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Life on the Mexican-US border.

Susana Gallegos

Alex Bullen

Human Geography

December 2, 2013


Life on the Border

            The border of Mexico is quite different from more distant states from Mexico, since the border towns are “connected” to one another. The border stretches between the United States and Mexico. It is an “invisible” line on maps, a physical wall in person. The separation between two countries does not prevent an exchange of popular culture: food, lifestyle, and language are all cultural characteristics that diffuse from place to place; a connection that is impossible to deny.

The United States and Mexico border is nearly 2,000 miles long (International Borders of the USA). I grew up in Mexico, right on the border, in Agua Prieta, Sonora and Douglas, Arizona.  Growing up I notice that the wall that divided the USA and Mexico were always changing. Never paid attention on how the people from my both towns was influenced by the popular culture, until I visit my family from Gomez Palacio, Durango Mexico; I was ten years old, talking to my cousin and I asked her to pass me the “tape” and she looked at me with this blank expression on her face, and replied: “el que?” (the what?) I repeated: El tape, pasame el tape (The tape, give me the tape) and still my cousin did not move. I grabbed it and said well how do you call this, she said, cinta adhesiva. It was the first time I have ever heard that name, and of course that is the correct name in spanish.



When I went back to Agua Prieta, I noticed the spanglish. Words like

pushale- to push, raite- give a ride, parquear- to park, quitear- to quit, lonche- lunch, and many more. Although many people from that live in Douglas, have not really adopted spanish words but they understand them, and the their accent is different as well.

Food is also influence by the two borders. In Agua Prieta we eat a lot of hamburgers and hot dogs, but with a Mexican twist. For example hot dogs that are typically in my home town are wrapped in bacon and with pinto bean, and salsa. There is also many American restaurants in Mexico, like McDonald, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Domino’s Pizza, Applebee’s. In Douglas, AZ there were small business selling Mexican food or Tex-Mex food.

Lifestyle personally I believe that the Mexican side of the border have more popular culture than the American side. When I live in Agua Prieta my parents will buy some of the groceries on Douglas. It is common to buy clothes sell in American stores, since in a way there were cheaper than some of the stores of Mexico.  The American side will buy more furniture, decoration, and sometimes pets. Food was not allowed to go through the border back in the states. Monetary also is used in both border, in some stores in Douglas one can pay with Mexican money, and in Agua Prieta one can use American money everywhere in town.


Living in the border I can conclude that the Mexican side of the border has higher influence in some of the American popular culture, but still keeping their own folklore culture. It is a mixture that was easily seen when I visited my family in Gomez Palacio. The border is a different way of living that I would recommend to visit the border and experience the exchange.



Gigi. “Do You Want It in English, Spanish, or Spanglish? :-D.” A Better Me Day                           By Day. N.p., 14 Aug. 2011. Web. 02 Dec. 2013


“International Border of the United States and the Defense of These                      Borders.” Border Control. Numbers USA, n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2013


N.d. Photograph. God’s World Photography. Web. 2 Dec. 2013


Rubenstein, James M. “Folk and Popular Culture.” Cultural Landscape.                                                     Harlow:Pearson Education Limited, 2014. N. pag. 108. Print.




Ways of Development.

Susana Gallegos

Geo -106.

 Human Geography

Alex Bullen

 Ways of Development

There are different key elements of human culture distributed across the globe. Some can because migration. Leading to a new development the key can be language and culture. These key elements will help us understand that by combining them they will create distribution around the word by the movement of people to different parts of the world, by communicating different ideas and ultimately by combining ideas it creates development. Migration is an important element that helps define the motives behind the distribution of languages.

People all over the world need modes of production, distribution, and consumption in order to provide food and other commodities needed on a daily basis. It might be that some places in the world some basic needs are not provided, hard to afford or obtain. People might be looking for the basic needs that maybe denied in their place of origin. These people will look for better opportunities and places where that opportunity to grow is available, and may also to immigrate to a land of greater opportunity. In fig. 2, it show depending on the economy doing in a place and how are people are also doing , they will go to a place where the progress is better, in this example is showing America. Fig. 2

By creating a way of distribution by migrating, the people will take their culture with them and integrate it in their new place of residency. In the article “About Human Development”, the writer Fernando Rojas states “Human development is defined as the process of enlarging people’s freedoms and opportunities and improving their well-being. Human development is about the real freedom ordinary people have to decide who to be, what to do, and how to live”. People should have the freedom to migrate to new ways of living.

When taking culture from one place to another. Language is also linked with culture. Language is distributed around the globe by migration. Back then a way of distributing language was distributed around the world was by war or by the conquest of a new land, this imposed a new language, but many people kept their native language. Now a day it is very helpful to know another language. Most of the big companies will look for people that can speak a language that can connect them to a part of the world where they are interested in making business; leading to the distribution of ideas and new developments. According to John W. Berry, in his journal called Acculturation: Living successfully in two cultures he states that:


“Acculturation comprehends those phenomena which result when groups of

Individuals having different cultures come into continuous first-hand contact, with

subsequent changes in the original culture patterns of either or both groups under

this definition, acculturation is to be distinguished from culture change, of which it is

but one aspect, and assimilation, which is at times a phase of acculturation”


fig 3.

With culture and language the development of new ways of living will increase in different regions. Developments in different parts of the world are not always even. In some places poverty is extreme, and others are wealthy. Human development is defined as the process of enlarging people’s freedoms and opportunities and improving their well-being. Human development is about the real freedom ordinary people have to decide who to be, what to do, and how to live. The level of development is the process of improving the material conditions of people through diffusion of knowledge.

In conclusion elements of human distribution go hand in hand with culture, language; distribution of these is a combination of knowledge and trying to work together to create a better way of living in our world. We all have adopted, we are all immigrants in a country that haves help us develop as a person and a community where we all have developed acculturation.










Work Cited


Acculturation.” Ray-Ban. It’s Not Deciphering the GREek!, 15 Nov. 2012. Web. 15 Oct. 2013

Berry, John W. “Acculturation: Living Successfully in Two Cultures.” N.p., 10 July 2005. Web. 15 Oct.                             2013.

“Identity Designed.” MyCall. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.

Rojas, Fernando. “About Human Development.” Human Development Project RSS. Measure of America               American, n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.





Does Migrating Change People?

Susana Gallegos
Alex Bullen
Human Geography
December 2, 2013
            Does Migrating Change People?
            I was fifteen when my father got a job on the other side of the border, the United States. I was very comfortable living in Agua Prieta, Sonora Mexico. I never really realized that moving to another country was going to impact my life as much as it has done. Migrating changed my lifestyle: culture and way of thinking. Migration has an impact on an individual, but would it impact an individual enough to change her life? In this essay I will explain my personal migration impact.
            The text book The Cultural Landscape, describes interregional migration as “The movement from one region of a country to another…Main type of interregional migration has been from rural to urban areas in search of jobs”. My father obtained a job as a Presbyterian pastor in South Carolina. I was still in high school in Agua Prieta. When my mother and father told me we were moving, I never thought of all the changes I was going to go through, not even when I was saying good bye to my friends.
            When I started high school in Greenville, SC I realized how different education was. First of all, throughout public schools in Mexico all the way through high school, students are required to wear uniforms. I knew before that in American high school you did not have to wear uniforms. Being able to wear “regular clothes” to school was fun, until I realized how much money my parents have to spend buying clothes for me to wear to school, more than they used to it in Mexico. According to Stacy Zeiger, in her article “Statistics in School Uniform” the author explains that wearing uniform has academic, behavioral, emotional and financial effects. Looking at the financial effects Stacy Zeigers mentions that uniforms can be expensive. I agree with the author. Yes uniforms can be expensive, but one can buy two and can last a year or longer, it ends up being more economic.
            Culture was shocking, especially moving to the South of the USA. Southerners seem to have their own kind of language, especially African-American people. The food was different, personally some of them were tasteless, but after a while I got use to some of it. Mexican food is rich in flavor, so it took some time to get use to the flavors of Southern food, which I learn to really enjoy it and to avoid grits.
            I have been in the United States for eight years now. I have got use to the language and the ways of living. I still celebrate the special holidays that are typically from Mexico, as well as the Americans. I still know who I am, but I am grateful to live in the United States. I miss my family and friends from Mexico, even thou they sometimes make fun of me because I am “Americanized” It does not matter. In a way I am a little more cultured in the border subject, and I am happy with that.
Rubenstein, James M. “Folk and Popular Culture.” Cultural Landscape.                                                      Harlow:Pearson Education Limited, 2014. Print.
Stacy Zeiger. “Statistics on School Uniforms.” LoveToKnow. N.p., n.d.                              Web. 02 Dec. 2013

Water in Longmont, Colorado.

Susana Gallegos

Alex Bullen


Vital Water


Water is a vital liquid that we need in order to survive. Most of the planet is composed of water and most of life on the planet needs and uses water on a daily basis. Many people do not value water as they should. Many do not even know where it comes from, or the process it takes for us to have drinkable water in our homes. This article will explain where water in Longmont comes from and how vital water is to our life.

According to SurvivalTopics.com humans can go with out water from eight to ten days, depending on the person and depending on the circumstances. Just our human body alone is made up of 60% water. But without water we would not be able to survive. It is a vital nutrient to the life of every cell in our body.  According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, our brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and our lungs are about 83% water.  And we must consume a certain amount of water to survive and thrive.


The quality of the water is also very important because water is a transporter of nutrients and it flushes and detoxifies our bodily systems.  So if our water is contaminated it can cause a multitude of many diseases such as cancer.  This is why we should know and be educated on where our water comes from because it will help us appreciate and value such an important resource. According to the City of Longmont our water originates from the Rocky Mountains thanks to the snow. When the snow melts, that water goes to Snit. Vrain Creek; after it can either go to Ralph Price Reservoir or to pipelines below Longmont Dam. Longmont also gets its water from Western Slope from the Colorado River it travels through different places until it gets into Longmont’s water treatment plants. After a cleansing process it then gets delivered through the city pipelines and is administered to us in our sinks.


We should appreciate our water, and help to reserve it and keep it clean because without water all living things such as animals and plants would die and without them we would not have food to eat or oxygen to breathe, so we too would die. The bottom line is that water is life and without water life would not exist.




Mitchell, H. H. “The Water in You.” Water Properties: (Water Science for Schools).  USGS, n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013.


“That Water to Drink.” That Water to Drink. Survival Topics, n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013.


“Where Does Our Water Comes From?” City of Longmont, n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2014.