Saturday, September 14, 2013

Museo Comunitario de Tecate

This is the point of no return when heading into Tecate by foot.  I already walked through one turnstile so there is no going back without going through the US border inspection station.  

The main purpose of this visit was to see el Museo comunitario de Tecate, and to see how the return border crossing would be without a car.  

The museum covers 15,000 years of history of the indigenous Kumiai people.  All of the information is available in English and in Spanish.  

Reading about the way of life of indigenous people is a sad reminder of the current societal plight- the separation between people and the land.  The Kumiai connect with and appreciate the plants and the animals, and have done so for thousands of years.    

The museum's self guided tour ends with a photography exhibit.  

This is Tecate in the 1950s.  

I then walked to the taquería that Fred and I found last time we visited, and got a quesadilla with beans and avocado.  I decided that I would stroll over to the Tecate Brewery to see if they had tours since it was Saturday (and to get my complimentary beer!), only to discover that they close at 2pm on Saturdays so I could not enter.  They also have tours by appointment only.   This is good to know.  

Since it was over a hundred degrees outside I thought it was time to end my Tecate walking tour.  I went to El Mejor Pan de Tecate and stocked up on donuts and empanadas and bread and tortillas.  

This place is incredible (although it was no relief from the heat outside).  

I had to get one of these for Fred.  

My whole trip lasted about three hours.  When I entered the inspection station at the border I was perplexed and pleased that there were zero people in line in front of me.  I am a huge fan of Tecate and look forward to many return trips to come.  

1 comment:

  1. In 2004, we went to Tecate with some service groups to make Christmas happy for over two hundred students at Juan
    Escutia Elementary School and numerous young girls who lived in
    the Salvatierra Orphanage there.

    We found the town to be quite lovely and now, through your visits, we really would like to go back.

    What a fantastic museum, delicious bakery and welcoming town. You are so much better than Jorge! You mece!


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