Way back in the 1970s when I went to school in Mexico I would send letters and postcards to my parents and other relatives. My parents would write back to me and send me bank drafts so that I would have spending money. We thought back then that the mail was slow, but in retrospect it couldn't have been that bad. I was only in Mexico for ten weeks, and there was a steady back and forth stream of communication by mail. The postal service also seemed fairly trustworthy; none of the money orders went missing.
In the years after that it seemed that the Mexican postal service became slower and less trustworthy. Somewhere along the line I gave up on sending postcards when I traveled. The last time I mailed something to Mexico was a few years ago when I sent my friend Alejandro a Christmas card. I sent the card right after Thanksgiving, and he received it just before Easter!
In September my cousin Gail and her husband took a cruise to New England and Canada. She sent me a postcard from Quebec. I did not receive it until three weeks after they had returned from their trip. I joked with her that Quebec must be vying with Mexico for the distinction of having the slowest postal delivery.
Just as an experiment, I bought a postcard to send to my cousin. Yesterday... FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015... I took it to a local branch of the post office here in Condesa. Anyone want to place any bets as to when it will arrive in Ohio???