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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Observations From Mexico

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My family just returned from a relaxing week in Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico just south of Cancun. Like many Mexican resorts, the one we stayed at was spectacular, the weather was beautiful, and the only problem with the experience was that it had to end. While there, I found myself taking some mental notes that I'd like to share.

First of all, safety at Mexico's east and west coast resorts is just not a problem. Cancun, Cozumel, Cabos San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan - in these places one feels quite safe, and much safer than in most large American cities. Even when venturing out into the countryside for shopping or sightseeing, the environment is typically warm and welcoming and the Mexicans you meet along the way are consistently friendly. They don't demand that you speak Spanish - and among the most successful Mexicans in the tourist trade appear to be those that speak good English.

One thing I noticed during this trip was the complete absence of anything to buy that was labeled "Made in China". In fact, the only imported item I found during the entire week was the butter served at restaurants. The butter came from New Zealand and France. I found myself making a point to look at labels during this trip, and almost everything I looked at was labeled "Hecho in Mexico".

Another thing I noticed was the considerable amount of construction recently completed and ongoing in the places I visited. While construction has slowed in the US, it has very clearly been on the increase in Mexico, and there appear to be more and more citizens of Mexico finding employment in the tourist industry. Perhaps there are some things we here in the US can learn from the Mexicans.

Jon Cykman
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