Originally Posted by ppine
My brother just left for a 5 week trip. He is over by Guadalajara.
Mexico is a civilized culture but you must avoid the drug trade.
This is a great time to get out of the US for awhile.
Hispanic culture is basically polite and easy to deal with.
I have spent plenty of time in Mexico and some in South America, Peru and Bolivia.
Americans live in a violent society but fear Latin culture in irrational ways.
Yep, it's irrational until it happens to you.
As far as 'fear of Latin culture', I'm not sure what you mean. Most of the SW (especially where I live) IS 'Latin culture'. Most of my family is hispanic.
I will admit the interior of Mexico is more 'civilized' than the coasts or borders. I prefer to spend my leisure time where I don't have to have my head on a swivel 24/7.
And purposefully avoiding trouble is a good idea, but sometimes it still finds you. Like paying $8k in bribes because the wife of the chief of police hits your vehicle and says it was your fault. Or spending the night in jail because an empty gas can flew out of the back of a truck and police arrested you until someone can come up with the huge littering 'fine', even though you were stopping to pick it up. Or take a tour bus that has to stop at every checkpoint to allow soldiers with machine guns to rifle through your belongings and see if they can antagonize you. Or unknowingly deciding to eat in a restaurant that has a drug deal going on in it. That will ruin your peaceful Mexican experience.
But I have spent many enjoyable weeks in Mexico where nothing untoward happened. I just choose to not take the chance down there anymore, especially in the current political and social climate.
I notice you still chose to live in our violent US society
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