In honor of Cinco De Mayo yesterday, I decided to take The Boy to Mexico. But before we crossed the border, I realized that Cinco De Mayo is celebrated nationally in the USA, but it’s only a holiday in the state of Pueblo in Mexico. It’s not a national celebration. Okay, that’s not completely true. I was never planning on going over the border (Ashton and I don’t have passports and I’m actually kind of scared of Mexico), but the part about the holiday itself is true, according to Wikipedia. Anyway, I did want to go to the San Ysidro Outlets and for all of my intents and purposes, I think San Ysidro is basically Mexico. Like I said, we went for the outlets. I bought two pairs of shoes for The Boy a couple of weeks ago when we were in Ontario, but neither pair fits and he doesn’t like them either, so we needed something different. The closest Stride Rite Outlet was in San Ysidro. So we went. And I had success.
Then we stopped at The Children’s Place Outlet where we scored these $2 aviators. I couldn’t get over how cute the little guy was in them, even if he did have his pacifier in his mouth.
Now, about the mall. The mall itself is actually quite nice. There are some really great outlet stores. Both times I have been there, I have been very happy with the results of my trip. It’s clean and everything is really nice. I’m sure I’ll go again, even thought every time I go, I feel like I’m driving into Mexico.
About Mexico, I don’t claim to be an expert by any means. In fact, I’ve only ever been there once. I was in college and my mom and I were in San Diego for a few days on vacation visiting family. The two of us and my aunt and cousin took a trip to Tijuana together. We parked on the US side of the border and walked over the bridge and through the border crossing.
I have heard that that is the way to do it. It’s much faster to walk across the border, depending on the day and time, but the San Ysidro border crossing can get quite congested and on a normal day at rush hour, it’s common for the border wait time to be two hours. If you’re looking to take a day trip to Tijuana, the best form of transportation may just be MTS.
There is a train stop right there at the border where you can get off the train and walk across the bridge and in to Mexico. I prefer to look at Tijuana from a distance and honestly, it’s right in the back yard of the San Ysidro outlet mall. I can handle that.