A lot of the time when people are talking about Mexico, dirt comes up in the conversation.
"Oh Mexico is so dirty..."
Yes, I guess the places you are attracted to are.....is what I usually respond with...
I also say that I have only been in border towns once or twice in my life and that I usually go to places that have more culture, history, art, so I don't hang around sleazy dirty locations that they are talking about........
That usually stops the conversation pretty quick....
Or, they say,.... no tha'st not what I mean, .....I mean it's dirty.......
Ok, it's pretty obvious that they have never gone to places like Guadalajara or Morelia, Mazatlan or Puerto Vallarta, unless they stayed at some cheap 15 dollar a day place..... Or travel only by the cheap bus lines.
What I see is clean, clean Mexico. Most of the time.
I am constantly amazed at how many times I see people sweeping up.
Store employees constantly mopping up the sidewalk or rinsing the walkway with a bucket of soapy water.
All the time.
It's kind of an obsession, or the shop keeper tells his employees to wash the sidewalk each and every day.
The other day I was waiting for my wife and sitting around. I snapped this picture.
Here's a way to really sweep the street and it works. Instead of using a fancy broom of some sorts , the street cleaning lady walks into the plaza, picks up a palm frond and uses it to sweep the fallen leaves on the street down to the corner.
The width of the "Broom" seems to make perfect sense to tackle these fallen gifts from the cobblestones......
Funny thing is I also see people sweeping up dirt sidewalks and walkways..... even when the walkway or road is dirt... I mean dirt walkways..you know, no concrete or asphalt.... plain old dirt, but yet they sweep it.
So when you say Mexico is dirty, look around your own town.
I for a fact know that while growing up in San Francisco it was one of the dirtiest places around, now with the homeless it's gotten worse. You could venture into Oakland across the bay...you can add dirt to the crime infested neighborhoods.
LA, same thing, Phoenix, same thing...even cute little Long Beach , San Diego they all have their spots, but you don't see as many people sweeping up in any of those places then you see down here.
So next time you say that Mexico is dirty, let's define what YOU consider dirt.
End of story.