Mexico's revenue comes from (1) remittances of workers in the USA sending money home to their families,
(2) oil revenue and (3) tourism.
On July 31, 2015, the US Commerce Dept released the statistics on international tourism to Mexico from the USA. Up 24%, 25.9 million visitors visited Mexico. Despite two warnings from the US State Department, US citizens are making their own decisions.
In 2013 the number of tourists was 29.1 million, according to statistics from the Mexican Tourism Board and of that number, there were 11 deaths of US citizens. Only two were homicides. To me, that is an amazing number which shows that Mexico is indeed a safe place to be and to travel to.
It is good for that, but not good for the every day Mexican resident.
In other good news, a sweet thing happens each week. Josefina, the woman who cleans the house and does all kinds of wonderful things for me, goes throughout the garden and even to the wildflowers out on the path next to the house, to gather flowers to make "a bouquet for Jennifer". I keep fresh flowers by her photo next to my bed. My heart is always touched by this kind and thoughtful gesture. In the photo below are the flowers this week.
Other happy news for me! I got a new chair for my bedroom. The first new piece of furniture in a long, long time. The chair that was in that corner is now in the living room. And, here is the new chair that I'm thrilled with. I had been looking for many, many months for just the right chair (it's a designer thing). Last Friday, with no intent of finding anything but only to kill some time until lunch, I walked in Finca, a consignment store and voila, there it was. Now it is here and I"m loving it. It was delivered last Saturday morning by the son of my former gardener. He is now all grown up and I have known him since he was about 8 years old! My time flies.