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Safety & Menu Translations

From Jana Stephens

Published: February 2011

I'm a 59 year old woman and spent 3 wks traveling solo in Mexico this past March, and my husband joined me in Oaxaca (city) for the fourth week. I avoided the hot spots, and the only sign I saw of “the trouble” was in eastern Michoacuan where the bus passed a couple of flatbed trucks holding soldiers, 90% of whom had their faces covered.

I only went into Michoacuan as far as Patzcüaro. Also visited DF, Morelia, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, San Miguel de Allende, Puebla, and Oaxaca. Never felt uneasy for even one nanosecond. Going back for March 2011. Just I thought I'd pass that along if you get any of the fear-based questions. I admit, however, I'm really conservative about where I'll go. No coast, avoid going any farther north Aguascalientes. But there is still more than one can see in several trips.

I hadn't traveled in Mexico for twenty years and I really appreciated your book. It reminded me of the spirit of the Mexican people and helped me to realize how much I wanted to experience it again. The people somehow keep their society running in spite of corruption and crime. I think it's held together largely by “por favor” and “gracias.”

Here's some more menu fun, all from the same restaurant in Oaxaca:
Beans and Race
Chopper tomatoes
Biscuit with Buster and Jam
Soup with Friend Tortilla

But at least they try to make the menus accessible to non-Spanish speakers. More than the U.S. does for non-English speakers...

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