Sep 19, 2003, 9:05 PM
Post #12 of 14
It has to be the same place. I didn’t venture to far from the wife and kids to see the garages but couldn’t help but see the trailer in the front of the place. I believe the “Trailer Park” sign was on the other side of the welcome sign and faces north, with no sign in the other direction. It was a Canadian couple that told me about the place. I am always northbound when I pass there and didn’t ever see the sign. It was a camping directory reporter that told me about their clientele (Not Church’s).
Re: [sfmacaws] A Motel de Paso vs a regular motel
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It was Rolly that changed the thread title to A Motel de Paso vs a regular motel. The problem is perception and cultural bias. Regular by US standards and customs. If you do a search on Yahoo for Mexican motels in a certain city you will get many results, but when you go to the motel, they all, except in American only places close to the border are named hotel (like Holiday Inn Hotel). My wife, a Mexican until last year, says that in fact there are legit motels in Mexico, she says muy raro, and it would be a very inexpensive place that didn’t really care who you were, who you brought, and the rooms are rented por rato.
Diccionario General de la Lengua Española Vox defines motel as:
motel (acrónimo del ing. motorist hotel)
1 m. Establecimiento de hostelería de similar categoría que el hotel, situado en las proximidades de una carretera, que facilita alojamiento en apartamentos con garaje y entrada independiente para estancias de corta duración.
This type of facility is in Mexico for more than one reason and prostitution is not one of them. Mexican men cannot seem to interact with a woman anywhere without hitting on them. Many seem to get lucky and they sure can’t go home. Then there is the matter of mistresses. They must have the esposa and a few señoras in their stable. Need a place for that too. When in Mexico City, you don’t think those young gals with much older men are their daughters do you? How about three generations living in a three-room house. Got to have a place. Most prostitutes have their own room to take their friends to and usually they (the john) are too drunk to drive a car to the outskirts of town. The ladies don’t have to slink around because everybody knows who they are and it is legal in Mexico.
I maintain that John and Marsha Smith, on their first Mexican adventure, would probably be best advised to skip any motel looking facility that didn’t have a sign that said hotel.
Some day try to find a motel on the south side of Guadalajara that you would take your family to. Think of the terror in the mind of a tourist stuck in that area as the sunsets and what it can do to their powers of observation. Heck, all the other buildings are painted funky colors, why not a motel too, and one with what looks to have some very good security for my car.
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