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I received an email from a citizen of Canada yesterday. The sender indicated to me (why me I’m not sure) that he would not be coming to Acapulco any longer due to the police response, or lack thereof he felt, regarding the case of Daniel Dion.

Briefly, Daniel Dion is a Canadian who went missing in Acapulco several days ago, which caused something of an uproar in Canada. It seems the emailer got a bit caught up in the hype. The media, sadly, just can't resist the "trouble in paradise" storyline, facts be damned.

This is really unfair to Acapulco – which remains a SAFE city for visitors despite the behavior of some of its uninvited guests. Due to the wanton distortions about Acapulco circulating in the press, the city is really suffering, it's people are suffering, and it is completely unfair.

Let me say that if tourists did start to go missing, I’d be the first to say that Acapulco is no longer safe and would probably myself relocate down the cost and out of harms way. But that's just not that case.

To be sure, Acapulco has a problem right now as mafias and their associates are murdering one another on a regular basis, but I continue to assert that in 99.99999999% of cases it this has nothing to do with tourists or residents that don't seek out trouble. That is my story line. This may not be the case forever, but at this moment, that's that way it is in Acapulco.

As a tourist, one is much more likely to be the victim of an attack in Miami, LA, New York, or any comparable U.S. city than in Acapulco - the statistics bear this out. Look them up.

With respect to the case of Mr. Dion, his body was found in the trunk of a car rental – shot and burned beyond recognition. Not to be disparaging of Mr. Dion or his family as I have never met either, but I think the facts of the case fit my story line - that crime in Acapulco is something that happens to criminals here - rather than what they are pushing north of the border - that one needs to fear for their life in Acapulco.

As it turns out, Mr. Dion was not a tourist but a long-term resident. His business was a bit unusual in its own right - he made “eco” friendly designer handbags using prison labor. However, the truly interesting fact is this revelation from Canada’s CBCNEWS:

“Dion, 51, of Carleton Place, Ont., was convicted in 1993 on one count of possession of a concealed weapon, one count of marijuana possession and one count of production of marijuana. Between 1982 and 1996, he faced at least 45 charges, including a number of drug- and gun-related counts.”

You can read the entire story here:

Ummm, FORTY-FIVE CHARGES? DRUGS?? GUNS??? What does one have to do to get charged FORTY-FIVE times?

The real question is how in the hell did he get a resident visa in Mexico with a record like that?

I think the media once again owes Acapulco an apology for scaring away its economy without justification.

The Acapulco Philharmonic presented another sensational program on October 8th in the Theater of the Convention Center (Juan Ruiz de Alarcón). The opening piece was Marcha Turka by Beethoven, which should be fairly familiar to many because it has been used in lots of modern contexts, especially on the TV. Then two violinists performed as soloists with the orchestra: first, 10-year-old Alexjandra Reyes performed Ballade et Polonaise by H. Vieuxtemps. She is a true prodigy, and her effort caused a standing ovation from the crowd. Then her adult sister, Rosaura Reyes, performed an intricate and showy number, Sarasate's Introduction and Tarantella, which also brought the audience to its feet. She is a member of the Orquestra de las Bellas Artes in Mexico City.

After an intermission, the Philharmonic played three pieces by Sibelius: The Karelia Suite (three movements or numbers), the short but beautiful Valse Triste, and finally, Finlandia, which is truly one of the most inspiring short symphonic pieces of the late romantic era. The 84-member orchestra has a wide range of repertoire, but it is especially strong when it comes to late 19th and early 20th century music.

The next concert is on October 22. If you will be in town over November 5, be sure to attend the performance of Carmina Burana. Beethoven's Choral Fantasy has also been mentioned as part of the same bill. That piece is a sort of precursor to the last chorus of the Ninth Symphony, and is truly enjoyable in its own right. It is a kind of piano concerto that winds up with the choral finale. Come early. The house will fill up quickly. The concert is part of the festivities of the annual "Festival of the Nao," celebrating Acapulco's role in the spice and silk trade that linked Spain with the Philippines via Mexico.

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If you are looking for a great dinner which won't completely break the bank, where you will feel comfortable and pampered by the constantly on hand Rosaura you really should go to Costa Grill. Very good steaks .... no ... all the food is delicious. Just go.

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I decided to look up "ecology" as it seems to be a much abused word. " the study of the interaction of people with their environment." and "the political movement that seeks to protect the environment, esp. from pollution." So what is an ECOLOGICAL HOTEL? Certainly not somewhere we stay to study our relationship with ants, cockroaches or scorpions or any other fauna, even if that is what we might end up pondering.

The reason for all this was a visit by a friend to Casa del Lirio, Boulevard de las Naciones, Manzana 24, Lote 12 (744) 433 4015 which clams to be Ecological. I am not for a moment suggesting that this hotel is overrun by any of the aforementioned beasts. He reported plastic chairs, maids using bleach and Pinol no gutters (surely an environmentally friendly, water saving and economical asset) and a general feeling that there was no difference from any other cabaña style establishment. I will admit that he was in a filthy mood and quite eager to find fault. But it didn't appear to him that they were really making much of an effort. I would really welcome comments from the management of this hotel regarding sewage disposal, solar power, detergents etc.

I firmly believe that there is a huge need for a much, much more conscientious attitude towards the environment and that any effort should be lauded. Especially in garbage strewn Acapulco. But at the same time using the word "ecological" should not be a label which justifies higher prices while using it as an excuse to offer sub-standard services.

What's a Blog? It's a contraction of the term "web log". It's a personal diary about whatever you want. You can create a new page for each new idea. We decided not to let everyone that registers automatically have their own blog due to problems with spam.

If you want your own blog, not a problem, just ask us for one using this special form.

This website is available in both Spanish and English and the two sections are both fully integrated and yet completely independent of one another.

While this makes the site both really cool and totally different from most other websites, it also makes knowing what to do a little more complicated.

So, I thought I would write this page to clear a couple things up.

Programming and configuring a complicated website like this one comes with certain trade-offs. One of those trade-offs that we had to make has to do with how to handle the relationship between the Spanish and English sections of the website.

Instead of allowing a user to select the language in which to publish his or her content (Spanish or English) while creating content (which is possible), we have chosen to “lock” the language according the language the user is viewing. That is, if you are in the Spanish language section of the website and you create content, the content you create will be published in the Spanish language section … even if you wrote the content in English. The same holds true for the English section.

The website knows what language you are viewing, and what interface language you are adding content in, but doesn’t have a clue about the actual language of the stuff you upload. It could be Zulu, the website won’t know. So, in order to be sure that the right people read your stuff, here’s a rule of thumb…

If you are publishing content in Spanish, do so only from the Spanish language section. If you are publishing content in English, do so only from the English language section.

It’s as simple as that.

How do you know that you are in the Spanish language section? Well, it’s all written in Spanish. How do you know that you are in the English section? Well, it’s all written in English, plus… all the URLs will have an/en/

Some users and roles have permission to translate the pages that they upload more directly. This ability is pretty much limited to advertisers, editors and others that work closely with the site.

If you have such permission, you’ll see a special tab near the top of page you created that says “Translate”. If you click this tab you will have the ability to create an associated page in another language.

When you do this, most of the content from the “source” page is transferred, but not necessarily all of it because sometimes the English and Spanish sides have different lists of options to choose from, but pretty much all the text, images, video and other content will transfer to the new page automatically. For users with translation permission, there are two important rules of thumb….

You will need to supply the translation, the website cannot translate text automatically.

This means that you’ll have to erase the text in the old language and input the text in the new language manually.

After you have saved the new page, it becomes a completely independent entity.

For example, if you create an English translation of a Spanish page, after the English page is saved the first time, any changes you make to the Spanish page will not affect the English page and vice versa.

So, for example, after having created an English translation, if you upload an image to the Spanish page and want the same image to also display on the English page, you’ll have to navigate to the English page and upload it again. After the translation is “born” we cut the umbilical chord.

A time saving tip… make sure that your original “source” page is as complete as possible with respect to images, video, or other content before creating a translation.

The site is constructed this way to keep the site functioning as one unit while allowing users maximum flexibility and also to allow the Spanish and English sides of the site to have distinct personalities and take on lives of their own.

Feel free to ask questions in the Webmaster section of the forum.

Use this forum to suggest a location, category, or other item that's missing from our various selection lists.

Last Friday, in the Convention Center, the Orquestra Filarmónica de Acapulco (or OFA) put on an incredible performance. In an all-German program, the full orchestra played the Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner. Then, soloist Horacio Franco played two concertos for the recorder (in Spanish, "flauta dulce"): Telemann and Bach. The last movement of the Bach was so fast that it was hard to hear every note, and unimaginable how Franco was able to play them. A true virtuosity. After intermission, the full orchestra played Death and Transfiguration, a well-known symphonic poem by Richard Strauss, in which an artist (or musician or writer) recalls, on his death bed, scenes from the victories of other days.

Next Friday, September 3, the OFA will put on a completely Mexican program, in observance of the bicentennial of independence, including the Obertura Revolucionaria by Chavez, and, for the first time with an orchestra, a "salterio" or Mexican zither (also called "psaltery"). The soloist is Miguel Pacheco, and the program contains many well-known traditional Mexican melodies. Not a program you would want to miss.


  • Check clothing and shoes (especially shoes) before putting them on.
  • Be careful with firewood, rubbish, locks, inside, under and on top of furniture, corners, etc.
  • Separate beds from walls, so that they can't hide there.
  • Have a careful look at the ceiling. They are not very agile when they are upside down. You don't want to be under the one which didn't make the cut with Arturo's Scorpion Circus.
  • Check cribs, beds and sleeping bags when going to bed. Try to avoid sleeping on floor however drunk you might be.
  • If you are stung, find a doctor as soon as you can.