Monday, July 21, 2014

#10 REASON (EXCUSE): I DON'T HAVE A WAY TO GET TO ZUMBA CLASS!

TAXI IN ISLA AGUADA, CAMPECHE, MX

THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY TO GET TO ZUMBA CLASS!

     One day in San Miguel de Allende, Jon drove me to Zumba class in our PT Cruiser with the help of our handy GPS Navigation system to find the class location. As I walked into the FitClub, I noticed a woman hop out of a taxi in her Zumba clothing, pay the driver and head for class. My first thought was, "she must be wealthy to pay a taxi driver to take her to Zumba!" But since that day I have decided that that woman, and many others, probably spends less on transportation than I do by not owning a car!
    I have learned from the Mexican people that there is always a way to get around! Why own a car when there is so much public transportation available? Why not walk or ride a bike when you can? Every town has a taxi service if you need to use it. Using taxis is really relatively inexpensive compared to the amount we spend in a year on owning a car--insurance, gasoline, maintenance and repairs, tolls, let alone the amount of money tied up in the purchase of a vehicle! 
     I was amazed at how many different kinds of taxis there were in Mexico. Every town had their own unique type. In the town of Isla Aguada on the Gulf of Mexico, the taxis were all modifications of motorcycles,  little red "trikes" with 3 small tires. Around every corner in this island town, we would see one of these little red "trikes" buzzing by. It's amazing how many people and groceries bags will fit in one of these little taxis!
TAXI RACES BUS! WHO WILL WIN?
     In Acapulco, all of the taxis were VW Bugs, each with the same blue and white paint job. There were so many of these Bugs zooming around this city, darting in and out of traffic and cutting in front of us that frequently Jon had to slam on the brakes to avoid a collision! We decided that it was safer to leave our own car at home and take a cab to go to town.  Of course, the bus was easy and inexpensive, so we learned to use the bus system, too. Sometimes it looked like the buses and taxis were racing each other! Which was faster? It depended on who the driver was that day! Some bus drivers drove like they were in a competition to see how fast they could finish their route. Some taxi drivers drove like they were racing every other vehicle on the road! The Mexican National people seem so mellow until they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. We learned that when we got in a taxi, if there was a seat belt, we used it! Otherwise, we would hang on and say a prayer! It still seemed safer than driving our own car.
COOL BICYCLE ON SAN PANCHO BEACH
     Amazingly, we have seen very few vehicle accidents in Mexico. The Mexican drivers have the "weave, swerve, and flow" technique of driving down to a science! After 20 years of driving in Mexico, we are still trying to perfect our Mexican driving skills. For 20 years, we have towed a car behind our motorhome when we go to Mexico for the winter. We have towed an old VW Bug, a Suzuki Samarai, and last year a 2003 PT Cruiser, and all were fun cars. But we have had to ask ourselves this year whether we really need a car to tour the country, to go to the grocery store, and to drive to Zumba class!
     This year we've decided to sell our PT Cruiser and put a bike rack on the back of the RV. We really want to live in towns and cities where we can ride our bikes and walk to most places. We will use alternate means of transportation, save ourselves money, anxiety, and hassle. Goodbye to our PT Cruiser... hello to bicycles, buses, taxis, walking, and a healthier way of life. There are so many ways to
GOODBYE PT CRUISER
get to Zumba class besides driving a car. Of course, there is always carpooling with someone else who hasn't sold their vehicle yet!

     For more information on Isla Aguada, see my blog article dated 4/1/14 at: HealthyLivingandTravelinginMexico.blogspot.com . Look for my book later in 2014: Healthy Living and Traveling in Mexico.


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