Mexico is full of sound. Especially in the cities it is very rare that you will find silence anywhere. There will be music playing, televisions blaring, fireworks going off, brass bands marching. It is completely apt then, that when living in Mexico you need to learn different sounds to know when the trash is being collected, when the gas men are passing, when the water man is selling his wares, when the tamale seller is on your street, the list goes on and on, each one has their distinctive sound. Once you learn the sounds things tend to run smoothly, but until then getting gas and water and knowing when the trash people come can be totally confusing.
For the last week or so I have been recording the sounds of Oaxaca and have put together a little quiz on the different sounds. How many will you be able to get?
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