If you get trapped in one of the Glorietas, just work your way to the right and when you get far enough to the edge of the speeding circle of cars go straight!
The good news is that only one street offers the glorietas, Paseo de los Heroes--Hero's Pass--Another of the statutes you'll see in the center of a glorieta is Abraham Lincoln.Related to:
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While you are driving around Tijuana and decide to check out the shopping and sites in the Zona Rio, watch out for the GLORIETAS!
Those big circles in the middle of the road.
If you aren't from Paris or another place that has this kind of intersection, you might find yourself unable to get out of the circle.
This picture is of the statute of Cualtemoc, the last Aztec Emperor of Mexico. When you see Cualtemoc you're about to enter a glorieta!
Speaking of Emperors of Mexico, you may have heard of 'Montezuma's Revenge,' (an intestinal revolt against the germs living in Mexican tap water.) Don't drink the water from the taps. Water served in Tijuana restaurants is bottled--they can't afford to make their customers sick. I've never had problems with ice in my drinks either.Related to:
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*A way the bar makes extra money is for the bar host to come by your table, start blowing his whistle and makes you take a shot of tequila. Of course when it is all done, you owe the bar host money for the shot and a tip
*Usually we (us regulars) shoo away the bar host right away before he or she gets close enough to our table. They usually get the hint.
*If you are in TJ for the first time or have newbies in your group it is harmless fun and doesn't cost too much.
*But be careful....all those beers and shots can really get you tanked pretty quickly....ask my buddy K-B during his first visit to TJ :)
Children asking for money
Yes I know Im going to get criticize for this tip, but, really the mexican goverment more than once have been doing campaign to try to stop tourist from giving children in the street money, why, it's simple. The more tourist give money to this children the more this children get exploted or abused. Yes they are poor and have big necessity and you feel sorry for them, but it's the parents responsablility to provide the support and children's right to go to school and stop being used. Probably many are in real need, but many are being used as is reported often in the news; there are many people that hire this children to ask for money at the streets and the childrens or children's family only receive a small percent of what the children receive from tourist charity. Plus when this children grow up they had learn the lesson than, study and work is not necessary, they can obtain money easily asking for it at the streets.
Unique Suggestions: Please stop this children labor and abuse! Don't give them money.
Fun Alternatives: If you really want to help because you feel sorry for them, you can give them food, toys or school supplies, I often do the first and ask them to study at school.
The Bridge To Tijuana
As you walk across the border you're steered to a bridge where lots of shops are set up. There are some little restaurants and colorful items...lots of stuff to get you to stop. But everything I looked at there was priced higher than the exact item just down the road. Don't buy things from this area unless they are so unique you can't find them in any other shop.
Unique Suggestions: If you have to stay in this area to shop, use your bargaining skills. Tell them about the exact same item you saw down the road for half the price and see if you can talk them down to a reasonable price. The restaurants are playing loud music, so at least this part of the journey has entertainment.
Fun Alternatives: The farther out you go, the better deals you'll find. Shops on Avenida Revolucion in alleyways, down the street....all the parts that don't look quite so touristy.
When Mariachis come to your table while you are eating, they will ask you for singing some Mexican songs to you. If you agree, at the end when you're about to pay them they will ask you for more, ALWAYS. Even if you tell them to just sing two song at $2 each, $4 in total, they will charge you $4 for each song so you will pay a te the end $8. Mariachis always try to get more money.
Unique Suggestions: Just leave some dollars on the table and tell them to sing as much as they can for that amount.
Fun Alternatives: Don't let them sing!!! heheh
SHOPPING IN T.J.
BARGAIN BARGAIN BARGAIN. WHATEVER THEY ASK SAY YOU'LL IGVE THEM HALF. IF NOT THEN WALK AWAY. YOU WILL SEE HOW QUICKLY THE MERCHANT DROPS HIS ASKING PRICE.
Unique Suggestions: STAY IN GROUPS. DON'T WANDER ALONE. T.J. ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT IS A LITTLE DANGEROUS. A LOT OF DELIQUENTS IN THE STREETS. DON'T FLASH JEWELRY AND WEAR YOUR WALLET IN THE FRONT.
Fun Alternatives: GO IN THE DAY AND IF YOUR PARTYING STAY WITH YOUR GROUP. T.J. IS FUN BUT NOT SAFE IN SOME AREAS.Related to:
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Some of the people working in the markets and little shops can be really agrissive, they are very good at coning you into buying crap that you don't even want. I got pulled into a shop that i didn't want to go in to. The owner came out and put his arm around my neck and sorta pushed me into his store, as he was saying 'come into my store my american friend' all though i'm not a american. Once inside he would cover me in neckaces and chains and rings and he would not let me leave.
Not so fast to come back to the USA
I had to wait in a very looong (half a mile, one kilometer or so) line to San Ysidro border checking point on my way back to the USA. It took me about 40-50 minutes - hmm... not so bad at all.
Unique Suggestions: Put your head in a shadow - look, they built special cover for waiting people. Look around - there are a lot of interesting things/people including street vendors.
Fun Alternatives: Hmm... stay in Mexico :-))).
Somebody advised me to rent a bicycle on Mexican side of the border, cross the border on a bicycle (fast lane) and give the bicycle back on the USA side - hmm... I didn't know that. E-mail me please how does it work whenever you try it, please!Related to:
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