I want to put the myths to rest. I read an article about a year ago in a Canadian newspaper that said crime in Mexico was 32% higher then the US.......WHOA......THAT got my attention and I said to myself, "Self, are you living with your head in the sand?" So I decided to "get the facts".
Thank goodness for the internet............it's a marvel............
So I found out the number of homicides in Mexico for 2005 (the latest statistics) - it was like 4500 for the year for the entire country. Then I went to the FBI information and found out the homicides in individual cities because I could not find homicides for the entire USA. I put in NYC, Detroit and Oakland - just those three cities combined had more homicides then the whole country of Mexico!
So, Mexico gets a bum rap, in my opinion, and all the "press" about how dangerous it is, how many people are murdered, how unsafe the roads are, in my opinion are just to sell books, newspapers etc.
The US government perpetuates this also with their "Travel Advisories" about Mexico. I read them and say to myself, "Have these people EVER been to Mexico or do they just read the papers?" "Have they ever driven the beautiful highways of Mexico and met the kind and generous people or do they just read the papers?"
Cause I'm here to tell you - it's POPPYCOCK, baloney and falsehoods. I've driven these roads alone for over 20 years - I've been all over this magnificent country - NEVER, I repeat NEVER have I had someone be rude, discourteous OR EVER ask for a bribe! I can't be the only person that experiences this - there are lots - but the ones who tell "bad" stuff and perpetuate the myth are the ones who get the press.
I hope this blog is read and believed - let go of the myths. WHEW I feel beter for getting THAT off my mind.