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VIVA MÉXICO

The capital has quickly become a popular destination for culture-seekers. This sprawling megacity, with a metropolitan area population of more than 21 million, comes with a unique soundtrack: performers and market vendors all have their own calls and cadences called pregónes that announce their arrival; knife grinders whistle; garbage collectors clang metal bars; organ grinders crank out their tunes on their portable organs; and street singers croon along while playing their guitars. The city has an old-fashioned feel and it’s laid back, despite the constant busyness and the cacophony of competing noise. Oldstyle barbershops, pharmacies and food stalls sit next to slick high-rise buildings and chic hotels. The activity can be overwhelming –

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