Thursday, November 27, 2008

MEXICO: DINERO TALKS, MUCHO THANKS



Happy Thanksgiving! After an amazing drive through California and Arizona yesterday/night, I made it past the Mexican border around 11:30pm, just 30 minutes shy of them closing for the night. I have to say - for all the talk about Border Patrol, there really wasn't much security. I was basically just waved along through. I guess there aren't a lot of people looking to flee to Mexico, though.



The night took an interesting turn when I found myself LOST in the small border town of Sonoyta. In case you were wondering: it actually is a third world country. At least, this part was. Not many street signs, paved roads, or lights of any kind. You know what they do have? Crooked cops.



After speaking to a rude non-English-speaking motel clerk to try and get directions to my actual hotel, I was turning around in the parking lot when I saw flashing police lights. It turns out that in my frazzled state I forgot to turn my headlights on for those whole 4 seconds, and I was now facing ARREST. Thankfully one of my co-workers advised my prior to my departure to play their game, should I ever get pulled over. Surprisingly (or not so surprisingly?) - it worked. I gave the snarky cop all the cash I had in my wallet ($12, don't worry) and he sent me on my way. It was mind-blowing not only to try something like that, but even more so that it actually worked.



So there you have it. One night in a foreign country and I've already bribed a member of law enforcement. On the lighter side, the pictures in this post are of my hotel, the Vina del Mar. Nice place, overlooking the ocean here at Rocky Point. Say what you will about my first night, but when I finally arrived at my hotel several hours later, all was right in the world when I discovered they had wi-fi. And to that, I am thankful. That, and the fact that I live in America and not Mexico.

Now it's time to relax and enjoy the scenery - Happy Turkey Day, everyone!

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