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I'll be in Tijuana from 1/9/2020 through 1/15/2020 (I need a break).

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After 29 hours and 35 minutes on the "Greydog", I'll be jumping off in San Diego and onto the San Diego Trolley to San Ysidro, where I'll cross the border and walk the two miles to the Aqua Rio Hotel for a six-night stay.

If it doesn't rain, I'll wear my Bailey paper/straw Porkpie hat all over town as I eat great food, blow off firecrackers at the Playa de Tijuana, and generally fool around. The Chinese food in Tijuana is exceptional and the tacos are to die for. The Hotel Caesar serves the original Caesar Salad for about $8.00 + propina (tip). I love walking all over the city and soaking up the ambiance. The 3/4 mile boardwalk from the border fence along the beach is kind of special.

I have been to the Tijuana Wax Museum (Museo de Cera) and the Tijuana Cultural Center. I know some of the shopkeepers and have established a reputation with them over the past two summers.

Does anyone have any special tips while I'm enjoying the city?
 

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I was there in August 8/19/2019 through 8/26/2019. I know my way around the town. (I prefer to stay at a nice mid-grade Hotel).

I also have a friend that runs El Girasol (The Sunflower) gift shop on Revolution Avenue. I also know how to travel about town in the little "group taxis" in the city. (I also carry a "combat cane" for my protection).
 

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well then, indeed, stay safe. me personally, as much as I would like to visit Mexico, based on what I'm hearing, I'd stay away. it sounds as if even Colombia is safer these days.
 

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I wouldn’t step foot there. Good luck.
 

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I am friendly with the people and have yet to run into real trouble. I also avoid the "Zona Norte" (red-light district). I have no interest in either the drugs or the prostitutes.

I'm there for the clean, inexpensive, culture and wholesome fun.
 

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well, it did not seem to matter for the people shot on the beach and on the terraces of beachside hotels during the stand-off between the city administration and the cartel couple years back. so once again - stay safe.
 

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There are so many nice craft beer and eateries on Avenida Revolucion. Just use common sense and the only thing you need to be afraid of is all the hipsters.
 

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I don't drink, smoke tobacco, use recreational drugs or anything negative. I do plan on buying some big firecrackers and throwing them into the surf. I also plan on going back to the Zona Rio and head over to the Cultural Museum, catching the latest film being shown at the IMAX theatre. I like the local seafood and the beach. (My taste runs toward the fresh Shrimp and Lobster, yum)!

If the hipsters begin fooling with me, they'll get a taste of my "combat cane". (Believe me, I can hurt someone if they get stupid).
 

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I'll be either wearing my Stetson "Retro" Panama or my Bailey Paper/Straw Porkpie. on the streets. Even in January, Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico is usually a bit warm for wearing my fur felt hats. (I may even wear my eagerly anticipated Blue Suede Shoes).

Is that enough "menswear" content?
 

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i feel people tend to be a little too paranoid about Mexico. You won’t be in danger unless you’re actively looking to cause problems with people. They may try and hustle you when you purchase anything but that’s an obvious one. Enjoy yourself and the delicious food.
Good timing.
 

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i feel people tend to be a little too paranoid about Mexico. You won’t be in danger unless you’re actively looking to cause problems with people. They may try and hustle you when you purchase anything but that’s an obvious one. Enjoy yourself and the delicious food.
I plan to go twice in 2020. Once in January to "decompress" and later in the year to attend the Bullfights. I was at the Bullfights in 2018 for the second time, and in August of 2019 and enjoyed it immensely. (I almost always have a good time).

I befriended a man that runs a "Zonky" photograph stand, and plan on returning to a Zapataria of fine repute. I love the wholesome activities that can be found within the city. I tend to avoid the Zona Norte and the negativity that emanates from the honkytonks and brothels. Visiting Liza's "El Girasol" is a 'must stop' for me as she is a personal (and trusted) friend.

When you get into the "rhythm" of Tijuana, you learn that kindness and respect go a long way. A respectful attitude doesn't mean that you'll buy, but it lets the locals know that when you speak the language, you are communicating, rather than condescending. I speak enough Spanish to conduct business and have a pleasant time.
 

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Good timing.
This is such silly logic.

Look up your local news and I’m sure within the past week there’s been some brawl or act of random violence. If not, look up the nearest big city or any city within a 4 1/2 hour flight since that’s how far away this attack was from Tijuana.

There obviously are spots within Mexico to truly avoid but the majority of these places are not areas tourists will find themselves in unless they are extremely naive or actively searching them out.
 
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