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Luis Alvarez

How To Go Chilango!
Survival Handbook



Welcome to our How to Go Chilango! Series. We hope you have a good time with it.

As you might know (or not), a Chilango is someone who lives in Mexico City, and is constantly trying to survive in this toughest of places. Since you're reading this, you could be either a Chilango looking for a good laugh or a clueless Gringo looking for help.

In case you're a Gringo desperate to learn your way around Mex City, this is the best place to start! Why? Because our How To Go Chilango! Series consists of two things so far: A Survival Handbook with all the basic info you will need for your stay in this place, and a Pronunciation Manual for all of those words you haven't a clue on how to pronounce (hey, it's the quest for the perfect quesadilla!).

The Series pokes fun at a lot of things that make the Chilango Way of Life one of the most exotic in the whole world, and also tries to help our foreign friends get a handle of Mexico City. But don't get your hopes up, this is just basic stuff and unless you're in Chilangolandia, there is no way you could really understand this place. But at least we try to have a good time.

The How to go Chilango Series was inspired by a great deal of friends who've come and gone through this place, and I'm happy to report that most of them made it out in one piece and eventually got very close to becoming Chilangos themselves. Of course, this work is dedicated to my old and future Gringo friends.

It doesn't matter where you're from or how long you're staying here. Try to enjoy Mexico City and survive the experience while you're at it. And please, if you have any comments or would like to contribute to the How to go Chilango Series, send me an e-mail.

Disfrutalo con leche,

Luis Alvarez




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