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Carol asks…

taking a bus from TJ to DF for dia de los muertos?

has anyone done this before?

do you think its a bad idea? i live in Southern CA and want to walk across the boarder then take a bus from TJ to DF. i thought it would be cheaper than flying and a fun senic route.

Im a young white lady, i speak enough spanish to get everything i need but im not fluent. i want to go to help improve my spanish, i’ve been to cancun for a couple months before so i’m aware of lots of mexican laws and the culture but im going to meet a mexican friend of mine in DF and get a hostel for dia de los muertos.

any ideas or tips? do you know of cool young hippy type places to visit like bars, discos or tourist attractions. what happens during Dia de los muertos? i have no idea what to expect. can i expect heavy partying/drinking?

Im planning on being in DF for about 3 weeks and in Jalapa, Veracruz for 4 more

Tijuana answers:

A bus from TJ to DF takes 41 hours. So, assuming your making a round trip, you are using up 4 days to go and come. The first half of the ride is very boring.

But if your interested, your best bet is TAP (Transportes Autobuses Pacifico). Don’t confuse it within Pacifico, a different bus company.

Discount airlines are often priced about the same as a long distance bus, and sometimes is actually cheaper.
One of the companies, Volaris, flies from TJ to Toluca, near Mexico City. They have shuttle buses to Mexico City (to the Santa Fe area, a new modern area with interesting modern high rises.)

The idea of DOD is not to party (it’s not Halloween, although Halloween is celebrated by many), but to honor those who have passed on. It also pokes fun at death. Graves are decorated (Especially colorful when it is done at night in small towns. Http://www.pbase.com/morar/image/88463080/large) and altars are built in homes to honor the dead. The altars have photos and items that remind the family of the dearly departed. If grandpa like Tequila, a bottle of his favorite brand may be on the altar.

Usually, small traditional towns are the best, but some like Pátzcuaro are now overcrowded with visitors. Mexico City

Jenny asks…

Teotihuacan and Tula?

Going to Mexico City in the beginning of December. I want to visit Teotihuacan and Tula TOGETHER. Found a lot of direction how to go to one or another from DF, but is there a way to visit one and from there go to the other directly and them back to the city.

Tijuana answers:

I agree with kejotr, you really need at least one day each for both places, especially Teotihuacan. Tula is not close by and you would not be able to see it after about 5pm anyway. Definitely recommended to take your time and go on separate days.

Donald asks…

My husband I are considering retiring in S.Miguel Allende, Mexico. What advise can you give us? thanks a lot?

I know spanish not my husband.,

Tijuana answers:

I lived in San Miguel Allende for 10 years, from 1982 to 1992. Over those 10 years, it changed tremendously as it became more popular. However, since I left, friends there tell me that I would not recognize it, and if I visit to prepare for a shock.

SMA has always been a weekend town for people with money from Mexico DF, and had a long-standing expat community, so it was always more expensive than most of Mexico. It’s also fairly sophisticated. If you don’t mind the expense, it might suit you perfectly. Your husband won’t need Spanish in SMA, unless you hire help and you leave him to give them instructions.

We intend to retire back to Mexico in about 6 years. I am certain we won’t go to SMA, but that’s a personal choice. I’ve visited most of Mexico and researched tons of real estate markets, so if you want to ask anything in particular about SMA or elsewhere, please feel free to email me.

Buena suerte.

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