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Topic: OT: Traveling in Oaxaxa, other parts of Mexico (10 msgs / 289 lines)
1) From: Lynne
This is totally off-topic, and I apologize, but I know we have members here
that can give some
good suggestions.
My daughter (the bio-archeolgical major) and her boyfriend (just began a
professorship at Yale!)
want to take a spur-of-the-moment vacation in a few days. After this long
winter, they'd like to visit
someplace warm, hopefully find some deserted (or near-so) beaches - they are
thinking Mexico,
but want to stay clear of anyplace that will be filled w/students during
this spring break (and of course,
they want someplace safe, too).
I suggested Oaxaxa, mainly because that's a place I'd love to visit, and I
know it would fill the archaelogical
interests of my daughter.
If anyone has any suggestions or any ideas at all, since this is so
off-topic, write to me by pm: lynnebiz
Thanks so much!
Lynne
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2) From: John Mac
I think I'd hit Costa Rica, Mexico is getting scary, see the link below.http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.htmlJohn
On 3/9/09, Lynne  wrote:
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3) From: Greg Hollrigel
I was going to say the same thing.  I spent 2.5 weeks in Costa Rica in
December and it was great.  The more I hear about Mexico, the more sad I get
thinking that's one place I won't be going.  I hope it improves.
Greg
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4) From: Zara Haimo
I was in Puerto Vallarta in December and saw no signs of any problems and 
was not warned about anything by the manager of the house where we stayed. 
The city has a large population of Americans, both expats and people with 
2nd homes there.  There are many US stores there including Costco, Sam's 
Club, Home Depot, etc., so there is a bit of an American suburban feel to 
the area.  I don't think Puerto Vallarta is a spring break magnet, but I'd 
stay away from nightclubs and other potential trouble spots in any case. 
There are plenty of family hotels and nice beaches in the area that should 
be quiet and safe.  We went to a couple of gorgeous, long, sandy beaches 
about 45 minutes north of the airport which were completely deserted in 
December except for a few Mexican families and a scattering of tourists.
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5) From: Lynne
I saw that.
Mexico is out for them - they decided to play it safe and go to the Cayman
Islands.
Thanks to everyone who emailed me - I'm relieved about their decision.
Lynne
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6) From: Sherrie
Lynne,
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Oaxaca is absolutely a GREAT place!  My husband and I visited there about 22
years ago (he grew up in El Salvador and is bilingual).  We saw few Anglos
and it was absolutely wonderful.  The best breakfasts were either at our
($9/night) motel – sweet tamales (corn masa, cinnamon, and currants) and =
hot
chocolate , or the huevos Oaxaceños at the bus station, along with a warm
Coke since they had no bottled water.  The zocalo in the evenings was
terrific. Mitla and Monte Alban were awesome – my favorite was Mitla beca=
use
the stone ‘mosaics’ were so fascinating.  Tim made me ride the local bu=
s to
both, along with a stop at El Tule, the absolutely enormous tree there.  We
rode along with the chickens and pigs.
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There has been a lot of tourist development there, now, with a cooking
school and several artist’s schools/inns now there catering to Anglos. =
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I’d go in a heartbeat.  And tell them to try not only black mole as well =
as
red.  Yum.
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Sher
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7) From: Sam49
I am on several lists related to VW Vanagons.
I have just been reading travel reports from people who are currently 
involved in, or just finishing, extensive trips traveling around in 
Mexico in their Vanagons and have not experienced any problems - 
particularly in the southern areas of Mexico like Oaxaca / Yucatan, etc.
A few of Mexico's states have the bulk of the problems that dominate the 
news.
Sam
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8) From: Lynne
Well, there is a danger for women, that's for sure - especially near the
borders. In the Juarez area, the numbers of kidnapped and murdered women
probably are in the thousands. Since it's all hush-hush, we don't know for
sure.
There also seems to be a pattern as to who they choose, too
The drug cartels are def. involved. IMO, it's too much of a risk to take.
Anyway, my kid and her boyfriend decided not to go to Mexico.
Hopefully, times will change for the better in the future. I don't know if
I'll ever be strong enough to travel (esp. to remote areas, like I dream
about), but hopefully someday* I'll* be able to visit places like Oaxaca.
A few of Mexico's states have the bulk of the problems that dominate the
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I can believe that! We hear 'Mexico' in the US, and sometimes forget just
how large it is.
I want to thank everyone for sending in your thoughts! I knew my coffee
family would come through!
:D
Lynne
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9) From: Lynne
Hi Sherrie -
I was gone all day, so I'm just getting to my emails.
They decided on the Caymens, but reading what everyone has written has just
made me hope that I can get there myself at some point.
This experience is exactly what I love - riding with the chickens and pigs,
and (I just learned that zocalo means 'square') I would go anywhere that has
a big square, with life centered around it!!
I'm sure the prices are now higher than $9 a night to stay there - but this
sounds heavenly to me.
And I love mole - I have made it several times myself, spending all day to
make it. Would love to see it made authentically, too - and, of course - eat
it.. the first time I ever heard of mole was on an episode of PBS's
"American Family," where Edward James Olmos, who played the part of the
father in the family, Jess Gonzales, rhapsodized over mole. I also love Lila
Downs' "La Cumbia del Mole."
someday, maybe...
Lynne
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