Haus posted a topic in Other Dining Discussions,Malvia Coffee Bar is a nice little spot for the coffee drinker Amigos. It's near Revo/Calle 3
There's some shops so you can walk around and browse.
You can walk in from Calle 3 or from the other end on Madero. If you're on Revo look for this stairway down.
nonsensicalElixir posted a topic in Companionship and Love in TJ,Bringing back a thread from the old board with date ideas.
Mini-golf at Mundo Divertido has been a hit with the three girls I've taken there. None of the girls had done it before and had a very good time. The mini-golf closes pretty early during the week at 7:30 pm. I believe it is open later on the weekends.
The bowling alley in the same plaza has also been a lot of fun. Unfortunately it is either the shoes or lack of polish on the floor which makes it impossible to bowl properly. The shoes just don't slide. However, the girls don't seem to know any better and enjoy it a lot.
I've been a couple times to look at the roller rink at Oh Zone in Galerías Hipódromo looks decent but a bit small. Unfortunately, none of the girls I've been with know how to skate and have not been interested in trying it.
The Zoo at Parque Morelos isn't bad considering it is free. Not a bad way to spend an nice afternoon with a chica.
Any other date ideas?
Gringo Sin Ropa posted a topic in Other Dining Discussions,Telefonica Gastro Park is a food court place with a bunch of different options much like Colectivo Nueve. I think Telefonica Gastro Park is bigger and it has a bunch of spacious seating areas. In addition to food options there is craft beer brewery, a wine bar and a place that sells coffee and cakes.
There is a pretty wide variety of food options including tacos, mariscos, sushi, ramen, pulled pork, and steak.
So far everything I have had here has been great. I recommend HUMO which sells pork sandwiches and Tacosteno, a taco and tostada truck.
It's located at:
Blvd. Aguacaliente 8924, Col. Zonaeste, 22000 Tijuana, Baja California
More information on yelp:
gradatgrad posted a topic in Trip Reports,OK, so I’ve been waiting for a minute now to write up some of these experiences. Sorry in advance, but this one long-ass thread is going to contain all of my memories from all 50+ nights I spent at HK / Cascadas, or elsewhere in TJ in 2018.
I was in a situation in 2018 where I was stuck in litigation with my attorneys based in southern california (I used to live in Norcal). I had recently broken up with my girlfriend as well and I was hating the world, and thank God I had recently come into a little chunk of cash.
All this combined created the perfect storm for me to spend a totally inordinate amount of time in TJ during 2018.
For context I’m 30, white, dark hair/beard (italian-american) so could maybe pass at first glance for a mexican, ok looking but generally would be considered a bit overweight and nerdy (in the USA lol), big pot head, speak alright spanish (from school) and just wanted to bang a bunch of sexy women after losing my ex (she was a hot little yoga chick). I’ve never had much fun nor success with one-night stands in the US…
fotofreak posted a blog entry in People in the Neighborhood,Regulars in the Zona will recognize Johnny, who is my go-to guy for shoeshines. He can usually be found on the corner by La Gloria in the evenings. In addition to shoeshines, he is a treasure trove of info about the various folks of the Zona.
His shoeshine skills are top-notch. He even "shines" athletic shoes! My white shell-toes get dingy on the Zona streets and within 20 minutes under Johnny's skillful hands, they are back to out-of-the-box fresh. Highly recommended.
The first pic I did of Johnny about three and a half years ago. He looks like a little kid with this grin.
He was deported about 20 years ago and speaks perfect English. His brother also lives in Zona and does shoeshines but I prefer Johnny's work. Johnny's health has been declining in the past year or so and he seems more frail to me than he did when we first met and I don't see him out quite as often as I used to. Regardless, if you need a good man on the street for intel, shoeshines, and whatnot, Johnny is your man!
TJDah posted a topic in Trip Reports,After deciding late Saturday night that I didn’t wana deal with a possible line for parking and entering Mexico on Sunday I decided to head to the border just after 1am. I had already called HDS earlier and confirmed they were sold out as was leyva. My only concern was where would I stay until I could get a room at HDS Sunday afternoon. Got to HDS about 400 AM to say hello to Marcos and confirm a reservation for later that day. Baltazar offered to show me a place that might have something available, Motel Diaz just across the intersection on Revolución, they had something but only for 4 hours. This obviously wasn’t gona work for me but I’m glad I checked them out because I always see their price and sign from my HDS rooms and have always thought of checking them out. But, just being in the office I kinda got the impression that maybe I wouldn’t wana stay there or if I did maybe I shouldn’t leave any belongings in the room while I’m not there lol
Jessica is another one of the American women who moved to TJ following her boyfriend. This was around 2014 or so. The boyfriend was a dud and she wound up in Zona Norte, selling her snatch to pay for her significant heroin habit. She has been using since she was 15. I believe she is around 32 now. I met her through an artist friend who paints street scenes and portraits of putas. He's actually painted a few of my photos over the years.
She went to school in the United States and reports that she has lots of computer skills. She is also an artist and poet. She says many of her clients don't really even care about sex; they want the companionship and a sense of connection so she uses that to her advantage and even tells some of her clients that she loves them. Jessica says she does care about them but she has also stolen from them.
This is Jessica from the fall of 2015. The box of used needles was her "trading" box. Back then, you could exchange three dirty needles for one clean one. That program stopped in 2016 but a few other similar programs are still around.
At that time, she was living in a spacious hotel room, relative to Zona resident standards. Her novio Chucky, a deportee from San Diego, was in prison for a stint during this time. The bathroom didn't have running water though and you had to use a bucket of water to flush the toilet. Things went downhill from the time of these pictures. A few more early shots of her.
Chucky got out of prison in December 2015. Jessica got one of her PLMs to cover the rent in a new place for them. This new room did not have its own private bathroom. It was a shared bathroom with the 50 or so other residents and only had a cold water shower.
This photo of Chucky is one that my friend later painted.
In spite of her heavy drug use, Jessica was generally a fun person to be around. She loved when I would shoot her.
One evening, we were standing in the alley, just chit-chatting and smoking. A client came up and I stepped off to the side. They struck a deal and Jessica went with him into Cuantos Teresa. But within less than a minute, she came running back out to me on the street. "Hey! Do you want to shoot our session?" she asked.
Of course I did.
The session lasted about 17 minutes, per the time stamps on my photo files. He paid her $40, if I remember correctly.
And this is one of my all-time favorite photographs. It will remain permanently in my portfolio of work.
One of the last photos I took of Jessica was about two years ago. She was worn out from TJ and her lifestyle. Probably a month after I took this photo, she left for the US to get clean.
She got in to a great residential program and was doing well. Until she wasn't. She got someone to buy her a plane ticket back to San Diego in Jan 2018. A few days before her flight back here, she messaged me asking for a ride in to TJ from the airport. I didn't reply to the message. Then I get another message a few days after her scheduled flight. She missed her flight due to being arrested for shoplifting but would be arriving later in the week. She came back to Tijuana and began using again. I saw her a few times and then got a message that she was in the hospital due to an abscess on her finger. She lost part of her finger because of it.
In the summer of 2018, her novio Chucky was arrested for murder and sent to prison. Jessica continued on in TJ and San Diego for a few months but left back in November of 2018 or so. She has taken up smoking crack in the US. Her attempts at sobriety are long forgotten.
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Another year gone by since last celebrating Mothers Day por mi amiga. I got off work at 4:30pm and jammed south. Zero traffic. Breezed thru customs with my 6 month visa.
As I came down the PedWest MX side ramps, I pulled up Uber. 5 cars ? 4 mins away. Cool. Set destination at 5th y Negrete and “Confirm”. “Finishing trip nearby”. FUUUUUCK. I remembered people in Uber FB group saying to cancel but I could see he was coming over the bridge. Ok, give it a shot.
The nearby destination was where I was, “La Chapparell.” Sweeet. Lady jumps out, I jumped in. Fast and easy. The Uber, not the Chica. HA!!
At 5:50 about half the florists are closed, but my favorite is one of the florists open.
300 pesos later have a nice flower arrangement and I am on my way to relax with mi amiga.
Cambio 18.1 at 5:15pm by KFC/7-11, 18.0 by PedWest mall.
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