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Old 28th June 2018, 01:35 AM
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What an idiot Sounds like you got off lucky.

My husband had a similar experience, but not so lucky. They asked him at the border if he was an American (quote unquote) and he answered yes. To which they quickly turned against him claiming he was a US citizen. After plenty of coercion, manipulation, berating and jail, he was deported and banned for life (misrepresentation and verbal claim to citizenship).

Not to be a downer - I'm just happy you got away with it! And we all know who the idiots really are.
I kinda like playing the rascal, but momma, I was joking! Never been in a police line-up. My scenario was just my attempt to show the total silliness of this "we're all Americans" nonsense.
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Though it doesn't appear in the dictionary of the Real Academia, EEUU is commonly accepted as an abbreviation of Estados Unidos. I believe that the doubling of the "E" and "U" are meant to indicate the concept of plural.

Here's a more definitive response to your comment: https://www.quora.com/Acronyms-What-does-EEUU-stand-for
You beat me to it. EEUU is used throughout the Spanish-speaking world. In fact right now my iPhone keyboard is set to Spanish, and when I entered EEUU the icon of the flag of the USA popped up. Given the Spanish convention of doubling the letters in an abbreviation to indicate the words are plural, the acronym EU would indicate “Estado Unido”.
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Also, it seems to me that joking around with border officials of either stripe is a risky activity.
Couldn't agree more.




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I do a lot of driving both in the US and Mexico. While I don't mind at all driving in Mexico, I don't think the experience is nearly as good as in the US. Not nearly. For one thing if one wants to actually arrive to their destination in Mexico in their lifetime, they will need to drive the cuotas. And they have become alarmingly expensive. Mostly the US freeways are free and, to my estimation, much better. I can drive coast to coast without paying a toll.

And off the cuotas/freeways the comparison is not even close. In the US I often ride non-freeways as I think they are more 'personal'. A little longer in time but not nearly as monotonous. In Mexico, I dread going from point A to point B using the libre roads unless I am actually wanting to see the countryside in that area or going somewhere note served by cuota.

As far as drivers... I guess each nation has it 'spots' to avoid (Boston comes to mind) but generally I don't see much difference between the two. There are idiots enough in each place but I seem to get along fine in either place. YMMV

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RickS writes: " And they have become alarmingly expensive.""
I don't know about that Rick, when I started driving the Nogales to Guayabitos route in 2007 the tolls for the 1520 KM drive was about $100 USD, then the peso went close to 22 the tolls were just over $60 USD, last week I drove it and the tolls were $69 USD + there are some new toll bypass sections so to me I do not find it ""alarmingly expensive...
I wonder what some of the New Jersey or Pennsylvania Turnpikes cost per mile.........

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I don't know as I don't intend to drive in New Jersey nor Pennsylvania. I agree that the bottom line US dollars for tolls are still OK, but that doesn't do much for Mexican Nationals who drive them.

And of course now that AMLO is President the peso will gain in strength and all will be well in Mexico ;>)
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Good overview . . . I enjoyed the unique characteristics as related to each barrio in San Cristobal de Las Casas. Question, Barrio de Guadalupe . . . what is its ethnic distinction?

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Actualy the Spaniards were not so ignorant in San Cristobal de las Casas, when they founded the town they surrounded the Spanish center with barrios. Each barrio was populated by different and distinct groups of indigenous . The Mexicas and Tlaxcalan indigenous were settled in the barrio they now call Mexicanos for the Mexicas and Tlaxcala , San Diego was were the Zapotecs moved to .. Cuxitali was for the Cuxitali indians.. El Cerrilo was mostly populated by converted Chamulans and so on.. Each barrio also was tought a specialty..Cuxtitali was the place where they killed and raised pigs, el Cerrillo where the iron workers worked and lived, San Ramon the place for ceramics and bricks and so on...The Spaniards had to be aware of all the different ethnic groups but they obviously had their favorite , like the Nahual speaking groups that could be more trusted than the feuding locals. It is interesting to know that most towns have 3 names, the Maya name which usually only locals know, the Nahual name and the Spanish name, usually a Saint..Considering that all these tribes and their customs were new to the Spaniards, they did a pretty samrt job at integrating everyone.. better than some of the modern countries have done...

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