Bumfuzzle https://www.bumfuzzle.com Live Small, Venture Wide Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:38:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 The Road North https://www.bumfuzzle.com/the-road-north/ https://www.bumfuzzle.com/the-road-north/#comments Mon, 31 Jul 2017 20:13:09 +0000 https://www.bumfuzzle.com/?p=26775 From San Miguel it was time for us to head north, back to the States. It was three 200 mile days to the border, which is way at the extreme for us. In Mexico, even with toll highways, we only average thirty miles an hour including stops. The first two ... Read More

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From San Miguel it was time for us to head north, back to the States. It was three 200 mile days to the border, which is way at the extreme for us. In Mexico, even with toll highways, we only average thirty miles an hour including stops. The first two days were all up at elevation, 7,500 plus feet, and on day three it was all downhill back to just about sea level, and the corresponding heat.

These are just random shots taken out the window as we made our way out of the country.

When we got to Laredo it was ridiculous—107 degrees in the shade, and I don’t even want to know what it was on the bridge to cross the border. We were literally the only vehicle on the bridge without air conditioning, which made us very popular with all of the vendors who loved actually being able to talk to someone instead of just holding stuff up in front of tinted windows. They also loved the fact that we had a handful of pesos in our pockets that wouldn’t do us any good back in the States.

As we sat here on the hot tarmac something rather disgusting happened. Disgusting, but not very unusual when you live in Mexico. Small cockroaches started coming out of nowhere around the truck. Like really small fingernail-sized roaches. It was gross, but given the situation at the time it was really just an annoyance more than anything. The heat was killing us, not the roaches.

So anyway, we finally get to the front of the line and we joke with the kids that if the officer asks if we’ve got any pets do not tell him about our little cucarachas. We get our typical shake down from the U.S. side—how long have you been in Mexico, don’t you work, where is your home, what are you bringing back with you? We must appear to be the most suspicious gringos. They figure that we figure if we drive through in an absurd vehicle, and throw a couple sweaty blond kids in, they won’t suspect us of packing the seats with bails of marijuana.

So, he’s finally going to let us through, when Ouest screams from the backseat. He peeks his head back around the window, with passports in his hand, and says “What’s going on?”

Ouest, who was just swatting a cockroach off of her leg, zips her lips up tight, eyes darting from the officer, to Ali, to me. Then we all start laughing, and fill him in on our hilarious cockroach story. He doesn’t laugh. He probably wishes he didn’t have to let us into his country. Hands back our passports and waves us through.

But wait. I see you’ve got 18 cans of beer back there. You have to pay for those. That’ll be three dollars and fifty cents.

Welcome back to the United States—smugglers.

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Hidalgo’s Grito https://www.bumfuzzle.com/hidalgos-grito/ https://www.bumfuzzle.com/hidalgos-grito/#comments Sat, 29 Jul 2017 03:01:08 +0000 https://www.bumfuzzle.com/?p=26751 Up the road a bit from San Miguel de Allende is Dolores Hidalgo. Father Miguel Hidalgo, back in 1810, gave a speech from the front steps of this church that would spark the Mexican War of Independence. Every year, throughout Mexico, on Independence Day, mayors throughout Mexico stand in their ... Read More

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Up the road a bit from San Miguel de Allende is Dolores Hidalgo. Father Miguel Hidalgo, back in 1810, gave a speech from the front steps of this church that would spark the Mexican War of Independence. Every year, throughout Mexico, on Independence Day, mayors throughout Mexico stand in their town squares and recite Hidalgo’s Grito de Dolores. They end with, “Viva México! Viva la Independencia! Vivan los héroes!” It’s one of my favorite Mexican traditions. The entire story of Mexico’s battle for Independence is fascinating, and filled with characters that hardly seem like they could have been real—Hidalgo is one of those. For me, this was a very cool place to see.

Lowe walked over and asked in Spanish how much the big balloon was, then came back and told us 35 pesos. Impressed with his knowledge, I asked him, “Treinta y cinco?”

“No, he just said thirty-five.”

Too many of these old ladies in Mexico. Long, hard lives, and no rest in sight.

I was walking past when I noticed this shot. I asked the girl if I could take a picture—she smiled and nodded yes, then proceeded to cover her face.

This place was a gem that we just stumbled on. Great steak tacos—we eventually had to place four orders before Lowe finally cried uncle. The owner took me out back to cut grapes off the vine (he couldn’t reach) and his wife gave the kids some doll sized ceramic cups to go along with the broken ceramic shards they scavenged from the parking lot.

Teaming up to wash the bike. One to spin the wheel, one to throw water at it.

No matter where we are, we’ve always got a dog. This is Solomino.

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San Miguel de Allende https://www.bumfuzzle.com/san-miguel-de-allende-2/ https://www.bumfuzzle.com/san-miguel-de-allende-2/#comments Fri, 28 Jul 2017 04:51:44 +0000 https://www.bumfuzzle.com/?p=26705 We left Teotihuacan and drove north to San Miguel for a few days. SMA is a ridiculously photogenic city—colorful people, colorful buildings, and an iconic church with a plaza out front that sucks everybody in. The lady running this machine saw the kids watching and quickly rolled a couple tortillas ... Read More

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We left Teotihuacan and drove north to San Miguel for a few days. SMA is a ridiculously photogenic city—colorful people, colorful buildings, and an iconic church with a plaza out front that sucks everybody in.

The lady running this machine saw the kids watching and quickly rolled a couple tortillas up for them. They were delicious, apparently, and the kids are now convinced the lady put salt on them. I think they just tasted great because they were piping hot and fresh, but they insist.


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The lady selling these balloons at ten pesos a pop retired as a millionaire after this week. I imagine she also has some sort of deal worked out with the guy who has access to the roof of this building. There must be hundreds of balloons up there.

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