Living in Texas, I’ve had many opportunities to walk across the border and explore Mexico. Hopping on a plane and heading to Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco is relatively inexpensive from Houston. Due to border safety concerns, my shopping trips to Nuevo Laredo and Acuña have stopped. Trips to the interior of Mexico have been delayed in favor of other locales. But, I still love Mexico.
On my New Year’s eve cruise stop to Cozumel, I was reminded how much I enjoy visiting Mexico. I miss the bargaining and the look of surprise when I speak Spanish. I long for the taste of pure cane sugar in a Coke on a hot day. I like getting off the beaten path in search of locals-only restaurants. I can’t stand the manufactured Mexico produced along the tourist trails. Give me a language barrier over perfectly-spoken English selling crappy sombreros any day. In my brief time in Cozumel, I got both. From disembarkation to lunch at the Mercado Municipal, here’s my tiny taste of Mexico.
I’m not sure when I’ll get back to Mexico, but the five hours ashore refreshed my thirst for all things Mexican, especially those delicious bottled Cokes.