Mexico

Suicidal babies

Innumerable crab spawn beach themselves in Baja

Thousands of baby pelagic red crabs have washed up on the beaches of Playas de Tijuana, the latest in a series of odd occurrences along the shores of Baja California that have left marine biologists ...

Frivolous appeal

No justice yet for Anastasio Rojas-Hernandez, five years after he died

Today marks five years since Anastasio Rojas-Hernandez died. The Mexican immigrant’s tasing by a group of federal agents while he lay on the ground with zip-tied hands was video-recorded and is the basis of his ...

Teens with knives steal snacks

Cookies, chips, and cash among the haul, with which they were arrested

Two knife-wielding teens robbed a small neighborhood grocer in the Anexa Niños Heroes neighborhood, getting away with eight bags of potato chips, two packages of cookies, and 450 pesos in cash (about $30), Tijuana's daily ...

Poker refugees in Mexico

I could lose $5000 right now and I wouldn’t feel anything.

“Now, I have a much better understanding of money. I understand that it goes in and it goes out.”

Punk rock ain’t no bitch, Mom!

Half-empty cans, cigarette butts, rubbers, and blood stains mark the end of a good time.

Chad, 11:45 a.m.: “Aye dawgy, what time are you all headed south?” Derek, 11:46 a.m.: “It might be later than we originally planned cuz I have to go to the hospital. But I will be ...

Rain or pipe leak creates Tijuana disaster

Nearly two dozen homes give way to saturated earth

Nineteen families were left homeless over the weekend following a series of landslides in the Anexa Miramar neighborhood of Tijuana, with more mandatory evacuations expected. Initial press accounts on Saturday, May 16, reported a dozen ...

Another for the Tijuana morgue

Zona Norte drug haven racks up the deaths by violent means

The shrieking of bystanders followed gunfire in the Zona Norte section of Tijuana on Tuesday afternoon, May 12. An unidentified man lay writhing on the ground as onlookers awaited authorities to arrive on the scene. ...

Surfers saved a whole lot of paddling in San Quintín

Wow, we were in trouble

San Quintín sits about 200 miles south of San Diego near the southern end of the Valle de Guadalupe. The large bay there is ringed by inactive volcanoes; the main industry is berry farming. San ...

Mother's Day, unmeshed

Holiday visitors to border park share unobstructed views with loved ones

Mother's Day at Friendship Park — on the rare occasion when the U.S. celebration of Mother's Day landed on May 10, which is the set date for Mother's Day in Mexico — was a particularly ...

Baja zen: Guadalupe Canyon's oasis

Hidden palm oasis and hot-springs camping 4 hours southeast.

It's midafternoon, and the hot sun beats down on a remote desert road laying before me. I'm deep in the Mexican desert, thinking of shinrin-yoku. Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese practice of "forest bathing" to enhance ...

South of the border comfort food

Voodoo Stu brings Southern home cooking to Tijuana

Voodoo Stu probably could have gotten away with calling his cooking “Rural-Creole-Baja Cuisine” or some drummed up stuff like that, but he didn’t. Instead, the Atlanta-raised chef simply calls it “Southern comfort food,” and it ...

Teachers' strike holds strong in Baja

Lack of pension payouts the big issue

My eight-year-old godson in Tijuana has been sending me various versions of sad emoticons on Facebook for more than a week now. He is unhappy because, after a lengthy Easter vacation, school did not resume ...

Playa y vino: best bets for a Baja weekend

Escape to La Misión (K-59) and these Guadalupe Valley vineyards.

Like many other folks, my wife and I like tasty wines and panoramic ocean views, especially if they’re less than an hour away. So we often head out to La Misión, a tiny Baja village ...

Baby whale bites dust

Mexican environmental authorities recently buried a juvenile gray whale that died after becoming trapped on the shoreline near the border of Playas de Tijuana and Rosarito Beach. The young whale, about 42 feet long and ...

Get the TJ street dog that includes bacon

Memes and music follow closure of Chinese restaurant

The news of dog meat in a Chinese restaurant spread like wildfire. I overheard people in every corner of Tijuana talking about it — while eating street tacos or just walking around. Social media was ...

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