Spanish Influence, San Diego
There is a very large Mexican influence in San Diego which is understandable as it was once part of Mexico and many of its inhabitants are of Mexican decent.
Many of the bars and clubs specialize in selling Mexican food with margaritas and chips and it is a bit of custom to have chips and salsa before your dinner. And what better to wash the chips down with than a nice blended margarita.
There are a lot of Spanish-speaking citizens in San Diego area (Mexicans?) = they speak Spanish at their homes. It seems that sometimes they can't speak correctly in English (hmm... what does it mean correctly in the USA?).
I noticed that most ladies (cashiers) at supermarkets (maybe all) can speak Spanish and they really often speak Spanish with their consumers, the same at the gas stations.
They have a lot of newspapers, TV channels etc. in Spanish. Many explanations, for example on trolley ticket vending machines are in both languages: English and Spanish - oops, I just found the difference between the two machines from the previous tip.
Is it possible to live and work there without knowledge of English? I don't think so although... who knows?
Yes, it is possible to live here without speaking English, but finding a "good" paying job would be very difficult.
Thank you Linda.
Look at my picture (beter enlarge it :-): I found this ??? in one anonymous yard in San Diego. What's that? Is it a clay oven/grill? Any ideas?
From my friend Chris (balfor):
It looks like the thing you saw in someone yard that looked like a clay oven is something from the southwest of the U.S. as well as from Mexico. It is called a chiminia. I suppose it could be used for cooking, but it is mostly used for warmth and so that you can have a fire to sti around in your yard! :-)
Thank you Chris for your explanations.
You can see a lot of Spanish (or maybe Mexican to be more exact) influences in San Diego not only in architecture of old buildings at Balboa Park but in architecture of private houses as well.
You can hear a lot of people speaking Spanish, you can see many dark-skin people (Mexicans) and you can even meet Spanish dancers - look at my picture :-).
Tijuana is visited by more Americans than any other foreign city. Go to see the cultural differences. You can take the trolley to the border, or drive. Park your car at the last US exit, and walk across into Mexico. Get a cab, have them take you to Avenue Revolution. Get your picture taken with a donkey spray painted to look like a zebra. Chug a watered down margarita.
Try the authentic Mexican food. If not Roberto's, try anyone of the touristy restaurants in Old Town, like the Old Town Mexican Cafe. They make homemade tortillas right near the front windo. You can't
go wrong. Get cultured and visit Balboa Park(pictured here).