If you search the internet for the immigration procedures a U.S. citizen needs to follow when driving to Mexico, you’ll find many different answers. Most of them are outdated. Some of them apply in certain cases and not in others. Few of them are authoritative. One common answer is that you don’t need a so-called “tourist … Continue reading Mexican border formalities, San Luis and Los Algodones
When I got back to work Monday morning after the weekend road trip to Mexicali, one of my colleagues almost immediately asked, what do they drink for beer down there? What an excellent question! The short answer is not a surprising one: Tecate. Mexicali is one of the most populous cities in the Mexican state … Continue reading Beer in Mexicali
While we were eating lunch last Sunday, Kathryn caught me off guard by asking how I learned about the Cantonese restaurants in Mexicali. She had been looking at her Instagram account and was prompted by a comment she received on a photo of the previous day’s lunch. The commenter apparently felt eating Chinese food in Mexico was a sketchy undertaking. … Continue reading Why Mexicali?
We’re back home in the 602. I’ll fill in the blanks soon.
One last stop before home, I hope. I just can’t seem to keep myself out of Gila Bend this month. Yesterday we stopped in the auto parts store down the street. That’s a story for later. https://goo.gl/maps/2QyDJohS7w92
After one hour and fifty minutes in line to cross the border — and twelve minutes in California — we’re back in Arizona. We’ll have a bite to eat and get back on the road shortly. Home is still about three hours away. https://goo.gl/maps/3y9oG7jfZvk
Our last stop to return our tourist cards before heading back to the homeland. Now we wait in a seemingly endless line to cross the border. This is my first ever attempt at blogging while driving. Since our current speed is zero, both in mph and km/h, I feel relatively safe. https://goo.gl/maps/7iBxveJWetE2
One last meal in Mexicali before we head home. Again we ordered way too much food. The server spoke a little English and asked me twice if we were taking the leftovers. The first time I simply said no. The second time I tried to explain we were about to make a border crossing, and … Continue reading Restaurante China House, Mexicali
It’s Sunday morning, so we’re heading to Mass at the Cathedral. We’re a little early thanks to light traffic in Mexicali this time of the day. I have six bars of 4G service here because we’re literally a couple hundred feet from the U.S. You can see the border fence in the photo below. The … Continue reading Catedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Mexicali
Earlier today we enjoyed our first ever Mexican Cantonese meal. We had pollo mongol — a chicken dish with peppers and peanuts — and pork chow mein. No complaints about the food, except that we could have ordered half as much.
We’ve arrived at our hotel in Mexicali after sandwiches in the park in San Luis Rio Colorado and a pleasant drive along Mexican Highway 2. We also did a little shopping at a Soriana here in Mexicali. My network coverage has been hit or miss, so my updates will likely be from the hotel. https://goo.gl/maps/9oWrXdJjR3P2
It’s official. We’re on the other side. We spent about ten minutes in the immigration office while I practiced high school Spanish with a very patient officer. Now it’s lunch time. https://goo.gl/maps/iXnSCbrEvaA2
It’s that time again. Another road trip is underway. This one will take us south of the border. Although I’ve flown to Mexico and even walked to Mexico, this will be the first time I’ve ever driven to Mexico. I’ll post frequent updates here. My mom is nearly certain we’re going to be killed by … Continue reading Road trip, Mexico edition