Trumpets are not quiet instruments.

In the Cancun Airport, Terminal Three, a trumpet and guitars serenade travelers arriving and departing from Mexico. The terminal is full of duty free shops, and, if you didn’t pick up gifts before, this is your last tax free shopping opportunity.

Mariachi music belongs to Mexico though Mexican taxi drivers often listen to Willie Nelson and Classic Rock. In Tulum, there is also reggae,latin jazz, pop and Cuban sounds. This knob of Mexico has more in common with the Caribbean than Mexico but this fiery Mariachi group plays in tune, with expression.

For tourists, Mexico is a place of  bold colors and booming music. 

For locals, there is much more subtlety and nuance.

Being a neighbor to the United States is like sleeping next to an elephant. If it rolls over you become sandwich spread

I wouldn’t deck myself out in one of these costumes, but they fit these men perfectly.

Maintaining your national identity in a homogenized world is a work of love.

Mexico, regardless which side of the border you live on you are on, is still Mexico.

I don’t want Mexico to be like the United States and I don’t want the United States to be like Mexico. 

 

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