Originally published 19 February, 2014
We're always checking out the edges on our trips.....I mean hey.....our blog is called "Out on the dirty edge"! Today.....was one of those edge days. We're in southern Arizona.....and we decided we weren't far enough south. So we went further.....to Mexico.
The tourist areas had a huge amount of construction ongoing. The city of Nogales, MX has a new mayor and he is intent on making the tourist areas safe and getting American tourists back into Nogales.....and it shows. They are replacing many of the old streets with concrete streets, and new curbs. Lots of stores are being remodeled.
Border Crossing from Nogales, MX to USA
There was a long line to enter the U.S. when we went into Mexico this morning. When we returned about 4 PM, there was none. We walked right into U.S. customs, gave them our passports, and the Customs guy asked us a few questions. (Be sure to see our quotes of the day for a recap of the conversation). He then told us about some of the cartel shootings, and some guy that got beheaded one time and they dumped the body right by their border station as they watched. They were dumping him on the Mexican side and these guys were on the U.S. side...they couldn't do anything about it. He also told us that Nogales was the tunnel capital of Mexico. I told him I had read about them shutting down several tunnels just this week. He told us where there were holes patched in the pavement where the tunnels would leak dirt and leave holes on the surface.
Quotes of the day. There are bunch. Someplace this colorful cannot be confined to just one.
"I'm the perfect person to bring to a place like this. I have excellent situational awareness and I'm paranoid as hell." - Bill to Laurie
U.S. Customs agent: "What was the purpose for your visit to Nogales?" Bill: "Just hanging out." Laurie- "Yeah, just checking it out". U.S. Customs agent: "Jesus. Don't you people read the news?"
Shop keeper to Laurie: "We have many nice things.....something you'll need!" Laurie: "No thank you." Shop keeper: You never know................. ( you had to be there).
Bill to shopkeeper: "How much for the Cohibas?" Shopkeeper: "For you my friend.....22 dollars." Bill: "Demasiado" (Too much). Shop keeper: "How much will you give me?" Bill: "seis". (six) Shop keeper slams shut cigar case looking insulted. Waits a minute, and says "twelve". Bill: "ten". Shopkeeper quite happily: "Okay my friend! Do you need a lighter?"
Song of the day- (This took no thought at all) Mexico- James Taylor
I'm Bill. My wife Laurie and I love to travel and share our stories. We especially love it when we have been able to motivate our readers to start traveling on their own, and making their own stories.
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