In 2008, during my tenth grade spring break, my family and I took a trip to Mexico City, Mexico. The airplane ride was rocky, especially as we flew over mountains. As soon as I landed, I felt sick because of the altitude and dry heat. If you are sensitive to new conditions, I would recommend taking some sort of medication to ease the assimilation.

We stayed with family that was also on their school break. They were kind enough to take us to many landmarks and attractions that taught me a lot about my culture. The following were a few of my favorite.

Places to I Recommend to Visit:

The National Museum of Anthropology

Make sure to also visit the National Museum of Anthropology which houses an actual Aztec Stone of the Sun (calendar), and right outside is an ancient city was found emerging from underground. Walk around and experience a travel through time.

Photo atop the Pyramid of the Sun (L to R: me, my aunt, my sister, and my cousin)

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Teotihuacan Ruins

Filled with ancient history and still thriving in culture, the Teotihuacan Ruins are about an hour drive away from Mexico City. Here, you can visit, and even climb the Pyramid of the Sun. WARNING: If conquering this giant during the summer months, make sure to wear a hat, proper shoes, and take plenty of water.

Pictured to the right is my family and I doing the Gator chomp atop the pyramid. There is also a beautiful scenery behind us. Photo of a Xochimilco riverboat

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Xochimilco riverboats

Xochimilco is famous for their orante and flowery riverboats. Although the river has become mucky and polluted in recent years, the boats and the trip are still very beautiful as seen to the bottom right.

A local movie theater!

Although the goal of most vacations is to get away from the hustle and bustle, a trip to a movie theater is a cultural experience as well. They allow you to eat all kinds of food and drink in the theater, including tacos, hamburgers, and even beer! The smaller sized theaters help create a sense of community even when you're sitting next to strangers.