Mexico -- The Southern Partner of the EEUU
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Crossing the Border
I have limited experience here but you can learn what I know.
Mexico is a large country. The geography ranges from
beaches to mountains and from desert to tropical. There are many web
sites devoted to this beautiful country and I do not attempt to
duplicate them here. This page is about my experiences in and around
El Golfo De Santa Clara and what I am able to share with you.
The true value of Mexico is its people. The Mexican culture is a
loving, caring, hospitable people. You must understand the history of
Mexico to understand the variety of cultures to be found here. Prior
to independence Mexico was ruled by both the Spanish and the French.
Before these occupations were many different native cultures. As you
may be aware, the Mayan culture was so advanced that their calendar is
more advanced than the current calendar.
Because of this mixture of races, the is no Mexican "race".
Mexicans in color can be anything from Caucasian to black (?) to the
coffee color of some of the Indian tribes. The first time I saw a
beautiful Mayan woman I stopped dead in my tracks and only the
interruption by a close friend kept me from total embarrassment. Most
Mexican women can fill out a pair of jeans better than most American
The culture is hard working. You see this from their statues of
themselves to the billboards encouraging hard work to their every day
From the Spanish heritage they inherit a typically corrupt
government of the very rich and the very poor. They have a
constitution that contains things that it took 25 amendments to the
American Constitution to match. Their basic constitution, 200 years
old, contains equal rights for ALL people of ALL colors and gender.
Sadly as in the American South, this is the goal rather than the fact.
Mexico is a land of such contradictions that it is impossible for most Americans to attempt to understand.
Historically a Spanish Catholic country, there are many Christian
and psuedo-Christian groups here. For example, Mormons. Seventh
Adventists, and Jehovah Witnesses. Many small bible
American missionaries. You see many chapel, statues, or pictures
dedicated to their patron saint: the Virgin of Guadeloupe. Along
the roadsides you will see many small chapels dedicated to someone who
has died at that location. Many Mexicans will sign themselves as
they pass these.
Mexico is very progressive. Birth control pills are available
to any woman, young, or old, from any of the local health
clinics. The Pope made a visit to Mexico a few years ago
protesting that the Mexico City government had authorized
abortions. Most of the Mexican women that I have met have at most
two children. Rarely more than three. The population is so
poor that feeding more than two is difficult.
The United States is the ONLY industrial country n the world without
good health care. Mexican health care could be improved upon but
in general it works. Anyone, including me, can walk into he local
health clinic and get free health care. I have gotten flu shots:
regular and H1N1. Free. I have gotten tetanus shots.
Free. I have had surgical stitches installed and removed.
Free. I have gone with a local woman to San Luis where her baby
was delivered. Free. She did have to pay a hundred dollars
or so for the baby's birth care. She also had to buy the clamp to
tie off the umbilical cord. Interesting.
There is a national insurance: IMS. WIth this you can get a
higher level of care. There is a sliding scale of costs for the
higher care. I could qualify but being over 40 and a foreign
national I need a Mexican health physical stating that I am in good
health. With my heart failure, diabetes, broken knee, etc., I could
never pass the physical.
Insurance companies for profit? To a Mexican the very concept
is unbelievable. Except in the United States, health care is
considered a right although better health care may be a privilege.