I spent the weekend sickly. Not eating, not moving, kinda queasy and nothing else. I started to despair that something serious was going on and had a plan of action for professional care on Sunday night. Monday I woke up and knew I was on the other side. I wasn’t well but I was better. I ate. I walked around. Now that’s behind me. Now you know why there was radio silence.
Today, Wednesday, I went to Mexico with my dear friend and blog follower, Pat. Pat wanted to see a dentist in Mexico. She hadn’t been in a while. Agua Prieta has seen better days and its reputation has been tarnished by border trouble. Medical tourism has been greatly reduced in the last decade. The need for some new dental work at a reasonable price motivated Pat to reconsider going. When she mentioned it to me I volunteered to go as body guard and translator. I have been wanting to see AP and I miss Mexico. A new adventure beckoned.
We headed out this morning in Willis’s smooth riding pickup. Pat picked out a parking spot just north of the border and we headed out on foot towards the crossing. Walking in and out of Mexico is much faster than getting your car inspected. Also, if you drive in Mexico you need Mexican car insurance. The dentist was only about a mile from the border so it was easier to walk. At the border we found a neat stockpile of Walmart shopping carts. The Douglas Walmart was about a mile from the crossing. Mexicans cross the border everyday to spend billions annually in US border communities. To make travel easier, the Walmart in Douglas, AZ has a place to leave their shopping carts at the border before Mexican customers return home.
As always, crossing the border is not a gradual transition. One moment all is tidy and organized and in English. The next you are in a country of irregular sidewalks, dangling wires, and Spanish. There is no grey zone area to get yourself ready. We got a little misdirected in Mexico but found the Dentist’s office pretty quickly. Pat went in for her two new fillings and I read a magazine while a ginormous Mona Lisa kept watch. I found the supersized enigmatic one humorous because the original DaVinci portrait is about the size of a piece of writing paper. Maybe smaller. Afterwards the dentist drove us to a great seafood restaurant and we had fish tacos and hibiscus tea (jamaica). Seafood might seem a funny choice but the Sea of Cortez is not far away. Pat had never had either and she claimed to enjoy both. I was glad since I made the meal choices.
After lunch we hit some farmacias looking for Latisse for a friend. Total bust. The lack of tourism has impacted the pharmaceutical trade. Latisse enhances eyelash growth. Not much demand in Mexico, I guess. I picked up some Retin A for me and a friend. It was just $3 a tube. Super deal. Then we easily walked back to the border, showed our passports, and returned to the truck. Some more stateside chores and we were on our way home. I had a lovely time with Pat and I was pleased to see Mexico.