My first experience with the Mexican border was this past January when Jason and I stayed with my brother and sister-in-law on our cross country road trip. They were living in El Paso, where my brother was stationed at the ironically named Fort Bliss. We didn’t cross into Juarez (which is an incredibly dangerous city) but we were able to see the shanty homes perched askew on the side of the mountain. The corrugated tin roofs were rusty and not a single one looked inhabitable. I was glad to be on this side of the fence.
My second experience was yesterday when Jason and I headed down to our new beach condo. The Mexican officers waved us into their country without even a glance at our passports, and instantly the scenery changed. There were people selling things everywhere I looked, and everything was tagged in illegible graffiti. Buildings were dilapidated and reminiscent of Juarez, so I was glad when we skirted the city and stayed on the interstate where the landscape and scenery quickly became natural and welcoming. Before long we were turning off the highway and into our destination, Rosarito.
Rosarito is a small community just about 30 minutes South of the American border. It’s safe and charming with obvious affluence, but it’s also unquestionably Mexico. It’s attracted a community of American poker players since the U.S. Dept. of Justice shut down online poker in April 2011. And now this little community of degenerates (I use the term affectionately- poker players call each other d-gens like black people call each other the n word) has one more: my fiancé. He’s been scurrying back and forth across the border for the past several weeks looking at properties and getting set up to play down there. And thanks to the three-day weekend, I finally got to come down and scope out the place for myself.
And I love it.
Tomorrow I’ll share some photos of the beach and community, but I know my friends and family are all anxious to see our new place. It’s a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo right on the water. There are two bedrooms and bathrooms on the main level, and a loft area plus third bed and bath upstairs.
It’s basically a resort property with beautiful landscaping and something like 6 pools. Many of the people live here year-round, but there are also accommodations for short-term guests. I think it’s fair to say that it’s nicer than our/my primary residence… at a fraction of the price, of course.
SoCal residents, you’ve got to check this place out!