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July 3, 2018

Americas: When in Rome, Drink What the Locals Drink

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Recently, I was fortunate enough to visit the Mayan ruins at Tulum National Park in Mexico. The old stone buildings are beautiful and the location on cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea is stunning. Although the current residents are mostly iguanas and colorful crabs, the other visitors walking around the ancient site speaking many different languages gave a sense of what the city must have felt like before the Spanish occupation and ensuing diseases forced the inhabitants to abandon the site.

It was a great experience, but one part of it was very disappointing. As I arrived at the entrance of the park, there were signs for—of all things—a Starbucks and a Subway. Now, I like a latte and sandwich as much as the next person, but on my first trip to Mexico, I was really hoping for something more… Mexican.

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