My hubby and I went to Mexico on Saturday. We decided to make a day out of it and took our monster to my in-laws’ house for the day. I have been to Mexico about 4 times before today (Tijuana, Ensenada, Playa de Carmen, Chichen Itza). Today we drove to Nuevo Laredo. We felt like doing something different for the weekend and go shopping.
I was a bit apprehensive about going to Mexico and especially Nuevo Laredo. You hear about tourists being robbed (or worse) or getting in the crossfire of local gangs, drug deals gone bad, etc. I was apprehensive. The trip really wasn’t that bad.
The good stuff:
1) You can still haggle over goods. We bought 3 beautifully embroidered peasant blouses, a blanket, some Kalhua, and pure vanilla extract. The next time we go back, I think I will look for a new cell phone and shoes. I saw some great deals on shoes.
2) There are some really beautiful people down there. The women under the age of 20 are so lovely and extremely FIT. It seems everywhere I looked, I would see gorgeous late teen – early 20 yr. old women in skin tight jeans and cute little tops. Is it in the water or something?
The not-so-good stuff:
1) My husband is about 99.9% sure that a pick-pocket was scoping him out. As my husband has taught me, BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. My husband is constantly looking around when we are in a city. He makes eye-contact and lets people know that he is aware of them and doesn’t look at the ground or get distracted. That can get you robbed. He avoided being the victim of the pick-pocket by doing a “quick foot shuffle” and stepping to the side. He also made sure to keep his wallet in the front pocket of his jeans.
The only time I really felt “this is not a good thing” is when we were in a U-shaped store and 2 guys followed us around. I was in front of my husband single file and saw the men behind my husband. When I heard my husband say “Keep Moving” in a weird tone of voice, I knew he meant “We need to get out of here – NOW!” Thankfully, the men did not follow us.
2) Everywhere you go, folks are asking you for money. Let me just pause here and say something. I realize that there is poverty and that helping those that sincerely need it is right. I also know (by a dear friend that came from Mexico) that many families in Mexico send out their children to beg for money so the parents can live a life of luxury. THAT is why seeing the kids beg for money REALLY makes me mad. Mom and Dad, GET A JOB and send these poor kids to school!
3) Just a weird one. I had a guy TWICE try to sell me diet pills. Granted, I am 25lbs. overweight (by the way, I lost 2lbs. this week and am really working on losing the 25). Should I be insulted that someone was trying to push diet pills on me? Hmm…no more Hershey syrup in my coffee, I guess.
Just plain strange:
1)One of the stores that we were in had on the television. I am not kidding about this one. They had on a game show where two very attractive women were playing Jenga. You know. The block game where you take a piece from the bottom and put it on the top without making the whole tower fall down. The show even had suspenceful music. How crazy is that? A television show featuring a board game! LOL
2) I really think that most folks in Mexico are deaf. If they aren’t, they will be soon. Pretty much every other shop we passed by had HUGE speakers just at their entrance blaring Tejano music about 1,000,000 decibels. I swear that folks in Canada could here it! My ears still hurt!
On our way back home, we called my in-laws. They were watching our monster for the day. My in-laws were in the Emergency Room. Dad had had a very bad seizure (he has epilepsy) and it wasn’t his “normal type”. His seizures usually run 3-5 min. long and he stares into space. This one lasted over 30 min. and he was twitching. Our entire family is scared. We want Dad to get better very soon. Thankfully, he is doing better today and will be calling his doctor to get an appt. regarding his unusual seizure. I sure hope they figure out what is going on and fix Dad. We want him around for many more years.