Wednesday, January 9, 2013

SOUTH OF THE BORDER

JANUARY 8 – We headed to Nuevo Progresso, Mexico, with friends Jan and Barry on Tuesday. It's about an hour southeast of Mission. Paul had a 10 o'clock dentist appointment, so we headed out early.

The river that separates the US from Mexico.river

We were the first people in the dentist office at 9:30, but the dentist was going to be about 20 minutes late arriving. So rather than sit and wait, we decided to walk around town for about a half hour. Upon returning, Paul found himself sixth in line. There were six people with 10 o'clock appointments. To say the least, Paul was not very happy.

Wanting only a teeth cleaning and knowing Progresso has about a 100 dentists, Paul decided to go down the street. He easily found another dentist and no wait! Price for a through cleaning.....$25.

Dental Clinic Olivares
dental office

We then went to our favorite pharmacy, Jessica's, to pick up some medicine.

Jessica's

We picked-up several Z-packs for future colds, etc.and some of Marsha's monthly medicine. As you may know, medicine in Mexico is a fraction of the cost of what we pay in the States and no prescription necessary.

Jessica's has its own little cantina attached. When we purchase anything in the pharmacy, we get a free Margarita or coffee…coffee???…bring on the Margaritas.

Jessica's bar

There is always some type of entertainment in the bar area.

entertainment

We then spent time walking around, checking out all the small shops and sidewalk booths. Marsha and Jan did find a couple of things they “bargained” for while Paul and Barry enjoyed several Margaritas.

We headed down to the Market area where we made traditional stop at the painter's booth.

Market

José is one of three brothers that make a living painting on vases, canvas, spoons......you name it. He is amazing. Using cans of spray paint, scraps of paper, and plastic shopping bags,  he produces unbelievable works of art. Jose' produced a piece of art especially for Jan that she was delighted to snap-up!

Can you guess what he is painting for Jan and Barry.
Jose

The squiggly lines of spray paint, he turned into mountains.
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The finished, framed picture.
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After watching José paint, we were all hungry and thirsty. We needed to head on in to the nearest restaurant. We all had a delicious lunch and a few refreshments.

More entertainment
entertainment

Jan and Barry
Jan and Barry

Finally, after about six hours “South of the Border,” we headed to the immigrations checkpoint and crossed back into the USA. With very little wait, we had our passports checked, answered a few simple questions and walked across the bridge to the States.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!

15 comments:

  1. I always wanted to know the answer to this questions. . .when you buy meds in MX what do they say when you are coming back into the country?

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  2. Any day they let you back in the country is a good day.

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  3. With that many dentists around, there is absolutely no need to wait for one that not only is late but overbooks!! Beautiful picture you posted also!

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  4. Wow, you are true friends. We ask about dentists in Mexico, and you go right down there and find one. Even take lots of pictures to share! Now, Paul can give us a full run down on how it went. Thanks so much for sharing. And, it would appear that the sun is out! Maybe you've finally shaken that bad weather mojo! Good for you!!

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  5. Check out my blog today and my dental situation. However, Len tells me I am NOT going to Mexico to get teeth!

    I tell him I hear good things about it but he won't listen to me. Oh well. Guess I need to find a dentist on this side when we get down there next week.

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  6. Great trip to New Progresso! Love the Margarita bar perk.

    After hearing your report about New Progresso we will be making that an annual visit for us.

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  7. Clean teeth and margaritas - yep - that's a good day. I was wondering if you guys were getting the rain that I keep seeing on the news.

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  8. OK...I would be right there for the Margaritas! Looks like a great day was had in Mexico!

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  9. I'm going to have to talk to my Dentist back home about this Margarita bit! He's going to have to up his game if he wants to keep me as a customer.

    Glad you all had such a good time during your visit to Mexico.

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  10. Sounds like a fun day...I'm dentist chicken, though; and I can't imagine walking into a dentist office cold to even just have my teeth clean! I guess I'd need to drink several margaritas before my appointment! LOL

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  11. That sounds like a great day. I'm with Margery though...Margaritas first - then the dentist!!

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  12. We also had good experiences with Mexican dentists when we lived there a few years ago. I understand that many of the dentists and doctors get their education in the states, then return to their homeland.

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  13. woohooo drugs, margaritas and clean teeth what more could you ask for!!!! Enjoy

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