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Life in Mexico: Bureaucracy In Full Swing

By Jerry Davis, Author of Life In Mexico, Amazon Kindle

Hernan Cortez and a handful of men drove the Aztec Empire to bloody defeat in two years.

Chronicles tell that the lake surrounding Mexico City turned red with blood. Shortly after, Cortez was driven to despair and defeat by a handful of lawyers armed with buckets of ink that turned reams of paper black with accusations, demands and denouncements.

Thus was born the famous bureaucracy of Mexico. It expanded under King Carlos the Second who was bossy, nosy, finicky and a bean counter.

Now, 500 years later it is fully mature and, until today, was numero uno in pickiness.

Today Carmen and I had four documents notarized at the office of the U.S. Consul.

The good old USA, the cradle of efficiency, the land of the free, where all men are created equal – until, that is, they become entangled in that good old red-blooded made in America bureaucracy. We found that the U.S. can give the Mexicans a run for their money.

First you go to the consulate website and ask for an appointment and receive three separate replies stating that “We will respond within 48 hours”. They later wrote that Thursday the 27th at 2:30, two weeks into the future, was our appointed time.

Today, the 27th , we went up to the mall where the consulate is located, agreed to meet in front at 2:25 and went our separate ways to the bank, supermarket, cable…


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