Many American friends ask me if I feel safe living and traveling in Mexico. They innocently assume that the terrible news stories they hear and read in the American media pertain to all of the country all of the time. Our little village of La Manzanilla, situated on the Pacific coast, is safe and very welcoming. One very quickly feels more relaxed and open. The wonderful local restaurants, the long crescent beach, the warm air, the dancing palms, and the friendly locals, all add to the feeling of well-being. And yes, there is an occasional incident that causes alarm – usually a robbery of someone’s laptop or cell phone. But life is no different in our pueblo than elsewhere in the world. And mostly, life is very, very good. The following blog is a thoughtful and helpful look inside our cherished, adopted home country. The second piece, “Mexico Maligned” posted on July 23rd, is a very good article for anyone interested in travel to Mexico who may have been having second thoughts. Have a look. It will enlighten you.