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In the minds of most people, Mexico is usually seen as a beach resort destination or a corrupt narco-state run by drug lords. Below I present 12 misconceptions about Mexico — a country that I definitely recommend to both visit and live in. When in a different state from the one you live in, your phone is practically always roaming.

The majority of people think that the capital of Mexico is Mexico City. However, only the inhabitants of DF can say they live in the capital. Everyone seems to love Mexican food , so much so that it was recently classified as an irreplaceable part of the cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

For example, in Mexico, nobody actually eats burritos Chipotle-style or filled with rice I know that in northern Mexico burritos are popular, however, I meant burritos from US fast food chains. Assuming that all Mexicans have dark skin and black hair is a huge mistake as there are plenty of Mexicans that are as white as Northern Europeans.

Not only that, in big cities like Mexico City there exist huge communities of Mexicans with Jewish and European roots. According to US travel advisory board: No advisory is in effect. See also the discussion in the section on Estado de Mexico for areas within the greater Mexico City metropolitan area. The place is actually safer than some of the big cities in America or even Europe. Of course, bad things happen like anywhere else in the world, but in Mexico most homicides happen between the drug gangs, not regular citizens.

Mexico is a big country, therefore the weather varies. Despite the stereotype that Mexican women are constantly abused, women in Mexico are actually quite privileged.

In Mexico City there are women-only buses and special sections for women on the subway. Tourists usually only know about two Mexican locations: Cancun and Baja California. However, outside of the big resorts, these places are not very nice. Mexicans usually go to different resort towns such as Acapulco, Playa del Carmen , Huatulco, and many others. A comment on this post reminded me that I often correct people when it comes to the geographical location of Mexico.

The post is meant to show people that Mexico is worth visiting. It means that women are in danger of male aggression which is why these busses and the special sections were introduced. This thus shows the complete opposite of what you are claiming See also: Have you ever talked to any Mexican women?

My friend was actually conducting a research about women in public transport… women knew how to fight for their rights and got themselves plenty of them. I was liking your post a lot until I read that part on women. And Mexico is overall as dangerous for women as India.

Women sections in public transportation are disempowering because it teaches women that they have to be kept apart to be safe. You have probably talked to middle-class women in Mexico, but —following your rethorics— have you ever visited any Mexican slum? I actually traveled to slums a lot because of the investigation I had to conduct. What is surprising, however, is the fact that women actually prefer f.

If you live in an insecure area of Mexico, Zetas or any other gang will easily jump into a bus to kidnap, steal or kill somebody.

The pink buses are there for two reasons, comfortability privileges and security which is some sort of privilege too. Yep, but what I want to show the readers is that Mexico is not a country where you cannot live without a fear that something might happen to you all the time. There are dangerous zones and safe zones….

Overall I think Mexico is a great country that has gone through an unfortunate period of spike in violence. Hopefully they will take care of it soon.

I guess sometimes and someplaces… I work in an organization where we give counseling to many women and children who have been rape while they travel… We hear of many kidnapping cases… I, Myself have 2 family members that were held against their will and killed for money… and 3 other family members that were held for ransom..

We live in a country were police is at the hand of the mafias. Sex slaves in many states! I guess sometimes and someplaces…—- Yes, like in every other part of the world. Do you really think there is a perfect country where everyone is good, no sex slaves, and no mafia??

I think you are the one living in a pink world….. Anna, as a Mexican I got to say I loved your post! Although it may contain a few misconceptions that may vary depending on the area , on the overall I find it quite accurate. Those buses and special sections on the subway were implemented because of the sexual harassment towards women in public transportation.

Also, men in general are not chivalrous. I totally agree with you! Every city has good and bad spots and you simply need to know where to go. Sadly they represent few people if we consider the world culture and population and sadly many of them not everyone write in an irresponsible way like the one who wrote the word: Is like if I would say that all Canadian girls are liberal doubt their bitchy attitude toward men or there is a black friday because USA citizens are materialistic posers or all Germany streets are so sad because germans are not happy.

My last 3 sentences are an example of irresponsible writer right? I am Mexican who traveled all around the world and women in Mexico are not in danger in public transport. Machism culture, protecsionism situation and bad flirt habits are causes of busses and metro separation. Some of Mexican women including my sisters do not separate any more in the transport because they believe in the equality of humanity. In that case of danger thesis I would be in danger for being near of european, american, etc, women that want an adventure with the exotic 1,9 meters Mexican.

Talk about fatcs not about suppositions of your mind. This behavior happens the world over.. Mexico has the respect for women to give them a predator-free space.

Thank you Mexico for this enlightened practice. Women are in danger everywhere in the world. Go to Italy or even NY and if it is crowded men will be on top of you and it is disgusting how some use that opportunity to put their hands in the wrong place.

Mexican public transportation is very crowded so to avoid men touching women or kids the government decided to create times in the subway, mostly rush hour, when the cars are divided but it is up to people to use it like that.

Opposite to the US you will find men that help you with a heavy bag or give you their seat if you are pregnant or carrying a kid. I find society to be more machonin the US than in Mexico.

Thanks for sharing that post. I wanted to comment on your points, as a Mexican reading this post entry. Please take it as constructive criticism. There are some authentic Mexican restaurants abroad, you just have to know how to distinguish them. I actually met very few Jewish Mexicans most of them live in the north of Mexico City, while the south is mostly Catholic and some people from Arabic ascent who became Catholic.

Most white Mexicans have white skin because of their European ancestry in fact, Mexican genes are more European than Native Mexican. The pink buses exist only in Mexico City, which means this comment is innacurate for the other 31 states. There are still guys who will try to grab your butt. As a kid, I used to go every year to the mayan riviera. Acapulco is horrible, it used to be a tourist trap while Cancun was still relatively unknown.

Then Cancun became high profile and now no one really goes to Acapulco except drug dealers. I still love Cancun… Well, not the Zona Hotelera, of course! But the beaches near Cancun. There are still lots of magical places over there.

Thanks for your comments, I always appreciate critique. There are dangerous zones and safe zones. This is true, japan is considered to be one of the safest places in the world with the lowest crime rates. And one of the biggest issues there is women getting groped or abused in public transportation. And the Japanese introduced sections for women in the trains and buses before mexico.

Sure, it may be a machismo thing, but the law, at least in mexico is taking many efforts to protect women from the abuse of men and that is a step in the right direction. About burritos, they are actually Mexican, they originated in the northern states, Sonora and Chihuahua. I used to think burritos were tex-mex until I got a girlfriend from Chihuahua, and it seems it is a general miss consemption of the mexicans from other states like me.

Be responsible about what you post……please. A lot of these points are laughable and full of spin.. It has been my experience that those who look down upon the truths spoken by young people are themselves quite suspect of ignorance. I am also Mexican. Please do not take the comments of the above person as completely true. The name and most of the political system, division of powers, bicameral system of congress, etc is indeed a closecopy of the US system, at least on paper.

We are sometimes too proud not to accept something that is so clear. The Mexican fast food in the US is Tex-Mex, most medium to upper scale Mexican Restaurants outside of Mexico serve food very close to the actual thing.

Sopes are just one very very small part of Mexican Food. Use whatever example you deem necessary to convey the message.

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In Chiapas more and more women are being murdered. According to official statistics, about 6 women are killed everyday in the country. Mexico also has the second highest rate in murders of transexual women in the world. Then can you make such a bold statement as: First and second misconceptions are totaly true. If you disagree with the author you must have a very bad education or you might not be mexican.

Sorry if I am rude but its true. We mexicans are mostly known for the dark-skin color, but that is totaly partial. About jewish, yes they are very selective; there must be a lot of them who let their religion aside, but most of them because of their believes are very attatched to their own community, this doesnt mean they can get along only with the people who lives in their community, it depends on the religious believes in each family.

Insecurity is a matter of perception. Many communities are partialy safe, and many others unsafe due to the economical situation they live in. Drug trafficking, vandalism, smuggling, are phenomenons that developped in the past years because of poverty and necessity.

The country is represented by all those wonderfull places, cities and towns that compound the whole country. Foreigns think that the only attraction in Mexico are the beautiful beaches we have, but there are many other magical places to visit and different types of attractions. I agree with most of the article. I also agree with her when she says men are chivalrous, yes they pay the bills, and dinner and open the door for you but all of this is also relative, it depends on the type of education you recive at home and the people you get along with.

I disagree whith the 11th misconception, I think each of us celebrates the days we think are important for us; like in any other country there are a lot of dates no one realy remembers. The government decides which dates must be remembered because of the importance and relevance they have. I hope this can be helpfull. To give this more credibility I took the time to investigate some reliable sources: I absolutely love it when Socialists come and start to publicly announce they are socialists… really, these people… it has been my experience that socialists have a huge misconception of what the model means.

Anna is trying to get people to think of Mexico as something more than just beaches, burritos and the image of a lazy, brown drunkards with a huge sombrero, a bottle of tequila in one hand and a donkey standing near him while a cactus gives him shade.

Everyone complains about all the issues in this country, yet who among you are actually doing anything to help change that? I work very closely with lawyers and human rights defenders. And were trying to change the fact that women are abused and dish out proper justice against any who dare touch them. Just look at all the countries with socialist governments. The poor is everyone not in the government.

Get up your butt and get to work. Go into business on your own, do something to change your situation rather than just sit around complaining. I have meet so many people who are poor because they keep content to living on handouts.

And these are the people who put the current president there. So really, a socialist party exists in Mexico because it would be great for them in power. Why should a neurosurgeon make as much money as a janitor or viceversa? Give me a break. How much of his life has a successful neurosurgeon invested in his career and time to gain the knowledge that makes him earn what he earns? He does as much effort as the surgeon so he should have the same wages? Those men and women had a vision, they worked their vision until they got to where they are.

Mind you, Carlos Slim sold bubblegum when he was young. What vision do you have? What have you got to offer that is worth what a neurosurgeon makes?

What do you have that makes you better than Slim? You want that, keep your socialist views. The capitalist model is made to reward those that go out there and DO, not those who demand to be given. Yawn, what a Right Wing ranter you are. Your last is such pure nonsense that it pretty much speaks for itself. Boy are you living in LaLa Land! As a US citizen may I just say your post made me vomit.

You are the perfect example of why some Mexicans dislike us. You are why I moved to Mexico. As a Mexican… I really really loved and enjoyed your blog! This is amazing, Anna! Even with drug cartels in mexico is not compare to the crazy people that lives in usa not a single day goes by without the us news or local news reporting someone being killed or murder brutally in some neighborhood… yes there is violance in mexico but is related only to drug cartels struggle.

Not single people murdering each other or kids killing other in kids in schools. Nice article, accurate information. I am from Mexico City living in Sydney, Australia. And I find this article very helpful. I constantly have to answer the same questions. Travel a bit and see the world, just because you saw it online bad or good media does not mean that it is true although I pretty much agree with this article.

But you are saying not to fall for what you read online or hear from other people or media, and it seems to me that you do fall for that too. The western suburbs of Sydney are not all dangerous and drug dealing places, we are trying not to fall into stereotypes here! The probability of being a victim of a random act of violence at night in Sydney is way higher at the city centre than anywhere else. Exactly I am not trying to stereotype here but there is a higher crime rate in the western suburbs with drug related gang shootings as parts of Mexico has, every city has their share of problems.

I would put it exactly how you said in a random act of violence anyone can get hurt. But in the city and suburbs near the main cities of Mexico are as safe as most cities worldwide. It is just the international media tends to focus on the bad aspects of Mexico rather than the good ones. Mexicans are among the most racist people in the world starting by segregating themselves! At the beginning of the 20th century the Mexican railway connected the entire country and the US as well… how can you understand that today there are no trains anymore?!?

And what are Mexicans doing about it? The way Mexicans sabotage each other are unaccountable…. Why are Mexicans still allowing the US to portray them as servile, low-living, ignorant delinquents?

In all US movies the Mexicans are always looked down, they allow them to show places that resemble two centuries ago! And the country is so rich and diverse! From the various native groups not all Mexicans are Aztec descendants to all European, Asian yes, they had trade with China way back in the 17th century and even some African.

Que nefasto comentario, trata de ver y agradecer lo positivo que tenemos, y si alguien hace comentarios positivos pues que padre no? In Fact, the reason that the americans celebrate 5 de Mayo, is because when the french invided Mexico they have plans to get to united states of america, united states was in a civil war in that time, so they may not stop the french intervention, when mexican won the battle in puebla, the united states of america celebrate becouse the mexican stop the french and that battle change the final plans of the french army.

The average A,Erica will not know the significance of 5deMayo. Sad that so many of these articles bring up superficial information. What is the economy really like? To what extent or how deep does the corruption go? But knowing more about Central America would be interesting.

What really needs to be talked about is who comes here illegally and why. Most Americans are so spoiled and clueless when it comes to illegal immigration and why it occurs. Rarely does it have anything to do with breaking laws and is ALL about survival, period! The economy is extremely divided. There are some extremely powerful, rich people like Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world , and then a huge percentage of the population is living under the poverty line. Consider the fact that an average salary can be around dollars per month.

Minimum salary is less than 6 dollars per DAY, not per hour. Corruption can be seen a lot in politics. Lots of nepotism going on as well. Policemen are corrupt in most of the country, as well. Lots of people from Central and South American countries immigrate illegally to Mexico.

The main reason people immigrate to the US is very simple. As I mentioned earlier, the minimum wages here are a joke. Basically, for a poor, uneducated Mexican, working one day in the US would earn them the same amount or more as if he worked for a full week in Mexico.

I just desagree about the woman special public transport…. It feels we are back in time, it is segregation…. We always tend to have this stereotype among us, one thing I think you could also add is that americans always seem so surprised that a lot of Mexicans speak fluent english.

You cast my home city in favorable light; thank you. However, as a guy who has lived the majority of my life in Iztapalapa also within Distrito Federal , I can tell you are missing an important part of the experience. I only recently moved to Coyoacan. I work in Polanco. Please, visit the places I mentioned to get the whole picture. Go there by bus and travel by subway at rush hour too. I have been living in different places in Mexico and in different countries.

I have to say that I agree in most of the things that you mention. I said kind of because there are of course certain things with tyhe ones I can not agree. And number 6 I rather say: Is quite difficult to get the main idea on how things are in the country or in one place just living for a while. True that burritos are not representative, but yes, they are part of the folk food in the nord of the country.

Sopes are not precisely national dish, neither tlacoyos, chileatole, tamales, or other food from different states. Mexico offers so many things and I appreciate how you show it up. Do you mean you want to spend 12, MXN for 2 people? It depends where in Mexico City do you want to live. Hey Anna, I am also from Mexico and been living abroad for a while, and I just want to say great job!!! I am Mexican and live abroad in NYC for business school. Traveled many times to europe. But a general referece the idea is so good!

Or in the supermarket attending in the panaderia bakery shop for example. The reason there is such divisions here, like the metro having girl wagons, is nothing less but because it was so dangerous for woman using it alone, which it still is by the way, that they had to separate women and men, which is pretty bad if you ask me. I will agree with you, men here are gentlemen, which also has a reason why. This is a very Macho society, men do not see women as equals and therefore treat them as if they could not be independent.

Mexico is an amazing place to live in and I love and enjoy it fully, but I am very careful as a woman in this country and there are many things I permit myself of doing in Canada that I cannot even think about doing here. Mexicanos, conozcan su herencia: Saludos y gracias por compartir. Mexico is a great country of coarse full of unwealthy people but if we refer to them that way by the messure of money, but if anyone would get the chanse to meet those people, they are the rickest pearsons you would ever get to know because of their wealthy soul, they are the most happy and shearing persons you would ever get to meet despite of ther low resourses.

We are not all dark skinned, but why should the colour of the skin define us when we have such a rich culture and amazing food? The problem with mexicans is that we do know how to make a lot of noise, which is why parties here are a blast.

Mexico Independence Day is actually September 27, not observed as this was consummated by Agustin de Iturbide, who pushed for the formalization of an independent Mexican Empire he became emperor against those that wanted a Republic.

Years later, at the beginning of the XX century, with Porfirio Diaz as president of the Republic, the celebration of the beginning of independence was formalized to be on September 15, as this was Diaz birthday. Mexico has safe and unsafe areas. Here in the UK my house has been broken 3 times.

In my country never ever had a criminal problem. Quite the opposite here. Even in East London I was never personally attacked walking down the street in the middle of the day in broad daylight like I was in Tijuana when my purse got snatched off my shoulder.

But, so be it. Despite all critics you are completely right. Also I agree that Mexico is not only Cancun and Baja California, there are many other beautiful places here. I love what you do, you inform a lot of people about your experiences and for some people is really helpful.

Every woman has to know how to defend themselves here in Mexico or in any other place in the world. I wish we stopped comparing ourselves to other countries and enjoy the beauty of this territory and its people. I chose this country as the place where I decided to raise my son. I am so happy I did. Mexico, I love you. Mexico is a country with great potential, amazing people and SO many resources, the problem is the way we want to explode all of them.

Anyway, your article is great but a little inaccurate. Thanks again for trying to show people around the world Mexico is way better of that told by media. Anna, thanks for sharing great points about wrong ideas people abroad have about mexicans. The big problem of mexicans is that we step in to each others foot and thats why the country hasnt grown as much as it should. Anyway, I liked ur post, I have blog as well, i will recomend people urs. Anna, thank you very much for the way you described this country.

There are lots of problems that deserve to be solved immediatly: Insecurity and organised crime… the way we percieve ourselves and behave towards against ourselves… disparity incomes… gender equity. But you have been here and you also saw all good things this place offers to foreigners and to Mexicans. I lived in Africa for about 6 months. Great article and awesome blog Annalisa.

Les dejo un link con fotos de estas 2 ciudades, espero les gusten https: Your article shows many of them. I really liked your article, as such as the great amount of comments it raised, at least you can say many mexicans are also passionate. Im mexican, i love your comments!

Negativism for pessimists… Just dont care about what they said annalisa, people will always hate, no matter if its something good or positive…. Have you ever been to Baja California Sur? I grew up there and I agree that it is a bit americanised, but still it has its own Mexican charm.

Of course hotels and resorts are all over the place but you can find real tacos, gorditas and sopes, not to mention the amazing tequila.

Anyway, i think most of your points are right, I really like when people love Mexico as much as I do and share their good experiences and thoughts to the world. I agree with some of the stuff that you wrote however there are things that are not true.

I have visited many areas in Europe and yes there is always bad spots but Mexico City has become more dangerous in the last 20 years. Mexican men are very macho, that is a rule around the world but there are countries where men are better. Mexico is not one of them. Domestic violence is big in all levels of society. If you think that it is not then you would say that Santa Fe is not Mexico either because it is Modern like American cities.

Thanks for your blog and to take the time to write about my country, I may not agree with all you said but it is nice to see that you have so many nice things. It has been more than a decade that the government declared it not an obligational holiday with labor suspension. I do agree dude, but She said that We think the commemoration of 5 de mayo battle is not a reason to celebrate: D, Of course when You army defeates the, considered in that time, the most powerful army in the world is something must be celebrated.

Yes but third world is not about having modern buildings or exclusive restaurants, it IS about having a wide gap between rich and poor. Brazil is definitely third world. It appears that according to this writer Mexico is indeed third world. And frankly, even the US is third world. Fix inequality and I will ditch all the other misconceptions. Thank you Anna, very educational and you write very well. I have had a very interesting and dramatic life as in my true international love story The Red Silk Robe, in Amazon, check it out… Have also done a lot of travelling, so I will definitely be watching your site for more information and facts, if my brain can take in anymore….

I will also friend you, as would love to keep in contact….. Thank you Julia Cynthia Kent. They are two differently fruits entirely. The only thing they have in common is that they are citrus and round….

Then they took Mexico city and Maximiliano governed for some years for the conservative side while Benito Juarez, the liberal president was forced to run away, it was only after 5 years that the third battle of Puebla took place where General Porfirio Diaz defeated and expelled once and for all the French from Puebla, after that the French defeat was imminent and Maximiliano was caught and executed putting an end to the Liberal vs Conservative period and to the French Invasion.

Well the 5th of may its justo a battle as a matter of fact we did not win the war, the frenchs defeted the mexican army and went all the way through into the capital.

The battle of 5 de Mayo only delayed the inevitable and thinking about it, the lives lost in it were worth jack. We brought down the second empire through guerilla warfare, we should celebrate the day the French pulled back, not the day we delayed the inevitable French descent on the capital. On the other hand the 16th of september is kind of a big deal. Fun fact about the 16th of september: The battle of Puebla the 5th of may was an attempt to drive the French off, we won the battle but lost the war and the French made Maximiliano de Habsburgo our emperor.

I agree with most of your comments, but Mexico safe? Would you really recommend someone to flag down a taxi from the street? Actually Mexico City is very safe, the rest of the country not so much. I lived in East London for 2 years and never once had my purse snatched off my shoulder in broad daylight in the middle of the day on a semi-busy street like recently in Tijuana. In being here less than a month. Less than a week, actually.

I disagree with 3, 7, and 9. A lot of Mexican food is spicy hot or can be , despite the use of limes! A gap in equality is not the only classification of a third world country.

Women only buses does not mean that women in Mexico receive privilege. Sorry to disappoint you again those pink buses are not everywhere, and by that i mean they almost dont exist, most cities dont have to have a pink bus, i would rather have the same bus for everyone, a pink bus just means its not safe for a woman to ride on a regular one.

On the safety side it all depends on what city you live in, and what part of that city. Its like saying Chicago is safe city, i probably is, if you hang around the nice areas, but not everywhere.

Nice article in genera, but I think you got it wrong with the all female public transportation; it is but a shortsighted remedy against the abuse they suffer here when they are harassed by men. It is a kindness we show even other Mexican strangers, just in case. Monterrey, for example, has avenues with 7 lanes, not many american cities can say that… D.

Anna makes a great point with this post, just felt like there needed to be something else added. Hi Anna, I just love what you posted, which is totally true.

Thank you for sharing this, keep doing this as many people has a huge misconception about Mexico. May I print your post to share with my co-workers and clients?

Ask how many women dress with skirts or small shorts in the metro and you will find that only foreign tourists do it. Mexico is what it is, but that girl in the photo is HOT! Your Cellphones Roaming charge comes from an abusive company that screws the whole country. Yeah, Mexico is better that what is thought to be, but Mexico is also Worst than what everybody thing it is.

Most of this things are true for Mexico City. Question — Is there much color prejudice in Mexico? I notice you mentioned:. Just celebrate this in schools. Police have been implicated in some of these incidents. Both local and expatriate communities have been victimized.

Almost 90 kidnappings of U. Embassy and consulates in Mexico between April and November of I wish it was not like this… I wish Mexico gets better with time.

Unless we get an honest government then things might improve and can have a safe Mexico again! And some open doors and pay for bills. There are thousands of women being beated or even killed by their husbands. So NO, women are not specially privileged in Mexico. And NO, Mexico is not even close to be first world.

Grate article in the other points. Oh but we eat burritos on the northern region of Mexico. We always have, and we always will. They are different from the Tex-Mex kind, that is true.

The thing is, as you point out, Mexico is a big country, and the term Mexican food is rather loose, there are different regions with very different tastes. Same applies to embarazado and embarrassed. Such a mexican, i would like to thank you for writing, in a very unique way, about my beautiful country… with your heart!!! Kudos on your blog! I am mexican well I was born american but living a mexican live for way long already. And yes these are truly misconceptions people abroad may have about this beautiful country.

Very nice post, I appreciate you taking the time to write about my country and some of its misconceptions. So, why make a big deal out of one battle? Another interesting thing about mexicans? I hope you have the time to visit even more places from Mexico, and get to know much more about the places we have.

Nice and informative, but just a little observation on you last point: Mexican independence from Spain was declared on August 24, What happened in September 15, , was a call to arms against the ruling class, which later became the Independence War.

As a Mexican, I agree with most of what you say. I have to say, though, that I differ on what you say about Mexican women. And the fact that men are gentleman-y does not, in any way, relate to gender equality. The fact that men often do pay for things has to do, in my opinion, with a quite traditional take on gender roles. I also agree with Yannick, by the way. Which people and where are they getting their information? I lived there for six years, and was a victim of a major crime an average of once a year.

Fraud, kidnapping, theft, vandalism, harassment, embezzlement…and of course, everyone I know there has been a victim of, or knows a victim of several of these crimes. The degree of incivility that I witnessed there is criminal, but overshadowed by much bigger battles, like government corruption, the drug war, and Juarez. Please correct that-in honor of brave -poblanos that lost their lives protecting the country- Thank you Dario.

It is actually part of its charm. Andrea and Dario in the post above: Sure, there are safe places in Mexico, but last I heard of my relatives, it is not a good place to be at the moment. Also, being chivalrous to women is not the same as women being equal to men, if anything Mexican men are very patriarchal. Being that there are pink busses and special section for women on the subway is not a priveledge.

Those were implemented to try and create a safer environment for women. By the way, May 5th its celebrated only in Puebla, its an off day and we have a parade too, i know because i live where the battle took place. Two men entered my house while I was asleep. Quit saying that Mexico is a safe country. It is not a safe haven when you are eating dinner with your family and a police convoy of 50 cars rushes by with their sirens, or when you see a military tank roaming the streets.

Not a third world country. Do you know the poverty rate in Mexico? Maybe if you only hang around Polanco or Santa Fe, and never step outside your little bubble…. As someone else noted, the pink buses or the metros designated for women are to prevent sexual harassment. And what about the real name? And Burritos… in the north part of Mexico we do eat burritos maybe not quite chipotle style, but we do. They are Tex-MEX for a reason. Seem that you enjoyed Mexico, glad to know is a great place and specially with great people!

Mexico is divided in 31 states and one Federal District what is considered to be the 32th state. You forgot to mention this last important information. So actually Mexico is considered to have 32 states. Could you please explain why do you thing this? US states can have their own laws, and normally these are different if compared with the laws in other states i. Those kinds of things do not really happened in Mexico. There is not a difference.

And I do not agree with your opinion about the taste of Mexican food. It is not either spicy or sour. Mexican food has a large variety of tastes, and it different in every state of the country. And not every Mexican likes spicy salsas. Tal king about same gender marriage, some states like Distrito Federal allow it. If you want to find out more about different State regulations concerning abortion rights you should wait for my book about abortion in Mexico — will be published in Roaming occurs from town to town due to the abusive Cellphone companies rising the rates and overcharging for everything.

The structure is very similar, with local congresses and federal lower and higher chamber. The funny thing is that most Americans I know had never heard of Mexican States they have the misconception that only the US has them.

De hecho, tu ejemplo de matrimonio homosexual se aplica perfectamente. Neza , Naucalpan, Huizquilucan, Tlalnepantla, etc…. I love everything you say here! I agree in everything but the point that -Women are privileged, as others comments said, those buses are a result of sexual harassment and a deep problem of inequality we are suffering in Mexico. If we want real equality we should, as women, stop wanting just the benefits of man but asking them to pay for everything, pick us up, give us their seat, etc.

I like the way you expressed that point because we can not deny people on Mexico are suffering from kidnappings, burglars and many safety issues but some places are still kind of safe if you take some precautions.

Also, as a tourist you are less expose to this problems as you are visiting specific less dangerous places. Education decision are deciced by each State. Jorge Luis Ojeda you are mexican I guess, check this.

Please learn english and then share your opinion! It seems you really did not captured what she was saying. Sus aclaraciones son inexactas. En Mexico la seguridad es un problema grave y no sucede como dice ella simplistamente, solo entre las mafias de las drogas.

Esta sola falsedad da al traste con todo el articulo. Ella puede ser la causante de una desgracia con esa ligereza con que trata ese tema. Mexico city is not synonymous to D. F is the smallest of all it is the one of the most populated places in the whole country and Mexico city is part of the state of Mexico that is exactly next to D.

Thanks for taking the time to look at the bright side of our country. As you can read above, there is a lot of people that identified themselves with your points of view. Most of them took the opportunity to let you know how you got something wrong. In my opinion, Mexico is a big country full of traditions and culture which will often vary from state to state and sometimes even from municipality to municipality.

The north of the country is absolutely different to the south, likewise both north and south can be just as different from the center. The fact that you speak about what you experienced while there, makes all of your points valid. Which in my experience this are all things people do believe about my country.

Algrajeda, te states of Mexico are autonomous and independent from each other. Each of them have their own constitution and have their own civil code and laws.

The gay marriage is a good example, since it is legal only in DF and Quintana Roo, but not in the other states. And one final thing, DF is not a state since it is not autonomous and does not have its own constitution it depends on the federation, however it has three levels of government executive jefe de gobierno , legislative Asamblea Legislativa del DF , judicial poder judicial del Df and its Tribunal.

Hey Anna nice thing going on here! The problem is that you get in usa al the poor, uneducated, rude Mexicans in Mexican slang: Can you be any more condescending and negatively. We are also all not nacos. Income equality is very severe in Mexico. I agree, being poor is NOT the same as being uneducated. The problem is not that people that go to the U.

First because poor and uneducated does not mean rude. Sorry but you are generalizing I know a lot of Mexican friends and people with much greater education with masters degree working in US and working at the top of the head of a lot of companies not all Mexicans living in US are undereducated and also I have known a lot of poor people working on the US that are so responsible, educated and honest than some rich people living in Mexico that think are educated.

Thanks for sharing Anna! You should definitely fact check your article before posting. Mexican states are certainly not more independent than US states.

Mexico is a federal republic meaning that each state operates according to the laws and decrees of the federal powers. So states in Mexico have less autonomy than US states. Also Mexico City is synonymous with the districto federal. Much like Washington, D. Is synonymous with the district of Colombia. The rest of your points I would deem as fairly correct.

There are other towns within the confines of the Federal District. Mexico City just happens to be the largest. This is all true i live in the d. But in some cases even I am afraid of some places, like Michoacan and Monterrey. Those places are dangerous as hell thanks to the mafia, you can get assaulted simply by trying to get in. In other words we do have some problems. Si es verdad hay problemas entre Narcos. Soy de Queretaro y vivo en Monterrey hace 8 anios y a excepcion del y a mi jamas me toco ver algo la ciudad es todo menos insegura.

Como nos dejamos llevar por la prensa. Pasan cosas como en otras grandes ciudades…pero de eso a que sea isegura como la ingada…no estoy de acuerdo.

Hi Anna I appreciate your article. I am mexican living in Canada and I often hear every one of these misconceptions.

Thank you for a nice post! But although the whole independence of the states is really not so true. How can you say that we are privileged?

Are women worst of in other places… maybe. But I can assure you, that does not make mexican women privileged in any way. One last thing, being caballeroso can often be part of the machista ideology.

Men who treat women as the invalid that needs the door open, can and do often think that her right place is the house. It seems very nice to have your date pay for everything, but you have to remember that economic dependance is a form of violence.

One very common that makes many women stay with abussive partners because of their lack of economic chances. Of course there are very nice guys out there who do these things without being machistas. But it is also a mistake not to see how these things can be part of the problem also.

Still, I am very glad you had a nice experience and I congratulate you for writting about it. Nope, sorry, you are wrong. I live in the desert area of Zacatecas, and it goes below 0 C many times in December and January and kills my plants. That IS cold not hot. Stay gone with your attitude who needs you. You would contribute nothing positive anyway.

Without staying and actually fixing your countries problem. Not that it is only exclusive to you nor like you could do anything about it but running away solves nothing. Everyone complains about mexico but no one gets up their butt to do anything about it. O un mediocre lamebotas de empresas que no pagan impuestos ni derechos a sus trabajadores, siguiendo la zanahoria que nunca alcanzaran. Good on you, Anna, for spreading your own awareness about the country. But it is very pleasant to see that you try your best to show good judgement and are so open to learn more.

Keep up the good work… and visiting Mexico!! Y la gente como tu que estan contentos con su mediocridad porque no te levantas y haces algo al respecto? Nomas andas de envidioso de empresarios mexicanos que si se levantaron e hicieron lo que tenian que hacer.

El modelo capitalista recompensa a quienes salen a hacer las cosas, no a los que exigen que les den. Maybe you did not work enough, or you did not study to have a nice job and bunch of opportunities to live and work in this great country, Mexico is great, The US have chances to live good even for people with no preparation and low capacity like you, even homeless people live doing nothing, so I am not surprised you talk about Mexico in that way, only real people with real courage can have nice life here, and the other people use to run away to a country where feed useless people like you.

Que bueno que te fuiste! I like your article. However, I think you could have made it just 10 facts. Gentlemanliness is only defined as that if the courtesy extends not only to women but to everyone. The fact that specific buses or metro carts exist is not privilege, or necessarily right. It is the result of men generally believing they have the right to harass women and perpetrate other forms of gender violence. Hi Anna, great blog entry. Article of the Mexican Constitution establish how the states can organize their political administration by dividing themselves in Municipios and how they work.

Article inputs the prohibitions the states have to legislate over certain matters. So, we can say our States are some kind of independent as long as they do not violate the uppest law. In contrast, as long as I know, in the USA some sates do have the privilege to legislate in some matters that in Mexico will not be legal, such as allowing Idaho not to teach the evolution theory, or Texas having the death penalty or Kansas becoming a tax haven.

This is a very complete article. Yeah the Mexican States are really independent, they have diferent laws between each other but of course there are federal laws which are in effect in all the states but the most common state regulations are about civil unions or same sex marriage, adoption, abortion, education, car regulations, and a ton of more. Mexico is a real federation. DF is not a state, there are plans but to this day it is not.

Point number 2 is even difficult for mexicans even the ones that live at Mexico city. That is completely incorrect. The thing is, that the Federal District is actually the equivalent of a state.

A few years ago this was more evident, but as Mexico City keeps growing this surrounding cities were merged to the big city. An example of this, is the town of Tlahuac. But there are still areas in DF that are uninhabitated, mainly at the south of the DF. Even at the south there is still one town named Topilejo which it is still separated from Mexico City but it belongs to DF.

An example of this is Cuautitlan. So as the city keeps growing, we started to refer to the whole city even if they belong to DF or to Mexico State as Metropolitan area. However, both states recognize their frontiers and thus, the limits of their laws, responsabilities, etc. Anna you did great by putting all this misconceptions, and I truly apreciate that you took the time to try to break some stereotypes, the points that I like the most because maybe are huge surprises specially for U.

By the way I have been dealing with foreigns for years specially with people from the U. You misunderstood — I explain it already in another comment.

Getting a little bit natch-y here, I know…. I would only change one thing: This Altiplano extends to many cities and thus conditions are great must of the time not too hot with cool nights. Spicy salsas and served on the side. Thanks for your comments. Just let me add a couple of things: So it was the Tex-mex community that adopted this celebration: I believe this is an amazing summary and I look forward to any follow ups. Voy a ir a Amsterdam al Kingsday y a visitar unos amigos.

I am a Mexican living in Vancouver and truly appreciate posts like this. It is true that there has been progress but Mexican society is way behind regarding women issues. I bet it did, and for good! And it does feel backwards…. Of course there are some dishes who dont use the 3 ingredients together, but still, I was just trying to point out that chile, lime and salt, are very IMPORTANT and key ingredients when it comes to Mexican food, speaking of which….

Saying that burritos, cacti and sombreros are not mexican just shows that people do not know northern Mexico well enough and this goes for my mexican brothers who have joined the comment not you Ana. Ever heard of El altar Desert in Sonora? I mean it should be named Desierto del Cactus!!!. Have you ever been to Sinaloa, Sonora or Chihuahua? Same thing happens in Sinaloa and Baja California Sur. Not to mention Chihuahua where burritos might have been invented.

First of all, did you read the list of states i just mentioned? Yes, they comprise almost a third of the national territory. Second, us northwesterns are as Mexican as any person from Veracruz, D. F or Michoacan and our regional food, customs and general way of living, speaking and thinking are Mexican. Even if we are closer to the U.

Yes, things are expensive as the article says , but also the minimun wage is higher in the northwest than the rest of the country, with the exception of the D. Would you marry me? Finally, someone wrote nothing but the truth. I will share you amazing blog. Jamas se le cambio el nombre a solamente Mexico, este pais se sigue llamando Estados Unidos Mexicanos, pues eso somos, 31 estados y un distrito federal unidos, ni hay un decreto en donde se le haya cambiado el nombre, segundo, los estados SON independientes, cada estado tiene su constitucion….

Sinaloa, Nuevo Leon, Guerrero, porque eso somos. Hi I enjoyed the reading. I have to point something out though: It is a different kind of lemon. Lime is totally a different fruit. What you call lime, we call lime as well.

Thank You for this post! Okay so technically independence is celebrated the 15th and 16th. Some of your facts are true… But not all. It does not sound like you visited enough areas or spent enough time in Mexico for some of your conclusions. Mexican food varies by state just like in the US. And yes some of the food actually is spicy hot. Like eggs and sausage being cooked with peppers and not simply having salsa on the side as you said sometimes the salsa gets cooked in.

It varies by family and by state. Some always cook spicy…Some add a lot if lime. Some of the candy evenn has chili pepper covering the sweet inside. Me parece correcto parcialmente muchos de los conceptos que aclaras, sin embargo no escribo en ese sentido, si no mas bien en relacion a como tu misma e internacionalmente se conoce a E. Excluyendo sin intencion quiero pensar a todos los demas paises que conforman este hermoso continente tan lleno de diversidad , cultura y tradiciones.

Me parece importante dado el concepto de tu Blog , que consideres esta aclaracion. According to your doubt about the security theme in Mexico I can tell you that ME as a mexican that has lived in different countries… Mexico city is just as any other HUGE city.. It is a country full of culture and good people!!! Its wrong for you to try to make a point saying not all mexicans are the same way, when moments after you talk about Jewish people as if all where the same. Actually this is inaccurate.

I have lived here all my life and plan to continue doing so. Most of the men I know Mexicans, also born and raised here do not treat women like conquests, nor are they chivalrous to compete amongst themselves.

Chivalry is a very old tradition here that is even included in some parts of the law Off the top of my head I can think of the Internal Rules for the School of Army Engineers, which as every other guideline pertaining to the Army is of Federal observance, and it states verbatim as obligatory conduct for the students the following: To state the opposite, and even more so, to adduce a racial slur as cause for this is not only damaging and offensive, but categorically untrue.

The safety in Mexico City has changed over the years. When I started going to Mexico City people would go into the ATM room one at a time and huddle over their money while someone kept an eye out.

About 5 years later the person keeping an eye out was no longer necessary but people were still careful. Many mexicans are afraid of the situation around the States they live in because some SMAll Towns are undercontrol of criminals, some States have Extreme poverty and this drug lords take over the state and put people into bad life standards.

However turistic places and bigger States live a regular life just like any other person on the globe quiet peacefully and happy. Im going to give you an example: Also ask your friends what kind of life they had here, many mexicans with a good economy refuse to use the subway NOT because its dangerous but because it lowers theyr lifestandard, as well rich mexicans are NOT well educated in many subjects such as culture, geography or civil rrights, everything they now its the TV news they hear and they dont take the time to find the truth.

If you go to the ghetto, for a fact you are going to be in danger. Give yourself a chance a know the real Mexico, explore it and give you your time, you will find plenty of places that you cannot find in anyother place in the world.

I think the danger zone is along the border. Nuevo Laredo has been terrible for years. My uncle actually lives in Nvo Laredo, so we hear his tales of terror all the time. Then there was a family, friends if my own family, who were murdered in their own house — shot at and burned alive when the assassins set the house on fire.

It appears the cartels got the wrong house, though. So police force is shit as well. Americans cross the border everyday because of the cousine renassaince in Tijuana, a lot of places to eat, and stuff to do. Changing the topic, theres something i just wanted to say about society classes. Nevertheless, make sure to investigate which zones of which cities are safer for you and your family; danger is everywhere in every country, just try to avoid it the most. Also, keep in mind that, like in every country, there will probably be someone who wants to trick foreigners.

You just need to act smart and keep your eyes opened. Hi DM, I have been to Tijuana many times, I have stayed there on vacation on occasion, hope my answer helps. So they might not be the best promoters of the country. Flying on the other hand is perfectly fine, because what is dangerous is precisely the frontier. The city is also a very nice place to visit, and one of the safest places in the whole country.

Just as a fact, the independence of Mexico was declared on September 27th What we actually celebrate is the begining of the independence war on September 16th That is something that even some mexicans ignore. I am proud that you dare to write such an amazing compilation. I am a Mexican traveler, living in Montreal for 4 years now and I have a comment to point at this post: You know Mexicans the way we want to be know.

As many things probably need deeper inside breaking out details but your 11 points are as a whole a true based on your experience. In my experience, point 9 is not completely what matches my experience, nonetheless I am not a woman, so I am glad you think they are privileged! It is a country full of culture and good people!!!!!!

I do not agree. Men DO pay and it is not a matter of competition. They do it to woo the woman they are dating. Many of them continue to do so for years. Yes, we, Mexican women are privileged. What do you recommend I do there? Hi , I am wondering what it is like to rent places in Mexico. I have a family member possibly moving there the end if October who has never been south! I read somewhere thstbit us next to impossible to temt your own private apartment.

You often have to provide a ton of documentation plus several deposits. If the move is only temporary, it might actually be easier to rent an Airbnb long term. How long will they be in Mexico for? If I do end up having to go back I want to experience the best part of Mexico, not the worst. I stay out of anything that might land me in trouble drugs and dodgy areas, mainly and I use my common sense!

It sucks, I know. There are migrantes agencies to help you if you do wind up coming back. Mostly in Mexico City, though. Charter flights directly into Mexico City, maybe? Your post is very entertaining and funny. It is understood that it is your perspective and as a Mexican who has lived abroad, I want to provide you with some additional information: You can find tampons in many commercial centers of large and medium-sized cities throughout the country.

Certainly in part, there are also officials who help and there are already procedures online. All banks in Mexico give you the option of electronic funds transfers so that you can transfer the payment to your tenant. You can also do it from your bank abroad. Bancomer has the best service because its policy is that you do not go to a branch and it has the best technology for the client.

Currently, many buses are of the new generation and already in some cities such as Puebla and Leon, they use hydrogen as a fuel and there are no more shoes hanging on them. This is decreasing because pharmacies are already asking for a prescription to sell antibiotics, it is not so easy. But Lauren you have green hair you look heemous and that draws attention where most brings it black. In part, we already talked about buses, oxxo and 7 eleven accept debit cards.

And most people always use the speed belt. Some of the mail is increasingly efficient and the packages arrive in less time, the shipping cost is very cheap.

Here you can find stores of international brands including the niche cone Tesla motors and Tesla Home operating in Mexico. If you are interested in a service or product from the USA or Europe you can search online if it is available in Mexico.

My boyfriend is Mexican, we are together for 2 years already but we live really far away from each other. So, I was thinking to move in with him. I have some questions for you. Did you know Spanish before moving to Mexico? And what did you study?

Is it possible to study in English? I did know Spanish before moving to Mexico, I never studied in Mexico though I worked , but it is possible to study there. Yes, SOME subjects it would be possible to study in English; do you mean to get a postgraduate degree? I know of two women from our college who were raped in totally different cities in Mexico and going to the police sounded more violating that the crime itself!

If you like to throw all caution to the wind and never think about personal safety, then by all means Mexico is the place for pre-adults who never consider reality! In fact, many places in the US are far more dangerous. Secondly, and sadly, women are raped all over the world, every day. This is not limited to Mexico. In fact, it happens with impunity on a regular basis in the US too, and the police are also roundly useless when faced with rape allegations.

This is not new, nor limited to Mexico. As for your final sentence, I have no words for such narrow minded thinking. You said far more places in the US are more dangerous?.

Latest BBC report on the violence in Guerrero and Jalisco states , amongst others, advises over 30, killings in I have been all over the world and never been racially abused like I have in DF. I have been told to f.. Never been to,d that anywhere else in the world and would not dream of saying that to someone in my own country.

And those painted white piano keys across the road? If you are a backpacker or have nomadic tendencies, you will probably love the lack of rules, adherence to authority and general chaos. If you prefer first world order, law abidence, manners and organisation, just go for a holiday in Los Cabos!

I have to wonder, where were you visiting in Mexico? I did regularly hear fireworks and church bells ringing at all hours of the night. There were fiestas going on in the center of town quite often. For the most part my experience with Mexicans is that they are very hospitable and respectful. Well, maybe Guatemalan or Panamanian.

These things happen regardless of whether you feel you blend in. I just wanted to add that you can pay for your water and light bills online now by registering on the aguakan and cfe website, I live in Quinatana Roo, I am not sure if the water is only for her.

But this is the way that I pay, as well, for rent most landlords now are okay if you ask them to do a deposit to their debit cards. If they have bancomer for example it is so simple you can deposit at the atm or with other banks you can do the deposit at the oxxo.

This is what we do because of weather and timing it never works to meet and person and I hate, as you do carrying all that cash with you. Although, safety never has been a problem, where that is concerned. Also to be added, with all the bad publicity from the states about the Riviera Maya and living in Mexico in general. I am a Canadian who has been here for over 5 years and next year I will finally be a full time resident and will be looking at buying a home.

The news exploits drug crimes that almost never affect the common people. There is a funny statistic about the crime here versus the crime that happens with the same population of people here and in Orlandos area of DisneyWorld, the place dreams are made of, and there are more murders and crime per capita there than here, who would have estimated that?

And the purse-snatchers, I fought, held on to the purse for dear life, and chased them down the damn street yelling!! At least, Tijuana and Juarez.

Cause they think your American lol…honey its not that its cause your an idiot!!!! Is the horrid Irish economy Americas fault too? Are you still based in Mexico City? I have lived in Mexico now for 4 years in the Northern part of the country. Very accurate and candid! Lauren, I am hoping to relocate to Mexico this year, visited 3times last year and have lots of friends. I am hoping to stay 2 months in April, no visa yet, to look at setting up an English tearoom, move out fully from England in Oct What have I not considered?

Good stuff Lauren cool name btw. Do you know of, or hear of any harassment type issues from them? Anyway fun stuff to read. And a tip of the hat to another member of the always-cute, always-charming British female citizenry.

Thank you Lauren l just love to read this…lm a single mother with 2 years old daughter. Few days ago l saw a mexico photo and say yess we have to move here. Right now l have no money l have a small youtube channel which is never bring me money ; Please would you tell me how much many we will need for a year?

About business; l love cooking and baking.. May l earn money at Mexico? Just read your 35 reasons, well done. Many are mistaken for foreign tourists. I was in MXD recently and may move their for good.

But, anyway I went to the restaurant Cluny this is just an example , and saw plenty of white Mexicans. Also at theatres, on the streets, etc. Not everyone is pasty as some who live in England or other northern European country. Yes, I was in other restaurants in MXD where natives were of different race including white.

Also, Mexico was the first American country to officially liberate the slaves. Yes, over a million black Mexicans. I think one really needs to study different aspects of Mexico before moving to this awesome country. Hi Lauren, great post! Just wanted to give you my two cents on your list. First of all, I had to look up bluetack, but let me introduce you to Pritt Tak, the Mexican alternative!

Seriously, look it up And second, regarding number 27 the toilet paper. I am Mexican, always flush toilet paper. Anyway, thank you for the post and for exposing our wonderful culture to the world! I used to live in an old apartment buiding in CDMX though and there it was definitely not. I want to move to GDL area. Do you have any suggestions as to where I can start looking? I do speak and write Spanish as well.

I think a job that pays very well would be ideal. I am researching into this matter. In the states, we constantly hear about the Drug Cartels, kidnapping and thousands if murders from the cartels. We also hear about the corruption of the police and the military. So whats the deal behind safety? Also, the State Department has given a warning on visiting various mexican states.

Can u give us some explanation to these warnings? However, use common sense and normal caution if visiting. Is it safe for someone of my color to travel there with family? Most of the points are quite useful which covers many basic informations, which a visitor needs to know …….

I am of civil engineer of Mexican heritage, have been there hundreds of times, have family there, am married to a Mexican, and practically grew up there as a child. As such I can say that much, BUT not all, of what she lists is entirely correct! I will address one item: This habit of not flushing the toilet paper is common practice in Mexico due to misconceptions on their part.

They think the toilet paper will clog the sewer system — this is completely wrong, as ALL toilet paper even in Mexico is designed to dissolve in water try it next time. So unless you dump huge wads into the toilet, it will flush fine.

Also, a lot of Mexican people grew up with out houses. And in a out house, you do not want to fill up the hole with paper, so you put it into a bin instead. I have recently seen signs in Mexico, telling people to flush the dang paper, for hygienic reasons. Yes, you can flush it, but only in certain places. Hi Lauren, what a great post which made me laugh a lot. I have been to both Oaxaca City and Huatulco. I love Oaxaca City. I am so glad that you enjoy living here, and if you need help with anything drop me an email and ill do my best to give you a hand, my niece is coming next month to visit, she is from Langar and ill give her this article to read so that she does not pack a ton of tampons lol.

Most of all thank you for speaking up about what its really like instead of what the news like to focus on. Mexico is not without its problems, and those problems and biases affect everyone differently. I learned from a Guatemalan why stores cluster. One store opens, does a good business, and someone decides to steal all their customers.

They open a store next door, so that traffic arrives at the new shop first. Another jerk sees that the second store is thriving and opens a store next to it, etc.

My Guatemalan friend lost her business because so many stores opened up-traffic from her that no one made it to her store any more. After reading a couple comments about kidnapping and murder I looked up a statistic. Only Canadians have died in Mexico since Only 15 of these were murders.

This means approximately 1 Canadian per year is potentially murdered in Mexico. Not sure how many Canadians per year visit or live in Mexico but regardless, I found that number reassuring! As you say, nowhere is perfect, but for me this is as good is it should be.

I even laughed some! The tampons thing is hilarious, never heard of it but it is really funny. I had never heard of BluTack but I think I just found it on amazon. I must say this post and its comments have been very eye-opening for me.

The American company I work for will not be renewing the lease on our office space as of January I will be working completely from my laptop and phone. I am seriously considering the life adventure of moving to Mexico and am overwhelmed by my options to say the least.

Many resources claim the Lake Chapala or Ajijic area is by far the best for expat life. I think the weather there sounds perfect and the lake is beautiful, but I also hear there is such an influx of Americans and Canadians that there are huge casinos being built.

But I also hear utilities are more expensive and cartels are battling over some drug route. I never considered Mexico City as a viable option, but after reading your post about finding an aval, I might be able to do that easier in a big city. Like I said… overwhelmed! Plus, I find those places pretty quiet with not much going on. Lauren, I enjoyed reading your article as well as the comments posted here.

In the minds of most people, Mexico is usually seen as a beach resort When my friends look through my photos that were taken during my stay in . in mind that maybe things are different in parts of Mexico where I haven't been. Yep, but what I want to show the readers is that Mexico is not a country. "Mexican chocolate" is synonymous with Oaxaca's version, typically ground with travelers have become more sophisticated about shopping in Mexico. the problem becomes how to choose (and maybe how to get it home). wooden bed lies the recuerdo for you, or for your friends and family at home. Learn the 30 most important words in Mexican Spanish. Here you can find the translation of the 50 most important words and expressions into Mexican Spanish . If you are about to travel to maybe tal vez/ quizá, tal vez/ . Want to try it first?.