I want to clarify a ver good question made by the AP people in Mexico.
Why people die for swine flu in Mexico and not in other countries?
There are two main reasons.
1. In Mexico the minimum wage is $4usd per day, so going to the doctor (private practice) is quite expensive, and social health is quite a pain in the *... so people who can afford a medicine go to the drugstore an buy something and self medicate, or in the worst case, try to cure himself with teas and infusions (chicken soup), when that doesn't work, they go to the doctor, and it is too late.
2. The public hospitals are crowded, if you are lucky you will receive attention after three hours of wait, and the attention is taken in a few minutes, where the overworked doctor ask the patient "what do you have?" and the silly patient answers "my throat hurts" so the doctors check it quickly to see it is red and give them a medicine, or tell the patient which medicine to take, which is wrong most of the time. So a lot of patients are misdiagnose, receiving medicine they don't need, and not getting well, they visit the doctor several times until he (by a stroke of luck) gives the correct diagnose, sometimes the patient died before that.
In private practice, the problem is almost the same, the doctor asks, then checks a little bit and give a medicine, that can be right or wrong, then charges you with a bill of $40.00 usd (10 days of work) or sometimes asks the patient to take a few test to find out what is the problem, gives the patient a medicine to stop the symptoms, the patient feels better because the medicine stops the symptoms and since medical studies are way to expensive he decides not to continue, after all he feels fine now.
Also I was witness of the next case, in a private hospital the nurses give the patient the wrong medicine, which cause the patient to suffer even more, and he was submitted to two surgeries and not a sign to improve, until the doctor find out the nurses were giving the wrong medicine. That hospital is the "Hospital de la Santa Cruz" in Queretaro.
In case of flu cases in my city and state, so far none, zero cases, there where 30 people who presented symptoms, but it was a common flu. Still I'm wearing a mask, cleaning my hands a lot, and not greeting people.
The city government built and opened in last week a new theme park in the city, the theme "Independence and Revolution" very patriotic, instead of seeing a giagantic cartoon character you see the statues of mexican heroes, instead of the magic castle of wathever, you see a replica of the house of the Corregidora were the independence movement was born, replicas of colonial buildings, and other stuff.
Acording to wikipedia (not much reliable but good start for info)
"Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that makes a ritual of movements from martial arts, games, and dance."
In Mexico there are many people from many parts of the world, including people from central and south america, many of the came here because it is in the way to the USA, but stay, because they couldn't make it to the border, or may be because they find a way of living here.
In the mid and late 90's a lot of people came from Brazil and Argentina, I remember having brazilian classmates when in Junior high, but due to the lack of compatibility of the education systems they where far older, I was 14 years and them were 18 (ready to college) it was nightmare to them (I guess)
Also we see the opening of brazilian restaurants in the city, and the opening of Capoeira schools (this is one of the schools) they perform in public every weekend, why?, I don't know. The students are mexican, and they need to learn fight, dance, sing, and to play an instrument.
5 de Mayo in the city of Santiago de Queretaro is one of the main streets in the historic district in downtown, this street has many restaurants and other venues and leads to the government plaza, where the state government is located.
From the "Santa Cruz" church to the "Jardín Zenea" this is what you will see.
In the last few days (well actually a month) I haven't blog anything... not to much time.
In TTT (This Trouble Times) the company where I work cut the budget of my department in about 35%, so "in theory" they claim I will have 35% free time, yeah righ!. I have more work than ever, why, well money helps a lot, whe you have it you can get almost anything, without it you have tu built from nothing everything. Also great part of my job is to help generate sales, which is really important in TTT.
So I have less free time, and in that time I'm to tired to do anything else, also in times of crisis Mexicans try to spent more time with friends and family, we are used to this kind of situations (since I was born I have experience 5 crisis) so we handle more friendly.
I just hope the crisis don't go more strong, we (the world) are not prepare to that... May be this is the first call to the 2012 end of the world, step one, global crisis, step two... who knows??
With hope for future, I'm asking everyone that can, Buy stuff, move the money!! don't freeze your consumption, that way you generate demand, which generate jobs!
I can assure you I'm one of the most surprised persons with this.
Last year someone sent me documents using the mexican postal service, a huge mistake, the letter arrived two months later, even though the distance between cities is 200km.
This year I have received two letters trough the mexican post service, this where sent the day before!!, I notice that they charged more for the delivery, but it was still cheap, $1usd instead of $0.1usd.
By the way, private carriers charge like $5usd for next day delivery.
In November of 2008, the government launch an ad campaign saying that mexican postal service changed to Mexican Mail "Correos de México", and that they where changing everything, to improve, I didn't believe it. But is true.
Our friendly neighbor likes to polute a little, this is a shoot of the parking lot of my work fill with smoke from the other factory, across the street, polluting like crazy, they made "dehydrated food" while we work on chemicals, and we don't polute like them, not even close, we are, in fact, a very clean factory.
Kings cake or big doughnut is a tradition brought by the spaniards in the times of the viceroyalty.
I ate like 6 of this cakes (not all the cake) with family, friends, coworkers, friends, otehr friends and more family.
It is always fun because inside the cake there are little dolls, if you cut a part where is a doll you have the "baby Jesus" and with the others "lucky" ones that also find the dolls, have to organized a party on february 2th to conmemorate the baby Jesus presentation to the temple, in that party we eat "tamales" and drink "atole" (tamales are some sort of corn bread fill with stuff like meat, chilli, cheese or fruit, atole is a drink made with corn, milk and water)
I read in the newspaper of another city (the kind of city that is some sort of rival to my city) that "if prosperity is measure by the size of the yellow pages Queretaro wins"
That is because ours is twice as big as the one in Leon city in Guanajuato, the city has 250,000 more inhabitants than Queretaro, and still Queretaro's yellow pages are bigger. And in many other comparisons Queretaro's pages are bigger than other bigger cities.
The reason is simple, Queretaro joins a good economic profile, ranked among the best cities in latin america to do business, the number one in per capita income in mexico, and a good size middle class (there are more middle class here than any other social class) which translates in good business.
The yellow pages has more than 3000 pages.
In the photo you can compare it to Uruapan, a 300,000 people city in the state of Michoacan.
My work place is located in the outside of the city, I'm near nothing, not even an Oxxo (seven eleven kind of store in Mexico, located in every corner of the city)
In my previous office I had a view to the ugly polluting factory infront of my work, now I have a view to a garden, with flowers and birds, hummingbirds (like 10 of them) live there, all year long, since we have sunshine every day of the year. it could be like 5°C but still sunshine.
Being here is good and bad, good because is relaxing view, green and no ugly sounds, just birds, and bad, because I'm forced to be inside, like a kid punished doing homework while there is a nice day outside and all the kids are playing.
Still, I like my new office a lot, like some coworkers call it, the marketing chalet.