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March 2017

Tijuana Cultural Center: Chinese New Year Celebration
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Tijuana Cultural Center: Chinese New Year Celebration

Lydi and I went to the Tijuana Cultural Center while we were in Tijuana getting our mercury fillings removed and replaced by the holistic dentists at American BioDental. It happened to be the Chinese New Year when we visited, so there was a celebration happening outside...Related Links:Top 5 Things to Do in Tijuana, Mexico for People Who Want a Cultural ExperienceTijuana Cultural Center or ...
Holistic Dentist and Cancer Treatment Facility in Tijuana
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Holistic Dentist and Cancer Treatment Facility in Tijuana

The holistic dentist in Tijuana, Mexico was located in the lower level of the Grand Hotel in Tijuana. In this video, John, Lydi, and I enter the hotel and walk through the lobby to find American BioDental and American Holistic Care (a medical treatment facility that offers alternative cancer treatments as well as alternative treatments for fibromyalgia and other chronic diseases). Note the luxurious ...
San Ysidro Border Crossing Preamble–2nd Try
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San Ysidro Border Crossing Preamble–2nd Try

After crossing the border from Tijuana to San Ysidro, John stops at Church's Chicken to pee where he has an interesting conversation with a man outside the restroom...We had to cross the border from San Ysidro to Tijuana TWICE in one day because we failed to get the car permit for Mexico on our first try. In order to drive a certain distance past the U.S. Mexican border into Mexico, we needed a special ...
USA and Mexico Border Crossing: From Tijuana to San Ysidro
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USA and Mexico Border Crossing: From Tijuana to San Ysidro

Because we planned to drive our car outside of the Baja Peninsula and past the zone of immunity, we needed a special Banjercito car permit for our Prius. But we blew past customs (aduanas) on our way through the San Ysidro border crossing to Tijuana...so we had to go back to the U.S side and try again. This is the Mexico to U.S. border crossing in Tijuana. It was quick and painless, though I shut the camera ...
How to Get a Car Permit for Mexico at the Tijuana Border
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How to Get a Car Permit for Mexico at the Tijuana Border

On our first try, we blew past the Aduanas/Customs office at the US Mexico border in Tijuana, so we had to go back and try again to get our Banjercito vehicle permit. In this video, we're sitting in line in Tijuana waiting to return to the U.S. to give it another go. John talks through the Banjercito car permit process and the basic concept behind it: you're declaring your car so you have to stop at the ...
Mexico Border Crossing: Thoughts and Concerns
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Mexico Border Crossing: Thoughts and Concerns

John hated to admit it, but before we got there, he was concerned about crossing the US Mexico border. He'd read all kinds of nonsense online and so, even though we've crossed borders from Jordan to Israel and from Thailand to Cambodia, he was afraid that the SanYsidro border crossing to Tijuana was going to be difficult, congested, and maybe even dangerous. In this video, John, Lydi, and I discuss all the ...
Pilgrimage Near Guanajuato, Mexico
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Pilgrimage Near Guanajuato, Mexico

These pilgrims were making their way up the mountain, perhaps to the Cristo Rey statue overlooking the city of Guanajuato? I'm not sure, but there were hundreds if not thousands of people all traveling in the same direction on the day we arrived in Guanajuato by car.Related Posts:Pilgrimage in Mexico: A Guy with a Cross on His BackPilgrimage in Mexico: Guanajuato StateA Catholic Mass in ...
Whole Foods Mystery Experience
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Whole Foods Mystery Experience

On our way to Tijuana, we stopped at Whole Foods to find some stuff to eat. But Lydian must look like a Whole Foods employees because Whole Foods customers from Colorado to New Mexico keep trying to chasing her down for help. We can't figure out why...maybe it's because we buy boxes of chocolate in bulk?Related Links:Notes on Driving in Mexico: Tijuana to HermosilloNotes on Driving in Mexico: ...
The Guanajuato Temazcal — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Guanajuato Temazcal — By Jennifer Shipp

Temazcals are relatively new to me as an American citizen of European descent, but the use of heat and steam for healing is as old as fire. John, Lydian, and I did a temazcal in Guanajuato, Mexico three years ago and one of the first things we did when we returned to Guanajuato this year was visit the Temazcal Nawi again.

Karolina doesn’t speak English, but she’s very warm toward newbies. ...
Temazcal Opening Ritual in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Temazcal Opening Ritual in Guanajuato, Mexico

Attending a temazcal in Mexico is a mind-blowing experience as a foreigner. Lots of locals go every week though. A temazcal is both a spiritual and a healing experience. In this video, Karolina (in the bandana), leads the opening ritual by paying homage to the four cardinal directions and blowing the conch shell. Each of us is then purified with smoke before entering the temazcal. The whole ritual takes ...
Pet Travel to Mexico
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Pet Travel to Mexico

Travelling with pets is not something I ever pictured myself doing. But we really love our two cats, Garfield and Babylonia, so this year, we decided to take them on an epic trip to Mexico. And you know what? It wasn’t that complicated.

We entered Mexico from San Diego, California with our first stop in Tijuana. The customs agent didn’t give Garfield or Babs a second glance and no one really ...
Los Gatos Aventuros: Driving to Mexico with Two Cats
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Los Gatos Aventuros: Driving to Mexico with Two Cats

We had lots of time in the car to think and come up with stupid stuff, so Lydian and I decided that Garfield and Babylonia were "The Adventure Cats" (or something thereabouts). Who knew that they'd be such awesome little travelers. They made it all the way from western Nebraska to Tijuana without so much as a peep and then from Tijuana to Guanajuato, Mexico with only a few small protests at the beginning of ...
The Banjercito Vehicle Permit for Driving in Mexico
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The Banjercito Vehicle Permit for Driving in Mexico

If you’re planning an overland journey into Mexico from the United States and you’ve decided to drive your own car, you’ll need to get a Banjercito Vehicle Permit in order to go a certain distance beyond the border (generally 16 miles, but there are some special “Sonora”-only vehicle permits available as well). It’s not hard to get the vehicle permit in Tijuana, but it’s important that you don’t skip this ...
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