Hello Felisa Churpa Rosa Rogers,
At the People’s Guide website I found your name with the invitation to share Mexico stories et cetera. I mainly just wanted to thank Carl Franz and his companions for opening up a world to which I probably would never have had to courage to visit without first getting familiar with The People’s Guide to Mexico. In Dec. 1974, I was in Ocean Beach San Diego CA and stumbled into a bookstore where I found The People’s Guide. Well, hell, I had a $276.83 check from back home in Chicago just arrived at the mailbox in this little ramshackle boarding house I was staying in in Ocean Beach and thought, “why not go down there?” The PGtoM section on bus travel was my main inspiration. Took the bus down the Pacific coast, way down there. Got down to Mazatlan, ate a burger in a Jack-in-the Box restaurant and got a bad reaction and missed most of what at the time, January 1975, was a most magical town while on route further south along the coast, Barra de Navidad. But far from discouraging me, this episode only whetted my appetite for more visits south of the border. I went back seven more times between 1976 and 2004. Now I am going back again. There is something about the country and its people that makes travel there more interesting and rewarding than anywhere else in the world, despite or because of all the obstacles to smooth, seamless existence.