Thursday, March 19, 2009

So you want to go to Mexico...


I've been to Mexico many times before but I had never gone by myself, until November, 2006. I thought Mexico would be a fairly easy country to bribe navigate. What I didn't realize is the fact that it seemed easy because my parents were the ones in charge of bribes negotiations. When you are on your own and don't have your usual wits about you, it becomes a whole different ball game.

Tip#1:

Bring cash. Bring American cash. You don't even have to exchange it. In Cabo San Lucas, where I am right now, the US dollar is just as acccepted by the Peso. But just bring a lot of cash, in a lot of small bills.

Don't think that you can get money from a cash machine. If there is a cash machine, it is probably broken. And don't be surprised if there is only one cash machine for miles (as was the case in the airport).

Don't think you can rely on your credit cards. Mexico is not very credit card friendly. Sure, the touristy and upscale restaurants and bars take credit cards but most other places do not, even places you swear they should. Also, do not think that you can go to a money exchange and extract money from your visa card. Most currency exchanges operate on a cash only basis.

Do realize that if you don't bring hard cash into Mexico, there is a chance you could be stranded at the airport for hours because the shuttle/taxis into town do not take credit cards. And the ATM might be broken. And the currency exchange booth can't help you. And you have to rely on the overwhemling generosity of Mexican airport workers named Irak who lend you the 14 dollars (140 Pesos) in order for you to take the bus into town and not get swept up into a rogue prostitution ring for lost and penniless Gringas.

If you do find yourself in the said situation, make sure you seek out boys from Alaska. They will buy you beer and dinner until you can afford to live again.


That aside, let's look at some amazing Mexican Doors, shall we?:



I think Mexican architecture is genius. The warming adobe, white-washed walls, vibrant blues, searing yellows, red-tiled roofs. The detail even goes into their doors, where a door is not just a portal with a doorknob but a work of art, melting with the essence of the house.









I strive to convey a sense of this south-western style in my own home with terracotta pots, blue margarita glasses and glistening sunflower picture frames but it never does the originality of the Mexican style any justice.

8 said they wanna go too:

Blogger Dr Zibbs wanderlusted...

Nice pics.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Gloria C. wanderlusted...

hahahah
Loved your entry on the 'bribes' xD

12:30 AM  
Blogger Twobreadsplease wanderlusted...

I love the doors and Alaska boys sound terribly nice. x

4:23 PM  
Blogger Georgie said wanderlusted...

I totally want a door like the first one... I would always smile when arriving home.
x

7:07 AM  
Blogger Couture Carrie wanderlusted...

Fabulous door photos and advice.... I would love to go to Mexico someday!

xoxox,
CC

10:33 AM  
Blogger Alice X wanderlusted...

um I WANNA GO! i've never really visited anywhere in my life and that sucks.

alicexinwonderland.blogspot.com

1:45 PM  
Blogger Fashion Garden wanderlusted...

Hey thanx for your sweet comment !! Wow you have a really cool blog !! :) lov it ! be back for sure :)
alice
xoxo

www.thefashiongarden.blogspot.com

8:06 PM  
Blogger Emz wanderlusted...

Wow, kind of scared of going to Mexico because of all the drug war news but those doors are so cute! And not having to currency exchange seems fantastic =)

10:42 PM  

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