I am not a Mexican travel virgin. My first trip there was late 60s, returning from a work assignment in an Andean country. I had friends in Mexico and Panama. I went duck and dove shooting in Sonora, and hunting in the Panamanian jungle in the east of that country. I spoke good Spanish and more or less had a feel for what was going on in Latin culture. I have great pics of the crowds at cockfights, and other sporting events. I lived in LA, and went down often, usually to visit my friend in Sonora.
I have an Anglo friend in his early 30s who was an Olympic flyweight, and had some number of pro fights. He developed a strong respect for latinamerican fighters, and got interested in the life of boxers in the Colombian Caribbean city of Barranquilla. He goes down and spars with these young Colombian fighters who very often are trying to support a sizable family with their fists. He understands Latin culture much better than I do. Probably better than any non Latino, and possibly understands latino street culture better than anyone who is not a part of it or a cop down there. It is very much more involved than most of us gringos understand. http://www.elheraldo.co/deportes/hoy...chegwin-222896
Mexico has changed, as has everything else, and to me it is no longer very appealing. And I am not a person in search of or in need of cheap rent or servants. Down there an American in what is to most locals an impossibly expensive rig has only one role- to be a goose to be plucked. Hopefully gently. The US is a long way from the perfect existence, and it seems to be getting more idiotic every month, but at least as a norteamericano I have some modest hope of figuring out what is going on. Not necessarily liking it, but also not being completely in the dark.