Terlingua Dreams

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

May 2016 trip to Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico

When you cross the border, Mexican Customs has an automated buzzer that rings randomly. If it sounds when your car approaches, then you are searched. Today for the first time in years it rang. The guy was apologetic and quick.  He did ask me where I was headed and I told him the grocery store. He said...no wonder you have two coolers.  Inquired if I saved a lot in comparison to buying it in the USA and I told him most definitively.

They are constructing new toll booths in the
U.S. side of the border
I first headed to Aurrera (owned by Wal-Mart) where I usually can find apple yogurt something that I have not been able to find in Del Rio.  Aurrera also sells the regular size containers of my favorite hot sauce which I can not find at the other stores.  Today though I only found the smaller size, thank goodness I bought quite a few the last time I was here.  I also purchased "nopalitos" which is tender cactus. This is great for lowering your blood sugar, cholesterol, and so many other things.

It has been a long time since I have not shopped at Soriana another local store.  Actually, I just went in to check on the price of their galvanized containers for the dogs.  I bought one last month but with so many dogs, I needed a bigger one. Did not purchase it here but found lettuce at a good price $6.90 pesos a head.  At $16.50 exchange rate it comes to .42 US cents.

Though it was cloudy, the humidity index was higher than in Houston today.  It was 90 with a heat index of 95 degrees.  So I headed to my favorite store Gutierrez which has covered parking.  This is something I really appreciated on a day like today.

My purchase of the day were tomatoes.  Today being Fruit and Vegetable day they were selling one kilo for $3.95 pesos.

1 Kilo = 2.2 pounds.....that translates to purchasing tomatoes for .24 US cents a kilo or .11 US cents a pound.  While I also bought mexican squash, serrano peppers, cabbage and cilantro...the bargain of the day were definitively the tomatoes.

I purchased a galvanized container for $289.50 pesos the equivalent of $17.55 US dollars. This one is double the size of the one I purchased last month.

I stopped at the Veterinary Clinic to inquire if there was a way I could possibly drug Tammy so I can get her in the car and finally get her fixed.  The vet said there was, I could slip her a pill he would provide and she would be out for a while.  Only problem is how do I lift her up and place her in the car?  I am not good at judging weight but she must weigh between 30 to 35 lbs...or perhaps more? Got to think on this a while.

There was only one car in front of me when I crossed back to the USA.  I barely had time to get my passport out and present it to the officer.  Wow, what a good looking man he was and on top of that a very sweet customs agent.

Samplying of Exchange Rates down Exchange Rate Alley...

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


  1. Big scores on veggies in the Mexican supermarkets and on the eye candy at the border stop. You go, Ss! Productive food day all around.

    1. It was good on both fronts today :)

      To make my day even better, Golden State Warriors lost. In a way I am glad they did not suspend Draymond Green or they would have said they lost because he did not play. Loved the fans booing him every time he touched the ball...Karma is a "beach" :D

    2. !#$!!#*!? Thunder put themselves in a TERRIBLE mess!


    3. It kind of reminded me of the Spurs vs Heat 2013 finals. We had a chance to close it out in Game 6 as well as Game 7 and we blew it.

      Like Charles Barkley said...too much hero ball. I do not think the Thunder have a snowball chance in hell of pulling a win on Monday.

  2. I really like the Mexican shopping trip posts, just saying.

  3. I always enjoy hearing about your trips across the border. Glad you didn't have a hassle in the crossing. The last border I crossed was into Canada, and the American customs coming back were total jerks.

    1. For once the trip back home was a pleasant one. Was secretly hoping he would search the car and/or me :)


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