- Posted July 9, 2014 by
Useful rules for going to Mexico
Mexico is considered by the Huffington Post to be one of 7 places that must visit this year. According to U.S. Department of State, “millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day”. Gadling.com estimates that there are 10 very dangerous cities in Mexico, such as Culiacan or Mazatlan. I decided to have a 3 weeks trip through almost all country from the south to the north. My goal was to see non-touristic Mexico and I achieved it.
From the first second I landed in Mexico City (D.F.) literally I had a culture shock. In the airport it is written that you must take the authorized taxi to avoid accidents. For this reason, I was really glad to see one of my friends Mariana standing to help us. We stayed first days in another Mexican flat which we found by Couchsurfing. I admit to use Couchsurfing was a little bit scary but not so much comparing to the metro system when we were going home from the city center to his flat. We needed to take the metro, to change more or less 5 lines and then we waited a taxi to take us home in 5 minutes.
Later my eyes started to get used to buses without doors, people who are not friendly in them because they doubt if you are not going to steal their money, to policy with tommy-guns, to working children and, finally, to the mind that to change the system of this country would take many years.
During my journey I learnt some unwritten rules. The first one that I heard was not to trust the police. You can ask them for the directions to touristic places but you should not ask if you really need a hand in the emergency. Moreover, for your safety you need to know some local Mexicans. They know the safest areas and all prices would be cheaper for you. If you are blond and white skinned, everybody will think that you are “Gringo” or in another words from United States and have a lot of money to spend in Mexico. The third rule is about helping other people. If you have accidently seen that somebody is making damage for another human being, you should turn around and act that you have not seen anything. You can use the fourth rule if you stay longer there and want to study or work. If it happens, it is recommended to know some drug dealer which can help you in any bad luck situation. The final rule says that you should leave the place if somebody asks to do so.
These rules illustrate not so pretty picture of this country. Anyway if you decided to come there you will not be disappointed. As far as I know, Mexicans are the most welcoming persons, the food is really delicious and the scenery is amazing. If you have any opportunity to live in Mexican native family, do it without a doubt. You will take new challenges. Each minute you will expand your horizon because you will see many places and meet various people and you can’t experience the same if you are alone.