Everyday, I meet people from all around the world and I would like to see where they are from from their perspectives. I believe it’s one of the best ways to see those places because to them, those are the cities with memories and emotions.
This is from my hometown project, and I’m writing about Monterrey, Mexico.
Read more from the series: “This is where I call home.”
“Culturally wise we’re different,” said Teté Cervantes, 22, a student who’s studying International Affairs in Tecnológico de Monterrey. “Because we’re so close to the U.S. and our culture is very similar to, or you can say influenced by, American culture.”
Cervantes comes from Monterrey, the capital city of Mexico’s northeastern state, Nuevo León. It’s close to the border of the United States and it’s only a two-hour drive from the city to Texas.
Different from most Mexican cities, Monterrey is an industrial city with a distinct culture that may be unfamiliar to most people’s impression of the country. It’s a city where you can hardly find mariachi and typical Mexican food, even though music styles and cuisine can vary from places to places within Mexico.