And off we go
Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
2Trip End Feb 27, 2008
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Today we walked up to see the bullring since the gate was open in preparation for tomorrow nights bullfights. At $30 a ticket it is well beyond the reach of most of the locals in an economy where the minimum wage is about $6 a day.
The popularity of San Miguel among US and Canadian tourists and second home owners and wealthy Mexicans from other areas is a mixed blessing. It creates a strong local economy for restaurants, the boutique hotels, and b and b's, the many fancy shops, local construction, etc. but it also raises the prices of local goods and services. This region of Mexico is one of two that are the source of much of the illegal workers in the US. It is estimated that some 12 million workers, many illegal, seek the higher wages north of the border and the estimate is that $20 billion a year is remitted from those in the US to their families in Mexico.
The lack of decent job opportunities here puts a strain on traditional family life as so many of the men leave and some, after a while, abandon the families they left behind. With the border crackdowns and the current US hostile attitude to guest workers it will be harder than ever for those without papers to come back to Mexico for the annual visits.