Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mexico is not poor.

If any of you come to visit us in Mexico (which you should) (because we have an extra room/bed/bathroom) (and it’s the closest to the US we’ll be for a while probably) (and there’s so much to do and see you would love it) (in fact Jacob ranks Mexico as his most livable country so far) (probably because it has so much shopping) (of course the weather’s beautiful too) (personally I’d rank some European cities higher but I’d still put it in the top 5ish) you will be surprised if you’re anything like me.

You will be surprised because Americans love to refer to Mexico as a “third world country” and Mexicans are negatively profiled in the US. Dirty, impoverished, ignorant Mexicans.

I now know…

#1. Mexico City has the 8th largest GDP of any city in the world, just after Osaka, Japan. It is an “alpha” city.

#2. The wealthiest man in the world is Mexican. His name is Carlos Slim. He built this museum:

carlos slim museum

#3. Mexico is a member of the G-20 major economies. Its economy is one of the top 20 in the world, larger than many European countries.

#4. Mexico is ranked #35 in literacy with a 93.4 % literate population.

#5. Mexico is the tenth most visited country in the world. Its cuisine, art, holidays, and history make it one of the most diverse and interesting destinations globally.

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Day of the Dead (Dia del Muerte) at the Zocalo.

Summary: I will never look or think of Mexicans in the US the same again. Mexico is not the US, but it certainly can hold its own.


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