Rich and I planned to go to go over to Progresso Mexico on Sunday to refill his Meds. Some really great deals on them if you don’t mind buying their brand. They have the Mexican name and then also the American name on the bottles. You can save a whole lot of money and get most of your regulars meds with out prescriptions. We were going to go on Saturday but plans were changed and we went Sunday. Sunday morning we heard their had been a shooting and murder the day before. Rich had coffee with our friend from McNabb, Bob (Staying at Paradise Park) and he pulled the news article up. Apparently the shooting happened just a block or 2 over from the International Bridge. It went on for about a half hour and 2 people ended up dead. The shooting occurred early, around 6 am. No reports on if it was domestic or cartel related. There is a lot of drug and cartel activity going on, but Progresso is viewed as a safe town to cross. Matamoros Mexico is just across from Brownsville, and the US Consulate recommends that US citizens do not cross their. It is to dangerous. We decided to go anyway. It wasn’t the greatest weather, rather cloudy almost damp but not quite drizzly. We needed jackets as it was a little chilly. We made the half hour drive to the border and parked in the parking lot by the bridge. They charge $2 to park your car in the lot. From their you walk over the bridge. It is 50 cents to walk over and 30 cents to come back. On the berm of the Rio Grande River was a Border Patrol SUV. Other than that we did not see any extra guards or policemen patrolling. We really felt safe. If we had not heard the reports of the shooting, we would have never known. So we crossed over under the covered walk way to do our shopping.
As you see, according to the sign, Mexicans really do appreciate and depend on the Winter Texans. Most of their sales are at this time of the year. They even host Winter Texan Festivals. When we got on the bridge, we looked out over the river. No one was on the US side, but on the Mexican side, you could see a few people walking the river edge. Their was also several campfires going. The closer we got, you can look through the cracks on the side rails and see people sitting, standing, or just camped out asking for a nickel or dime. The would have their little kids or babies with them in strollers. The closer you got the hats would be held through the cracks for us to through in change.
The shopping begins as soon as you cross the bridge. It seems people only go about 3 blocks in and stay on the main street. I don’t think it is wise to venture down the side streets.
The sidewalks are lined with vendors and many Pharmacias and dentists on every block. We walked down to the Pharmacia that Cheryl, our friend from Illinois, had taken us to in Dec. We made our purchases, and then shopped all the way back. I bought 2 little plastic mesh shopping bags for 50 cents each….lol…cheap enough…..I needed one more to put my wood carving stuff in. Then we went in another store to shop. I noticed on the entry way stone floor, it was called a supper center. I chuckled to my self,…..really……I of course was visualizing “Walmart”….lol…..We went in and started wandering, and ….wow…..it really was sort of a SUPER CENTER…..It was really several store fronts and went really deep into the back. It also had an upstairs that we never went to. Their was the Pharmacy dept., the candy, soap, household items dept.
Then if you looked up, the ceiling was lined with HUGE PINATAS…..
I think that we will be buying a large one to take home……This summer we will have a big Birthday Party for all the Grandkids…..They all love Pinatas….
In the back, you could purchase a saddle for your horse and deck yourself out with a huge colorful Sombrero. They had so many Mexican blankets of different quality. Ponchos, dresses and blouses.
Now if you were in the market for a beautiful Mexican fiesta dress, they had so many to chose from.
Another interesting section was all the hammered silver section. You could buy so many different plates and accessories, but the Harley emblems were very impressive….
Walking by the children’s games, I seen the Mexican version of Bingo ….and Chutes and Ladders….It read “Serpientes and Escaleras …..Now upon Goggling it, I found out it is called Snakes and Ladders. Really don’t know if it is a child’s or adult board game. But interesting.
Walking back up front was a restaurant bar. They had an entertainer singing and playing keyboard and guitar…..
Then we started looking at the ceramic pots and figurines. Most were all the traditional ones you would see and then we seen a really awesome one…..This huge vase was fabulous, it was 3 dimensional on the outside.
Then we seen the really cool skeleton on a tricycle and the lady skeleton in her evening dress….lol…
Beside the Skeleton on the trike was this beautiful big black Dog. Looking up in the air was many eagles flying over head……lol….They were really fascinating to see, and very expensive. I don’t remember the prices but were out of my range. Finally we were done….Crossed over the other side and walked back to the Bridge. Payed our 30 cents to cross over, and then had to go into the building to line up. Their is guards their that check your passports and ask what you have bought. After that you proceed to another small building on the way to declare the alcohol you have bought. That is another thing for sale, many different kinds of Tequila and alcohol. Many people go over just to purchase it. But you have to pay tax on it on the US side, and their is also a limit. So I really don’t know if it is any cheaper buying it in Mexico.
We returned back to the truck and headed back home. Stopped at a newly remodeled restaurant in Harlingen that Rich had heard being advertised on the radio. They served Mex and Amer. food. It was as usual very colorful. The outside was painted in reds, pinks greens and blues….lol…as well as the inside. That’s what I like about down in the south west, the colors are beautiful…..Up north, everything is beige and neutral….No life….just dull….lol……Well guess what I ordered,….After I looked at the menu, and all the things that I don’t understand and all look alike anyway when they are served, ……….I ordered a cheeseburger and fries……..lol….and It was so SO GOOD….I would go back again….So back home we went. Rich sat down and started getting all his little pills organized for next week. He has to split some of them, and then we sat down for TV Time…..
TV Time is getting better Again………WED …...SURVIVER…. is back……….FRI…..AMAZING RACE…..