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An adventure through my culture

May 19, 2021 4:43 PM

Photo Essays

The most incredible guacamole I’ve ever had in my life. As a Mexican, guacamole isn’t something I take lightly. I eat it a lot from restaurants, I make my own and my family makes it as well. So I’ve tried a great deal of guacamole from all over, but this brought me and my very Mexican mother to the verge of tears. This legendary guacamole was from a restaurant called Cholula in Tequila, Jalisco. 

Ah yes, tamales. Tamales have always been among my favorite Mexican dishes. They are handmade by my Abuela. The tamales are made with corn, cheese, manteca, and chile verde. Every time I think of home, I think of the smell of tamales and my Tio’s rumbling laughter, telling stories of how I used to eat over 6 at a time as a child. Tamales are one of the things I look forward to the most whenever I go back to Mexico.

Flowers are always incredibly beautiful and vibrant in Mexico. The thing that’s special about these flowers is that they do not need water to thrive. They come in many vibrant shades of pink, red, yellow, orange, and purple. I’ve always found so much beauty in the nature of Mexico, especially the flowers, that thrive in incredibly dry and hot weather.

La Villa Tres Mujeres in Tequila, Mexico. Tequila, a town in Jalisco, is famous for the spirit as all the tequila in the world is made in Jalisco. The Villa Tres Mujeres was open to tourists to go see the agave, the plant that is used to make tequila fields. We also got to see where the tequila was stored, aged and then bottled by hand by some of the workers there.

The beautiful beach of Puerto Vallarta. The water was warm and clear, the sand hot and soft, the rocks smooth and beautifully colored. Being there was like something out of a movie or photoshoot, such a picturesque beach that you only see in magazines. It was a surreal experience to sit on a beach chair under the straw-sewn umbrella feeling the breeze through my hair.

Chupa rosas, a.k.a. hummingbirds, made of glass. I found this absolutely stunning to look at, and they’re all handmade as well! They are in so many bright hues of blue, red, pink, and green. You can find hummingbirds made of glass, crystal, paper, or even real ones all over Mexico. 

Banderines de Papel Mache are colorful flags that you would find strung all over the place in Mexico. I saw tourists and locals alike taking pictures and selfies underneath the beautiful and colorful flags. The flags may not seem like much more than just colorful decorations to some, but to me, they make the streets and stores of Mexico just a bit more beautiful than they already are.

Barriles pintadas — painted barrels. I found these painted barrels in a hotel that was barrel-themed, you slept inside a giant barrel instead of an actual hotel! I sadly couldn’t go inside without paying a fee, but seeing something like that was a sight to behold. These painted barrels were very intricately detailed, the mariachi band depicted on one with tequila at their boots made me smile and laugh joyfully alongside my family.

A small park made for tourists to take pictures in Sayulita Nayarit, Mexico. The dome was covered with pom-poms, the same as the ones you see hanging from strings tied from light post to light post. It was decorated to resemble that of a mosaic, a very beautiful one at that.

Mexico is a very diverse, unique, vibrant, and beautiful place. I could go on and on for days about the beauty of the country of my family. But unless one sees it in person, first hand, will they ever truly understand the beauty and majesty that is Mexico. The food, the sights, the beaches, the breeze, the bustling sounds of the city, and the calm waves that crash on the shore, is just part of the things that make Mexico as truly incredible as I believe it is.