Sightskipping #2: Watch Sports
This T and L series is a great summary of how we approach our non-touristy trips to the less travelled places of Mexico.
There is always something going on locally- even in a nearby street or park. It doesn’t have to be a pricey ticket. A few years ago I made my “Walk Across Juarez” at the high toime of the violence when people assumed it was dangerous (they still do even though all is calm). One of the highlights was just dropping into a youth soccer game right beside the border- with US Border Patrol watching.
You can usually grab a ticket to some local event–as T+L says, perhaps a cricket match, sumo wrestling, or curling.
An even better option is to get involved in a sport- like a pick up game or local tournament. Back in good old Juarez (I love that place!) I have for two years run in their local marathon in October. I line up with my lawyer buddy there under the big X along the border at sunrise with 2000 Mexicans. We sing the national anthem (I hum along) and take off through the streets of a place I have a deep connection to- life changing.