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Old 06-14-2012   #31 (permalink)
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Although I enjoy the music for the most part,I have found oasis's of peace and solitude,otherwise,good earplugs
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Old 06-15-2012   #32 (permalink)
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ChicagoSean, The customer service is outstanding at Mahekal...not only their response to this letter, but in person they are just fantastic. The person who wrote that letter - the manager Emilio - is someone we actually met while staying there on our October visit. We had written a letter of praise about the waiter Rogelio who was BEYOND fantastic (and who we felt deserved to be recognized in a special way) and Emilio actually approached us and personally thanked us for writing the letter and told us how happy he was that we felt that way. He also talked with us for about 15 minutes about Rogelio (also praising him) and about Mahekal in general. Emilio is such a nice man.

I have also found the rest of the staff there to be incredibly friendly and accommodating. You cannot walk past any staff member without them smiling and saying "hola" - even the gardeners. They are just fantastic.

The whole place is truly fantastic. We can't wait to go back for our third visit. Now if only we could get Mamita's to turn the freaking volume down!!
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Old 06-15-2012   #33 (permalink)
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Oh and regarding earplugs - believe me, I used them. They still couldn't block the "music" out. That's how loud it was.
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Old 06-16-2012   #34 (permalink)
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The whole social/cultural approach to noise is very different from what most people north of the border (if not also many other places) are used to and expect, whether you're talking about being on the beach in a tourist area or a private residential setting or something in between. Our years of living in the area suggest that that will not change and that no such problem will be resolved or really even affected one way or the other, no matter what the locale is.

I was going to add "or who the entities involved are", but then I thought, if you are for example the mayor and have a problem with noise somewhere near your home, you might get results.
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It's the Mexican way to play loud music. I always have ear plugs with me.
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Old 06-16-2012   #36 (permalink)
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My impression is that whereas in the US, for example, we take it for granted that what emanates from property A and spills over into property B is subject to external controls or regulations, that is not the assumption in Mexico. In other words, gringos assume that the people associated with property A are under regular social and even legal obligations to keep noise levels down, but Mexicans don't see things that way nearly so clearly or consistently, or only pay lip service to the idea and pooh-pooh complaints about such situations, in reality.

I could be wrong but it would be consistent with our various experiences...
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It's the Mexican way to play loud music. I always have ear plugs with me.


Right ---- and all Mexicans lilke Tacos, and all Mexicans are good gardeners, and ........

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Right ---- and all Mexicans lilke Tacos, and all Mexicans are good gardeners, and ........
It would appear many ex pats are in agreement with her post...even Ryberg, who is married into a Mexican family.
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I read Ryberg's and the other posts several times and very carefully before I posted. I think what they posted is much different than the post that I referred to.

However, as you may recall, I have been known to misread posts.
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Old 06-17-2012   #40 (permalink)
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It would appear many ex pats are in agreement with her post...even Ryberg, who is married into a Mexican family.
Yep. I agree.
This is one loud country!
Farmacias blasting music. Telcel stores blasting music. The liquor departments at stores blasting music. And their sound systems soooo suck!
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Old 06-17-2012   #41 (permalink)
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Yep. I agree.
This is one loud country!
Farmacias blasting music. Telcel stores blasting music. The liquor departments at stores blasting music. And their sound systems soooo suck!
My first morning of living in Playa, a marching band practicing in the street at 7:30 AM woke us up! We threw some clothes on and ran out to see the parade that started a half hour later. Our comment? "This is a loud f***king country!"
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We always travel with our white noise machine, which I use at home too, and I always have earplugs in my toiletry bag as well. And... we stay at Xaman-Ha which is AWAY from the bars and clubs and for our last three times there, its been very quiet at night. During vacay in Playa, a good night's sleep for us is muy importante!!
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Funny to read about the noise issue in PDC and I'm in Michigan having to listen to mindless bluetooth cell phone discussions just about everywhere we go.
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Well I'm not saying Mexicans in general like to blast their music everywhere. I'm saying that based on our experience, there is a very different view of the situation in terms of how it affects others when somebody does decide to do that. It just doesn't seem to be viewed as something they're obliged to turn down or keep to certain hours or whatever.
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Wait until the BMP's!! It is usually the first week or so of January and goes on for 10 days. Talk about annoying!! We can hear the same techno beat for 10 days of our stay. Bump, bump bump over and over again. This is the only time we can get away. Oh, and we stay at the Royal!!
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