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    Thinking now of Costa Rica, I remembered that a lot of people have totally the wrong idea about what cities are like in Mexico. I've had people ASTOUNDED that I know what a supermarket is, and that people here travel in cars and that we have big buildings and malls and a lot of the products sold in the US. Heck, they were surprised I had INTERNET, and not dial-up and that I don't have to travel to the US to get a computer or laptop.

    Somehow people thought it's all just like the "pueblos" they see in Hollywood movies. They thought it's just a bunch of old little houses, with dirt roads and that people travel by donkey or horse. And the internet is all, at best, dial-up...

    Has anyone else come across these stereotypes?
    Luckily, in Cuernavaca, we have so many american tourists... wait, let me rephrase that. We have so many tourists, that it's not frequent for me to see such stereotypes.

    Though, admittedly, I've seen a few who wonder why I'm a white-skinned boy with long-ish hair, glasses, and jeans, instead of their original idea that I was a dark-skinned boy with short hair, moustache, a poncho and sombrero, and sleeping under a cactus or something.
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    Where are you from, Aurenthal? ()

    Thinking now of Costa Rica, I remembered that a lot of people have totally the wrong idea about what cities are like in Mexico. I've had people ASTOUNDED that I know what a supermarket is, and that people here travel in cars and that we have big buildings and malls and a lot of the products sold in the US. Heck, they were surprised I had INTERNET, and not dial-up and that I don't have to travel to the US to get a computer or laptop.

    Somehow people thought it's all just like the "pueblos" they see in Hollywood movies. They thought it's just a bunch of old little houses, with dirt roads and that people travel by donkey or horse. And the internet is all, at best, dial-up...

    Has anyone else come across these stereotypes?
    Yeah, my brother was asked once whether he was being serious about us using cars and buses to get to school, instead of donkeys. <.<

    The thing is, Hollywood is awful to other countries. They always make them look so stereotypical, that people start to believe they're true.

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    Though, admittedly, I've seen a few who wonder why I'm a white-skinned boy with long-ish hair, glasses, and jeans, instead of their original idea that I was a dark-skinned boy with short hair, moustache, a poncho and sombrero, and sleeping under a cactus or something.
    Blonde, blue-eyed here. No one ever believes me when I say I'm from Mexico. ._.
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    I don't think I was surprised to see fancy resorts in Belize, but I was astounded to learn none of the natives have ever heard of snow. I live in Washington state, so that little fact just blew my mind.

    "Who hasn't heard of snow? The people who live in a country with 90 degrees Fahrenheit constant!"

    Anyways, Belize did have dirt roads, and one major highway. They get so many hurricanes every year that they just build temporary homes and roads, let the hurricanes make their annual run, and rebuild. It's kind of depressing, but they're so used to it that they don't care. Very rarely will their homes actually be destroyed beyond repair, so at least there's that.

    Oh, and they're the friendliest people I've ever met. Five minutes with one, and they're practically a sibling. I'm serious.
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    Oh, and they're the friendliest people I've ever met. Five minutes with one, and they're practically a sibling. I'm serious.
    You should come to Brazil, then. We as a people are so friendly people have been researching to figure out why.

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    Carnivale. That's all.
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    Carnivale. That's all.
    Carnaval is pretty cool no matter where in the world you are, but there's three places in the world where I want to go to celebrate it, and one of them is Rio de Janeiro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morph Bark View Post
    Carnaval is pretty cool no matter where in the world you are, but there's three places in the world where I want to go to celebrate it, and one of them is Rio de Janeiro.

    'mjust sayin'.
    If you do come for carnaval eventually, you can stay in my place, if you want, dude. It's not big, but we get visitors all the time and it seems to work.
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    Just noticed this topic.

    Anyway, saludos desde Mexico....or greetings or whatever.
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    Hola Luka, DaOldeWolf. Nice to see more faces here.

    @Thiago: Japanese for the Carnaval? Nice. I can't think of any kind of festivity here that attracts tourists from such a distance.
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    If you do come for carnaval eventually, you can stay in my place, if you want, dude. It's not big, but we get visitors all the time and it seems to work.
    I've lost count of how many japanese have slept in my couch
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    Oh, you're actually from Rio? Everytime I meet a Brazilian on the internet I presume because of Brazil's size that they're never from there. xD
    Yeah, I'm from Rio.

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    Japanese for the Carnaval? Nice. I can't think of any kind of festivity here that attracts tourists from such a distance.
    We do get people from all over the world from carnaval, but I tend to meet many japanese because both me and my fiancee studied Japanese at college for a while. Since the university is very near to my home, plenty japanese people tend to hang around.

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    Hola DaOldeWolf. Nice to see more faces here.
    Thanks. Nice to meet you too.

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    @crimmy: .... I just spent about 10 minutes wondering if we had a big celebration that brought tourist; but I can't think of anything.

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    I mean, we bring all kinds of americans (meaning America the continent) to our beaches. But... one big event that brings people from all over the world? I don't think there's one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusk Eclipse View Post
    @crimmy: .... I just spent about 10 minutes wondering if we had a big celebration that brought tourist; but I can't think of anything.
    What about the Dia de Los Muertos (my Spanish sucks, sorry if this is wrong) parade?

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    I mean, we bring all kinds of americans (meaning America the continent) to our beaches. But... one big event that brings people from all over the world? I don't think there's one.
    No, I don't think there is one. We need to organize a Convention or something like that...

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    What about the Dia de Los Muertos (my Spanish sucks, sorry if this is wrong) parade?
    They're nice, but I don't think they really attract tourism. Early November isn't the best vacation season.
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    Nope, Dia de los Muertos does not attract as many people, to be honest. Don't worry about your spanish, I recently worked with a brazillian artist... I think her name is Barbara Tercia, and she had an interesting "My Spanish sucks" spanish.

    Also, we definitely need a convention of sorts... What can we do? Beer Run?
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    A beer run convention? Where do I sign up?
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    DaOldeWolf: Welcome to the thread!! It is always nice to see new people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThiagoMartell View Post
    What about the Dia de Los Muertos (my Spanish sucks, sorry if this is wrong) parade?
    It isnt even celebrated everywhere in Mexico like in Chihuahua, Chihuahua (a place I used to live in while I was younger).
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    Frankly, for Dia de los Muertos, I only have seen schools really "celebrate" it. I think World of Warcraft makes a bigger deal out of it than we do here. But it's an interesting tradition.

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    Rural communities celebrate it as even more important than Christmas. In cities like ours, however, it's less prevalent, and you only ever see it in elementary schools.

    I haven't even had the day off from school since Freshman year of High School.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluewind95 View Post
    Frankly, for Dia de los Muertos, I only have seen schools really "celebrate" it. I think World of Warcraft makes a bigger deal out of it than we do here. But it's an interesting tradition.
    I only know about it from Spider-Man 2099, where they treated it like a big deal.
    But then again, maybe it's going to be a big deal in 2099!

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    Well my old highschool does makes a great deal of it, every group must make an "ofrenda" to someone, even of he/she wasn't mexican. It was pretty awesome on 2010 I managed to convince my group to do one for Gary Gixax .

    And there is the UNAM megaofrenda... so while not big in the attract buge amounts of tourists it is still kind of big.

    And really Haruki? Still up to last year I had the day off for Día de Muertos... Haven't checked out my new school calendar year; but I assuming I ll have them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusk Eclipse View Post
    Well my old highschool does makes a great deal of it, every group must make an "ofrenda" to someone, even of he/she wasn't mexican. It was pretty awesome on 2010 I managed to convince my group to do one for Gary Gixax .

    And there is the UNAM megaofrenda... so while not big in the attract buge amounts of tourists it is still kind of big.

    And really Haruki? Still up to last year I had the day off for Día de Muertos... Haven't checked out my new school calendar year; but I assuming I ll have them.
    Some schools still do it, especially the religious ones. Non-religious schools usually don't give them... but I might be wrong. I haven't had it for a really long time, though.

    Of course, I moved to the US last year, so I'll likely never have that day off from school again. I traded it in for Thanksgiving.
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    The only thing I care about Dia de Muertos is the candy. Buy enough and you can get kids into the back of your van. I just love the chocolate offered that day.

    Still, it just seems to have lost its magic thanks to the power of commercialization.
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    Once more, that depends on the zone. Cuernavaca still has a lot of cool things. And don't get me started on Ocotepec. Man, that's one hell of a Dia de Muertos celebration. You get to meet americans of all kinds. People from Phoenix, from Salvador, et cetera.

    It's too awesome to describe.
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    Well in Costa Rica we have no "big" celebration, but still it's greatly visited because of the beaches and we have no army so... Costa Rica es lo mejor
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    Indeed.

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