So I got a little paranoid/upset the other day when my friend, with whom I am planning a roadtrip across the border to Austin to visit my sister and buy stuff, contacted me expressing dudas about the trip. I thought she was thinking of flaking out.
She was worried about a couple things, one of them being road conditions in Nuevo Leon because of Hurricane Alex and, I think, also because of increased checkpoints. She has since told me she heard it’s not all that bad.
So I was looking into it, finally. I have of course known there are issues… I’ve been working for the Human Rights Commission, in particular translating some stuff about authority missteps regarding methods of combating violence (including one that killed two little boys), and I also recently edited a couple of reports for a political risk consultant on drug-related violence. But other than that I haven’t really explored the issues.
i.e., I have avoided exposing myself to the more paranoid sources of news, such as the US State Department. But I decided to take the plunge today and read what they have to say, via a recent consular warden’s report. It seems pretty rational. In context of mentioning that thousands of US citizens travel in Mexico safely every day, they also tell you what’s been happening in hotspots, where to avoid, and why.
With respect to the pending cruzafrontera trip, this was the pertinent passage: