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Betty asks…

How much Spanish do I need for a 3 day trip to Baja California?

In late April, a friend and I are going to enter a 50 mile bike ride from Rosarito to Ensenada in Mexico. We plan to stay from Friday to Sunday. What are some suggestions for breaking the language barrier and realistically how much Spanish do I need in this part of Mexico?

Tijuana answers:

The true: NONE.

I’m mexican, but here I am, answering in english. Here at my farm, far away from touristic areas and the border, many of the guys working here are english speakers (at least a few), since they worked in USA before.

Have fun, the “signs” language works.
Some words you want to know:
Buenos días=Good morning
Necesito un teléfono=I need a phone
¿dónde está el baño?=where is the bathroom?
Adios=Good bye.

Linda asks…

Cruise in San Diego to Mexico Ensenada?

or Catalina?

Tijuana answers:

I’ve sailed to Catalina Island and Ensenada on a Carnival Cruise out of Long Beach, CA. (Carnival Paradise)

There were two cruise options; one that went to Ensenada and back, and another that went to Catalina, then Ensenda, then back.

If you have the means, I recommend the longer cruise.

These are really quick cruises, they’re great for first-timers, or people on a budget, or those who don’t have a lot of vacation days. They allow people who might not otherwise be able to experience a cruise the opportunity to see what it’s like.

These are often times referred to as “Booze Cruises”, and they often attract a roudy crowd. (Think College Frat party) There are many young families with kids on these cruises.

Catalina is a beautiful place. It has a nice look and feel to it. It’s very safe, and very clean. It’s one of those places where people probably aren’t afraid to leave their doors unlocked at night. Most people who live on this island get around on golf carts. You may rent one and drive around. It’s a lot of fun.

Ensenada, I’m sorry to say, is kind of mehhhhh…… There isn’t a lot to see and do there. The dock area is decent, there are places to shop, but if you go further into town, some of the areas aren’t nearly as glamorous.

There is a place called the Blow Hole, which is a few hours by bus, from the dock. There’s a large flea market that you walk through in order to get to where the actual blow hole is. It’s a natural wonder, water spurts and splashes out of these rocky formations. It’s ok, I suppose, but it’s not something that’s really going to make you say “WOW!” or want to imediately write home about. The trip from the dock to the blow hole is interesting though, because it takes you through a lot of open country, where you get to see what the living conditions are actually like down there. Definitely makes you appreciate the things that you have.

The cruise itself was a lot of fun. I was on a smaller ship, but it was still very nice. The cabin was very cozy, the food was pretty decent, and the entertainment was enjoyable.

Hope this helps.

Robert asks…

Facts about the huge mexican flag in Ensenada Mexico?

How much does the Mexican flag in Ensenada Mexico weigh and what are the dimensions?
If you have a link or source could you add it thanks

Tijuana answers:

N 1999, President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo started a program erecting giant flags across the country. Directed by the Secretariat of National Defense, the banderas monumentales (monumental flags) were placed in various cities and spots, most of which are of great significance to the nation. In a decree issued on July 1, 1999 by Zedillo, the flags were to be placed in Mexico City, Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, and Veracruz. The decree also stipulated for the flags to measure 14.3 meters by 25 meters, which are raised on flag poles that are 50 meters high. After these initial monumental flags were created, cities such as Ensenada, Nuevo Laredo and Cancún were reported to have their own monumental flags. Smaller flags, called banderas semi-monumentales, have been erected in smaller towns and at various educational institutes.

As of December 22, 2010, the biggest Mexican flag in the world is now located in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. Located at the Gran Plaza (Great Plaza) right across from International Bridge I connecting Piedras Negras with Eagle Pass, Texas. The pole is 120 meters in height and weighs 160 tons making it the tallest one in Latin America and one of the tallest in the world. The flag measures 60 by 34 meters and weights 420 kilograms.

Mexico’s first largest monumental flag was the one located at the Mirador del Obispado in Monterrey (northeast) with a pole of 120 tons and 100.6 meters in height. The flag measures 50 by 28.6 meters and weighs 230 kilograms, four times the size of most other monumental flags at the time. It is located at the top of the Cerro del Obispado (Bishopric Hill) at an altitude of 775 meters above the sea level (city’s altitude 538 meters).[29] There is another monumental flag of a similar size than Monterrey’s in the city of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, cradle of Mexican Independence.

Example Locations

Piedras Negras, Coahuila
Monterrey, Nuevo León

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