Adventures crossing the border
Days 5 and 6 were devoted to visits to the dentist in Mexico. I had my teeth cleaned for a measly $30 and I think it was a better job than here at home. I paid $171 for the same procedure back home. I had been hearing so much about this dental tourism, that I had to give it a try. I didn’t need enough work to make the savings worth the trip, except the trip and the adventure were well worth it.Walking across the border was a piece of cake. Punto de reunión translates to “meeting point”. Presumably that’s the actual border. Ridiculously bad shot with the point and shoot (I didn’t take the DSLR with me), but they INSISTED when they saw me snapping pictures. Despite the poses and snarling faces, they were quite friendly, but trying to get me to go see their dentist, or pharmacist, or whatever…. Likely the closest I’ll ever come to street photography. You can judge for yourself my great talent for it! 😉 I laughed the whole time at the antics of the hawkers.It’s all so busy and high energy… the vivid colors (though a bit washed out by the glare of the sun), So many people milling about. Liqui’s Liquors? It was all pretty fun and cool. I must say it also felt totally safe.With so many American tourists all around, it didn’t seem all that different from California.Couldn’t resist this shot of a Mexican perro… he/she didn’t bark in Spanish for me.The dental office itself… clean, modern, up to date… friendly, efficient.I think I was done in about a half hour and it was back to the border crossing once more. Getting back to the USA took a bit longer with a cursory passport check. Where the cars cross…The infamous fence…The parking lot for the many, many cars from all over the states and Canada. I wonder if our overpriced dentists might take a lesson from this scenario. The quotes I’ve heard about more complicated work such as implants or dentures are absurd when compared to what American dentists charge. Most (many) folks I’ve talked to have been utterly satisfied with the work. Granted, there may be exceptions, but I’ve had some horrible work done here in the states, so you take your chances either way.