Nuevo Progresso

Posted by on January 22, 2013

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.

Walking across the bridge into Mexico

Walking across the bridge into Mexico

The Rio Grande River

The Rio Grande River

Here I am in Mexico while Michael is still in the US!

Here I am in Mexico while Michael is still in the US!

The whole gang:  Jay, Stella, Ted, Donna, Kelly & Michael

The whole gang: Jay, Stella, Ted, Donna, Kelly & Michael

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.

A sign for one of the MANY pharmacies in Nuevo Progresso

A sign for one of the MANY pharmacies in Nuevo Progresso

Jay, Mike & Stella visiting in the pharmacy while Ted   & Donna did their shopping

Jay, Mike & Stella visiting in the pharmacy while Ted & Donna did their shopping

Jay entering Rene's

Jay entering Rene’s

Downtown Nuevo Progresso

Downtown Nuevo Progresso

Lots of candies, snack items, spices etc

Lots of candies, snack items, spices etc

Aisles full of pottery

Aisles full of pottery

The sidewalks are full of vendors selling their wares

The sidewalks are full of vendors selling their wares

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.

Donna & Stella paying their quarter to get back into the US

Donna & Stella paying their quarter to get back into the US

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.

The line to get back into the US without a passport

The line to get back into the US without a passport

3.  There are hands that grow out of fences asking for a nickel on the Mexican side of the border.

Hands!

Disembodied hands!

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!)

Jay was frisked & cuffed right after I took this picture.  ;-)

Jay was frisked & cuffed right after I took this picture. 😉

 

 

2 Responses to Nuevo Progresso

  1. Larry Bandstra

    Wow, what a good story. And lots of lessons learned.

  2. Kelly

    It was a really really good time. You’ll have to make it down to the RGV once you two hit the road. We are really enjoying ourselves here.

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