Why did I move to the USA?
|Ruins in Mexico, I believe this is Guadalajara in 2015 - Leonardo Sanchez Miranda|
The big majority of the time, the first question everyone asks me after "Where are you from?" is "Why did you move to the US?". And I get it, most people that have traveled to Mexico would agree that is a great place full of colorful markets, astonishing ruins & historical places, warm people, great weather and inexpensive margaritas.
|Mercado In Cuernavaca, Morelos|
The truth is, all of those ideas are true! what do you know? Mexico is a great place to visit, there are hundreds, if not thousands of places to visit, each one with a unique story. Markets are AMAZING, not just to find items to bring back to your friends, but to acquire every day's items. Forget about Walmart, here you'll find restaurants, groceries, services and more. Most people are really nice, and even when we don't walk with a smile all the time, you just need to say hi and most of the people will be happy to talk with you. Central Mexico is really stable when it comes to weather, and especially the place that I'm from is called "The city of eternal spring" where temperatures are around 70 pretty much all across the year.
|Central Plaza (Zocalo) in Papantla, Veracruz|
Jobs are not that great, the average family will survive and have some good times, but things that are taken for granted in the USA are a big deal down in Mexico. Things like accessible clean water, ways of transportation and a steady income are something people struggle with every day. When I lived in Mexico I had a good job, I was in an amazing place, surrounded by great people and earning what I would consider a good salary in Mexico at that point (the equivalent of $750 USDL today... think about that). That gave me the chance to pay for house expenses, make payments for a used car, be able to travel a little bit around Mexico, and help my parents (yes, in Mexico family is a BIG deal). Still, it wasn't enough to be able to send my son to a good university or to build a small house. You survive in a decent way.
|Central Plaza (Zocalo) in Cuernavaca, Morelos|
After all that, my wife, who is originally from Missouri, told me "I want to go back to the US", and seriously, who can blame her. I said, "Me too!", and we organized everything to come up to Missouri, a 36-hour drive, moving the small pieces of Mexico we could bring. I'll upload the timelapse video :)
I really hope Mexico will get better, I wish to visit my family with a big smile, and I think it will happen, sooner or later. In the meantime, I'll do my best to give something back to this place that has given me a new opportunity to help my family.
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|Dorado and I say goodbye|