We made plans a few days ago to go over to Mexico this morning with Jay, Stella, Ted & Donna. Jay & Stella picked us up at 10:00 am and we met Ted & Donna at the parking lot on the US side of the Rio Grande River and then we all walked over together.
Donna knew exactly where she wanted to go and what she needed to buy while we were pretty much just scouting things out and Jay & Stella were more or less along for the ride.
We stopped at Rene’s Bakery and had a snack…pastries, coffee and some tacos! Gotta have Mexican food if you’re in Mexico, right? Prescription medications are a fraction of the US price so both Jay & Stella & Ted & Donna picked up some medications. (Doesn’t do us any good as ours are free or $9.00 for non-generic). We stopped at a leather store and Ted got a new belt while Michael and I picked up 2 passport holders. We stopped at 2 ‘general stores’ filled with a large variety of goods from foods, glassware, ceramics, clothes etc. We picked up some new juice glasses as we’ve broken 2 of the 4 we had and scoped out a few other items that we’ll pick up on another trip. We also picked up a bottle of ‘real’ vanilla for 95 cents! Can’t beat that.
We spent a total of 3 or so hours across the border before heading back to the good old USA. I learned a few things today:
1. It cost us each 50 cents to cross into Mexico and another 25 cents to come back into the states.
2. It is much faster to enter back into the states if you have a passport rather than just an ID card or drivers license.
3. There are hands that grow out of fences asking for a nickel on the Mexican side of the border.
4. Do NOT take a picture of your friend having his passport checked by border patrol. (2 border patrol agents will yell at you to stop! Oops!)