Xalapa is the capital city of the Mexican state of Vera Cruz. When I think of Mexico, I think of the Summer of 1990 when I traveled to Mexico. I spent quite a bit of time travelling on my own in Mexico City. One thing that was out of the ordinary for me was how clean their public parks were. One reason why is that while you could buy bottles of pop (soda) from street vendors they would immediately pour the drink into a plastic bag, so they could redeem the bottle and get their deposit back.