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Here is a list of things discovered about Morelia:
People are very friendly. Search for “Insights into Morelian Culture” here on TA for more information.
Children are well behaved and stay close to their parents. Sunday is family day.
Simple things like a balloon could entertain a child for hours.
Clean in the city and green and lush vegetation
Bathrooms are clean - in the tourist hotels, restaurants, and the nicest malls; but in most of the city you may find they’re pretty nasty.
Buildings look run-down but clean and well furnished and pretty on the inside.
Food is really good. There is no rush to eat, dining is at your leisure and as long as you like.
The Historic center is loud. Sirens and the church fireworks.
There are a variety of Mexican heritages.
Minimum wage is $4.24 a day.
Foreigners can be cheated in Morelia. The key word in that statement is that this person never “feels” taken advantage of. But obviously, just because you dont feel cheated doesnt mean its not happening. For example, if you take taxis you will find around 25% of the time drivers try and push up the price quite a bit. This ‘25% rule’ also applies to most other things you buy that do not have a visible, listed price, and while 75% honesty is pretty good, a lot better than Mexico city for sure, it's worth being aware of.
Think twice before tackling the chore of driving oneself through, in or around Morelia. It seems that construction projects are constant and route revisions are the norm. The time of day or day of the week dictate the traffic volume and choosing the wrong times can be quite miserable.
There is a tendency on the highways for slower drivers to actually move
over on to the shoulder or even off the road so people can pass, but in other
situations, especially city driving, Mexican drivers can be selfish
and ruthless the majority of the time. Most notably, the general rule for
getting into the flow of traffic is to try and get in any possible way you can,
usually by cutting and nosing in with seemingly no intention of stopping, in an
attempt to make people stop out of fear of hitting you. It ends up being a kind
of juvenile, nasty showdown, really, in which the driver with the least guts or the most fear
of being hit backs down.
Many streets have no stop signs and people let every other car go without hesitation.This is true in theory, and it does happen the majority of the time, but it is also precisely when a lot of the “showdowns” occur, when one car will just keep going, hoping the other car will back down and stop. Many accidents and hair raising close calls result from this behavior.
Morelia can feel safe, but the key word hereis “feel”. A person may not “feel” unsafe, but there are parts of town and times of day that are quite dangerous. Tourists often don’t feel unsafe because they simply aren’t aware of the dangers, but a hint is to look and see what the locals are doing: are there a lot of people out walking around? Or is it relatively dark and deserted? If you have local friends or contacts, ask them how they feel about certain areas of the city at certain times of the day, and you could get surprising answers.
In malls like Paseo Altozano or Las Americas, and you’ll find all sorts of higher end stores, like Guess and Zara, and Sears and Liverpool have departments with lots of things like Gucci and other very high end brands. If you want to get nice stuff it's definitely available here, but you're going to pay for it: the prices are usually ridiculous, ranging from 30% to 100% higher than in the US, and sales are rare.There are rumors of luggage checking delays of four hours when traveling to Mexico, but frequent travelers to Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Morelia do not currently experience this sort of delay. It's rare that they open bags for inspection, rather they just xray them and send you on your way. They may be more cautious with carry on bags, but when they do inspect it it takes 1 minute and you're on your way.