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Joseph asks…

How much funds will be enough to travel mexico more than 15 days ?

this is my first time travelling to mexico so i want to know how much money will be more than enough to travel mexico for 15-20 days ? please let me know in USD

Tijuana answers:

Sounds like you want to see the land. Be sure to put $1500.00 in your bank account if you are going to Bus around like I have done. These days you can use an ATM to take out the cash needed for your trip. You won`t spend that much unless you want to.
You will need a lot more information if you are driving. I did the Baja on my old Harley……what a blast! (1975)
It would be wise to carry some traveller`s checks and leave the serial numbers with a friend or family member that can be faxed to AMEX pronto.

Keep in mind there are several affordable accommodations (Hotels) very close to All Bus terminals in Mexico.
It would also be wise to leave the Border Zone asap and in the early morning on a week day to increase your safety.
If you are on the west side of Mexico, the tren in the Copper Canyon should not be missed.
Mexican Buses are some of the Best in the world when travelling Interstate. All are air conditioned and WIFI equipped and again very inexpensive. In fact I don`t think there is a Bus fare of more than $200.00 usd in Mexico.
If you happen to get to Guadalajara there is a small train that takes you on a Tour of the Tequila factories and Bodegas. It`s about 30 kn north.
Any of the Coastal cities are reasonable except for the Yucatan state where there are tourist traps for someone on a budget.
Buen Viaje Jim

Nancy asks…

How different is Monterrey, Mexico from Southern Texas?

I have heard Monterrey is a very rich city for Mexico, and it makes you feel you haven’t left the US, why is that? Doesn’t it look poor?

Tijuana answers:

Monterrey, Mexico is the industrial capital of Mexico. Being one of the largest cities in Mexico, it has more opportunity than the smaller colonial or rural towns and, thus, is more prosperous. No it does not look like a US city. There is no zoning, so you can have a mansion next to some less desirable properties People are on the street 24 hours a day and walk and use mass transit, so their is quite a lot of social interaction. It’s a lively city, many cultural arts events, even an opera house. Growing up in Brownsville and visiting Monterrey many times, I would say that no Monterrey does not remind me of a city in southern Texas. It has it’s own attractive qualities. Also.

Robert asks…

What time will the world end on the 21st of next month in the Eastern Standard Time Zone?

I don’t really believe in the world ending next month but at the same time in some ways I think it could be possible. Anyway what time will the world end about and please include am or pm, so its not confusing to me (that’s a big difference as which one) on the 21st of December this year– I live in the Eastern Standard Time Zone.

Tijuana answers:

I guess it must be in Central Time, since that was the time in Central America, where the Maya live (yes, their descendents still live in Guatemala and Nicaragua and the neighborhood.)

Actually, we don’t know what time zone the Maya would have used… Time zones were not developed until the late 1800s, after railroad schedules needed the concept.

In any case, None of the proposed “end of world” scenarios have any scientific basis.

As to the Maya, it wasn’t until 20 years ago or so that we had begun to read their inscriptions, let alone understand their calendar system well. There were larger cities in Mexico and central America than there were in Europe at the time not long before Columbus arrived. And, things weren’t all sweetness and harmony — there were wars, rumors of wars, human sacrifices, slavery and all the rest 1000 years ago, or 500 years before Columbus.

Don’t misunderstand the idea of “translating” a calendar. Did our calendar tell us the world was going to end at the end of the year 2000? No, it was the end of a year, a decade, a century and a millennium, but not the end of the world. December 31, 2000 was the end of all those cycles, and January 1, 2001 was the beginning of a new year, decade, century and millennium.

The same thing was the case with the Maya calendar, which was based on a cycle, in turn based on a count of 20 (I guess the Maya didn’t wear closed toe shoes, because they did their math “base-20” where we do ours “base-10”).

Anyway, December 21 is the end of a Tun (a Maya year-like interval made of 20 “months” of 18 days, plus some 5 or 6 extra days like our leap day, to keep the calendar in sync with the astronomy. It is also the end of a Katun (a 20 year cycle) and a Baktun (a 400 year cycle of 20 Katun). This whole Baktun cycle lasts 144000 days. So it is the end of a Tun, Katun, and Baktun (the 13th Baktun). The next day starts a new Tun, Katun and Baktun (the 14th Baktun starts) and a new 144000 day cycle starts counting again, just as they had calculated 13 times in the past.

The Maya did not predict the end of the world — any more than Pope Gregory did when he developed our current calendar. The Maya “year” is called a “tun”, and 20 of these is called a “katun”. 20 katun is called a “baktun”, about 400 years, and on December 21, 2012, the 13th baktun will end, and on December 22, the 14th baktun will begin. This is just like December 31, 2000, the end of the 20th century and second millenium, and January 1, 2001, the beginning of the 21st century and third millenium.

Planetary alignments and galactic alignments? No special planetary alignment occurs this year. Every year at the time of the Winter Solstice, the same alignment occurs, and nothing has happened. Back in December, 2004, there was an alignment such that in the early morning, Mercury was near the Eastern horizon, Venus was a bit above that, then Mars, Jupiter and Saturn each higher than the previous across the zodiac. With all these planets on the same side of the Earth-Sun line, nothing happened.

The 11 year solar activity cycle is expected to peak sometime around mid-2013. This cycle has been going on (probably) forever, and sunspots were first observed by Galileo in the 1500s. This solar maximum is not expected to be as big as those back in the late 1950s and the one in the late 1960s.

There are no known comets or asteroids or other objects expected to impact the Earth in the future, but astronomers continue to search, observe and calculate orbits to monitor any objects which are likely to collide with Earth.

Same kind of discussion applies about any other “reason” for it.

Given all the above, I recommend the following:

1. Don’t run up your credit cards and other debts expecting that you won’t have to pay them back after December 2012.

2. Don’t skimp on your studies because you thought that by the end of 2012 it won’t matter!

3. Remember that “I read on the internet that the world was going to end, so I didn’t buy any Christmas presents” will sound really lame on Christmas morning.

4. This list could continue indefinitely…

5. If you are a perpretator of this hoax, maybe you should look for new work before Christmas, because your prognostication qualfications will be useless by then.

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