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Bullets and Bazookas

A post by "Gary Denness" | http://garydenness.co.uk

Gary is the author of "The Mexile," a blog based in Mexico City. To see more posts by this author, click here.

Come to Mexico City for your vacation, and you actually won’t be beheaded upon arrival at the airport. Nor are you likely to see anyone beheaded. There won’t be any narco gangsters waiting outside your hotels to kidnap you, or to inject you with vast quantities of cocaine. You won’t be stepping over scores of dead, mutilated bodies on your way to the pyramids. Sorry if this disappoints you. I know all those news headlines would have you believe otherwise.

Basically, if you turn off Fox News on your telly as you leave your home for your trip to Mexico City, that’ll be the last you’ll see or hear of the drug war in Mexico until you get back and turn your telly back on. The reality is that outside of a few border towns, which account for the vast majority of the drug war killings, everything and everyone is continuing as normal. Because outside of those towns, life is normal. I’ll give it to you straight. No spin. No bollocks. Bill O’Reilly of Fox News is lying. As are the others whose reports go beyond “misleading” or “misinforming.”

The truth. There are birds singing from the fronds of the palm trees. The Jacarandas are in bloom. Street vendors are selling fresh fruit and candies. The sun is shining, the sky is a glorious blue and the streets are bustling. Green VW Beetle taxis are shuttling people from place to place. Tour guides are showing off their city. There are lots of things happening on the streets of Mexico City. Pretty much everything but a drug war. So come pay this fabulous city a visit.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. RiverGirl Says:

    I’ve just returned from a glorious trip to Mexico City. I never once felt any kind of danger. In fact we didn’t even experience one of Mexico City’s famous traffic jams. We just had a grand time.

  2. Karla Says:

    I love this website!!! I am from Mexico City, I live in Phoenix AZ and I really get tired of explaining to people that I grew up there and I was fine! I never experience any crime, I know it happens like anywhere in the world but at least I did not see it in 24 years.

    Mexico Rocks!!

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