Sunday, February 04, 2007
On the Road
Last week I wanted to go to Mexico so I booked a trip while I was at home to go to Tijuana just after going to CHA.
I waited for the bus at 8.30am to be told it was cancelled. So later that day I found out how to get there on my own, against all my US friends saying don't go it's dangerous. Well I set off from the Santa Ana bus station and caught a bus which took 2.5hrs all the way down and which took you over the border into TJ (Tijuana). I caught a taxi into the main town and did some sightseeing and took lots of photos. I know that TJ isn't your typical Mexican town, but it was still an experience I had to have. I did Google Earth the place before I left so I really wanted to go. There were a lot of tourist shops, so I didn't buy any of the souviners, but I just wanted lots of photos and I also took some videos. I ate real Mexican food, the corn chips are to die for! and hung out at this cute little restaurant. I have to admit there were not a lot of tourists there, I guess being winter time and all. At the end of the day I went back to the bus station only to find out the bus had broken down, well it was a Mexican bus Co.! I waited around about an hour and a half and then we went on out way to the US border. The border was jam packed and we waited ages to go through. Apparently you get off the bus go through immigration and customs, go out the building and run up the street a little to where the bus will take you back to Santa Anna. Well I didnt know this cos I was the only english speaking person on the bus with all the mexicans (LOL). But I followed everyone and found my way. But was told that the bus would be an hour befor we left. Sooo I was freezing cold and needed a hot drink, so I took off down the road to get a hot beverage... well got back 10 mins later and there was the bus going off down the freeway!!! LOL so had to wait at least another hour and finally got on the bus back to the station. Well here is a pic of what its like over the "border".
At the moment I am in Idyllwild at my friends Sharilyn Miller (previous ed of Somerset Studio Mag) http://www.sharilynmiller.com/ and we are up 6,000ft in her mountain home. And guess what? There is snow up here!!! The scenery is to die for and it was a long (scary) windy road up here and took about 3 hours from Anaheim (where CHA and disneyland is). The squirrels are as big as cats (sorry almost!) and there are chipmonks here but I haven't seen any of those.
Earlier today I walked up the hill right beside the house, well I almost got to the top and got scared (it was a really long way to fall down, really!!) so I took some photos and climbed down..not the pic shown here (thats the peak) but it's so quiet and just what you would imagine a mountain town to be like. Sharilyns house is on 3 levels and I am sleeping in the loft bedroom uptop and it's just like something out of an Austrian village.. The weather has been so lovely here, at night it's a bit cold about zero to about 22c today but there are some spots with snow on the ground.
Thanks for looking....Julie