For the first time in my adventures, I’m about to tell you of an “attraction” I will never again go to. Nope, it’s not Mexico.
Not far from the border of Mexico, is the small town of Felicity, California, the self-proclaimed “Center of the World”.
After a long road trip to get there, my rig/house guest (who has long since returned to their day job) went in and asked to use the bathroom only to be told by the non-too-pleasant greeter it would cost three dollars. The owner, with whom I had a separate conversation, quoted me five dollars – with a similarly unfriendly demeanor. Our experience was unpleasant, to say the least.
Skip this “attraction” – we did. My poor friend really had to pee, but we felt it wasn’t worth prolonging and compounding the bad experience we’d already been given by being charged for it.
All you need to know is EVERYWHERE is the true Center of the World. Wherever you are at any given moment, even right now while reading this post, you are on the center of the world.
Two Blondes in Mexico
My temporary house/rig guest suggested a quick trip over the border. I was nervous about the idea when I recalled the stories I’d heard. But after much hemming and hawing, I agreed.
My concern was unfounded. Algodones, Mexico, is a very friendly town seemingly occupied by more visiting snowbirds than natives. It lies just over the California border, only thirty minutes from Yuma, Arizona.
The streets are lined with vendors selling all sorts of beautiful handmade crafts and gifts, all fairly inexpensive. That said, it’s important to know this one phrase in Spanish: No dinero. Otherwise you’ll be stopped every five feet by each vendors. They are very kind, just very diligent in their sales pitches.
And then there are the dentists. Yup, dentists. Every other building is a dentist’s office. My snowbird friends all swear by the excellent dental practices of Mexico, going so far as to plan their winter destinations around getting their dental work done in Mexico. They assure me not only is the quality far superior to American dentists, but the cost is less than ten percent. I saw this first hand – cleanings are only $10 and often include a FREE exam! X-rays were only $10.
I know where I’ll be getting my dental work done from now on!
The other buildings are pharmacies. When you walk by they try to sell you Viagra. Do I look like I need Viagra? How about some Xanax? I should look like I need Xanax, not Viagra.
Here’s what “The Border” between Mexico and California looks like…
This made me grateful for our strict electrical and safety laws…
My house guest and I are a bit younger than your average snowbird, and we both have very blond hair, so we stood out just a bit. Even so, everyone was very polite and we felt quite safe. Except when standing under the electrical wiring.
[I apologize for my posts being geographically behind my travels and current location. I hope it doesn’t bother you as much as it does me. I’m finally caught up on California, and will be posting my Arizona stuff soon. Meanwhile, I’m interjecting the day-to-day craziness I experience (like giant hail and rain, and stalkers and varmints) in Texas, my current locale.]