Here we go; it’s time for Mexico!

Hi there! 😊

Hope you are doing fine. Today we will be discovering a new country with you: Mexico!

If you are reading this article as you are on your way to Mexico, then you will get useful information. No, if you are reading with pleasure and curiosity, then I try my best to persuade you to get your way there.

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Then shall we begin our Mexico tour? 🇲🇽

(P.S. Saludos a todos nuestros hermanos Mexicanos!)

Let's start with quick facts about the country! 🙃

Location: It is located in Central America. It borders the USA to the north and Belize to the south. There is the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Mexico City

Population: 128 million (2018)

Recognized language: Spanish

Capital: Mexico City

Currency: Mexican peso

Driving side: Right

When to go: Can be visited in all seasons. However, the period when the weather conditions are not overwhelming is between October and May. The hottest months are from June to September.


Mexican Festivals and Times:

Home to many festivals throughout the year, Mexico is also famous for its carnivals. The most famous and important carnivals, Carnival Huejotzingo, have been held every February since 1868. Historical events are animated at the carnival held in the city of Puebla. The second-largest carnival, Iztapalapa Carnival, is dedicated to the oldest communities in the country. Dances, performances, and music are intertwined in the festival, which hosted approximately 200 thousand participants.


-Dia de Muertos: One of the worldwide known Mexican festivals

Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico since the Aztecs; it is the festival of colorful costumes, magnificent parades, velvet flowers! At the Day of the Dead Festival, families come together, ancestors are remembered, special meals are cooked for the festival ...


Known for their lively nature, the Mexican people compete to have the most colorful and striking costumes during the Day of the Dead. So what is this costume? Catrinas!

Catrinas is a character created by the Mexican artist Guadalupe Posadas in the first half of the 20th century. Posadas humanizes the concept of "death". She dresses the skeleton like a French woman to be a criticism of Mexican society's European admiration. He even gives it a name: Calavera Garbancera! (see on the right.)


What To Eat In Mexico?

Mexican cuisine is rich with the influence of many cultures. Still, the main food source of Mexicans is definitely corn. Hot peppers and sauces are widely used. The main food of Mexican cuisine is the tortilla, a small-sized thin round dough made from corn or wheat flour. The main ingredient of many popular dishes such as Tamale, Buritto, Quesadilla, Taco is also tortilla. A pot of hot tortilla is necessarily found on dining tables. Tacos are available everywhere. Steak, pork, and fish are the most commonly consumed meat types. You can find the snacks they call Antojitos almost every corner. For vegetarians, the juicy pear cactus called napales is a good alternative, and a wide variety of mushrooms also take an important place in the country's cuisine. You should definitely try the exotic fruits they call zapote and tuna.


Bonus 😄

-The largest pyramid in the world is located in Cholula, Mexico. 🤔

-Because newborns in Mexico are given both their mother's and father's surnames, their names are so long. 🤓

-They celebrate the New Year by eating 12 grapes. At exactly 12 o'clock, the church bell rings 12 times, each time a grape is eaten, and as eating a wish is made. It is believed that if done so, wishes will come true. 😇

-Artists in the country can pay the income tax only by performing their arts. 🎨

Why Mexico?👀

History: Mexico, where Spanish is spoken with a unique accent and a colorful cultural diversity flows through the streets, is also the homeland of the Aztec and Maya Civilizations, one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Hence, the country has dozens of archaeological sites and ancient ruins.


Nature: One of the most naturally diverse countries in the world, Mexico is one of the few countries with rainforests and deserts within its borders. About 2,500 species and plants are officially protected by the state.


And of course, food: It's good to explore different flavors. Below, I will be introducing some of the original Mexican recipes! Especially, the spice lovers will love this part!


A Mexican Classical: Tortilla Recipe


Preparation time: 20 min. and Cooking time: 20 min.

Ingredients:

-3 cups of flour

-2 teaspoons of salt

-1/2 cup of hot water

-1/3 cup olive oil

-2 teaspoons of baking powder


Steps:

  1. Put the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and mix well.

  2. Then start kneading the dough by adding olive oil and water.

  3. As you get a medium-hard dough then let it rest for 20 minutes covered with a cloth.

  4. After resting, cut the dough into small pieces.

  5. Take the tiny meringues on your counter, lightly flour the counter and roll out the meringue as a plate.

  6. Then put a flat, medium-sized pan on the stove. Start heating it.

  7. When it is heated, take the dough you open into the pan. Bake the back and front for a minute until the colors change slightly.

  8. Then you are ready! You may enjoy it!

+Nachos 😋

  1. Slice the peeled tomato. After taking the seeded parts, cut them into small pieces.

  2. Drain the sliced ​​jalapeno pepper pickles. Divide the seedless green olives into two equal parts.

  3. Arrange the tortillas you've already baked on a baking tray that you covered with oiled paper.

  4. Sprinkle the chopped green olives and tomato chunks, jalapeno pickle slices over the tortillas.

  5. Finally, heat the tortillas with the grated cheddar and mozzarella in the microwave or in a pre-heated oven for a short time until the cheese melts.

  6. Time to eat!

Hey spicy lovers, this is for you: Chili con Carne🔥

Preparation time: 15 min.

Cooking time: 45 min.


Ingredients:

-400 grams of ground beef

-1 large onion

-2 cloves

-4 tablespoons olive oil

-300 grams of Mexican beans (cooked) CAUTION: your tongue can catch fire!👅

-350 grams of chopped tomatoes

-20 slices of pickled jalapeno peppers

-2 teaspoons of ground hot pepper


-3 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce

-1 mulberry leaf

-500 ml of broth

-1/2 teaspoon of salt

-1/2 teaspoon of black pepper


Steps: look, how easy it is!

  1. In a large saucepan, fry the onions in olive oil, add the garlic and minced meat and continue frying for a few minutes.

  2. Add all ingredients except Mexican beans, cook for 20-25 minutes on low heat with the lid closed.

  3. Then add the beans and cook for another 15-20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Serve hot by removing the leaf. And, enjoy it!

Shall we put out the fire? 🚰 It's coming the Mexican salad for you!

Preparation time: 15 min.

+ no cooking time!


Ingredients:

-1 small can of Mexican beans

-5-6 green onions

-1 cup boiled or canned corn

-2 roasted red peppers

-Half a bunch of dill

-4 pickled gherkins

-Salt

-Olive oil

-The juice of half a lemon


Steps:

  1. Put the Mexican beans in a strainer, wash with plenty of cold water and drain.

  2. Finely chop the greens.

  3. Chop the roasted red peppers and gherkins into small cubes.

  4. Transfer all ingredients to a deep bowl.

  5. Add salt, lemon juice, and olive oil to it and mix well.

  6. You can add it to a serving plate and decorate it with mint or greens.

If you are full, then let's continue our trip! 😜

Here it is the 5 places that YOU MUST SEE in Mexico:

1. Pyramid of the Sun

By Robert Hermsdorf

The Pyramid of the Sun (Pyramid of the Sun) covers an area of ​​223 meters with a height of approximately 90 meters. The Pyramid of the Sun, which holds the title of the world's third-largest ancient pyramid with these dimensions, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List with its magnificent appearance and cultural texture.


2. Cobá

Coba, a historical settlement with traces of the Mayan civilization, is one of the most tourist attractions in the country. Located on the Yucatán Peninsula in Quintana Roo, this Mayan city is a favorite of travelers interested in archaeological excursions and history. Coba, which is thought to have a population of nearly 50 thousand during the years of settlement, covers an area of ​​approximately 80 square kilometers.


3.National Anthropology Museum: Museo Nacional de Antropología


The National Museum of Anthropology, located in Chapultepec in New Mexico, is one of the most visited places in the country. This museum, where world-famous works such as the 16th century Aztec Xochipilli statuette and the Sun Stone are exhibited, is open to visitors between 09.00 and 19.00 every day of the week except Monday.


Visiting hours:

Monday: closed

Tuesday-Saturday: 9.30-20.00

Sunday: 10.00-15.00


You may visit the official website for further information: https://museu.ms/museum/details/16762/national-museum-of-anthropology


4. Tulum Beach (like a paradise 😇)

Tulum Beach, a dazzling holiday spot with its turquoise blue clear waters and endless beach, is the meeting point of tourists from all over the world every year. This wonderful beach, where you can enjoy the warm weather and the peaceful atmosphere, is also mentioned with the magnificent view that emerges at sunset.


5.Frida Kahlo Museum

When one of the first people that comes to mind when talking about Mexico is the painter and writer Frida Kahlo, it is not possible to come here and not to see the Frida Kahlo Museum. This museum, which contains many items such as Kahlo's paintings, personal belongings, and clothes, is an unmissable address for those who are curious about Frida's life.


Visiting hours:

Monday: closed

Tuesday:10:00–17:00

Wednesday: 11:00–17:00

Thursday-Sunday: 10:00-17:00

You may visit the official website for further information: https://www.museofridakahlo.org.mx/en/the-blue-house/

If you are tired, now is the time to rest. Let's sit back and feel the magical rhythm of Mexico. Gracias https://playingforchange.org/. 😊

To be continued... Viva Mexico! 🎉🇲🇽

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