Folks if you are considering a trip to Mexico, do not plan it during Thanksgiving, Christmas or the first couple of days in January. On January 6th, Mexico celebrates "Los Reyes Magos"...the Three Wise Men, who are the equivalent of our Santa Clause. Unless you relish sitting in traffic for over an hour (usually more) on both sides of the International bridge...make it on another date,
My first stop was with mother's dentist. With her catching the flu from me, we have had to cancel several doctor's appointments...this one is pressing as she has been off Plavix for a while in anticipation of an extraction.
Then a quick check down Exchange Rate Alley to see the dollar buy/sell rates which are always better than the official rates at the banks. I was not looking to buy or sell dollars on this day, just wanted to get an idea of the going rates.
If you like Mexican candy this store that will more than satisfy your sweet tooth and at a great price. I do not have a sweet tooth but I was waiting for the light and took the photo op.
Gutierrez was my main destination as they have all sorts of Cuaresma (Lent) specials at this time of the year. They also have the best prices on Tuesday's in what is known in many Mexican stores nation wide as Tuesday of Fruits and Vegetables.
You can not bring across many fruits so I just bought bananas. However, I bought a lot of vegetables at absolute bargain store prices. My stash included three kinds of onion, broccoli, cabbage, chayote, serranos, nopales (cactus), cilantro, squash, tomato, and carrots.
Then I headed to Bodegas Aurrera which is owned by Walmart. Do not bother to buy fruits or vegetables here as they do not have a good selection and their prices are way too high for those items. However, they have good prices on other things like bread, tortillas,cookies, jello, dairy (milk and yogurt), soft drinks, pasta, dish washing liquid, toilet paper and soap. If you like liquor this is the place to buy it...much cheaper than the liquor stores that cater to tourists. They also have colorful carts.
This store is located inside Plaza Bella.
I am not really into movies but next time I will check out their prices and see how they compare to US prices. Of course you will have to tell me how much it costs to go to the movies these days. You can catch 50 Shades of Gray in Spanish :)
Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.