Quick Guide: Monterrey, Mexico

A Life Changing Trip

Monterrey, Mexico is the city from which my father’s side of the family hails. Now, I no longer speak to my father but I love my family who still live in Mexico. In fact, I think it is remarkable and kind of amazing that I am still in contact with family members from the old country, so to speak.

When I was 14 years old, I actually lived in Monterrey for one year and it was such an amazing time in my life. I stayed with my aunt and uncle while my parents and siblings returned to the US. I learned a lot while there and encountered a number of experiences. I learned the value of money, about gang violence, corruption, and how to fight. I also experienced some pretty amazing things and figured out how to survive in a culture that was rather different than my own. Most importantly, I realized I needed to explore the world and the thirst for exploration set in while I lived in the city.

A Wonderful City

Monterrey, itself, is the third largest city in Mexico and was founded in 1596 by Diego de Montemayor with 12 other families. Despite it’s historic age, the city is aggressively modern which stand in start contrast to many of the other cities in Mexico. If you’re looking for traditional, colonial Mexican culture then this city is not for you. However, Monterrey is definitely a city brimming with culture, history, and forward thinking attitudes.

In any case, I am slightly biased in my favor of the city because, for a brief period of my life, it was home. My family still lives in the city and I think it is a marvelous place to visit and explore. I’ve included my Quick Guide to the city below. Just click the image and then think about exploring a Mexican city off the beaten path. Get a taste of another aspect of Mexican culture.

Quick Guide: Monterrey, Mexico. My Normal Gay Life Blog







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In 1987, I was born. I'm, naturally, trying to figure it all out. I intend to enjoy every adventure on this journey and am always looking to the future to try to predict where I am headed...but mostly I just enjoy the ride. Photographer, business owner, entrepreneur, agronomist, "chef," uncle, and husband are all terms that describe me. - October 10, 2014: Marriage equality arrived in North Carolina (home). - November 26, 2014: My husband asked me to marry him. - June 26, 2015: Marriage equality granted to all US citizens by SCOTUS. - October 3, 2015: I married my husband. These three life changing events really influenced the creation of this blog. With the advance of LGBT equality in the United States and the world, people have questions. People want to know how, exactly, does a gay relationship work. Sure, there are plenty of stereotypes which provide unsubstantiated "truth," but I think it is vital people really understand that our lives, our relationships, our love is no different then their heterosexual counterparts. In other words, My Normal Gay Life is the chronicling of one normal individual's life (MINE!) who happens to be gay. I hope to demonstrate to the world that LGBT people are no different than heterosexual people. I'm just a normal person and I want my readers to understand my normal. About 90% of what I write is dedicated to travel because, frankly, travel is an important part of my life. The other 10% is focused on my relationship, friendships, career, business, art, sex, and troubles. But travel is definitely the most important part! Think of it as a continuous dribble of stuff that makes my life. I hope you enjoy the ride!

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