Want to throw in my 2 cents...
I have never been to Mexico but I've done my fair share of solo travelling. I'm a guy, so I can't exactly put myself in your shoes valygrl. But about language, I really don't think people should go/not go to places because they do/don't speak the language.
I came back earlier this year after being in China. I didn't hang out with expats or foreigners much, always with Chinese. I'm a Canadian. I arrived there two weeks after deciding to go there. I'd never spoken Chinese before going. All i can say is give yours and others mental acuity more credit, you will see how well you can communicate with others without language. The planned one year away turned into three.
I just don't think its a good idea to limit your exposure to other cultures because of language barriers. These barriers fall surprisingly easily.
Give yourself more credit.
About the woman thing, I can't say anything. I'm a big guy with a shaved head. Safety isn't something I have to worry about in many situations (within reason of course). If I had a daughter, I'd be worried about her going to some places (can't say about Mexico since I haven't been there, but again, I think some people who tend to villify entire nations probably have little understanding of them, I've met more good people than bad in my life...maybe more annoying people that not-annoying, but even the annoying tend to have a good heart), but it wouldn't be because of language differences. I guess that's all I'm trying to say.
Another cent...if you have problems talking to adults in Mexico...look for some kids! In my experience children are far better at stretching their minds to understand something new to them. If you need something and aren't getting anywhere trying to explain it to an adult, don't discount the kids.
I want to go to Mexico too.
Last edited by guruguhan; 10-09-06 at 09:15 AM.