In light of the recent drug war happenings going on South of the border, I decided I’d head down to Tijuana to get a first hand look and check out the vibe. The First thing that hits you over the head is that tourism is WAYYYY down. The bars and discotecas are almost completely empty. I had a nice chat with a guy named Luis who runs a photo stand with one of those painted Donkey’s. After informing me that this wasn’t his real job, he told there are some days were he gets 1 maybe 2 customers. On a good day he might get 5. Now, I’m no Einstein, but I can only imagine how much Donkey food costs as well as each Polaroid(a dollar a pop), and, lest we not forget, his take. And I thought my photo biz was in the dumps. I came away from that conversation thinking about how we’re all so worked-up in a tizzy(here in the U.S.)over this recession. I don’t think they have a word for that in Mexico. They just survive.
Overall, everyone’s seems to be a little on edge but it sure doesn’t stop the city from going about its business. I’d recommend a visit.