noted, many cities in the U. Despite the love and wonder I always felt for freshly fallen snow, the visual beauty of snow unfortunately comes with the price of shiver. While the high desert town I live in does experience winter, it is over quickly and the remainder of the year is a fair and balmy temperature. In seven years, I can recall maybe one or two days of clouds. Sun and clear, blue skies are the norm.
Culture of Mexico - history, people, clothing, traditions, women, beliefs, food, customs, family
This luxurious weather allows for a lot of outdoor living amidst beautiful gardens flourishing in the light. Despite the violence the news insists on reporting as the norm in Mexico, unless you are a narco kingpin or are selling drugs, there is little chance you will be a victim to it. There are robberies and domestic violence of course, and some murders yes, but no more than anywhere in the U. I have also alleviated myself of a different kind of fear: death.
Mexicans acknowledge the inevitability of death and take a lighthearted and sometimes macabre attitude towards it that is well known as Dia de los Muertos. With reminders of death everywhere, Mexico helps me live more in the present, to enjoy my family, friends, food, and nature with greater gusto, knowing it will pass in a flicker. In general Mexican society is quite formal and unfailingly polite. It is a social culture where when you meet someone on the street, there is always time to stop and talk and inquire about family, health and activities.
There is a lot of kissing and hugging. There are no stop signs or street lights where I live. Cars drive at a steady 25 MPH. This creates a predominantly walking town, where pedestrians rule and cars easily and politely stop to allow walkers to pass. Family, children, friends, laughter, celebrations and general well-being are important considerations in Mexican society and are affirmed in every aspect of living here.
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Even though I am a person who believes that no one should ever be bored how is that possible? There is world class art, music, food and history, much of it free or affordable and easily available on a daily basis. Not to mention, Mexico is a huge country, with amazing landscapes and World Heritage sites to visit with a very inexpensive and extended bus system for easy travel. It often feels like there are many different Mexicos. With such incredible diversity in its people, landscape, food and culture, there is endless variety and surprise for the adventurous at heart.
All of life is a risk to be sure, but there are certain institutions where you entrust your children that ought to feel safe. I consulted a list of school shootings all over the world since Mexico is not on it. The U. Out of One source I checked put the U.
In the U. Again, I am speaking legally. In both countries of course guns can be had for those who would use them.
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There are many touted benefits to consuming chilis on a regular basis including lowering blood pressure and reducing unhealthy cravings. Not to mention that chilis create an alievness in food that makes it more fun to eat! Chili ice cream? Chili on watermelon?
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Chili in your cocktail? When I am cooking these days, the dried chili is right next to the stove with the salt cellar and olive oil and goes into whatever I am cooking and I know it will create a better meal. This one gives me a chuckle. As if anyone in Mexico is on a schedule. Just ask anyone who has ever waited for the gas or water man all day. Until the mids, state regulation of the economy and protectionist policies were influential, but since then the Mexican economy has experienced deregulation, internationalization, and privatization.
The number of state-owned companies fell from more than one thousand in to fewer than two hundred in Economic restructuring was promoted by national and international interest groups in response to several late twentieth century economic and financial crises. The composition of GDP by sector was as follows: agriculture, a little more than 5 percent; industry, 29 percent; and services, almost 66 percent, of which commerce, restaurants, and hotels accounted for a third.
Land Tenure and Property. The unequal distribution of land was a key cause of the Mexican Revolution. The struggle for land led to the adoption of a policy of land reform that reached its height in the s but slowed steadily after. The first category refers to privately owned land.
Ejido land, which was established after the revolution, is officially owned by the state, which confers usufruct rights to land reform recipients. Legally recognized communal lands, the tierra comunal, belong to particular communities and are distributed according to tradition. In , a controversial constitutional reform put an end to land reform and made possible the privatization of ejido lands. Commercial Activities. Mexicans have a long tradition of acquiring basic goods and foodstuffs in small neighborhood grocery shops tienda de abarrote.
These shops may sell very small quantities of certain products. In , more than half of all commercial units belonged to this category and almost a third of all personnel employed in commercial activities worked in these shops. At the same time, in urban areas there is an increasing tendency to shop in huge supermarkets.
Mexican merchants own most national supermarket chains, but American and French companies are rapidly gaining influence in this sector. Major Industries. The major manufactured goods were motor vehicles, consumer durables, food, beverages, tobacco, chemicals, textiles, and clothing. After Mexico City, the most important industrial center is Monterrey in the north. Much of recent industry is organized in so-called maquiladoras labor-intensive assembly plants. All sorts of maquiladoras were originally introduced only in a narrow zone along the U.
Although Mexico produces and exports large quantities of oil, the overwhelming majority of exports came from the A traditional Yucatecan Maya house. Cozumel, Mexico. The most important sectors were, in diminishing order, machinery, automobiles, textiles, and clothing. The United States is by far the most important trading partner, accounting for more than three-quarters of Mexico's imports and exports.
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Mexico is pursuing additional trade agreements with countries in Latin America, as well as with Israel and the European Union to lessen its dependence on the United States. Division of Labor. The labor force consisted of 38,, persons in , of which 20 percent were employed in the primary sector, almost 25 percent in the secondary sector especially in manufacturing and construction , and 55 percent in the tertiary sector, which includes commerce and services.