According to its Facebook page “Tijuana Te Quiero es la primera iniciativa de TE QUIERO A.C. para mejorar la experiencia del cruce fronterizo entre México y Estados Unidos.” In the brink of all the ugliness [according to the news at least] going on in México, I’m happy to know organizations like TJTQ do their best to promote México and Tijuana as a safe tourist destination. As of 2008, I’ve noticed there’s been less and less tourists around the city, no doubt something to do with what the negative publicity Tijuana receives on the media. I remember it would take hours to get back into the U.S., and there were a few year that I’d cross the border in less than an hour! That however, has changed in the last recent years. With a growing number of local artisan breweries, along with a growing local music and artist scene, crossing the border has now gone back to four hours again.

Which I don’t mind too much, considering this might help T.J.’s local economy in the long run. And new eateries wouldn’t hurt either. However, I’ve only eaten street food in Tijuana a handful of times. As I have family there, I’m always treated to delicious home cooked Oaxacan food. Soooo.... the need for street food is non existent. Even if I wanted to eat out, I couldn’t do that to my Aunty, she works hard to cook for us, so it won’t be fair. Plus, she cooks for ten people’s worth, when it’s just me visiting! So yeah, plenty of food to go around.

Over this and last year, I’ve taken a Nikon F5, an F100, an N75 all with 50mm Nikkors loaded with Fujifilm 400H, Kodak Portra 400 and Kodak Gold, each camera and film combination producing a different look from that last combo. Because of this, I've gathered a healthy, but by no means definitive, collection of photos. I’ve mostly concentrated on the outskirts of the city, places seldom seen by tourists, with some familiar sights thrown here and there. Every single time, I always see something new at every turn, with every trip, I learn new streets, new taxi routes, new city ‘rules’. And by that I mean, the way things work. You know, those unwritten rules only the locals know. Which ahhh..... none seem to be coming to my mind as I write this post. I’ll do a follow up next year.

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