I used to be such a push-over. I believed what I read in the paper and what the news on TV reported. Now, finally, at this ripe old age, I am learning not to trust.
The Dateline two-hour “special” was the icing on the cake for me. Dateline only wanted to get an audience and scare them. They didn’t ask the important questions. Nor did the kidnap victim offer why he, particularly, would have been singled out as a victim.
Today I see that AOL offered advice for people traveling to Mexico. For San Miguel, this is what they say:
“In terms of San Miguel, folks should not stray outside Centro, not walk alone at night, avoid activities such as symphonies in Queretaro, and most significantly avoid the Locos parade and the large gatherings at the Fiestas Patrias?”
Who are these people that write such inaccuracies? Have they ever been to this town? I admit there is one neighborhood that might be a little dicey in San Miguel, but it is unlikely that a tourist would wander into that part. To say not to walk out of the center part of town is a joke! One would miss the heart of San Miguel. One wouldn’t see where the locals live and how they live. People live much of their lives outside on the streets. That is the life of Mexican towns. This is where you see living, loving, partaking in what life has to offer.
As to the other advice from AOL, it is all hogwash.
I’m learning. When I made my film it was because I wanted to understand if the changes I felt by becoming an expat were unique to me, or did others feel the same way. Now I am learning even more than I knew when I made the film. I now see how entrenched the U.S. is in making people feel frightened.