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MARY ANN RADMACHER
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VECTOR ISSUE XV
Mexican Pride by Jason Collins Photos by Mary Alice Wright
Being Mexican is synonymous with homeland, independence, nationalist pride; but on what aspects are we based to be proud of our nationality? Following the thoughts of a Mexican, one of the references on which we rely to be proud of our nationality is the competition won with a foreign country that we perceive as superior; for example: victories in Olympic games or the much idolized World Cup.
Another reason to be a proud Mexican is cultural diversity and everything that this comprises, we have a vast cultural diversity, it is not the same to live in the center of the country to live in the north, a well-known example of this is the perception that we have death and the role it plays in our lives, the Day of the Dead; As we celebrate today, it is a tradition that mixes pre-Hispanic roots with Catholic ones, where our loved ones who have passed away are celebrated for a day.
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A moment that I consider of great pride is the solidarity shown by the Mexican people in natural disasters involving a large number of compatriots, a clear example of this is the past September 19, 2017 in which an earthquake with magnitude of 7.1 degrees shook much of the central area of the country, affecting mainly Guerrero, Morelos and Mexico City. Minutes after the earthquake yielded thousands of Mexicans took to the streets to help in all that was necessary, medicine, food, water, tools, raise rubble in order to rescue innocent lives that lay beneath a collapsed building, and the best is that there did not end the help, continued to get help from different states of the country, even people who lost their home left their city to help brigadistas who were helping in Jojutla Morelos one of the municipalities most damaged by the earthquake.
Without a doubt, a moment that made me proud to be Mexican, to support my neighbor. Whether or not you are proud of being Mexican, it is important that, as a society, we realize that not only are issues such as corruption, impunity, poverty and crime present in our country, but we can also see the "good side" , the nutritive part that also exists, which is also present, since it is a characteristic of our daily life that the majority of society leaves aside, mentally dividing the country in two and seeing only the "bad" part. In conclusion, the sense of Mexican pride has its roots in the history of our nation, as well as in the individual form of how we perceive ourselves as an entity and as a nation. The pride of being Mexican speaks of our collective identity as well as the new challenges that we would have to face as a mass in order to repair historical-generational wounds.
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Los Cabos. A different experience Baja California South is one of the safest states in the
swimming with her calf, they are very big animals, even
whole country, that is why I wasn´t worried about
the baby whale was of the size of the boat. We were
insecurity. The first thing I noticed when I got there was
eating snacks in the boat, so we didn’t eat and went
that most of thing were sold in dollars, even though I was
straight to the dinner, where I ate a delicious lobster whit
still in Mexico, there was also a lot of American tourists,
sauce. When we wake up the other day we went to “La
more than national tourist I could say. The first day I was
playa del amor”, it is a pretty calm and beautiful beach
there I just went directly to hotel, had dinner and went to
when you can find a lot of fauna, like fishes of all sizes
sleep, I had planned a lot of things planned for later. The
and colors, stingrays and even sea stars. We were
next day I woke up as soon as the sun raised and went to
snorkeling all the time, taking the sun and eating snacks.
have breakfast to a local restaurant, in order to taste
Just one thing that I notice of this beach was the cold
local food. In the menu there was a lot of sea food to
water, I have never been in a Mexican beach were there
eat, so I ordered shrimp tacos, it was a little heavy for
was cold water, this was the first one. We ate nearby the
breakfast but I don’t regret eating them. Later that day I
beach and I tried an alcoholic drink called “Licor de
had a boat ticket, this boat was going to take us to see
Damiana”, it consists of a mixture of cane liquor with the
whales in the wild. It was pretty amazing, we saw like
extract of the Damiana plant. Days after that, we were
five whales and one of them was
just enjoying the blue waters of Baja California and its delicious gastronomy, we visited downtown and met a lot of local people, I was impressed of their characteristic kindness. I leave Los Cabos very happy, with a full belly and with the desire to come back soon.
Image 1. Shrimp tacos
Image 2. Playa del amor
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