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Old 11-28-2008, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Mexico is rough...a couple nice tourist places but there is sooo much violence going on within the country due to the drug trade, that a lot of civilians are becoming casualties in the war
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Old 11-29-2008, 05:30 AM
 
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There's probably more Spanish culture in Alburquerque, NM than in PR.
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Old 11-29-2008, 10:15 AM
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Mexico is rough...a couple nice tourist places but there is sooo much violence going on within the country due to the drug trade, that a lot of civilians are becoming casualties in the war
Oh please, Mexico is NOT rough. I spent 4 months there this year, traveled to lots of different places and never once felt unsafe. The problem with the drug trade is largely confined to a few areas of the country, which are easily avoided. Both Guanajuato and Oaxaca are perfectly safe cities.

Calling Mexico rough because there are problems in some areas would be like calling the US rough because there's violence in Detroit. Mexico, just like the US, is a huge country.
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:51 AM
 
Location: Puerto Rico
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I am in PR right now (visiting). People state their opinions and often are very colorful and sometimes forceful while conveying their point of view. For instance the issue of driving. It is not that bad. Of course it is not your Sunday-suburban-church-drive, but then again it is much better than driving in New York or Boston. Now, regarding learning about the Spanish culture. You will learn about Spanish culture from the past, how Spain conducted itself during its colonial days, and you will learn about this from the point of view of a colony. People in PR are nice but you have to understand that you are a tourist and by definition an intruder of their life. It is also interesting to see how the Spanish culture of the past has been adapted by the islanders into their own way. Of course Spanish is not the only including force, so you also learn how other external cultures have influenced the local people. Therefore, if you are interested in learning about people and how their way of life can be changed by external cultures, then PR would be an interesting place to visit. Anyways ... I like it here.
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Old 12-05-2008, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Coral Gables
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As a Puerto Rican, I would say that you would learn of the PuertoRican culture, which is full of life, no matter the gloom and doom. But will you learn decent Spanish? doubt it-- especially in San Juan, where most speak English....Unfortunately, we speak with tons of anglicisms, are so bilingual that switch languages without noticing; and dont quite pronounce our r or our s's...

Hate to discourage you, but I found that my Spanish improved significantly when I moved away and lived/worked in South America.

Have you thought of Miami? I now live in the Miami area, and depending where you go, you may speak as much Spanish here as in PR (ie. not perfect as noted above)--and it 's safer--just a thought.
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Old 12-07-2008, 08:04 PM
 
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You should also visit St. Croix. St. Croix is not far from Puerto Rico. It is a lot smaller but there is a Spanish culture here and Spanish is often spoken. The food and music have strong Spanish influence.There are many beautiful beaches and visitors are treated warmly.
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:16 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda, Florida
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Smile Very nice pictures...

I enjoyed them. Thank you.
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