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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column providing you with culture tips for travel.Today’s lesson is: Ask a different person, get a different answer.This tip would apply mainly to Mexico, we and our field agents just having returned from yet another harrowing adventure in the boondocks. This is a very important tip, as many travelers are often too afraid to ask more than one person a question – about anything (and we’re not just talking about men asking for directions).No, this applies to information on bus tickets, the location of civic and religious monuments, prices on goods and services and, basically, about any question you can ask. Ourselves, we were able to articulate this lesson after trying to navigate Mexico’s infallible, ultra-modern bus system.We were in city A and wanted to go to city B. Looking at the map, we knew it was a long way off, so getting the most comfortable travel option at the best price was paramount. We thought all was lost when the people at the hotel said it would take 24 hours to reach our destination by car or bus. That didn’t sound right. So, we asked the people at the bus station. Sure, there’s a bus for that, they said it’ll take 17 hours. That’s not right, a friend in the destination city said, ask somebody else. We did: The nice woman in line at the bus station said, go down to such and such store and you can buy a ticket there. We found the store, and they told us about the bus we were looking for, but said we wouldn’t be able to get on one until the next day.At this point, in good American traveler fashion, we said to heck with it. We got on the next bus to Mexico City, and sure enough, when we arrived, found the exact bus we were looking for, leaving that very night, and the ride only took 10 hours.(We won’t be mentioning, however, how we missed that bus, because the three people we asked about where it departed from all failed to mention in their answer that it was from an entirely different bus station, and how that ended up costing us a few pesos to rectify.)Today’s travel tip was sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency, giving you the answers you want to hear since 1945.***Ironic News Story of the Day: Politicos are no doubt aware that both W. and Flip-Flop “Hey, but I snowboard” Kerry were in Iowa yesterday, stumping and smiling for the cameras. Discussion was what you’d expect: jobs and the economy, the election and security issues.That last one is where the irony comes in today. According to the Quad City Times, while the candidates were doing their thing, the local police department, Secret Service and FBI were even busier controlling crowds, traffic and looking out for domestic threats like us. Understandable then that they’d be caught off guard by three different bank robberies on the other side of town.When the cat’s away …***It’s Thursday, ladies and gentlemen, and the password is “Montezuma’s Revenge” (and we ain’t talking about the bike race, folks). Send your travel tips to summitup@summitdaily.com, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just tell us it’s safer in your house on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.We’re out throwing lassos at the clouds …


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