Growing up in a border city I always felt lucky to be in two places at once, but it wasn’t until I studied abroad that I realized how unique my hometown of El Paso, Texas truly was. I’d always lived at home and I’d had never had to tell strangers outside El Paso/Juarez where I was from. So when I explained it to new friends abroad it was often confusing to them that I was Mexican-American. Yes, I was born in the U.S. but I was raised in a place where Mexico and U.S. are practically known as one. To those abroad I was either one or the other, and they were almost always surprised I didn’t have an accent in English or Spanish.
Learning to speak fluent English and Spanish wasn’t only one of the many advantages that came with growing up in the border. I also had easy access to authentic and delicious food! Although I was born and raised in El Paso, my grandparents and close family have always lived across the border in the city of Juarez and for that reason I’ve always felt part of both cities.
If you grew up between the north and south then you’ll probably relate with this list of reasons of why growing up in the border is awesome.