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Old 11-20-2010   #181 (permalink)
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We just got back from 15 nights in Mexico, 7 in Playa and 8 in Merida.

Never felt unsafe. Never was unsafe, as far as we know.
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Old 11-20-2010   #182 (permalink)
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YouTube - Safety of Mexico
shared that on my facebook wall. Hopefully *some* of the annoying anti-mexico ppl will take the hint!
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Old 11-21-2010   #183 (permalink)
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Mexico busts gang targeting climate summit: report - Yahoo! News

Fantastic.
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Old 11-24-2010   #184 (permalink)
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Mexican police: Successor of 'La Barbie' arrested - Yahoo! News
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Old 11-24-2010   #185 (permalink)
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Drove to Cancun today to go to Costco, Home Depot then backtrack to the airport to pick up a friend flying in from Texas. I am sure that from Puerto Morelos to just past the airport exit, I saw at least 100 Federal Police. Even saw 10 Federales on Federale Harley Davidsons. Soldiers with truck and Humvee mounted 50 cal. machine guns. Looked like an armed camp. I bet it would scare the wits out of an arriving tourist. I knew that the Summit on Global Warming was in progress...so I felt safe.
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Old 11-25-2010   #186 (permalink)
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shared that on my facebook wall. Hopefully *some* of the annoying anti-mexico ppl will take the hint!

Absolutely hilarious ! Loved it.
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Old 11-26-2010   #187 (permalink)
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Good article in The Economist...


Can't keep them away-The drug war fails to deter holidaymakers


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SUN, sea and severed heads: Mexico is not a holiday destination for the faint-hearted. Foreign news coverage of the government’s crackdown on organised crime, which has seen some 30,000 people die in the past four years (most of them drug traffickers), has given the impression that the country is “burning from the Rio Grande to the border with Guatemala,” Mexico’s ambassador to the United States complained this month. For an economy that relies on tourism for nearly a tenth of its income, the gruesome headlines are painful.

Yet Mexico’s tourism sector is doing rather well. After an appalling 2009, in which the outbreak of swine flu emptied hotels overnight, the number of visitors this year will be close to 2008’s record total of 22.6m. Even excluding 50m annual day-trippers, Mexico remains the world’s tenth most-visited country. The numbers in August were the highest-ever for that month, despite a bomb attack on a United States consulate a few months earlier. “A lot of people looked at me with a funny look on their face when I told them I was going,” admits Patrick Mathiasen, an American tourist on his way to Chiapas with his wife for a volunteering holiday. In fact, slightly more foreigners take holidays in Mexico now than before the drug wars began.

Some have been lured by price cuts. The average tourist this year has spent 5% less than in 2008, thanks to slashed hotel rates. This discounting means the industry is still making less money than before swine flu, despite the revival in the number of visitors. “There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s a long tunnel,” says Pablo Azcárraga, head of the National Tourism Business Council, a lobby group.

It helps the industry that the narcos wage their turf battles far from many tourist spots: Yucatán, home of some of the most-visited Mayan ruins, has a murder rate roughly equal to that of France. The gringo honeypot of Cancún has remained insulated from violence, apart from an attack in August on a bar in a residential area far from the hotel strip. This month seven people, including five Canadians, died in an explosion at a hotel further south, but the blast was apparently caused by swamp gases rather than bombs.

Acapulco, which nowadays mainly serves Mexican tourists, has also suffered violence. In September, 20 men from Michoacán went missing on an annual beach holiday; 18 were later found murdered, having been mistaken for drug traffickers. Guerrero, the state in which Acapulco lies, is one of Mexico’s most violent, with a murder rate more than 20 times that of Yucatán. The state’s tourist board acknowledges its image problem, but points out that Acapulco was hit less badly than other resorts by last year’s flu panic.

New motorways will soon make it easier for Mexicans to get to other Pacific resorts such as Mazatlán and Huatulco. The industry is also working out how to persuade all its customers to spend more. Miguel Torruco, who rose from hotel bellboy to president of the National Tourism Confederation, a business group, says nightlife could be improved, especially for los baby boomers who seldom venture beyond their all-inclusive hotels. He points to Egypt, where the pyramids generate cash through tours in the morning and again through son et lumière by night, something that Mexico’s archaeological authorities ban at some sites. Rules for casinos could be relaxed too, he adds.
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Absolutely hilarious ! Loved it.
hi kids can ya lnk me to it?
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Old 11-26-2010   #189 (permalink)
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My family and I have always felt safe visiting Mexico. We exercise caution just as we do while at home in the U.S. Because of all the reports of violence and drug cartel activity my husband and I will not be driving from Texas to PDC in Jan. 2011 as we had planned. Family and friends are concerned for our safety while traveling. During our three month stay we will use the taxi and bus or rent a car as needed. Since we'll be staying near 5th Ave, we will be walking to most destinations...maybe we'll buy bicycles. The media does blow things out of proportion many times & therefore anyone who has not visited thinks all of Mexico is very dangerous. Anyone who doesn't take the opportunity to visit Mexico is missing out on the adventure of a lifetime. A few years ago we drove to PDC from Texas arriving without any problems. Other times during the 15 plus years we have vacationed in the PDC-Tulum-Xcalak areas we have always rented a car at the airport and drove all over the area.....no problems. It makes sense to stay away from questionable areas whether it is day or night & never walk alone at night.......the very same advice we use at home. Here's to Playa del Carmen we'll be there soon!! It always feels like home.
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Old 12-02-2010   #190 (permalink)
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hi kids can ya lnk me to it?
I'll go you one better and just embed it here (unless it's blocked from embedding, but I'll include the full link below it for you to use, if that's the case). I also very much enjoyed it when someone posted it over on TA at some point recently.

But WARNING: may not want to watch while kids are around! (audio)


(YouTube - Safety of Mexico)
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Old 12-02-2010   #191 (permalink)
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I wouldn't miss a bunch of Climate terrorists...maybe they should cancel the meet and not pollute the earth flying in on their private jets.
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That video was great, Ryberg. LOL.
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Old 12-03-2010   #193 (permalink)
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Thanks for making me laugh out loud Steve, great video.
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Old 12-03-2010   #194 (permalink)
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Well it was Paw'boy that done went and posted it. I jes embedded it.
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Old 12-04-2010   #195 (permalink)
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I'll go you one better and just embed it here (unless it's blocked from embedding, but I'll include the full link below it for you to use, if that's the case). I also very much enjoyed it when someone posted it over on TA at some point recently.

But WARNING: may not want to watch while kids are around! (audio)


(YouTube - Safety of Mexico)

thanks ry, that was too cool......dont drink the water or youll shiet till ya die,,,,,,,,good one
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