Thursday, March 29, 2012

Myths of Mexico

The video has some flaws, but does speak to some common myths:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Is Mazatlan Safe?

Hat Tip To Mexico at Last

Popocatepetl Volcano Heats Up

The National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) reported that in the last 24 hours the Popocatepetl volcano registered 33 exhalations of low intensity, accompanied by emissions of water vapor and gas. 

While on the topic of Mexico and its volcano, there's another article that details the effect of the El Chichón volcano in 1982: Looking Back at the 1982 eruption of El Chichón in Mexico . Thirty years later the article has photos of pre-explosion and after.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Two More Reasons To Like Mexico

Here's another reason to consider moving to Mexico: Middle class is booming in a changing Mexico. That's more than you can say for the U.S. where the gap is growing between rich and poor and the middle class has seen their incomes flatten for the last ten years or more.

US News' Money just reported on the 18 best places to retire Overseas:
  • 1. Panama
  • 2. Belize
  • 3. Colombia
  • 4. Uruguay
  • 5. Ecuador
  • 6. Nicaragua
  • 7. Roatan, Honduras
  • 8. Argentina
  • 9. Mexico - It continues to offer some of the best coastal lifestyle and retirement options in the Americas, including Puerto Vallarta, my number-one choice for an affordable life of luxury on the Pacific. A couple could enjoy a a five-star retirement in this beautiful and romantic coastal town of marinas, golf courses, yacht clubs, and fine dining on a budget of as little as $2,500 per month.
Every time I mention wanting to be a snowbird in Mexico, I get worried looks from kin, friends and strangers. When you tell them you've never felt unsafe, they roll their eyes and ask about beheadings. Yet every morning's drive-time news always features a shooting, an assault or killing here in wonderfully safe Portland, Oregon. So it gave me great pleasure to read Peter Greenberg's Travel news you can use from America's travel expert write about why he travels to Mexico.

Greenberg writes
" a veteran traveler to Mexico who has been going down there since 1973 without a single incident. I am growing tired, and somewhat impatient with expressions of concern or worry — as well intentioned as they may be — about my traveling to Mexico.
Read the article! Greenberg thinks Americans are geographically ignorant, culturally insensitive and fearful. Indeed!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Strong, long 7.6 quake shakes Mexico City

The 7.6 magnitude was nearer Oaxaca and was quickly followed by an aftershock of 5.1

Sunday, March 18, 2012

 “Zibata” a Queretaro planned, gated community designed for 150,000 people.

The Washington Post reports that Mexico has a middle-class and it is growing,  Yes, somewhere between 24% and 50% of the 114 million people of Mexico are considered poor, but if "...the middle class can be defined (as a) household with a new refrigerator, a car and a couple of cellphones, ...even if the combined salaries of the members of the household would make them miserably poor in Washington,..." then they are considered middle-class and growing in Mexico.

Being middle-class may me smaller families, a college education, two earners and some of America's values.  The WP even saw a copy of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" on a Mexican coffee table. The middle-class also tends to be socially liberal, but fiscally conservative and they were the deciding factor in the election of Pres. Calderon.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

8 readers share their stories of Mexico - Your Community

 On Monday, CBC News launched a series of reports on television, radio and online focusing on Mexico's drug war, its consequences and its relevance to Canadians.

We anticipated that many of those tuning in to the series would have a personal connection to Mexico, or an array of experiences that may or may not have been reflected in our series.

As a result, we asked readers to tell us their story of Mexico.

8 readers share their stories of Mexico - Your Community