The Gardner Hotel & El Paso Hostel
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... Maricopa and Tucson then New Mexico with stops at Lordsburg and Deming. At 1500 the US-Mexico border fence came into view and we were asked not to take photographs of the numerous armed border police vehicles tucked into various nooks and crannies of the hills next to the track. The Rio Grande river was crossed at 1515 and we pulled into El Paso, Texas. We were not to leave this huge state until1530 the following day!
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I woke up in the morning to work with other illegals picking tomatoes. On the way there we passed by the Franklin mountains state park, the El Paso museum of art, and the Hueco Tanks State Historic Site. They teach me how to pick the tomatoes, and not to rub my eyes, but midway through the Immigration police show up and arrest many of the workers. I hide behind a few boxes. I am left with a man named Enrique and we make our way to Tucson, ...
... to crepes with banana, nutella and brown sugar (like little sweet burritos) and some kind of German coffee (I didn't know Germans drank coffee but they do and it's good.). We spent some time hanging out with Kristin and Michael and their two boys Dallas & Mateo (6 and 4 respectively). Mateo has mastered some kind of MMA that involves the couch. He would crouch down and ...
... ride of emotion...at least for our team. Plenty of laughter, followed by lots of frustration, self doubt, then success and confidence again followed by more confirmations of your ineptitude. Looking back, it is hard to believe that you can accomplish so much in a single day - like sword fighting in front of Dollar General, Swimming in the pool...in November, and our favorite - ...
... wanted to experience it at ground level. Not in a ghoulish way, I just want to come like a normal tourist, meet some locals, spend some money, eat some good food. I had every belief that this could be done in a city which is effectively lawless and broken down.
So how did it go?
Well I didnt muck around this morning. Drove to downtown El Paso and parked in a compund by the border. I did take a walk around, grabbing a good breakfast at a decent cafe only a ...