There is no way that we could have survived three years of separation without my semi-regular visits to Tijuana. I have spent thousands of dollars to visit Hector. I won't lie, sometimes, I felt like I was working simply to visit. My work has an amazing rotation schedule that allows me Friday-Sunday off fairly regularly. This allowed for me to not use any vacation or PTO and go down to Mexico for a weekend. When people ask me, "What did you do this weekend?", I love telling them, "Oh, you know, I went to Mexico for the weekend". Fortunately now this is almost over, but I know many people are just starting out on this journey.
Visiting Mexico regularly is expensive. We have the luxury of the living in Tijuana. I know not everyone does. The luxurious part of this is that I can fly from Portland to the San Diego airport, take a $5 bus ride to the border, and walk across into Tijuana. This usually costs me about $150 since I fly Southwest most of the time. If I were to fly into Tijuana, there are no direct flights. I would have to fly to Guadalajara first, then back to Tijuana. It comes up to about $500... I don't think so. I lucked out with our locations.
A weekend in Mexico can cost about $400...it depends on how much shopping you do. Anymore, we don't really shop or buy tourist-y things. We buy a lot of food. I like to eat well and so does Hector. When I visit, we are usually eating out rather than staying at home and cooking, which, is just fine for me. I love eating street food. I have only gotten sick once and I was out for about a week with food poisoning. Other than that, I love trying new foods.
|This is clearly what food should look like.|