Atlas Obscura would not be possible without the dedicated work of our community, who help us add more wondrous places to the site every day. We want to give some of our most dedicated contributors a chance to share collections of some of their favorite entries, and tell us all a little more about themselves. Our latest installment features a list from mega-contributor linkogecko, who has added 150 places, and tops our leaderboards when it comes to wonder in Mexico.
“As a migrant myself, I am very interested in topics related to the movement of people,” he says. “Cultural exchange in the forms of fusion music and cuisine, linguistics, public art, handicrafts, and architecture, with particular emphasis on repurposed, religious, and repurposed religious spaces, are all well-represented in my Atlas Obscura contributions.
“Like the majority of countries in the Americas, Mexico has seen immigration waves from across the world, meeting a diverse Indigenous population to form a multiethnic, multicultural nation,” he continues. “And, like in virtually all cases, this process has been fraught with difficulties and successes alike. With Mexico and the United States being home to each other’s largest diaspora, it is clear that they share not only a troubled border, but that the ‘American Dream’ has an entwined, equivalent ‘Mexican Dream’ as well.
“These are only a few examples of Mexican expressions that can be traced to both pre-Columbian traditions and those of the migrant groups highlighted below. I hope this list will exemplify how one country’s relations with an increasingly united world can both celebrate the achievements of today, and remind us of what is still to be done for a better future.”