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Mexico: Welcome to Mexico City

Mexico: Welcome to Mexico City

Welcome to Mexico City

For me, the flight from New York City to Mexico City was easy. It took less than six hours. There’s only a 1-hour time change, so I shouldn’t have trouble adjusting.

My first impression of Mexico City: it’s massive! This city is home to more than 21 million people, which makes it a super-city or megalopolis. This is where I will begin my journey, but I will also visit Oaxaca and Merida.

Before beginning this trip, I read alot about Mexico. What fascinated me most was its long history, which stretches as far back as 4,000 years. For example, ruins from the 1300s can be found in the heart of busy downtown Mexico City. In many of the villages, traditions that have been around for hundreds of years are still being practiced. I’m excited to see the mix of past and present in this very large country.
 

When visiting a foreign country it’s a good idea to learn a little of the language spoken there. Even if you don’t visit a Spanish speaking country, this language will come in handy. That’s because there are over 400 million Spanish speakers in the world. That’s more people than live in the whole United States!

 
Spanish explorers brought their language to the New World in the 1400s. It took a while for the language to catch on. This is because the people living in MesoAmerica already spoke their own languages, such as: Nahuatl, Maya, and Zapotec. Today, some people in México continue to speak these native languages, but about 99% of Mexicans speak Spanish as their first language.
 

So far, I’ve noticed that people here appreciate my efforts to communicate in Spanish. With some creative sign language and the little Spanish I can speak, I’m able to get my point across.

Jenny

 

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