During last month’s aborted trip to Mexicali for Chinese food, Kathryn, Dan, and I made a stop at the Gran Plaza Outlets in Calexico, California, for a bathroom break and, for Kathryn, a quick, successful bit of shopping. While we were there, we also took a number of photographs of the nearby border wall between … Continue reading Last photos of the border wall at Calexico near Gran Plaza Outlets
Our lunch several Saturdays ago at Fortune Garden, a Chinese restaurant in El Centro, California, was something of a happy accident. Dan, Kathryn, and I left Yuma around 11 am with every intention of driving to Calexico, parking, and walking across the border to a Chinese restaurant a few hundred yards away in Mexicali. However, … Continue reading Fortune Garden, Chinese restaurant in El Centro
We couldn’t miss a chance for more Chinese food during our trip to Mexicali over Thanksgiving weekend. Our baseball game Saturday night and our early departure Sunday morning left us only one chance, at lunchtime Saturday. We were staying at Hotel Araiza on Boulevard Bénito Juárez, so we chose Restaurante Dragon, which was just a … Continue reading More Chinese food in Mexicali at Restaurante Dragon
And we’re home.
Kathryn and I just finished a late lunch on the northern side of the border, in Yuma. I looked at the CBP website around 10 am to get an idea of border crossing times, and I was a little shocked to see two-hour wait times so early in the day. Thinking it would only get … Continue reading Making a run for it, back in the United States
Last night we saw our first ever Mexican Pacific League baseball game, a matchup between the Obregon Yaquis and the Mexicali Águilas, at Estadio B-Air in Mexicali. The Mexican Pacific League is a “winter” league. The season starts in mid-October and runs through the end of December, making for rather pleasant baseball-watching weather in Mexico. … Continue reading Baseball in Mexicali, a lively evening of winter league action
The only apprehension I’d had about seeing a baseball game in Mexicali was not knowing what to do in the event of an earthquake. We just sat through the earthquake instructions at Estadio B-Air. Stay calm and stay in your seat until the trembling stops, then follow directions from staff. I think I can handle … Continue reading Earthquake instructions and baseball in Mexicali
As much as we enjoy the Chinese food in Mexicali, last night we decided it was time to try some Mexican seafood here. I turned to the internet for suggestions, and Mariscos Laguna Azul was a place not far from our hotel that was mentioned over and over again. I liked the ambiance at Laguna … Continue reading Laguna Azul, tasty, unpretentious seafood in Mexicali
I usually post an update before we leave on a road trip, but this morning I had too much to do and too little time to do it. We’re already safely at our hotel in Mexicali. Nice room. We haven’t checked out the rest of the property yet.
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 What do they drink for 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.
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.
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.
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 of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexicali. We’re a little early thanks to light traffic 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 … Continue reading Sunday Mass, 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