Back in 1985, I visited El Cajon/San Diego but was only 15 years old. My Aunt Claudia took me to Tijuana. We bought some vanilla and some trinkets and then returned to the US. I vaguely remember the trip so I wasn't much of a tour guide today. We parked on the US side and walked to the border. After entering Mexico, a guy commented, "You have a nice camera". After that, I put it away. I felt lost there. We stayed in heavily populated areas and tried to figure our tourist map out. I was getting stressed, feeling as though this was all a bad idea and gonna bite me in the ass. We walked over a freeway overpass.... it was familiar to me. We walked toward some major landmark. We then walked up a major artery in search of a bathroom. Several bathrooms we passed had people at the door way charging .35-.50 cents. We only had 20's and didn't want to deal with change. We held off as long as we could. Finally we gave in and paid our $1 for 2 of us, used their nasty restroom and then sighed with relief.
I craved tacos. Well, authentic tacos. We stopped in some restaurant. They handmade the tortillas and were very grateful for our business. We both had a pork and beef taco each. Sometimes, in foreign countries, meats are "interesting". They were pretty good though and they had some awards for best this or that up on their walls.... I could translate some of it.
Some interesting observations: We saw many donkey/mule photo opportunities. Back drops and all, they wanted to photograph you next to their beast. There are a lot of pharmacies around. In Mexico, prescriptions aren't needed. The most commonly advertised drug there is Viagra. Another thing is the vendors/shop owners are very pushy. We've experienced this a lot while on cruises. "Come and look my friend" or "We have many things you want". Because it's a Thursday, there weren't many tourists around. This made the vendors especially desperate. They'd walk across the street to get our attention. Yes, even the typical "amigo" was overused.
After the Mexican experience, we were glad to be in the US BUT didn't regret the visit to Mexico.
Later in the evening, we went to Urban Mo's. We ordered guacamole and chips for an appetizer. It was great but I should have skipped it. Too much food, too much fat. Jim had a chicken sandwich and I had a Cobb Salad. The salad was awesome. I chose the Asian dressing which was a thin, watery, yet delicious dressing. It was all presented on a square plate and very elegantly arranged in a geometric balanced way. Excellent presentation. I should be a food critic...... Nevermind, that's why I need to lose weight..... Anyway, great food. By the way, Mo's is a gay bar/restaurant in the very gay Hillcrest area of San Diego. This place was packed compared to all of the other restaurants on the strip. It was filled with many gay/straight patrons. I think the food, music and attached dance floor bring all sexual preferences here. The "gay stuff" isn't all over the place. No phallic symbols (that I saw), or other naughty silhouettes around. This place was a tasteful, fun place.