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The Safe Side of Mexico

sunny 35 °C

Much has been made lately of the dangers of Mexico but there is a reason that 1.6 million Canadians flee south each winter and it’s not just the balmy weather, the inexpensive food and the cheap booze: Canadians feel safe here.
Eating is safe: The food is edible and most dishes are recognizable, even if the chef at Merida’s best restaurant honed his presentation skills in a prison cafeteria…
Fortunately we are here with the chef from Cafe Bliss, so here’s our dinner...
Many restaurants here have English menus – sort of! Try working this one out…
Travel is safe: the kink-free highways of the Yucatan are quieter than the back road to Tuktoyaktuk, and there are no bears, deer or moose to fly through the windscreen. Stray dogs, cats, iguanas and tejons, on the other hand, are simply considered speed bumps. This cute tejon – a Mexican badger – was very much alive…
…and this iguana is just one of the thousands we have seen - dead and alive…
Vicious man-made speed bumps, called topes, are ubiquitous and will happily ruin a speedy motorist’s day, (and his suspension), as will any of the thousands of cops who constantly patrol the roads looking for people to shake down for baksheesh. However, such vigilance by the boys in blue keeps caballeros to a minimum. The roads are terrific; not like the potholed minefields of India jammed with camel carts, sacred cows, and buses with passengers clinging to the roofs. However, here there are plenty of pick-up trucks crammed to the gunwales with standing workers, together with overloaded tuk-tuks, tricycle rickshaws and motorbikes equipped with several squishy kiddie airbags. Here is a reminder of a motorcycle airbag from our Asian adventure...
We have no photos of airbags or overloaded vehicles in Mexico but these hitchhiking pelicans had the same idea…
Most motorcyclists have helmets – though generally not the baby airbags – but safety equipment for construction workers is as rudimentary as a baseball cap and plastic sandals, (unless the government inspector is visiting). Many of the concrete structures are built using beach sand and sea water so they fall apart faster than an Audi, but hotels, holiday accommodations, and most washrooms, stand up nicely. There is nothing here to frighten granny.

As for our personal safety? We’ve not had the slightest cause to be concerned about the locals; wonderfully helpful and friendly souls who have made our visit thoroughly enjoyable and have helped us enormously with our Spanish. Our Canadian (ex)friend Catherine, on the other hand, was so incensed that we had avoided taking part in yet another Polar Bear swim this year that she tracked us down and showered us with a bagful of ice…
Oh jealousy - thy name is Catherine.

Posted by Hawkson 11:56 Archived in Mexico

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Amo los blog a siempre...entonses, no respondo hasta despuis su manaje de los aeropeurto a 3 en las manana....su amiga por uno mas dia, Catherine (los verde)

by catherine

Ah, the fine culinary arts of the maestro make my mouth water! Just for that you deserve the ice-bagging!
Sounds like you're having a wonderful time....

by Sharron

Ahhhh, food pictures. Those radish and carrot flowers look familiar. Could that be a swordfish steak beside them? Wonderful. Wonder what a laster is. Do they really have lobster down there or do they import it from Nova Scotia?

by R and B

Hi Neighbours!
So enjoyng your foodie pictures. I'd recognize Jim's radish anywhere! Just planting the same today here on Gab.
All is well, here. Looking forward to your return.

by Mary Jane Derksen

Seems an ideal place to buy your holiday home any ideas on price and location. Enjoy yourselves

by David Henderson

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