July 24, 2017
Our Family's 2017 Summer Vacation Visit to Mexico
By Allan Wall
My family and I (there are four of us)
recently returned from our annual summer visit to Mexico.
First let me explain how our family came to be, and why we go to Mexico each summer.
I resided in Mexico a decade and a half, where I worked
as an English teacher. There I met and married Lilia, and later our two sons (David and Raphael) were born. Several
years back I received a job offer stateside, and so we moved here to the U.S. But we visit Mexico at least twice a year, in the summer and at Christmastime.
Spending time in Mexico is an effective way
to visit my wife’s family, our
friends, old sites, and to reconnect
with the country.
drove into Mexico and went to the Mexican immigration border station, where I obtained
a personal permit to be in Mexico and a car permit. (Mexico requires permits for cars from the outside,
to protect its own car manufacturing industry.)
Eventually we arrived in the urban area where we formerly resided, and
where my wife’s parents still reside.
We visited my wife’s parents (she is an only child), and saw other relatives and friends.
We like to go to the movie theater when we’re in Mexico,
as the cinemas there are very nice and more reasonable in price than where we live in
the United States.
The cinema business is a big one in Mexico, and many English-language movies are shown. If the movie is considered
as being for children, the dialogue is overdubbed in Spanish. But if it’s not, the
dialogue is left in English and
there are Spanish subtitles.
This time we saw two movies: Cars 3, and
Spider-man: Homecoming. Cars 3, being a kiddie movie,
was overdubbed and the Spider-man movie we saw was subtitled.
movies, by Pixar, are about anthropomorphic automobiles, cars that think and talk and
act as humans. The protagonist is Lightning McQueen
(Rayo McQueen in Spanish), a race car. In Cars 3, McQueen struggles to deal with a younger race car opponent
and, in the show’s final race, allows a female car who was his trainer to finish
the race for him.
Spider-man movie was based on the Marvel comic book, of which I was
once a faithful reader, about a hero with spider powers. In recent decades, a number of Spider-man movies have been made with various actors. This movie has Peter Parker (Spider-man’s
secret identity) still in high school. In fact, the “Homecoming” in the movie’s title wasn’t really about “coming home” but about a “homecoming
dance” at Peter Parker’s school. (But in the movie, the
really seemed more like a prom, as I
saw nothing about a sports event preceding it. At least that’s what a “homecoming” was
where I came from.)
We also got some mechanical work done
on our car while in Mexico.
Wages for labor are much cheaper in Mexico, which explains why many American employers
prefer to hire illegal Mexican labor.
As far as mechanical work, in the metropolitan area we visited there are many mechanical shops of various types.
This is also the first
trip I have made to Mexico with Donald Trump as president of the United States. (When we went at Christmastime Trump had been elected but not
is still viewed quite badly in Mexico,
which is not surprising given the negative
media coverage. On the other hand, life goes on and there are plenty of things
going on in Mexico to occupy people’s attention.
I did see an anti-Trump t-shirt for sale. And my son David (who
turned 18 on the trip) purchased a Trump mask in a marketplace. (David
is an avid Trumpster and even attended the inauguration as part of a youth organization.)
Also in Mexico, we visited a silversmith’s shop, and he showed us some of the processes he uses to process the silver. The silversmith seemed glad to have people who actually showed an interest in his craft.
The silversmith trade is an ancient one, and remember that Mexico is the world’s number one silver producer.
Allan Wall, an educator, resided in
Mexico for many years. His website is located at http://www.allanwall.info.