Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring Break Alternative Choices


Hello everyone, Claudia Sadowski here. As we approach Spring Break in many places throughout the United States, most instructors in college are witnesses to the plans students have for such week. It is not surprising to hear that a large amount of students favor warm and sunny places like Cancun, México. Cancun it really is a gorgeous place, nevertheless, it is only one choice of the unending number of choices students and visitors in general could consider to spend the week of Spring Break.
If your favorite destination for Spring Break is México, I am here to share with you that in the Aztec country, there are many, many places to visit. For example, if you like to see pyramids, you could visit Teotihuacán, la ciudad de los dioses (The city of the gods).  Teotihuacán was established around 100BC. It has been considered one of the biggest cities of the ancient world. Sources share that in Teotihuacán, had up to 150,000 inhabitants at its highest point.  For quick and interesting facts about this city, you could visit: http://www.ancient-code.com/17-facts-about-teotihuacan/

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If you have preferences for the colonial ambience and some cowboy-like natural movie sets, you could visit the state of Durango, México.  UNESCO has declared Durango a World Heritage Site. Durango is known as The Perl of Guadiana, it is located in the north part of México. Durango has also been called La Tierra del Cine (the Land of the Film) in México. In this city, many cowboy movies have been filmed. John Wayne participated in and produced many of these movies! Currently, tourists can take a tour in at least a couple of movie (natural) sets.  At least one of the movie sets has active participation of the audience as they reenact a typical scene of a cowboy movie. Prices to tour these places are accessible to students and public in general.
The actual capital city Durango, Durango, México, has breathtaking colonial architecture. Many building resemble baroque influence, ornate balconies, actually many buildings look like medieval theaters! Many buildings were dedicated to convents during the XVI century.  Some of those former convents serve now as public offices and others are high-end restaurants as well as private schools.
The state of Durango is the place of birth of many famous and talented people such as composers Ricardo Castro and Silvestre Revueltas, opera singer Fanny Anitua, and actress Marlene Favela. Durango was the home state of the famous Pancho Villa. The first president of México Guadalupe Victoria was born in Durango as well. As you can see, in these few of the many examples you could find, Durango has a strong historical background. For more information about Durango, México you can visit: http://www.history.com/topics/mexico/durango
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Even though, I have only provided two examples of the never-ending opportunities to visit other parts of México, I encourage you to go beyond the usual places you normally would visit. México is a magical country that it is rich in culture, folklore, color, delicious cuisine, various sounds and breathtaking natural landscapes to the standards of every taste and budget. When you decide to visit México, think about going beyond the norm, I can guarantee that you will be gladly surprised! For more information about México: http://www.visitmexico.com/

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