The Truth About Mexico | Tag Archive | Mexico City

Tag Archive | "Mexico City"

Visit Frida & Diego’s Mexico City

Tags: , , , ,

Visit Frida & Diego’s Mexico City


Frida's Easel

 

SF Gate did a wonderful piece on Frida & Diego’s Mexico City.  If you can go, we recommend it… but if you can’t, read this!

Posted in Distrito FederalComments (0)

Mexico City’s Roma Norte

Tags: ,

Mexico City’s Roma Norte


Curious about Mexico City? Here is a foodie’s couple of weeks in Colonia Roma Norte.

Posted in Distrito Federal, Mexico, Personal ExperiencesComments (0)

Mexico City’s Fabulous Architecture

Tags: , ,

Mexico City’s Fabulous Architecture


Visitors to Mexico City are often surprised by its breadth of architectural styles, from 16th century churches to oddly shaped skyscrapers of the past decade. Take a look, here.

Posted in Distrito Federal, MexicoComments (0)

Good Article on DF, and in Vogue, no less!

Tags: , ,

Good Article on DF, and in Vogue, no less!


Vogue’s Guide to the Coolest Megalopolis in the World, Mexico City.  Don’t miss it!  Here’s the article.

Posted in Distrito Federal, MexicoComments (0)

Frida Kahlo Museum

Tags: , ,

Frida Kahlo Museum


Visit the Frida Kahlo museum with “A Canuck in Cancun”

Posted in Distrito Federal, MexicoComments (0)

Amor Muñoz’s Mobile Factory in Mexico City

Tags: , ,

Amor Muñoz’s Mobile Factory in Mexico City



Amor Muñoz of Mexico City has a unique and wonderful business you just need to read about!  Here is Damian Cave’s article from the New York Times, a must read!

Posted in Distrito FederalComments (0)

A Photographer says “Thank You to Mexico City”

Tags: ,

A Photographer says “Thank You to Mexico City”


Photographer David Hageman was in Mexico City recently on assignment and he shared his thoughts (and photographs) of the city on his blog Sky Blue Sky.  His piece, Muchas Gracias, Ciudad de México is a glimpse into the city that so many of us know and love.

Posted in Distrito Federal, Personal ExperiencesComments (0)

The Greening of Mexico City

Tags: , , ,

The Greening of Mexico City


You’ll enjoy this video from the Wall Street Journal about the greening of Mexico City.

Once known as one of the most polluted cities on the planet, Mexico City is being transformed into a cleaner, greener place thanks to a host of ecologically-minded transportation and development measures.

Posted in Distrito FederalComments (0)

Peter Greenberg’s “The Royal Tour: Mexico”

Tags: , , , ,

Peter Greenberg’s “The Royal Tour: Mexico”


I hope everyone will get a chance to see this documentary. Peter Greenberg traveled México with President Felipe Calderón. This link to The Royal Tour: Mexico will give you all the details.

Posted in Mexico in GeneralComments (0)

Is Mexico Safe?

Tags: , , , , ,

Is Mexico Safe?


Years ago when I lived in New York City I received a phone call one night from my mother, who sounded very upset.

“Are you OK? Is your house on fire? Are you safe?”

I didn’t know what she was talking about. I was totally fine. It turned out mom was watching the nightly news on TV.

Yes, there were riots going on in Brooklyn. Yes, buildings were on fire. Yes, people were killed and others hurt. It was all happening miles away from where I lived. I knew nothing about it. But my mother had the impression that all of New York City was at war.

That phone call taught me two important lessons I’ve never forgotten. First, the news has the power to amplify and distort reality. Second, most people accept as fact anything they read in a newspaper or see on television.

Recent reports of drug “wars” in Mexico are not necessarily untrue, but they look at a small part of the canvas and make people think they are seeing the whole picture. As a full-time resident of Mexico since 1997 I would like to suggest to my readers that they are being misinformed.

Frank Koughan’s excellent report and data analysis previously posted on this site already provides the facts of the matter, so I’ll simply tell you what my life is like here in Mexico City in terms of safety.

I’ve been asking all my friends here if they’re afraid of the drug violence they see in the news (it’s reported here, too, not just in the U.S.). So far I’ve not had an affirmative answer. Neither I nor anyone I know wears bullet-proof clothing. I get up early three mornings a week and stroll across the park to attend a yoga class–dodging joggers and unleashed dogs is my biggest danger. I walk to work, take the subway, ride the buses and taxis, all without fear—ever. People in my local supermarket seem more troubled about whether they should put their groceries in a paper bag or a plastic bag than by any more menacing concerns. Diners at my local taco stand fret over the eternal dilemma: red salsa or green salsa? When I head out at night my biggest worry is whether I will need a jacket or not.

In other words, life goes on in Mexico City much as it does elsewhere in the world.

Know the facts. Most of the violence in Mexico is targeted toward a very specific group of people connected to the drug trade. Most of it occurs in border towns. As a tourist, your chance of being hurt or killed by drug-related violence is about as great as having a piano fall on your head.

Read newspapers with a critical eye. I recently began writing for a national newspaper here, and I can see how easy it would be for any writer to choose a word or a phrase than could alter, slant or color a reporting of ‘facts’. I’ve noted often in The New York Times the use of quotations from one person to indicate the feelings of a nation.

Violence sells. A report about decapitated bodies makes a much flashier headline than one about a trip to the pyramids of Teotihuacán. The former Mexico correspondent for a major U.S. paper is a friend of mine. I knew he loved Mexico and felt safe and happy here, but he wrote many stories about drug violence and corruption. When I asked him about it he said, “That’s what the editor back home wants.”

After eight years of truth-bending news, Americans seem to be living in a country where fear is a common tool for controlling ideas and behavior. Beware! There is something dangerous out there and it’s trying to steal your mind. It’s called the news.

So when people ask me “Is Mexico safe to visit?”, I say yes, come on down. With the current peso devaluation, it’s a real bargain now, and it’s not crowded–all those scaredy cats who believe what they see on the news are staying home.

Posted in Distrito Federal, FeaturedComments (11)

Bullets and Bazookas

Tags: , , ,

Bullets and Bazookas


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.

Posted in Distrito FederalComments (3)

Click here to Like The Truth About Mexico on Facebook





Related Sites

Quick Takes

México's Many Layers
02/16, 4:38 am | Comments: 0
President and CEO of Softtek, Blanca Treviño writes in the Huffington Post A Fuller Picture: México’s Many Layers.  We heartily agree!

An Alternative to the "Mexico of CNN"
01/8, 4:49 am | Comments: 0
Ron Erskine of the Gilroy Dispatch wrote a piece titled “San Miguel de Allende a safe, scenic alternative to the “Mexico of CNN.” We hope you enjoy seeing San Miguel through his eyes.

A Taste of Real Mexico
01/6, 1:20 am | Comments: 0
I live in Mazatlán, and I know what a wonderful place it is.  Today I read a piece by Darren Parkman “The Traveling Canadian” about his visit to Mazatlán.  It sounds like he loves it as much as I do.  Here is his article titled A Taste or Real Mexico

google