- It's cheaper to fly to from Kansas City than many places in the United States.
- The churches are beautiful, but it's sad to know they were built from destructed Aztec temples.
- There are museums everywhere. The number ranks second to Paris. Many of them have free admission.
- There are police officers everywhere, many with thick body armor and riot gear.
- I did not knowingly witness any crimes. It's a very safe place if you play it smart.
- Portuguese-speaking friends might accidentally order you a chocolate testicle for your dessert.
- If you're from the United States, your money will go very far here. Just don't buy any goods imported from the U.S..
- It costs less than 2 USD for a bus ride from the airport to the city center.
- Your English won't get you very far here without the help of a translator. I made great connections.
- In my opinion, Mexican tequila tastes much more delightful than tequila sold in the United States.
- It's fun to get lost in the markets, even thought they don't offer many souvenirs.
- It's amazing so much wonderful architecture and ancient temples are so close to the U.S..
- I look much whiter in Mexico.
- Most Mexicans you meet will assume you are fluent in Spanish.
- Flying over Mexico, you are able to see how it endlessly sprawls.
- The sidewalks get ultra slippery when it rains.
- A deep income disparity is very present. Many of the living conditions looked horrid. People still seemed content with what they had.
I often think in lyrics. Here are just a few which have lingered with me for a while.
When I was all messed up
And I heard opera in my head
Your love was a light bulb
Hanging over my bed.
I'm feeling better ever since you know me
I was a lonely soul but that's the old me
A little wiser now from what you showed me
Yeah, I feel again, feel again woo hoo
I never really gave up on
Breakin' out of this two-star town
I got the green light
I got a little fight
I'm gonna turn this thing around
I don't want to be
Anything other than what I've been trying to be lately
All I have to do is think of me and I have a peace of mind
I'm tired of looking 'round rooms
Wondering what I've got to do
Or who I'm supposed to be
I tried carrying the weight of the world
But I only have two hands
I hope I get the chance to travel the world
And I don't have any plans
I wish that I could stay forever this young
Not afraid to close my eyes
Life's a game made for everyone
And love is a prize
But their good times come with prices
And I can’t believe it when I hear the jokes they make
At anyone’s expense except their own
Would they laugh if they knew who paid?
But until my moment comes, I'll say
I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
With every broken bone, I swear I lived
It seems that all my bridges have been burnt
But you say that's exactly how this grace thing works.
It's not the long walk home that will change this heart
But the welcome I receive with every start
What once was hurt
What once was friction
What left a mark
No longer stings
Because Grace makes beauty
Out of ugly things
There are some things I saw in Istanbul which will never escape my mind.
This women is most likely not even a Syrian refugee. She's probably a Turk or a Gypsy. She holds a child which is a victim of child trafficking. The child is drugged to sleep with vodka or some other drug. At the end of the day, the woman will give her bounty to a gang leader who is hiding in the shadows. She'll receive a small sum in return, maybe enough to buy her a little food. The woman and child will be in the same place the following day. The child is only a commodity to these people. He or she will most have a short life due to all the drugging, but is also easily replaceable.
I'm only one person, but I constantly ask myself what can I do. I'm still searching.
I speak in U2 lyrics;
So I try to be like You
Try to feel it like You do
But without You it's no use
I can't see what You see
When I look at the world
Jesus follower. Love music, baseball, theater, and traveling. Always up for a new adventure. Always ready to meet new friends.