My Father who lives in Tijuana, invited me to come down to have lunch with him and the Family. I agreed, as I have Sentri (Trusted traveler) so I can get back to the U.S. easily and not take hours waiting at the border.
We were headed to the now famous wine country called “Valle de Guadalupe”. As I approached the border to enter into Mexico, I found myself at a complete stop, not knowing why until we had advanced a bit, that is when I noticed people standing between the vehicles with signs that read “No Peña, no mas gasolina” (Peña is the current President) in English it means no more gasoline. I wasn’t aware of the issue going on, since I don’t watch the news. The closer I got to entering Tijuana, I noticed hundreds of people roaming the street, with signs and flags, yelling their message. For the very first time I felt a bit of fear going to this Third world country, I used to call home.
Turns out the President had implemented a very high tax on gasoline, that will go up again in a month. Lots of gas stations were closed, and the ones that were open had very long lines of cars waiting.
After having a great meal in Valle, I came back across the border without incident. I did hear however that they had closed the border to enter Mexico do to the protesters and was featured on the news that day.