If one more person, on my visit to Texas, looks at me with horror on their face and asks about the dangers of Mexico, I might curse.....in my best Spanish (which would not be much).
Instead, I grit my teeth, quote statistics from the latest article by the Travel Editor of Lonely Planet and hope they get my drift. They listen politely, sorta, and then ask things like have I seen all the dead bodies, etc.
The Houston Chronicle and writer, Dudley Althaus along with Fox News have really convinced most people that life is as dangerous in Mexico as Afghanistan. Of course nothing could be farther from the truth. Actually the homicide rate in Houston per 100,00 per year is far higher then all the places I travel in Mexico, including Mexico City!
But their vision of me driving through gun fire and banditos is common. In the last couple of years that is all people ask - not about the economy or the pristine beauty or the kindness and talent of the people. It is frustrating and aggravating.......
I invite all to visit. Or suggest books to read to give the true picture. I'm probably talking to myself more then the people who are aghast at the very notion that someone would consider not living in the USA.
It is sad indeed that this has come to pass. Mexico needs to mount a HUGE PR campaign. But on the other hand, with the huge increase in tourists from Italy, German, France and China, among other countries, maybe that isn't as important as it used to be. We'll see............