What you need to know about Mexico

By Leonora Rueda

Diplomats tell us what Kiwis need to know about their homeland.

Visitors to Mexico should see its pyramids, beaches and colonial cities, says Mexican ambassador Leonora Rueda. Photo / 123RF
Visitors to Mexico should see its pyramids, beaches and colonial cities, says Mexican ambassador Leonora Rueda. Photo / 123RF

The thing you probably know about my country is: A bit about Mexican food, tequila and mariachis.

But the thing you really should know is: The rich history and culture.

Mexican ambassador Leonora Rueda. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Mexican ambassador Leonora Rueda. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Over there, we think Kiwis are: Nature and sports lovers.

On a longer visit, you should: Visit pyramids, beaches and colonial cities and magic towns.

Our national sport is: Soccer, but boxing and diving are also important.

The one food thing you really should try is: "Mole" — a mix of chillies, chocolate and spices served over chicken, together with rice and, of course, beans!

Make sure you avoid: Tap water, unless you are prepared for Montezuma's revenge.

The weather is: Wonderful, variable depending on which part of the country you are visiting, but always pleasant.

A handy phrase you should know is: "Orale": A word meaning almost anything you would like it to mean: "OK! I agree with you! Come on! Bring it on! Yes! Hurry Up! That's amazing!" Etc, etc...

Leonora Rueda is the Mexican ambassador to New Zealand.

- NZ Herald

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