Terlingua Dreams

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Would you believe a second trip to Mexico?

Yesterday we got a late start on our trip to Mexico, so we were not able to run all the errands that we had anticipated.  I certainly dislike this new time change as it gets dark early and I can not see well at night. I therefore always try to get back before dark as the lines to cross the border are unpredictable.

I think I have mentioned on at least the two prior posts of our monthly shopping trips to Mexico...how disappointed I have been with the limited selection of fruits and vegetables at Aurrera (owned by Wal-Mart).  Yesterday's trip was no exception.  The few things they had in the produce department were of poor quality and exceptionally high prices.  Something one would not expect with Wal-Mart's buying power.

One grocery chain in Mexico started an event loosely translated as "Tuesday of fruits and vegetables" and upon seeing their success, other groceries stores followed suit.  We did not even bother with Aurrera today and went right to Gutierrez.

While I can not say I found great bargains to brag about at least the fruits and vegetables I found were of good quality and reasonable prices.

Today I bought.....
  1. serranos
  2. tomatoes
  3. white onions
  4. nopalitos (cactus)
  5. carrots
  6. habas
  7. yogurt
  8. Sidral Mundet (a soft drink Mom likes)
  9. the generic store brand of Nutri Leche (Mexican milk that lasts up to 4 months without refrigeration)
  10. jello
  11. bananas (the bargain of the day at $3.90 pesos a kilo)
  12. tortillas made of cactus flour
  13. pork rinds
  14. chayote

I probably left a couple of things out as I am working from memory...and we all know how bad mine is :-(

I also longingly looked at some Betty Boop purses and wallets but decided I really did not need them...this is me shedding a tear... :-(

Encounter a little longer wait time to cross back to the U.S. but got a cute young agent with a great sense of humor.  After declaring what I brought back, he jokingly asked...are you bringing back any medication, marihuana, liquor or cocaine?   jajajajajajaja...I thought it was hillarious, finally an agent that is not bitter!  Mother was not so impressed, lol!

I had my purse in the back seat so was not able to snap any pictures of the exchange rates down Exchange Alley...but they did go up.  The rate to buy dollars went to $13.25...five cents more than yesterday.

Been a while since I have been to a Bar/Disco but a bucket of 8 beers for $100.00 pesos does not seem like a bad deal.  100.00 pesos divided by 12.90 exchange rate = $7.75 US dollars.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


  1. If 8 Medias X100 = 8 beers in a bucket for 100 Pesos what is the Medias x 65? If I use an online translator I find that Medias = stockings/hosiery. I think I am loosing something in the translation.

    1. I am not up to date on my Spanish bar lingo, I was just as puzzled as you. Thought perhaps it was little beers...I think they call them ponies here in the States but I am not sure.

  2. Our local flea market has a vendor that sells Betty Boop purses. I have a cousin that is wild over Betty Boop.

    1. Does he sell the official. ones or knock offs? The ones in Mexico have the official trademark but so many things are "pirata" that I am not sure how to even tell if they are the real ones...even though they are beautiful.

  3. That's a good price for bananas!
    Love the internet! I had to go to a site to change 3.90 pesos into dollars (29 cents) so I have the cost in something I understood, the bright side is that I had not forgotten that a kilo is 2.2 lbs :)

    1. I try to take pictures of the exchange rate that day so it will be easy for the readers to know what the actual cost is in dollars...but I agree it is easier and faster to go to a website.

      1 kilo = 2.2 lbs is the only thing I remember about the metric system from school.

      3.90 divided by 12.90 exchange rate = .30 US cents

      So for a pound of bananas it would cost around .15 cents a pound...not likely to find them at that price here in the States.

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    1. I think we are all lost on that one Trouble :D

      Need a Mexican bartender to give us his take on that sign but seriously doubt anyone in Mexico reads this blog.


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