The Days Of This Famous Tijuana Border Market Are Numbered


Every day, 50,000 cars and 25,000 pedestrians cross the Tijuana-San Ysidro border, making it the busiest port of entry in the Western Hemisphere. Crossing this border can take several hours, but these wary travelers never go hungry. Nearly 1,600 food vendors await these commuters, looking to feed them all kinds of belly-warming foods: burritos, tortas, tostilocos, and sweets like nieve de garrafa are just a few of the foods available to border crossers. This has been the way of life around the border for many years, however plans to modernize the Mexican side of the border may be about to end these vendor’s way of life. The mercado operates as more than just a place to sell food: it is where many of the older vendors live.

“The older people here, we’re the ones that will be affected the most,” Nelly Carrillo told NPR, adding, “Young people can move, but we already built a foundation here.”

Measures to protect these vendors are currently being explored, yet no clear solution has come to light yet. Some are suggesting that the vendors could become certified tourism operators. This would ensure that the vendors receive lawful protection they currently do not have, and since they already act as ambassadors to their country, they are providing a service for tourists. Aside from putting people’s livelihood in jeopardy, the proposal to relocate the mercado could cause significant cultural damage. In an email from Cog•nate Collective, the cultural importance of the market was laid out: “For us, the market is a vital space, inserting character, history and a social-cultural… dimension to the process of crossing the border.”

To get the whole story, check out the comprehensive story on NPR.

[H/T] NPR: Tijuana Border Plan Could Oust A Rich Food Culture And Its Cooks

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9 Habits Most Colombians Will Relate To


9 Habits Most Colombians Will Relate To

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As a Colombian myself, I can say that most of us have these tendencies…

We wear yellow soccer shirts to any social event.

Because it’s the color of the soccer team’s jersey, we wear it proudly regardless of the situation.

We ask for tintico over capuccino ALL the time.

Colombians need their version of cafecito to perform basic functions.

We’ll eat anything.


As long as it comes with arepa.

Most of us refer to everyone by parce, like our friends…

And those we wish were our friends.

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Es de confianza.

We drink “guaro” and “pola.”


Aguardiente and Colombian beer are now found in all major U.S. cities. Thank goodness.

We all know at least one vallenato.


Even if we actually don’t like that kind of music.

We’re amazing at spelling.


We know “Columbia” is not a country.

We die for arequipe and bocadillo.


Offering them as dulce de leche and guaba would get a look of honest confusion.

We don’t confuse paila for a frying pan.


It’s the very Colombian way of seeing things are far from ok.

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