|San Miguel de Allende. Photo by Sue Frause.|
According to canada.com, "A woman in her 70s was found stabbed to death this past week at her home in Atotonilco, a suburb of San Miguel. The woman is believed to be Judith Baylis, formerly of Ottawa. The body was identified by her husband, Arthur John Baylis. Radio stations and newspapers in Mexico reported that her husband was not in Mexico at the time of the killing."
Travel to Mexico has not been on my list for the past few years, due to the rise in violence, crime and murders. I posted an item about it here in my blog in 2010, Travel to Mexico: Use a high degree of caution. When I checked Foreign Affairs and and International Trade Canada's website, I found this warning:
"Exercise high degree of caution. Canadians travelling to Mexico should exercise a high degree of caution due to a deteriorating security situation in many parts of the country. While most major tourist areas have not been affected by the extreme levels of violence witnessed in the northern border region, it is highly advisable to travel to Mexico by air (please see our travel warning for the Mexico-United States border). High levels of criminal activity, as well as occasional demonstrations and protests, remain a concern throughout the country."It's no surprise that tourism in Mexico is suffering as a result of all the violence (Defending Mexico Tourism in Tough Times). My last visit to Mexico was in 2008, when I visited Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende. While in San Miguel, I stayed at Casa Don Pascual, owned by two Vancouverites. It is now for sale.
Mexico has never really been safe, and I do always feel a little more aware of my surroundings when I'm there. I suppose it still depends on where you go in Mexico. I guess everyone has a story of police overstepping their bounds such as friends who were stopped and had to pay the police off or they threatend to throw them in jail for drugs!! They were in the early 30's at the time and were scared to death.Another stopped in a more remote area and had to pay off the cop who threatened to impound his car for a non-existent traffic violation.The fine was all he had in his wallet. He was smart since he had only a 20 U.S. The rest was hidden in a money belt. The required cash down payment for his condo,several thousand. He never was so nervous. So with the seeemingly rising violence, we this year are also skipping Mexico...looks like the more generic but lovely Hawaii instead!!
Yes, we went to the Big Island of Hawaii in February for my birthday ... I also like Palm Spring for sunshine and old Hollywood feel!
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