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Rosarito and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico - 2nd March 2008

The day after a long road-trip around the desert of South-west California, Nosher and Isobel decide to head south across the border for a poke around Baja California, Mexico. So we drive to San Ysidro - the last US exit on Interstate 5 - and get the bus down to Tijuana for a change of bus on to Rosarito. Rosarito is one of those places that sounds nice on paper but in reality is blighted by truly hideous beach-front bars pumping out music all day, at a volume which you can stil hear half-a-mile down the beach. We even end up at one of these bars for a drink, simply because it seems to be the only way to find a toilet. Anyway, the rest of Rosarito is a little like a seaside version of Tijuana, but it does give Nosher the chance to eat some street food, as encouraged by Isobel, in the form of a small and tasty Taco al Pastor. Later, we catch the bus back to Tijuana and hang out there for a few hours before enduring the spectacle of the border crossing at San Ysidro - the world's busiest.

next album: San Diego and Hollywood, California, US - 3rd March 2008
previous album: The End of the World: Julian to the Salton Sea and Back, California, US - 1st March 2008

2008 The Mexicoach bus waits at San Ysidro border car park

The Mexicoach bus waits at San Ysidro border car park

2008 On the beach at Rosarito

On the beach at Rosarito

2008 Fruit stalls struggle against an onslaught of hideous bars

Fruit stalls struggle against an onslaught of hideous bars

2008 Kids play on the beach

Kids play on the beach

2008 Pineapples, oranges and bags of sweets

Pineapples, oranges and bags of sweets

2008 Beachfront Condos overlook the chaos

Beachfront Condos overlook the chaos

2008 Random blanket sellers

Random blanket sellers

2008 A Mexican hat seller

A Mexican hat seller

2008 A beach tat seller

A beach tat seller

2008 Quality jewelry up for sale

Quality jewelry up for sale

2008 The hat woman

The hat woman

2008 Isobel and Nosher at a tacky bar

Isobel and Nosher at a tacky bar

2008 Fruit sales seem to be a little slow

Fruit sales seem to be a little slow

2008 Fruit and crisps seller

Fruit and crisps seller

2008 Lurid buildings on the beach

Lurid buildings on the beach

2008 Under the Rosarito pier

Under the Rosarito pier

2008 Nosher, with hat, on the beach

Nosher, with hat, on the beach

2008 Horses on the beach

Horses on the beach

2008 Isobel plays with sand

Isobel plays with sand

2008 Ponies trot on the beach

Ponies trot on the beach

2008 A couple of ponies trot along the beach

A couple of ponies trot along the beach

2008 An unsure state of demolition or building

An unsure state of demolition or building

2008 Another pair of ponies trot on the beach

Another pair of ponies trot on the beach

2008 Classic 1970s American car outside the Brown Pride Tattoo

Classic 1970s American car outside the Brown Pride Tattoo

2008 Brown Pride tattoos

Brown Pride tattoos

2008 Downtown Rosarito

Downtown Rosarito

2008 On Rosarito's main drag: Bimbo

On Rosarito's main drag: Bimbo

2008 Random cartoon super-heroes and Mexican wrestlers

Random cartoon super-heroes and Mexican wrestlers

2008 A shop absolutely packed with random stuff

A shop absolutely packed with random stuff

2008 5 and 10 liquor store, Rosarito main drag

5 and 10 liquor store, Rosarito main drag

2008 A blob of Al Pastor pork waits for us

A blob of Al Pastor pork waits for us

2008 The taco dude prepares to slice us off a bit of al pastor pork

The taco dude prepares to slice us off a bit of al pastor pork

2008 In the taco shop

In the taco shop

2008 Isobel gets ready to scoff her taco

Isobel gets ready to scoff her taco

2008 The colour of light makes this photo look like the 1970s

The colour of light makes this photo look like the 1970s

2008 Rosarito's main drag

Rosarito's main drag

2008 A bar on the street corner

A bar on the street corner

2008 Panificadora Rosarito

Panificadora Rosarito

2008 Mexican 'lucky' pharmacy - a study in yellow

Mexican 'lucky' pharmacy - a study in yellow

2008 A Mexican minibus

A Mexican minibus

2008 The Tijuana bus-station bogs

The Tijuana bus-station bogs

2008 The bogs at Tijuana's bus station

The bogs at Tijuana's bus station

2008 Pharmacies sell cheap drugs to Americans

Pharmacies sell cheap drugs to Americans

2008 Old man on a bike, with his wordly possessions

Old man on a bike, with his wordly possessions

2008 A Mariachi band walks down the street

A Mariachi band walks down the street

2008 Bands of musicians roam the streets

Bands of musicians roam the streets

2008 Grilled corn-on-the-cob from a street vendor

Grilled corn-on-the-cob from a street vendor

2008 Tijuana street life

Tijuana street life

2008 A Tijuana street corner

A Tijuana street corner

2008 The remains of a million posters linger

The remains of a million posters linger

2008 Indoor Tijuana market

Indoor Tijuana market

2008 A Tijuana market

A Tijuana market

2008 More street corn

More street corn

2008 A beat-up Ford van displays some sort of advert

A beat-up Ford van displays some sort of advert

2008 Downtown Tijuana

Downtown Tijuana

2008 The random restaurant 'Genesis'

The random restaurant 'Genesis'

2008 A mobile taco stall

A mobile taco stall

2008 A Tijuana bakery

A Tijuana bakery

2008 A street hamburger stand

A street hamburger stand

2008 More street-corner action

More street-corner action

2008 A woman in some sort of traditional garb waits for something

A woman in some sort of traditional garb waits for something

2008 A street entertainer has his head stood whilst on a pile of broken glass

A street entertainer has his head stood whilst on a pile of broken glass

2008 More musicians roam the streets, here on Avenue de la Revolucion

More musicians roam the streets, here on Avenue de la Revolucion

2008 A dude hauls around bottles of water

A dude hauls around bottles of water

2008 Amusing neon sign: no drugs or nuclear weapons allowed.

Amusing neon sign: no drugs or nuclear weapons allowed.

2008 A vintage American car

A vintage American car

2008 The  classic old 1970s American car at an intersection

The classic old 1970s American car at an intersection

2008 Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

2008 A burnt-out building

A burnt-out building

2008 In Tijuana bus station - a small carousel with zebra

In Tijuana bus station - a small carousel with zebra

2008 At the US border

At the US border

2008 Huge queues of cars at the Mexico/US border

Huge queues of cars at the Mexico/US border

2008 In the masses of queued cars, street vendors ply their wares

In the masses of queued cars, street vendors ply their wares

2008 Mobile tat stall

Mobile tat stall

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The Mexicoach bus waits at San Ysidro border car park