Mexico

Mexico Capital: Mexico City
Official Language: Spanish
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Introducing Mexico...

TeotihuacanWe, mexican students, adjective-lovers, describe Mexico as a fat country. It is fat in surface: a little larger than Peru or Colombia and not that big as Brazil or Argentina.

It is also big regarding the population: around 105 million mexicans, being the most populated spanish speaking country. This also makes it a fat country in history and culture. It is also big in landscapes, sounds, smells, flavours and colors. But not everything can be positive, unfortunately not, this fat country has marked social inequalities: there are a few people which hold most of the country's wealth whereas a large part of the population struggles to survive.

Day of the DeadAnyway, there is something we want to stress here, and we biased mexican students in Twente, adjective lovers, think that this country is quite enigmatic, beautiful and surreal (or even absurd: some people say that if Franz Kafka were born in Mexico, he would be classified as a Costumbrista writer!). And the very reason for this magic comes from the fact that Mexico is a blend of cultures. Indigenous and Spanish (there are more than 60 indigenous groups in the country). The indigenous groups rebeled themselves against the imposed spanish traditions and modified or/and adjusted them to their beliefs. And due to this combination of indigenous customs with spanish ones, the country is unique. This indigenous heritage is everywehre, starting with the name of the country: Mexico, from the nahuatl language spoken by the mexicas or aztecs. The meaning could be two fold: "Place where Mezhtli (a god) lives" or "Place in the center of the moon". So ethimologically, we mexicans are lunatic, whatever the meaning is :).

Gastronomy

PopocatepetlMexican cuisine is worldwide famous. Who has not heard about a "taco"? The base of mexican food is the "tortilla" a very thin, flat  cornbread, that indigenous groups in Mexico have been used and eaten since centuries BC. Another landmark of mexican food is the use of chili pepper, or chile in spanish. The mixture of pre-columbian dishes with its vast variety of native plants and spices (e.g. chocolate, avocado, vanilla) and the input of spanish tradition has become a pleasure of the senses.

Education

Cochinita PibilIn Mexico there are two types of universities: public and private. Before you go for studying or for an intership to Mexico you might want to talk with students from these two diferent systems and listen to their opinions. Both types have pros and cons. Roughly speaking we could agree: public universities are more social and research oriented. Private universities have a more developed exchange programmes or agreements with universities abroad, thus it can be easier to get the paperwork done. Private universities have a very expensive tuition fee. Amongst the most prestigous universities in Iberoamerica the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) can be listed. It has one of the largest universities' campus that is considered world heritage by UNESCO.