Getting Robbed In Mexico For $2500 USD
After living in Monterrey for roughly 4 months, it was time to leave. I made a plan to fly from Monterrey to the city of Colima on the mid-western coast of Mexico.
I arrived in the Mexico city airport, and checked in my luggage (23kg of my stuff). The airport security told me to dispose of my 1L bottle of water before passing through security, so I chugged the entire thing (can't be wasteful).
After a brief lay-over in Mexico City, I arrived in the Colima Airport, and took a 30 minute taxi to my hotel in the center of Colima.
I open up my luggage to find that everything has been overturned like a pair of hyenas had gone through my things. Plastic bags were ripped apart, clothes were crumpled everywhere, and everything was simply misplaced.
I searched carefully for what was taken, and it turned out that my small beige satchel where I was keeping my important documents and cash had been opened.
$2500 USD was ripped out of an envelope I had placed it in… and nothing else was taken.
At this point I thought… there was nothing I could do. Firstly, I had no evidence that I had cash on me. Secondly, in Mexico, the police most likely wouldn't care, and any reports filed would not be solved.
I thought about submitting the envelop for forensic fingerprint analysis, but that would have been a long shot.
So I arrived in Colima with the only remaining $100 USD in my pocket, and a few Mexican pesos.
Ultimately, I was not expecting this to happen.
I had been through perhaps 100+ flights in the last 6 years, and nothing like this had ever happened. I normally divide my cash between my carry-on, and my luggage… but in this case, it was an unexpected event, and a lesson learned.
After telling this story to my father, he summarized it as “a life tax”.
Moral of the story? Keep Zero valuables in your luggage in Latin American countries – and generally all countries.
P.S. After this happened, I ended my stay in Colima after a single night, took a bus to Puerto Vallarta (paid with Credit card), stayed 2 nights in an Airbnb, and flew back to Toronto to refresh.
Monterrey, Mexico For 4 Months
After my 4 month-long adventure in Mexico from January 22nd to May 15th of 2018, I took a brief time-out and refresh in my home base of Toronto.
I had explored almost 40 cities in Mexico in the span of 4 months, so I was burned out from the constant pick-up and go.
Then in the end of September 2018, I decided it was time to head back to Mexico, this time I was planning to live in Monterrey for atleast a month.
A Quick Trip to Santiago & Cola De Caballo (Horses Tail Waterfall)
My buddy (pictured above with the cactuses), was only staying for a month, so we figured it was time to take a small road trip.
We went southeast to the small “Pueblo Magico” (magic town) of Santiago.
Cola De Caballo Waterfalls, Nuevo Leon
Just outside the town of Santiago is this natural gem.
Back in Monterrey
Chipinque Mountain Adventure
A few days later, it was time to climb up Chipinque mountain in Monterrey
In the center of Monterrey is a large hill with a palace for the Bishop of older days.
“Me Muero De Hambre” Restaurant (Translation: I'm Dying of Hunger Restaurant)
This was my most favorite restaurant in Monterrey, I loved coming here for the Tostadas de Atun (Tuna), and Tostadas De Pulpo (of Fried Octopus)
A Festival in Monterrey
This festival was showcasing light-up animals along the Santa Lucia Walkway from December to January.
I stayed in Monterrey from the end of September 2018 to the beginnig of February 2019.
It's a decent city, but other than practicing Kickboxing at a local gym (not a very good gym either), there wasn't much to do.
Monterrey is a working-class city mostly. The mountains are fun to climb, but perhaps no more than 1-2x in a row.
Perhaps I will go back one day to climb Cerro De La Silla, but it is unlikely.