I know what you are thinking..the lines are long because of the cutback in personnel...true, but there is no denying ALL these people had been to Mexico. I was happy to see a lot of American tourist everywhere we went, Ciudad Acuna could sure use the economic boost.
We first went to Gutierrez (a grocery store) they have two stores of this chain but I like the one in town better than the one in the suburbs as there is more parking and a lot less traffic. We were only going to buy a few things that are normally cheaper here than in Bodegas Aurrera or Merco such as serranos, bananas, pastries and my medication.
However the prices were so economical that we ended up doing all our grocery shopping here and in the process saving ourselves some time but most importantly money. We could not believe the number of people at the store specially since it was only Tuesday.
We stopped to visit a friend of ours that owns a photography studio. He was delighted that his Del Rio clients were once again making their way back to Ciudad Acuna. Speaking of traffic there is a Mexican channel that you can see the security cameras all over the city and he zoomed in on the main International bridge and we could tell that only two of the five lanes were open...that did it...would definitively cross at the Dam!
So off we went to cross back to Del Rio at the Amistad Dam Crossing. Could not help but notice that a lot of other people had the same thing in mind but I was NOT prepared for what I saw when we got there. I am not good at judging distance but here it clearly states we were 1/2 mile from Customs when we joined the long line :-(
It did not take long for more cars to arrive and the line to grow even longer. I got out and started taking pictures and soon other people joined me, lol, including the lady and two girls in back of us who took out their tablet and cell phone and began snapping pictures of the line and what is left of the lake.
|Looking toward the back of the line|
We even had a chance to chat as we waited for the line to move :D
|Looking to the front of the line|
|Happy to see we almost made it|
|Not a good picture snapped as we were about to clear Customs|
Even though we had to wait in line for one hour and 21 minutes I am glad we decided to cross at the Amistad Dam Border Station. It sits high up on the dam and we had a constant breeze. It was very warm yesterday and mom's van does not have air conditioning.
I took a lot of other pictures but I do not want to make this post too long and will save them for a future post. So if you are wondering if it is safe to cross into Ciudad Acuna...judge for yourself.
Thank you for dropping by.