Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Más gringos en Mexico

Lou and Jo wanted to get new eyeglasses in Los Algodones. I went along to make a little group outing of it.

Here we are outside Best Optical after getting their eye exams and ordering new lenses. Lou also ordered frames. We had two hours (instead of two weeks, like in the US) to kill before they were ready, so we strolled around, shopping for hats or whatever else we might find. Then we had lunch at a cafe named Mulca's (I think).

Bigger hats, more shade

Jo and Lou found some nice wide brim hats. Only $10 each. The shop keepers were very nice, very friendly, very funny. I didn't need another hat, but I've always got a kick out of lucha libre masks. Unfortunately, my head is too huge for off-the-rack masks. Que lastima.

But I didn't leave empty handed. I got a couple of pounds of shrimp, fresh from the Sea of Cortez. Lou grilled them up this evening, Jo made some avocado salad and we gorged ourselves.

The first pound goes on the grill


The carnage

Personally, I enjoy eating grilled shrimp shells and all. After all, they're covered with seasoning, and shells add a pleasing flavor of their own. And it's easier. Lou and Jo tried one that way, but they weren't convinced. Que lastima.


  1. That's some serious roughage, Al. So you eat the little feet too?

    1. When I eat the feet, it makes tip - toe ' ing around in the dark much more effective. Like a Ninja!

  2. Did you walk across? Any hassles getting back in?

    1. There's a big parking lot right at the border on the US side. $6. The only people getting checked coming into Mexico are those with vehicles. Pedestrians just walk right in. The dentists, opticians and pharmacies start as soon as you pass a Mexican border control building. You can find everything you need (and a lot of things you don't) within a couple of blocks. The only hassle returning to the US is whatever line there might be, which depends on the season and time of day. A couple of time I've been the only one, once the line was down the block. Most often it's about a dozen people with four desks processing people. They just check your passport and ask what you're bringing back. Sometimes they take a quick peek in your sack, other times they just wave you on.