By Brenden Owens
In Señora English's 4th Hr. Spanish Class
Mexico is a place full of heritage, culture, amazing food, and that's only the beginning! Mexico is located south of North America, which consists of the United States and Canada, and north of Central and South Americas, the home continent of Guatemala and Brazil respectively. The closest thing to touch Mexico from the States is Texas, where everything is bigger, including the countries it borders.
Points of interest
Mexico has many famous places, such as the Chichen Itza and the Pyramid of the Sun. Chichen Itza was a major focal point in the Northern Maya Lowlands from the Late Classic, c. AD 600-900, through the Terminal Classic, c. AD 800-900, and into the early portion of the Postclassic period, c. AD 900-1200. The site exhibits many architectural styles, reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico and of the Puuc and Chenes styles of the Northern Maya lowlands. The presence of styles from central Mexico was once thought to represent direct migration, or maybe even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the presence of these non-Mayan styles more as the result of cultural diffusion.
Mexico's climate is dependent on where you are. Along the coast it is hot and humid, and horrible during the summer due to longer daylight and more direct sunlight. In land communities such as Guadalajara, which is 5,200 ft above sea level, and places close to Lake Chapala, are dryer and more temperate.
The food in Mexico, pronounced "Me-hico" by the natives, is very delicious and are popular throughout the States. A main staple of Mexican food is rice, which they have in almost every meal. They also have tapas, a type of Spanish snack, that originated from a generous bartender laying a slice of cheese or meat over every drink he served. In many Spanish speaking countries, there are tapas bars, which are probably a reference to the previously aforementioned bartender, however in Mexico, there aren't many, but the "cantinas botaneras" come close, but operate on a very different business model. The botanas only keep coming if the customer keeps ordering beer, liquor, mixed drinks, and other alcoholic beverages. The more the patron drinks, the more the more they eat, which may or may not be so good if the person decides to return to work. These establishments, a couple over a hundred years old such as La Opera, are very popular around the Centro Historico in Mexico City, but similar bars can be found farther out in Coyocan or nearby cities like Xalapa, Veracruz.