BRAZIL BEAT: In diverse Latin American cultures, a Mexican tortilla seems exotic in Brazil

Some outsiders think Latin America is one big culture, but with only a few thousand Mexicans living in Brazil, a tortilla can seem as exotic here as Indian curry.

A day before Brazil took on Mexico in the World Cup, a few Brazilians lined up to take pictures with a sombrero that read "Viva Mexico!" on Monday. Mexican tourists brought two of the hats with them from the city of Leon.

The Mexican fans were quite the attraction, standing up on their chairs while they sang "canta y no llores." That's Spanish for "sing and don't cry," from the popular folk song "Cielito Lindo."

A young Brazilian woman said she wanted a photo with the sombrero to prove to her friends that she had run into a seemingly incredible number of Mexicans, who had all arrived for the tournament.

— By Adriana Gomez Licon —


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