Travel Advisory?

by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Monday, January 16, 2023, 15:33 (322 days ago) @ frostbite

We visited Zihua twice a year for 20 years without any problems. When we rented our house out, our advice to visitors was to stay out of the non-touristy parts of town after dark, be polite and respectful to the locals, don't wear flashy jewelry, don't use ATMs after dark. No problems were ever reported, and we never had any.

Speaking of 'safety, this is probably as good a time as any to relay a story that happened to me Saturday night, April 16, 2022 at approximately 9:30 PM at Mercadito Zanka- the food court behind the Museum. I was drugged. And I was essentially unconscious for about 12 hours. I was on a date with someone I had met online and we (along with a friend of hers) went to grab a bite to eat and hear some music. A beer that was brought to me was 'spiked', most likely with the drug Rohypnol- commonly called 'roofies' and one of the popular 'date rape' drugs. I was EXTREMELY fortunate that I was not harmed nor had anything of value taken from me. It is not necessary to get into the fine details of the incident. What is important is to know that these attacks can happen anywhere, anytime, to anybody. Clearly it helps to know who you are out with, who is around, and to try to keep your eye on any food or beverage that is served. Obviously this is an unusual and fairly rare incident. Although I have spoken to several individuals who have themselves had this happen or know of others it has happened to. This in no way is meant to have anyone restrict their activities, their amusement, their entertainment. It hasn't for me. It has just made me more aware of the things I probably should have been aware of in the first place.


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