The 7 things I've learned about Guadalajara/Mexico so far
1) Being a vegetarian would be impossible. Even the coffee comes with a side of beef.
2) Coca-Cola is as much a part of this culture as tacos. The soft-drink, its memorabilia, and the brand are everywhere. (It probably didn’t hurt that this country’s former president, Vicente Fox, had been the president of Coca-Cola Mexico.)
3) In no scenario do pedestrians have the right of way.
4) The craftsman here can make gold out of garbage. See the above chess set made of old machine parts that I purchased in Tlaquepaque, a little town on the edge of the city.
5) Everyone actually really loves mariachi music. It’s not just a tolerated tourist-pleasing tradition being performed at restaurants.
6) The coffee we drink in Canada has actually tasted like motor oil all along.
7) In Toronto, neon-painted bikes chained up outside are part of city-wide public art project. Here, they are used to mark the spot where a cyclist was killed. Seems to me a Tapatío (the term used to describe people from Guadalajara) visiting Toronto would think our city is a very dangerous place for cyclists.