Ensenada Local Customs

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  • Tipping

    by marcmalano Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    Minimum wage in Baja is about $4 USD per day. So, many professions count on tipping (propina).

    In restaurants you will find 15% still a valued tip and is anticipated especially in the more upscale/touristy joints.

    The gas station attendants should handle all the pump work, clean you windshield, promptly handle you change and factura information if required. If they do something extra like check your oil or tires, then 5-10 pesos (~50 cents - $1) seems appreciated.

    Hotel Housekeeping is expected, but often overlooked in the states. Here the propina makes up a much more significant portion of their wage. $1 per person per night is considered typical.

    Parking lot security: Many of the larger supermarkets have lot attendants to prevent theft and accidents. This is particularly helpful if you shop the same place often and toss them a couple pesos (or 5 pesos if they return your cart). At first I thought this was a parking lot scam, however most of these guys you see out there are retirees who don't qualify for the minimums.

    Grocery Store bag boys/girls... It's a common after school job for kids and now seniors and it doesn't pay squat. A peso or two per bag is appropriate out of the change back from your tab. These kids are working to pay for school uniforms, books and even to support their family at an age when American kids only worry about Playstation and cartoons. Be generous, these kids (or seniors) aren't out spending it on drugs!

    Wait persons, doormen, bartenders all anticipate and should work for your tip. Don't reward bad service either. Leaving a few pesos rather than none after a meal is still the international sign of distain for bad service as it is in the states.

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    Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jun 24, 2005

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    Santuario de Nuesta Senora de Guadalupe

    One is reminded that Mexico is a Catholic nation by the twin spires of "Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe," which can been seen rising above the city's relatively low skyline. The church is not a tourist attraction. Karen and I walked a mile to reach it, and we were the only gringos in sight. Our Lady of Guadalupe is built in typical Spanish colonial style, and is one of Ensenada's most prominent landmarks.

    A major festival is held each year in Ensenada on December 12, with amusement rides and food booths set up in front of the church. It honors Mexico's patron saint: Dia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe
    (Our Lady of Guadalupe Day).

    Directions:
    South of the downtown area, at the corner of Calle 6 and Avenida Floresta.

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  • Paying at Restaurants

    by marcmalano Updated May 31, 2005

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    Since Ensenada (and Mexico in general) is very relaxed, you will find no rush to get you to leave the table. The custom is to let diners linger as long as they want so your bill will not be presented until you ask for it.

    When you are ready to leave, you can ask for the bill..."La cuenta, por favor", or if you catch the waiter's eye across the room, you can make a gesture with your hand that suggests writing in the air with an imaginary pen. This is common and understood all over the country.

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  • Speaking Spanish

    by marcmalano Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    Mexicans absolutely love to help others learn Spanish. Even the most mutilated and mispronounced words or phrases will be greeted with enthusiasm, patience, and appreciation.

    If you are interested in a more in depth immersion program here in Ensenada, you may want to check out Baja California Language College (http://www.bajacal.com) or The Center of Languages (http://www.mexonline.com/cllas.htm).

    Also, the link below provides some basic travel words and phrases that may come in handy.

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    Interior View of the Church

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    Interior View of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    I'm not a Catholic, although Karen used to be one. However, a person does not have to be a believer, or even religious, in order to get a sense of awe from this magnificent architecture. No doubt the inspiration works both ways. Religion inspired the building, and the building in turn inspires the religious.

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    A House of Prayer

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jun 24, 2005

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    Prayer Candles at Our Lady of Guadalupe

    Although our visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe was on a Saturday afternoon, the doors were open and about two dozen people were inside in quite prayer or meditation. The candles in these pictures were along a rail near the front of the church and are an indication of the sincerity of the worshippers.

    Mass is held in the church 4 times each week-day, and 10 times on Sunday.

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    Stained Glass Windows at Our Lady of Guadalupe

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jun 28, 2005

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    Virgin and Child in Stained Glass

    This photo just one example of the many beautiful stained glass windows that adorn the walls on both sides of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Through these windows soft rainbow hues of light filter into the hushed sanctuary, giving one a sense of mystery, awe and reverence.

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    Statue of Christ

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jun 24, 2005

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    The Christ of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    This large statue of Jesus stands in front and to the left of the doorway to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. His arms are lifted as if in blessing upon those who enter here.

    The statue was made in France in 1957. It was brought to Ensenada by ship, erected in front of the church, and consecrated by Cardinal Sebastian Baggio on Nov. 9, 1984.

    Directions:
    South of downtown Ensenada, at the corner of Avenida Floresta and Calle 6.

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    Dia De Los Muertos

    by Pounder73 Written Mar 21, 2003

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    November 2nd? (not sure if it changes, but right after Halloween)

    This does not apply to Ensenada, but Mexico as a whole. One of the big holidays of the year is “Dia De Los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” It is a day that the country celebrates (read: not morn) those in their family and circle of friends who have passed.

    I had the fortunate opportunity to go to the cemetery with a family. It was a beautiful sight to see the cemetery so colorful with flower and festivities. Families were bringing chairs and blankets and food (don’t forget the tequila and beers) and making a party of it. There were Mariachis and Music del Nortanos that were for hire to play for you. I didn’t see many tears… it didn’t seem to be a time for that.

    The photo was taken from the back corner of the cemetary. I didn't want to disrespect anyone...

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    Souvenir T Shirts

    by machomikemd Written Nov 19, 2009

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    besides having a souvenir shirt from the famous chamuco little devil brand here in ensenada, i also bought a regular souvenir t-shirt at a local souvenir shop in the Calle Primera (Again the Avenida de Lopez Mateos). local souvenir t-shirts are available practically in every stall and store here in ensenada and have different designs, artworks, graffitis, pictures, symbols and a lot more. a caveat in buying t-shirts! always haggle when buying since the first quoted price will be very high like they will tell you that a t-shirt will cost you 140 pesos ($ 11) and that is highway robbery! bring it down to at least 50% at 70 mexican pesos or else you will be ripped off! So i brought the shirt price down to 70 ok!

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    Ensenada Shot Glass

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 19, 2009

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    if you a long time fan of virtual tourist, you should know by now that i love to collect shot glasses in my travels and upon arriving here in ensenada mexico is no different so what i did was to buy one hehehe (they have many kinds of shot glasses even the nasty ones like the sex shot glasses wherein the clay paintings in the shot glass depicts what else but sex). i bought 1 shot glass at the price of 40 mexican pesos (kind of expensive i think) to add to my collection. shot glasses are available everywhere and the price depends on the size and the kind of artwork done in it.

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    Ensenada Refrigerator Magnets

    by machomikemd Written Nov 19, 2009

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    another particular favorite collectors item of mine aside from t-shirts and shot glasses are the refrigerator magnets of the countries and towns and cities and places that i've visited and my refrigertor is full of these ref magnets from all over and here in ensenada is no different. the ref magnets here are numerous and has lots of designs and pictures of the ensenada area like the big flag or the bufadora or the wine country and even the fish tacos. the ref magnets are avaialble everywhere and the price starts at 40 mexican pesos with the bigger ones at 50 to 60 mexican pesos.

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    Bottled Water

    by machomikemd Written Nov 18, 2009

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    as everyone knows, it is always safe to buy bottled mineral and spring water when visitng new areas as to decrease the incidence of diarrhea and water borne diseases like e. coli infection and here in ensenada, it is no different. in restaurants it is better to ask if they use just tap water of bottled water on what they serve but again just to be sure then better buy bottled water since they are available everyhwere here especially along the many oxxo convenience stores in ensenada area and a small 500 ml bottled water just costs 4 mexican pesos and 1 liter bottled water costs just 6 mexican pesos.

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    Lucha Libre (Mexican Wrestling) Masks

    by machomikemd Written Nov 18, 2009

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    well the mexican style of wrestling or the lucha libre is know popular around the world that many are into buying the symbols of it which is the Lucha Libre Masks and here in Ensenada, many hawker and street stalls sell it. The mask (mascaras) have been used dating back to the beginnings of lucha libre in the early part of the 20th century and have a historical significance to Mexico in general dating to the days of the Aztecs. More recently, the masks that luchadores wear have become iconic symbols of Mexican culture hence the popularity of it and buying a lucha libre mask here cost 80 mexican pesos and it will go down to 40 mexican peos if you know how to haggle.

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    Mexican Jumping Beans

    by machomikemd Written Nov 18, 2009

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    the jumping beans are purely not a bean ok. The jumping beans comes from the mountains in the states of Sonora, Sinaloa, and Chihuahua not here in Baja but are widely available here too. What make makes it a jumping bean is a seed pod in which the larva of a small moth has chewed through. The seed does not actually jump so much as wiggle because when it gets in a hot place the larva snaps its body hoping to roll to a cooler place. The beans themselves are from a shrub of the genus Sebastiania (S. palmeri or S. pavoniana), itself often referred to as the jumping bean, while the moth is a member of the genus Cydia, called a jumping bean moth. The beans should become active if one holds them in the hand (out of the box) for a few minutes. The beans should also appear to be a very slight shade of green on the side. If the bean starts to turn brown (top picture, bean on the left), that indicates it is dying.

    it is sold is plastic boxes and costs $ 1 a pack.

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