The City of Mountains: Monterrey, Mexico

The City of Mountains: Monterrey, Mexico

four years ago. I was living in Austin, Texas and was a
heartbroken 27-year-old. I had a friend in town from Monterrey and
he was getting ready to drive through the night, over the border,
back home. I had just renewed my passport and joining him seemed
like an obvious decision. I was going to Monterrey.

I messaged my boss in the early hours to let her know I wouldn’t
be in work for the next few days. Easy. We spent the next seven
hours driving through the dark and, the next morning, I walked
around the pastel-painted Barrio Antiguo at sunrise.

Monterrey isn’t your typical Mexican travel destination. Most
people head for the beaches of Tulum or the culturally rich
destinations of Oaxaca or Mexico City. Yet for me this
northeastern city has a certain charm. It has carne asadas and
vaquero culture. In the dry desert heat, there’s plenty of beer to
keep you hydrated. Pockets of great art and a greater food scene
are surrounded by some of the most unique, jagged mountains I have
seen in my life.

I would spend the next few years taking as many opportunities as
I could to visit my friends in Monterrey, exploring, getting to
know the city and the mountains and, of course, taking photos. This
series of images are taken from my many visits over the last four

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