Strange, Daniel, because in the last few days I've said "hola" or "Hi" to three people who have not even looked at me but passed on as though they haven't heard. This has never ever happened to me when meeting Mexicans on the street, and not often with gringos, but lately it is happening more and more. I wonder if a different sort of person is now starting to come to Mexico--or perhaps it is that "invisible sixties" factor starting to rear its ugly head. At any rate, if you are reading this and don't already know this, it is not an insult to be addressed or smiled at when meeting someone on the street in Mexico. I am not going to seduce you, ask you for money or force you to stop and talk to me. It is a pleasantry--a friendliness. If you were Mexican, I would probably say "Adios" rather than "Hola" to you in passing, as this is more the norm. So, the next time someone smiles or greets you in passing, greet them back. Stretch your lips upwards. You just might find that it puts a little spark in your day and it certainly puts one in mine.
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