Terlingua Dreams

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June 2016 trip to Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico

For the first time I decided to see exactly how far mileage wise it is from my mother's house to Mexican Customs in Ciudad Acuna.  It is four miles and today it took me 13 minutes to cross into Mexico because there was traffic...though Mexican authorities sped it up and were not searching.

There is an event called "The Running of the Vacas" which is Ciudad Acuna's version of the infamous "Running of the Bulls".  There were banners all over the city promoting it, it will take place Thursday, June 30th.

The US dollar to Peso exchange rate is getting higher and higher.  Good for us Americans, not so good for Mexicans.  The average exchange rate today was $17.30 pesos to $1.00 USD.  Mexicans have to pay $18.00 Mexican Pesos to purchase one U.S. dollar.

My first stop was at Bodegas Aurrera were I bought a couple of items.  Two good buys were Nutrisse Hair Color for $28.50 (1.65 USD) and a special package of two Ponds press powder compacts for $28.00 ($1.62 USD).

My second stop was Soriana which is the grocery store most like we are used to in the United States. The lettuce was not as affordable as last time but it was still a respectable $11.90 (.69 USD).

I did find some pre-cooked beans they sell in a pouch. These are not the refried type but like they would be if you actually cooked them. Not knowing how they would taste, I only purchased one. Warmed it up when I got home and they tasted homemade.  At only $11.20 (.65 USD) I will definitely buy more in the future.

Those familiar with my blog know that I try to go to Mexico on Tuesdays, because most stores have specials on fruits and vegetables then. The store that has the best buys on these items, in my opinion is Gutierrez.

I purchased white onions, bananas, serrano peppers, tender cactus, cucumbers and tomatoes. The best buy was once again tomatoes at $5.90 a kilo (.34 USD).  I purchased 2.935 kilos, the equivalent of 6.457 lbs for $17.31 pesos ($1.00 USD).

You might be wondering why I purchased so many tomatoes?  With this darn high cholesterol, pre-diabetic diagnosis...and lest not forget that I am also lazy...it is much easier to prepare a salad than to cook something.

The return trip home was easy, only two cars in front of me and a young friendly lady customs agent.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.