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.
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