The Rich History of Mexico - My Family Travels

Over the summer I took a trip to México for the fifth time in a row. Over the years I’ve complained about the trips and when I got there I always counted the days till when I would return back to New York, where I live. But this year I had a totally different view of Mexico. I simply fell in love with that magical country. It’s not that I never had an enjoyable trip to Mexico but this trip really opened my eyes like never before. This year I finally was able to see the pyramids of Mexico.

                The pyramids were the most spectacular historical architecture I ever saw in my life. I went to Teotihuacan, a big archeological site near Mexico City and the first thing that you see there when you enter Teotihuacan is the big Pyramid of the Sun or in Spanish “La Piramide del Sol”. The view when you enter Teotihuacan is just amazing. The pyramid just standing there with all her beauty made me think of the people who built this pyramid. They could have been my ancestors. The Pyramid of the Moon is close to the Pyramid of the Sun and is as beautiful as the last one. I climbed both pyramids to the top with the help of my brothers. It was a very sunny that day so I had to wear a horrible looking hat to protect myself from the strong sun.  Climbing both pyramids was one of the hardest things I ever done in my life. But after we climbed them we felt accomplished. Climbing all the stairs to both pyramids seemed infinite. The stairs weren’t well formed so that’s the reason why it was so hard to climb up. Climbing down was the most difficult for me. I looked down while climbing down and I almost had a heart attack. I had to climb down sitting down all the way to the bottom of both pyramids. 

                During my trip to Mexico this summer, I also visited the only castle in the Americas: Chapultepec Castle. Chapultepec is a hill in Mexico City where the Aztecs lived. Later on when the Spanish came they built a castle. Then it was turned into a military school. During the Mexican American War, six cadets fought the American army in the school. The six cadets knew that if the Americans captured the Mexican Flag they would take over Mexico. The six fought bravely and one of them wrapped himself in the Mexican flag and threw himself from the castle up in the hill to the ground. He would rather die than let his beloved Mexico be captured. The six soldiers that died that day are called “Niños Heroes” or Child Heroes.  That story made me so sad and I couldn’t believe I was at the place where it all happened. My mom had been telling me this story for awhile now but now that I was there I could feel the sense of battle and patriotic feelings. The castle also was turned into the home of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico and Empress Carlota of Mexico by the powers of Napoleon the third.  Now Chapultepec Castle is a museum called National Museum of History. So much rich history happened there that I absorbed it all. I was a sponge while I was at the museum. Chapultepec Park calms people with its natural beauty and colorful people selling their handcrafted jewelry and traditional Mexican food.


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