I'm headed for Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, today for the first time. I have visited three border towns and one interior town since moving to Bisbee. The border towns were Agua Prieta, across from Douglas, Arizona; Naco, across from Naco, Arizona; and Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas. The interior town, which I never really found having become hopelessly lost early in the game, was Cananea, Sonora.
Tomorrow is going to be extra fun because it is Mexican Flag Day. There should be parades and fireworks (unsafe and insane, I'm sure) and lots of color and noise. If you have seen Touch of Evil, you might remember how, as Charleton Heston and Janet Leigh move down the street, passing and then being passed by the convertible that's about to blow up, the music changes and blends with the next music. This is what Mexican towns are like, at least on the border. Sounds blending and clashing and separating out for a minute before they blend and clash together again. Very fun. Very exciting. No noise ordinances there.
And it smells like another country. Cooking smells come out of places as you pass and there's just a smell of the exotic. From the instant you cross the border, you know you aren't in the United States anymore. If you trip on a raggedy sidewalk, you are on your own. Watch your step, Gringo.
I like Mexico a lot. I go to a restaurant in Naco, Sonora, fairly often. It's fun to walk into another country. And I like it that I can see more of Mexico from my front door than I can see of the United States. MUCH more.
Now, Nogales is going to be a lot different from Naco. It is big and very much a tourist town. Naco is not. Naco has a few pharmacias catering to those who want to get their prescription medications cheaply, and it has the one "nice" restaurant, but other than that it is a city for the residents, not for tourists. Nogales has it all. I'm going to take pictures and put them on when I get back, so this is all you get for right now.
Today is the first day of the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. Take a look at the site. It is all so....so....so....I dunno. I can't even find it in my heart to make fun of them. It's just sad. I've driven through Whitehorse and I KNOW.