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Monday, September 27, 2010

Eclectic Charisma News - Oh, the Places You'll Go - Mexico - Shon Charisma Reporting...

Staff Reporter
• Monday, September 27, 2010

I've been on this Reality in Second Life kick for the last couple of weeks, so I decided to continue it with a trip to Mexico. I'm SO glad I did.

Me trying my hand at hand gliding

Right off the bat, I'll say this is my favorite trip thus far. Not only is it a beautiful locale, but also there are so many things for you to see, to explore, and to do while there.

I think it's important to note at the start that Visit Mexico, the location, is a project of the Mexico Tourism Board. Knowing this piece of information made me nod...a I traveled along the space because Second Life's Mexico is here to provide history of Mexico but also to get people to want to visit the real-life Mexico. As such, designers and creators worked very hard to make this a fun, interactive space for all visitors to get them inspired to travel outside of Second Life to Mexico.

What are some of the cool things about Mexico? I barely know where to start.

As soon as you land in Mexico, you're swept away by the space's own soundtrack--not even including the sounds of nature, of the birds, the waves that surround you as well. It was easy for me to be immersed there when they do such a great job of setting the atmosphere. At the onset, they also offer free Mayan outfits, authentic outfits that are replicas of outfits worn by Mayan royalty. I definitely picked up mine!

If you're looking to actually do something, then Mexico is definitely a place for you to visit. While there, I took a zip line through the jungles and went horseback riding and hang gliding. I won't tell you about the many, many times I crashed and burned while hang gliding, but I will say I had great fun once I got in the air and could stay there. I also watched interactive videos on the history of Mexico and climbed the many, many stairs of spaces like the El Castillo.

Despite the fun I had in moving about the land, my most favorite part of my visit to Mexico was taking in the architecture. I felt the flavor, the culture of Mexico in these magnificent buildings, and what made it even better was seeing the detailed, exquisite creation of these buildings and their similarity to the real-life architecture.

I spent a great deal of time at the Campeche Cathedral and the Campeche Plaza Principal, where I took some time to pray and then wondered about the plaza, buying up Mexican art.

Real life Campeche Cathedral and Campeche Plaza Principal

Campeche Cathedral and Campeche Plaza Principal in Second Life

I also walked along the columns of the Temple of a Thousand Warriors.

Real life Group of a Thousand Columns at the Chichen Itza World Heritage Site

Group of a Thousand Columns in Second Life

One of my favorites places in Mexico was the Palenque ruins. According to Wikipedia, Palenque "was a Maya city state in southern Mexico that flourished in the seventh century CE. After its decline it was absorbed into the jungle, but has been excavated and restored and is now a famous archaeological site attracting thousands of visitors" ("Palenque" link).

Real life Palenque Ruins

Palenque Ruins in Second Life

There is more than enough to see and to experience in Mexico, so when you go, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to take it all in! Here's the [SLURL]. Make sure you hop on one of the large butterflies and grab an audio hud to take the voiced tour of the land!


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