When they say that the biggest safety risk in Oaxaca is the traffic, believe it. Stoplights are viewed as helpful suggestions, lanes are illusory, and pedestrians don’t have the right the way. I fear for my life every time I cross the street. The traffic is only half of it, though—the streets are far more dangerous than I was led to believe. The first time I witnessed an accident, and the mangled, bloodied victim proceeded to peel himself off the pavement, moan hungrily, and stumble away, I realized I had more to fear than a face full of asphalt.
Thanks to Elizabeth for inspiration!