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21 September 2002 A City of Poverty Palm trees long beaches rolling waves spicy Mexican food margaritas and relaxing in the hot sun is what people generally think of when they hear Mazatlan Mexico However a person who has actually stepped off the airplane and felt the hot humid Mexican air blast them in the face would tell you differently Mazatlan Mexico is a place with beautiful beaches however off of the beaches its a city of poverty filled with people trying to survive When our airplane was landing I couldnt believe my eyes I wondered Wheres the beach I even wondered Wheres the airport When we had safely landed we were instructed in both Spanish and English to exit the plane Instead of walking into a hallway like most airports we walked straight down the airplane steps onto the hot cement Immediately I could feel the difference in the air I breathed the temperature I felt and the surrounding environment The Mexican air was hot thick and moist When I looked around all I could see was dirt dry weeds a couple of palm trees the cement from the landing area and the airport which was a small older looking building It seemed as though we dragged our heavy luggage along the hot cement for what seemed like a mile until we finally reached the doors entering the airport When I walked inside I felt no temperature change It was still very hot and humid because they had no air conditioning The atmosphere smelled like mildew As I looked around I noticed that the chair I would be sitting in for the next hour was made of silver bars with a thin piece of leather laid across the top I later realized that they were very uncomfortable In just a couple of minutes I found out just how poor their country was compared to ours It didnt seem like the rich tourist city that
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