Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
26Trip End Jan 09, 2013
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Old town is an area that has been restored to look as it did in the 1800 s... the old buildings and houses are now tourist shops and cafes and the hotel where we had brunch, a huge portion of eggs,charizo and herby potato squares, still has accommodation and meals on offer..
we enjoyed walking round the cute buildings and seeing the brightly coloured Mexican influenced articles for sale.. we even had Mexican musicians, sombreros and all in one of the cafe areas..
next was a trolley ride ..
during the 1860 s the 16 blocks of san diegos gaslamp quarter, where we got off the trolley, was known for prostitution, gambling and drinking but in the 1970 s moves were made to revive its fortune and protect the historic buildings of the area, so now it has become the trendy place to dine , shop and dance.. from old bakeries to victorian hotels the place was buzzing with people having fun..
a walk through the adjoining mall was amazing .. the buildings were so brightly coloured , so clean and architecturally very interesting..
we had no real plans for the afternoon but by chance found ourselves on a trolley bus heading to San Ysidro , the mexican border crossing.. of Tijuana.. Remembering Ians interesting...!! stories from Tijuana we felt a little unsure but as we are now intrepid world travellers set off into the unknown..
Tijuana is neither typical nor attractive with gaudy souvenir shops, noisy bars and sleazy smelly, dirty, back streets..
Downtown itself was heaving, the pavements were full and walking was almost impossible, it was manic...the smell of street food wafted in the breeze and people were pushing and shoving for a better look and a bargain... an hour was enough and it would soon be dusk so we hurried back to the border only to be greeted by 500 cars along the roads waiting to cross and almost as many people in one long line along the pavement....super...!!
The line of traffic was very interesting though, along with the "ordinary" tourist cars of people, huge vans and trucks were loaded to overflowing with all kinds of metal objects from motorbikes and lawnmowers, to rusty washing machines and cookers... apparently scrap metal is three times the price in USA than mexico so mass exodus for the entrepreneur types..
eventually we got through customs and caught the hour long trolley and bus ride back to our little van .. in mission bay... an excellent day again..