This is the way I do all my mongering reports, by the way, in the style of a travelogue, just like the material I like to read. Like it or loathe it this is the way I do it. What you can’t fault is my passion for mongering and the fact that while getting no payment or reward of any kind for my efforts, I am sharing information with you that might come in useful. So, any more non-useful to this forum flippant comments posted here will not even get a minute of my time and for this reason I very nearly couldn’t be bothered to post this last report.
Summary of Mexico
Considering it was my first time in Mexico this trip went very well. For sunshine, relaxation and more afternoon delight than after dark I was very happy I chose Veracruz and I was also pleased I made it to Mexico City which as I mentioned, originally was not part of my plan. Hotel wise, Veracruz had a great choice of very reasonably priced good 4 and a couple of 5 star hotels but what probably did help me as well was not being there during the high season. Good hotels in Mexico City on the other hand were way out of my price range so I would have to do a lot more research if I ever returned which would be for a minimum period of 1 week, which as most of the guide books will tell you, you really need for Mexico City.
Like any Countries Capitals, women wise Mexico City definitely had the edge over Veracruz with more choice and overall a better quality of woman, I thought, but for my own peace of mind with actually feeling safe mongering on the streets, Veracruz won that one hands down. Here in Mexico I didn’t get the same long term girlfriend experience as I once did in Thailand but if I ever do return at least I know staying and living in Mexico can be just as cheap.
The only issues I really had was sometimes trying to make myself understood even in some of the 4 and 5 star hotels and restaurants. English IS NOT widely spoken in Mexico but always wanting to improve what little Spanish I know, I found this an interesting challenge rather than a hindrance. The other issue was the lack of privacy when often approaching the freelancers on the streets or just walking in these areas. But after a couple of days of that sunshine and relaxation, blending in, wearing a baseball cap and shades, no one I thought was the wiser. Just don’t bring any undue attention to yourself.
Would I return, first, to Veracruz? My experience in Veracruz has definitely made me want to return to Mexico, but as a Lone Ranger, mongering, I enjoyed the party in Veracruz but as a one off, I think, leaving it just at the right time. I probably have the same feeling too for Mexico City, but there is still a lot of the City to be explored so if I do return I would probably use the Capital as a base while checking out other parts of the country and do much more research beforehand. Same old record, I know.
Taking into account the cost to travel to Mexico, the cost to travel internally, hotels, food, women, prices, and the Mexican people who once you get to know them are very nice people indeed, this Country has got me hooked.