At The 11th Hour

Another post on the differences between Mexico and the UK, which I notice as I continue my adventures in the Big Taco. Mexico is full of art. It’s one of the most underrated and often unoticed city’s regarding art. A walk around any part of the city will reveal a plethora of monuments, busts and murals to not only great figures of the military and political past, but of the artists and cultural icons who were either born here, or have made the country their home. A quick stroll around London reveals statue after statue of generals, admirals, uniform clad kings and queens and famous battles.

In every village and town of England, no matter how small, there will be a war memorial, commemorating in particular the dead  of two world wars. They also symbolically commemorate the dead of the many wars and conflicts the country has fought in since then – India, Palestine, Malaya, Korea, Kenya, Cyprus, Suez, Borneo, Aden, Radfan, Oman, Dhofar, Northern Ireland, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan. No ifs and buts about it, if there’s a war to be fought, the British can’t help but stick their nose in.

Mexico is a pretty much war memorial free country. There are some, of course, but you usually have to look. I stumbled on the one below during one of my long Saturday afternoon walks a few weeks ago. But it’s more for decoration than function. I will almost certainly forget about the 2 minute silence at 11am tomorrow, the 11th day of the 11th month. And if I do, it’s fair to say I’ll be in a class, and would look a bit weird if I refused to talk for two solid minutes. Heck, they’d probably want a rebate! But don’t let it be said I don’t join in the spirit of things. I’ve scheduled this post in advance to publish at exactly 11am, UK time. So if you could do me a favour and sit and stare at the screen as you’re reading this for 120 seconds or so, I’d be most obliged…Memorial

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  • Mexico, in general, is under appreciated. As a gringo who loves Mexico, I can say that Estadounidenses in general don’t really have a clue about that big country to their south. Maybe they’ve been in Cancun or Cabo, but I have yet to meet a gringo here who’s been to, say, Guanajuato or Puebla, or Morelia, or any number of other interesting colonial towns.

    Their loss.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA

      • Hellooooooooooooo! They are in a war: narcowar. But it’s impossible to tell the good guys (other than the pueblo) from the bad guys. And from the looks of it the bad guys are winning. So you might see some big statutes of “Santa Muerte” or a huge bronze statue of a marijuana plant or a poppy in some plaza coming soon. Immensely sad.

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