Jul 2, 2008, 9:24 AM
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Its been 2 1/2 years since I visited our condo in Tijuana.
stuff that has changed & stuff that hasn't
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The city has constructed a bunch of new overpasses, underpasses, and bypasses that are supposed to make it easier to get to places, but they don't. I actually liked the glorietas better.
The toll for the Rumarosa has gone from 12 pesos to 14.
EVERYTIME I have travelled thru the Rumarosa I have seen AT LEAST ONE tractor-trailer rolled over on the highway. This time there were two, consistent with past experience.
Nobody broke into the condo in all this time.
The water is still connected.
The juvenile delinquents have graffitied everything: buildings, signs, cars, posts, sidewalks,nothing has gone untouched by this disadvantaged-minority-yute artform.
There are more topes that there were before.
Some of the neighbors are still there: the truck driver, the people squatting in the park, the people living in the dumpster, Rosa on the first floor, and the lady whose American novio died unexpectedly in her condo. The lady who claims to own the roof has left so maybe I'll put up a TV antenna now. The man who sold us a Nissan Maxima with plates seven years expired is gone, along with his bitchy wife. I don't know if they left to the same place ore not, its not my concern.
The prices at Costco in Tijuana are higher than in Arizona.
The Algodones port of entry is a breeze.
Gasoline is 7.53 pesos per litre ~ $2.80 US
The Toyota likes the Mexican gasoline, verde 87.
There are drivers who stand out, driving like frikin maniacs, yet I didn't see a single car accident. I belive that Mexicans are better at managing coincidence than we are, that is, they have the "near miss" down to a science.
It cost almost 50 bucks US for the 3 of us at Sanborn's breakfast buffet. No wonder the only clients there were wearing suits 'n ties.
Locals complained about the heat, it was only 80 degrees F.
One of my favorite restaurants, La Cabana, is still in business. I don't know why, the food isn't that good.
I think its easier to get thru Mexicali from route 1 now. When the new road was constucted they didn't remove the "--> Tijuana" signs directing one the old way, which didn't go there anymore. Now only the new signs remain.
Its still noisy: imagine the neighbors stereos going + car alarms sounding + kids playing in the street + tractor trailers coupling/uncoupling + car horns announcing the arrival of their owners + the propane truck + dogs barking+ our own TV blasting Chavo del Ocho cartoons. Phew.
(This post was edited by alex . on Jul 2, 2008, 9:25 AM)