Before immigrating to the United States, my parents lived in Mexico. They lived there their whole childhood. During dinner my mother would narrate stories, explaining areas I have never an the privilege to visit. I realize throughout this semester, that I still have a lot to learn about my own personal heritage. Which is why I have the desire to visit, so that I can develop a better understanding of my own heritage. I have explored some areas of Mexico, but there are still many areas I wish to see. While researching places to visit in Mexico, I discovered a few sites I wish to see. Thus, I created a bucket list showing all the places I desire to explore and learn about.
The first site on my list is Calakmul, a Maya site located deep within a tropical forest. The more I researched about the site, the more I wished to see. The site was discovered by Cyrus L. Lundell (Lopez 310). Something that I found very intriguing was that Calakmul was known as the Snake Kingdom. Calakmul holds one of the largest pyramid. Found within the pyramid was four tombs. The tombs strongly resemble the ones found in “Rio Azul, Tikal, and Copan” (Lopez 310). According to “recent excavations … we now know that the site was occupied from Middle Preclassic to Postclassic times.” (Lopez 310) The site holds a considerably amount of history, of a once powerful civilization.
The next place I wish to visit is La Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City also called D.F by locals). My father lived in Mexico city for awhile, moving there with the purpose of finding a job. Whenever my father speaks about his past he repeatedly mentions many of the sites located within and outside the city. One of the sites my father spoked of was Puebla. Puebla is located outside of Mexico city and has an exquisite 16th century cathedral. Near the site you can also find el volcán Popocatepetl (Popocatepetl volcano). Puebla also holds a magnificent palace known as Arzobispado (UNESCO).
After living in Mexico City for about threes years my dad moved to Guanajuato. He stayed there for about 2 years, before moving to Tijuana. Within Guanajuato is la Ciudad Historica (Historic city). The city was discovered by the spanish around the 16th century. When i visit I would really want to see la Boca del Inferno ( Hell’s Mouth). Boca del Inferno is “ a mineshaft that plunges a breathtaking 600 m.”(UNESCO.web) The reason I yearn to see it is because the town is know for being the leading “sliver-extraction centre in the 18th century.” I admit that I also want to see the beautiful sites, because la Ciudad Historica is know for its stunning Baroque architecture. La Compania, a church located in the city, is a perfect model of Baroque architecture.
Once I these places, and fully comprehend where my parents came from, I believe I will be ready to explore other cultures. My thoughts are: how can I explore other cultures, when I haven’t explore mine? This is the main reason for why I want to travel Mexico. Knowing Spanish will help me gain, I believe, a better understanding of the culture than the typical tourist. It will also be nice to see the places my dad traveled, before coming the the United States.