PDC is a generally happy, content kind of place. However, you will also often see trucks of “Policia Nationalidad” patrolling the streets, especially the tourist areas, with full automatic weapons and body armor. It’s a little disconcerting.
Also, while the people are very open and inviting, and the town feels very safe and friendly, if you look close you’ll see that there are interesting security measures being taken. For example, there are lots of metal gates on doors and windows.
Also, you’ll occasionally find a business or two that protects themselves with barbed wire. You won’t see this in the tourist area because, well, it just looks less than inviting:
And for those houses that feel like they would like an extra layer of security, there’s this:
“But wait” you may say, “what is that, just a wall with some junk on it? Nay, fair traveler. This is broken glass cemented onto the top of the wall.
So, yeah, there are some exceptions to the “pretty safe, open, and friendly” vibe.
In completely other news, when I posted about my towel situation, the world rallied to support me in my hour of need. Well, by “world” I mean two people, and by “need”, I mean they are interested in keeping me out of Mexican jails under indecent exposure charges.
The Bloke sent me a travel towel all the way from China:
And The Fashion Athlete sent me not just one travel towel, but also two small pucks that, when wetted, expand to become washcloths. Awesome.
When they mailed these we discovered a couple things:
- mail, apparently, travels via burro in Mexico. Delivery times were quoted as being up to 3 weeks to deliver.
- China can, evidently, ship things here faster than Seattle. Interesting. I have no theories on that.