Tijuana, Mexico

Trip Start Aug 13, 2007
Trip End Nov 12, 2007

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Woke up this morning to the news saying that the wild fires were still raging - we feel so terrible for all those people who have lost their homes. We drove down to SeaWorld today, only to find it was closed and not likely to open tomorrow either - a bit disappointing, but understandably not a major deal considering what is going on around us. We decided to move our trip to Tijuana forward, and took the truck down to a parking area on the U.S side. Absolutely no worries getting into Mexico - we just walked through a turnstile & we were there - no need to show passports or anything!

The first obvious thing that hits you in Mexico is the poverty, there is no getting around it. From the beggars on the streets (and quite a few of them are children, and let me tell you, I was nearly in tears seeing these poor little kiddies offering you cheap candy & trashy jewellery for a few coins), to the ramshackle buildings that look ready to be condemned· and then you hit the 100's of street stalls where you are accosted by "Hey Amigo" and 'Hello family!" and "Come in my store, let me tell you my story"·it's just exhausting. We haggled over & bought a couple of blankets, plus a little bag for Kate, but other than that we didn't buy anything. We got the kids to pose with one of the unusual (and well known) striped Donkey's on Ave Revolucion for $2 and we got a coffee & a couple of coke's for the kids from MacDonalds - Fred had a terrible time trying to explain to the Spanish speaking staff member what he wanted! By the time we walked back over the boarder, I had seen enough of this part of Mexico - I just couldn't get my head around 4 year olds, with big brown eyes and dirty hands begging in the street.
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