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Old 06-18-2008   #31 (permalink)
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Fresh mayo can be dodgy - especially if left out in the heat. For me - buffets are a real no no anyway - food sits out far too long. We did some research when I was doing my nurse training and even premade sandwiches kept in one of those coolers on a counter weren't really fit to eat after about 90 minutes.
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You have to wonder if they really got salmonella as some people have a tendency to exaggerate. And salmonella just isn't regular food poisoning. I know a guy who got it after eating an out of date pie (in the uk, not mexico) and he lost stones in weight.

I think a lot of the trouble in all-inclusives is not the food, but the germy people who don't wash their hands before using the buffet.
Our first trip there, and it was at an Iberostar property, the heat got to me and initially I thought it was the food. Been there 4 times since then and I'm still liven.
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I just got over a bout with some serious "turista" and, although I have never tried to use it, it made me wonder if my U.S. insurance would pay for a hospital visit here in Mexico. I'm thinking "no". When I have asked them, as expected, they have always been very vague as to whether they would cover expenses incurred in Mexico. I do have an emergency evacuation policy. But, I am starting to think that traveller's insurance is a very good idea for most of us.

I don't blame Mexico for my illness. I have gotten just as sick at home. But, let's face it, most restaurants aren't inspected and regulated the way they are in the U.S. That doesn't necessarily mean they're dirty, but sometimes food will be served that should have been thrown out. The same thing can happen anywhere, I suppose.

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Old 06-18-2008   #34 (permalink)
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In the process of controlling food safety, buffets just have too many variables. Food is not kept hot enough or cold enough and the people that come in contact with the food. Most of the buffets I have seen are kept at the perfect temp to breed bacteria. Buffets are also usually the end of the food chain, items are used up and leftovers. Kids are notorious for being the source of bacteria; they always have fecal matter on there hands

Eww...another reason I don't have children. I don't know why but "they always have fecal matter on their hands" makes me laugh.. I guess I have the maturity of a 12 year old boy...tee hee...
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Old 06-18-2008   #35 (permalink)
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My favorite review was regarding a hotel in Mexico and the complaint was "the sand was too hot". Damn that hot Mexican sand...and the hotel has nothing to do with that, genius!
When I read reviews like that I immediately make as much fun of that person as possible, and then I disregard their review because they are obviously hell bent on being miserable. That sounds like the original reviewer this thread is about - convinced Mexico is bad because they want it to be.
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My favorite gripe on TA is when someone is complaining that "they don't speak English in Mexico!" Oh my!!!!! I actually like reading the negative reviews on TA just for a good laugh!
No! I love those comments. I bookmark every place that says "No one spoke English there." I want to go to a place where I can practice my Spanish, Italian or any other laughter I can fake.

If "Laughter is the best medicine", you could live to 100 if you read enough Tripadvisor comments.
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Old 06-18-2008   #37 (permalink)
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Now she is claiming that on the way back from the hospital the police pulled them over and took all their money.

And she said this:

"Please think twice about supporting Mexico. They don't think highly of US Citizens....and that's a fact. Spend your money here in the United States."

Is that so? A fact?

Waiting for the next installment.
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Old 06-18-2008   #38 (permalink)
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Now she is claiming that on the way back from the hospital the police pulled them over and took all their money.

And she said this:

"Please think twice about supporting Mexico. They don't think highly of US Citizens....and that's a fact. Spend your money here in the United States."

Is that so? A fact?

Waiting for the next installment.
See what I mean?
1 experience of a certain variety had by 1 visitor to this region of Mexico =
all experiences anyone will have anywhere in Mexico will be this way
I mean, if you repeat that to the person, probably s/he will say, Well, no, I didn't say THAT, exactly... But how else do you interpret the broad phrasing above?

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Old 06-19-2008   #40 (permalink)
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We always travel AI's and have been to several different countries. We have eaten in the buffets etc and I was only sick once. I don't attribute it to anything other than excess. Too much booze, mixed with too much sun, and eating too much = overload for your system. Plain and simple. You have access to things on a daily basis at an AI that you may only eat monthly on your normal diet.
When someone returns from an AI and complains that they got sick the first question I always ask is "what were you drinking?" Usually I get Pina colodas, why? It is amazing to me that many people don't understand that coconut is a natural laxative and they spend all day by the pool drinking pina colodas. Maybe they can do that at home because the mixes here hardly contain any real coconut, but away you are probably getting a much higher concentrate of the real thing. They always seem to blame the food for their "illness". It's crazy.
When reading reviews I to try to stay mindful that the truth is usually halfway between the good and the bad.
Just my .02
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Old 06-19-2008   #41 (permalink)
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It's sad that people let ideas like this get in the way of experiencing a great place. I had a few people (who I know have never even been to Mexico), crinkle up their faces when I told them where we were going. I suppose they are picturing run down shacks and crime rather than a beautiful paradise!
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We always travel AI's and have been to several different countries. We have eaten in the buffets etc and I was only sick once. I don't attribute it to anything other than excess. Too much booze, mixed with too much sun, and eating too much = overload for your system. Plain and simple. You have access to things on a daily basis at an AI that you may only eat monthly on your normal diet.
When someone returns from an AI and complains that they got sick the first question I always ask is "what were you drinking?" Usually I get Pina colodas, why? It is amazing to me that many people don't understand that coconut is a natural laxative and they spend all day by the pool drinking pina colodas. Maybe they can do that at home because the mixes here hardly contain any real coconut, but away you are probably getting a much higher concentrate of the real thing. They always seem to blame the food for their "illness". It's crazy.
When reading reviews I to try to stay mindful that the truth is usually halfway between the good and the bad.
Just my .02

I love pina coladas and normally, one a day or so on vacation doesn't do me any harm ....but last xmas in Huatulco I ordered a coconut to try at a cocos frios stand to drink the coconut water out of it, and I....well, let's just say I had a pretty miserable couple of days not straying far from the toilet ...but there was something else involved there, or I am uber sensitive to coconut- because the four other people with me who drank one each had nothing at all happen to them.
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Don't go to Mexico, if the drug lords don't kill you the water or hot sand or lettuce or sharks will

So the less of you who go there the better, it keeps the prices down for the rest of us
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My favorite review was regarding a hotel in Mexico and the complaint was "the sand was too hot".
I also read one where someone complained that "there were too many fish in the ocean" and it freaked them out

Fish in the ocean? Go figure
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