Sergio Castro

Greetings from Tijuana

Continued... One fact is that Tijuana does not have many things that are unique any more. The bullfights are almost gone and publicity in California is poor, The Jai Alai is gone for good, the building is now a concert hall. Good restaurants and beaches are obviously still available, but so are they in California. I hope that the “boycott” at least forces my fellow Baja Californians to be creative. It is my belief that long lines at the border are not the reason why people don’t visit Baja California, but the lack of attractions is the real reason. The longs lines exist because Baja Californians enjoy the attractions from California, i.e. Seaworld, The Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Dysneyland, Legoland, good infrastructure, good prices and overall variety and safety. People who fly into Can Cun do long lines at airports customs’; people who go to Magic Mountain do long lines to board the attractions, so the long lines are not an excuse. I find the border area fascinating, two very different cultures separated from one line (and one very ugly fence). I do encourage San Diegans to visit the city of Tijuana, but to inform them selves first. At least once time every decade or half a decade, especially if you can take your teenage kids with you so they can see a different world from, not only a developed country, but from arguably the strongest and more advanced country in the world. It would be far much better if you take your kids with you when they are 16 or 17 than if they go by them selves at 18, 19 or 20 to get drunk. Peace. Sergio Castro
— December 16, 2008 11:42 p.m.

Greetings from Tijuana

Hello everybody, I want to add to these comments that an article like this would actually encourage me to go to such place rather than deter me. I am a 4th Generation Baja California native, a Californio descendant and a Mexican exPat in San Diego, so my ties to my country and this region in particular are strong. My mother still lives there, and so as my soon to be 91 years old grandfather. I even enrolled in a graduate school in Tijuana. Yet the violence wave going on there concerns me as well, nevertheless nothing will stop me by exercising my freedom, especially lowlife burglars or assassins incapable of sustaining themselves differently. But I might be a different kind of breed as I dared to go to Jerusalem the very same day that Arafat was being buried, I dared to walk the streets of Jakarta at night against everybody’s advice, even the locals. That doesn’t mean that I put myself in danger on purpose, I just try to learn as much as I can from the other culture/location and try to avoid trouble or confrontation while visiting. If you are in a bar in a foreign land it is most likely that you will find more trouble than if you are visiting a foreign college campus (same as at home, right?). Vary rarely I would dare to go to a biker’s bar in the states, similarly I wouldn’t dare to go to a low life strip club in Tijuana or any place in Mexico There is no real truth in this matter. However I do recommend visiting the city at least one in a decade, or any place in the “third world” as third world “way of life” is the lifestyle of the majority of the citizens of our planet. It enlightens one on the reality of our world, and unfortunately corrupted officials exist in third world countries and even though they are the minority, their actions put a bad name to the whole of the corporation. I have been stopped by Tijuana police officers for the only reason of driving a car with US licenses plates but since I can defend myself with knowledge I haven’t been bothered at all and I wouldn’t under any circumstance give money to them. To be Continued in separate post due to word count limitations…
— December 16, 2008 11:41 p.m.

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