Growing up in California and going to College in Arizona meant frequent trips to border towns in Mexico. I even lived and worked in one of Mexico's tourist towns during one summer of college. You could drink underage, cheap eats, cheap hotel, cheap everything.
Even then we always knew you had to be careful of the Federales - and that bribery was always an option to get yourself out of a jam.
Most of you have heard in recent years of the uprise in violence by Mexican Drug Cartels in Mexico - and especially border towns.
In Juarez, Mexico, just at the border of Texas, there were over 2,000 murders in 2009 all supposedly carried out by Drug Cartels. The New York Times is reporting that 50 murders took place this past weekend alone - including in major tourist town Acapulco.
I know that many people will say this is alarmist and in reality if you are in a heavily tourist town like Cancun and stay in your hotel only, you would most likely be fine.
I just wanted to bring this news item to the attention of anyone out there thinking about going to Mexico (or if your KIDS are thinking about going to Mexico) this spring so that you can make informed decisions.
In the United States, the timing of spring break in tertiary institutions may range from the beginning of March to the later part of April, but many schools are in recess for at least one of the weeks in March. Some schools call this "March break" if it occurs in a middle week in March. Other schools call it "spring recess", or "spring recession".Often, universities schedule spring break such that Saint Patrick's Day falls during the week in order to lessen the amount of partying and drinking on their campuses. Many K–12 institutions in the United States coincide their spring break with Easter and Passover. In New York and Connecticut, most students have spring break in April.
Canada has a very similar practice of giving a week-long break to its elementary school and secondary school students in the month of March. The exact time of the month varies from province to province; New Brunswick, for example, holds their March break during the first week of March, Ontario, Nova Scotia and British Columbia, have theirs during the second or third week, while the break in Alberta usually comes in the last week of March. In the United Kingdom, the corresponding 2 weeks' holiday are called the "Easter break" or "Easter holidays", as it is scheduled for the weeks following and preceding Easter, and accordingly is often held in April. And can be held for colleges or university and local schools. In many Canadian universities, the ...