18 December 2009

Turista Libre 1.3: Tijuana shopping spree

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Generic Viagra and shot glasses shaped like penises may be the typical Christmas gifts to come from Tijuana. But for Turista Libre round three we strayed from the Revolucion bric-a-brac in lieu of the ultimate T.J. shopping experience.
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Originally, we had hoped to roam the blocks of second-hand loot that make up the Francisco Villa swap-meet (which makes Kobey's look like a 7-Eleven). Turns out it's open only on Sundays, and today happened to be Saturday. So we walked the Altamira streets for a few, browsed Santa Claus pi├▒atas and Christmas trees and laughed at Clinica Gaytan.
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Back downtown, the mid-morning pastry break cured all disappointment.
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Next, it was off to the HAHA Store, a new gallery-boutique near the Hippodrome that specializes in apparel, accessories, toys and art. Most of it's made in T.J.
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Tacos followed.
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At 5 y 10, a massive junk market in eastern Tijuana, we discovered the remains of the majority of North America's Aeropostale supply and posed with kitties and Jesus in a Chinese photo booth that was made of plywood.
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Then we hauled out to Naco at Macroplaza mall, home of the famous "I Heart TJ" T-shirts, among other colloquial pop apparel.
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And finally, we washed down the day with drinks at Garces, a 1970s Mexico City playboy's dream bar and homage to the movies of Mexican actor Mauricio Garces. ¡Arroz!
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2 comments:

Rick said...
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Rick said...

Hi there

Stumbled upon your blog and was perplexed, yet delighted. Finally, someone manages to capture some of Tijuana's unique charm. Wonderful pictures here and throughout too, en verdad eres un Tijuanense honorario ! That photobooth is gold!! I must pay a visit one day soon, that flea market is closeby, but I'm just too much of a chicken to venture out there camera in hand, so many of my classmates routinely got mugged around the 5 y 10 area, and this was 10 years ago when this was a safer town ;)

Keep up the excellent work.