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Life in a Small Mexican Town

Today I received the following comment: “ its tough to be from Mexico”; which left me speechless. Specially, coming from someone who has never been there.

Its not that tough, so let me tell you a little bit about the town I grew up in: Heroica Matamoros, Tamaulipas, named after heroically winning a few battles.

Matamoros is a city right next to the Rio Grande, and called "Sisters City" with the border town of Brownsville, Texas. Not only is a border, but is next to the Gulf of Mexico, giving its citizens a beautiful beach to spend some time in the sun. A major historical site, since it held different battles and events such as the Mexican War of Independence, The Mexican Revolution, Texas Revolution, the American Civil War, French Intervention and so on. It is called La Puerta de Mexico (which means Mexico’s door), because of all the import export that comes through it.

Matamoros is a town of hard working and friendly people who love tacos, party and their families. We are host to many international people and companies because of the location, and are very pleased to be useful and welcoming to our visitors. They believe that friends are made when drinking together at parties or carne asadas, so if you are newbie in town, go out drinking and will make a lot of friends.

The major business are called maquiladoras, industries dedicated to export to the States, technological products like cables, electrical appliances and components, textiles, chemical products, machinery, great food, cultivation and bovine, porcine and poultry raising.

Even though some people might consider it a dangerous zone, there are a lot of details, and historical places to take into consideration.

We are mostly known for the street tacos, made from grilled or smoked beef, in a small tortilla de maiz, filled with avocado, fresh cheese, chopped cilantro and finely diced onions, with lime, salt and your favorite salsa. If you ever visit, please order at least four, they are so tiny and delicious that you will have to ask for more. Seafood is also great, since is fresh from the ocean and can be paired with beer or a clamato, or both at the same time.

Matamoros is also known for its famous singer Rigo Tovar, who sang popular songs back in the probably 80s or 90s, long black hair and RayBan Aviator Sunglasses. As a useless fact, he gathered more people than Pope John Paul II.

So if you want to experience what is like to be in two different places at the same time, please go, there is a point that has the territorial divisional line from Mexico and the States. Come have fun at Charro Days Celebrations, a union between two cultures: Mexico and Texas.


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Foodie and Traveller. Yogi and Hippie. My name is Teresa, I am from Mexico, and currently a Culinary School student. I have HR Management experience, but I will be taking you to different places through the eyes of a cook.

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