Who knew Tijuana was only 20 minutes from San Diego?

It’s a Monday afternoon and I find myself just north of San Diego at a software convention that doesn’t really get started until later this evening – What is one to do, can you say TIJUANA… That is cold Corona, Tequila, Guacamole, Tacos and well yes Mexicans…
I checked in with the hotel for directions – but instead was given a warning and a strong suggested to spend the afternoon at the pool due to the recent murders south of the border, my interest just went up?  After a quick check of the U.S. Department of State’s web site for traveler alerts – I was in my rental car with the Eagle’s on the play list heading South.

I did take the advise/warning to leave my rental car on the US side of the border and join the crowds of locals and simply walk across the border.  Unlike most other border crossing you can simply walk into Mexico’s Baja Peninsula – Yes no customs, no questions, no lines, no visa (for 72 hours anyways), no nothing how cool – The way home is another story all together.

I spent the afternoon on Revolution Avenue in down town Tijuana, which was filled with all of the colors and flavors of Mexico shopping,

Only cost one US Dollar!

restaurants, dance clubs, gambling, red light, etc.  Revolution Avenue is about a 15 minute walk from the border or $5 taxi ride (I went with the taxi) over the Tijuana River.  The highlight is a 10 block strip, from the tall silver arch to the large Mexican flag at the south end.  I am sure there was more, but I didn’t see it.  After some lunch and few cold ones I left what can only be called a DUMP! – This was a check box excursion and something you can skip unless you are a 17-year-old male hanging with your buddy on a Friday night, then this is a must visit!

As I approached the border crossing, I found myself at the end of a line that stretched for more than an hour down the sidewalks of Tijuana twisting it’s way past vendors and hawker of all kinds to U.S Custom Building.  I sampled the Churros, Mexican Fried Dough – the dough is pipped through this contraption into hot oil and then hit with cinnamon sugar – you can’t have just one.  With less than an hour until my event dinner starting, I simply walked to the front of the line and cut in – Am I a typical American or what!

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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2 Responses to Who knew Tijuana was only 20 minutes from San Diego?

  1. Uncle Brooks says:

    I could have saved you the trip! A number of years back I took the bus from San Diego to Tijuana, Thirty minutes later I got back on the bus! It was the most god-awful place I have ever visited!
    — Brooks

  2. Mom says:

    Aren’t those churros great when they are are hot and fresh??? We used to love to go to Nogales when we were in Tucson with the Schells. Great food and cheap dentists.


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