The great and funny thing about Mexico City is that because it is really close to the US geographically there is a lot of US influence in the lives of Mexicans. That being said, some things are similar in some ways but with a very Mexican twist. Take Walmart, for instance.
There is a Walmart about five minutes down the street from our new apartment. I’m not going to lie, it comes in very handy. At times its nice to have a little slice of the US right down the street. However, sometimes I’m reminded that even though its a US company, its a little different here. Take this for example:
You may not be able to tell, but this is a free sample of different tequilas. These guys hung out and drank free samples for a while. Now, this was about noon, which was a little surprising. Just to give you a heads up, people here don’t eat lunch until much later like 3 or 4. In fact, many people are still eating things for breakfast at noon, which makes this tequila time even better.
Also, I think that we may all agree that Walmart is clearly a US company and not a Mexican tradition. However, based on a huge sign outside the store I’m not so sure anymore.
Finally, when you leave many stores in Mexico there are stands where people are selling just about anything. Walmart is not an exception. How about a nice Mexican flag? Sure, I’ll just it out of this nice head of lettuce here…