In her Lonely Planet travel blog, Barbara Weibel talks about her time spent in Chihuahua, where she traveled solo to spend her birthday. After reading U.S. State Department warnings, Weibel was worried about the trip. She was pleasantly surprised to find that wherever she went, she encountered courteous and friendly people, who were eager to welcome her and share their culture. She says:
I am frankly mystified. I have been traveling solo in Mexico for nearly two months and have not felt unsafe at any time. In fact, I recently noticed that surveillance cameras cover every inch of the Centro Historico (Old Town) in both Zacatecas and Guanajuato, and residents and hostel managers in most places I have visited confirmed that it was totally safe to walk around alone at all hours of the night. Certainly, there are places in Mexico that are best avoided…But a thorough reading of the State Department advisory gives the impression that the entire country of Mexico is unsafe and Mexican officials are rightly outraged. Consider this: how would we have reacted if other countries had advised against traveling anywhere in the U.S. after the 9/11 terrorist attacks?