posted on Jun, 5 2011 @ 09:39 AM
reply to post by samusaran253
It is fine to be excited, but don't be too idealistic about your trip. I would suggest get your feet more firmly planted down to earth by reading on
the internet some of expat blogs and file serves sites. There, you will find down-to-earth experiences about some of the problems and unpleasentries
of the country.
I personally love Mexico, but after several trips there over the years, I've learn that all is not sunshine and smiling faces. No one goes off
into a strange land blindly these days expecting the best even when on a "good will" trip. --And I'm not speaking about the cartels in Mexico. In
many foreign countries, minor crimes such as stealing is a more or less accepted fact of life becasue most everyone is so poor. Expat sites from
Costa Rica, for example will say if you are coming to build or live there as many retiring Americans do, never leave your building materials or nice
house unattended. Always have someone, if only a maid, "guarding" the place.
Good luck, 'hope you enjoy the experience and it inriches your life. (Don't let your passport and or BC out of your sight.).
I know, I'll get slammed for this and probably the outfit you are joining for the trip is well aware of the pitfalls and will give you critical info
on the society and culture. Proceed with an objective view of that different world, and you will have a better understanding of their world and