So What Exactly Are We Talking About Here?

31 Mar

What is an adventure? When I think about having an adventure, I think of an experience outside of my day-to-day vida loca that is foreign or sometimes a bit scary. The numero uno question that we get when we tell people we’re moving to Mexico is, “Is it safe?” While I admit that everything in life is a risk (when I’m feeling snarky, I’m tempted to say that if I wanted to be safe, I’d stay in bed) some things are riskier than others. When people talk about Mexico and safety in the same sentence, I find that they:

1) don’t really know much about Mexico except what they read in the news.
2) don’t know us very well and don’t consider that we know much about Mexico and have done our homework; and
3) don’t really put risk into perspective.

In 2012 34,767 people died in automobile accidents in the US, almost exactly the number killed in the four year period prior to 2010 in the Mexican drug war. While it’s not a perfect comparison, it’s a bit of perspective. The country of Mexico is big, three times bigger than Texas and the drug war is not targeted at US expats.

In spite of the risk, we still ride in cars everyday and we’re still moving to Mexico. states:
ad·ven·ture [ad-ven-cher]
1. an exciting or very unusual experience.
2. participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises: the spirit of adventure.
3. a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.
4. a commercial or financial speculation of any kind; venture.
Obsolete .
a. peril; danger; risk.
b. chance; fortune; luck.

One Response to “So What Exactly Are We Talking About Here?”

  1. emilievardaman July 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    Today I decided to go back to your first posting and read awhile. I got to this and laughed when I read about people worrying about the danger in Mexico.
    I live two blocks north of Mexico and go across all the time. Days, nights, with friends, alone. I travel alone by car, bus, or plane.
    Ove the 4th of July weekend in Chicago, over 80 people were shot. This is how “safe” the US is. I am a few hours from Tucson where there are several shootings weekly. Every month or so there are mass shootings somewhere, all too often in a school.
    So why, exactly, should I be afraid to travel in Mexico if I can’t feel safe in Tucson or certainly not in Chicago? I can only shake my head.
    Right now I am excited to read more of your blog. It is my dream to move to Mexico after my house sells sometime in the next several years. Sadly, I will net little from it and will need an extremely affordable community.
    Thanks for allowing me to travel with you!

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