It is my understanding that there is a law in Mexico which stipulates that all ice served in restaurants and hotels must be made with clean water. Despite this law, I have received numerous warnings to avoid ice at all costs. This is relatively easy to do as most restaurants simply serve drinks by the can or bottle.
One night, during my first trip to Pachuca, Sal and I returned to our hotel room rather late after exploring the city. We should have taken the time to go to one of the restaurants we loved that were within walking distance, but we were both feeling very lazy. I was so lazy that I did not bother to even leave the hotel. Sal, however, was willing to walk to the only restaurant that did not require him to cross the street: Burger King.
He returned after a few minutes with two burgers and two large sodas. It was the first time I had actually encountered fountain drinks in Mexico. I was thrilled to have so much soda to drink for so little money. The burgers, however, were cooked until they were burnt, and not so fabulous.
After we ate, we spent some time watching TV and then we went to bed. About an hour later, I woke up sick as a dog.
I was laying in the bathroom, completely miserable, when Salvador finally woke up and found me. He sat there with me as I told him how horrible I felt, to which he responded, “It must be the ice.”
“What ice?” I asked, completely confused. There had been no ice in my drink.
“I put just a little,” he told me. “You like the cold drinks, so I put a few pieces in the cup. I know you say no, but you like the cold drinks.”
I was still sick when I left Pachuca about four days later. I honestly do not know if it was the ice or not, but I do know that Sal will never put ice in my drink again.