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Frosted Flakes: Safety in Mexico

Don’t do stupid shit!

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Since I’m back in Mexico, I figured this would be the perfect time to clear up a few things about safety in Mexico since there were quite a few comments about this in the previous Travel Thursday Flakes.

Here are a few helpful tips for staying safe in Mexico. These tips also work for many other countries as well.

-Don’t follow sketchy people into dark alleys.

-Don’t get super drunk and wander into dark alleys.

-Don’t wave around your expensive phone and flash your bling to everyone when walking around in a crowded market.

-Don’t ask locals and taxi drivers where the best place is to get cocaine and other narcotics.

-Don’t consider joining a gang while in Mexico.

-Don’t have sex with the girlfriend or wife of a cartel leader.

-Don’t decapitate a cartel member with a machete and hang his head from a bridge to send a message to other cartels they are now in your territory.

Simple as that. On another note, I’m living in Oaxaca right now, which is one of the safest places in Mexico because it doesn’t have any real cartel presence. I’ve also previously lived in Guadalajara for five months and never encountered any problems. I knew where the bad neighborhoods were located and never went there. Be aware of your surroundings. It’s also important to talk with local residents who can tell you which neighborhoods might not be safe (unless of course you want to look for trouble).

In fact the worst that has happened to me in Mexico was getting bit by a dog in Mexico City. I guess the dogs in Mexico don’t like me but the people do. I also have not visited some of the provinces closer to the US border like Sonora, Sinaloa or Chihuahua where the cartels are more present. Obviously I don’t really plan on going to these places anytime soon.

I will always encourage everyone to visit Mexico (especially for the food) but just don’t do stupid shit! Anyways I’ll talk more about Oaxaca next week. It’s a great place! Onto Flakes...

Frosted Flakes

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Last But Not Least

Great ad by French car company Renault.

This is the first time I’ve heard of a therapy cat working at an airport.