Ahhh, to be young and carefree again! My first international travel experience was to Monterrey, Mexico. Not too many people I know are aware of this city outside of the great state of Texas. It is easily accessible from all points in Texas, and I even took a bus to visit during my multiple trips there. Located at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range, Monterrey is home to over four million people, is culturally rich in history, and is one of the wealthiest cities in the nation.
I first visited the town during the fall of 2004 for a conference at Monterrey Tec, a highly-regarded private university. During this experience, I was able to experience life as a student from another perspective. I remember standing in the middle of the school’s cafeteria and watching deer, ducks, and peacocks roam freely through the campus. I was hooked from this point to want to experience and celebrate all cultures. Who has peacocks just strutting around their campus without a care in the world?!? Why? I was also able to visit the centro commercial to stop by the Mexican History Museum and take in the sites of their main plaza, Macroplaza.
The landscape off the city was highlighted by the Cerro de la Silla, Saddle Hill, which overlooks the city and has become something of a mascot for the city. The natural beauty of the town is incomparable and worth seeing firsthand!