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Mexico City Soundtrack

Of course we love photos, but sometimes they can only tell part of the story. Without traveling, how can you tell what a city really feels like? This photo and audio soundscape is the closest we can take you to Mexico City without actually smelling the camotes and tamales being sold on the street.


In the radio version of this story, reporter Jason Beaubian talks about what it's like to be assaulted by sounds. When he first moved to Mexico City he was overwhelmed by the cacophony of yelling, whistles, and bells pealing from all areas of the street. Now, he's grown used to them, realizing that each sound belies a deeper meaning, helping him appreciate the distinctiveness of his new home.

Here, we invite you to experience the sounds paired with images by photographer Brian Harkin, taking you on a distinctive journey through the symphonic streets of Mexico City.