In October of 2001, I released a report on the flood hydrology of Cottonwood Creek - Arroyo Alamar, in San Diego County, California, and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. To accomplish the field work, I spent a lot of time inspecting the watershed on both sides of the border, in Eastern San Diego County, and in Baja California, specifically in Tijuana and Tecate.

One day my student assistant and I decided to take a break and enjoy a well deserved taco. We headed for Taqueria La Única, in one of the suburbs of Tijuana, but could not find a parking spot next to the taco shop. After some looking around, I was able to park in an empty spot next to a nearby ice cream stand.

After finishing our tacos, we headed back for the car. To my surprise, the young man at the stand signaled to me with his hand. I thought he was going to tell me not to park there again, or, at the very minimum, to extol a charge for the short time that I parked on his premises. Instead, to my surprise, he said: "Sir, you can park here any time you wish!" I confirmed one more time Tijuana's famed hospitality.


Bridge over Caņon del Padre, Arroyo Alamar, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Bridge over Cañon del Padre, Arroyo Alamar, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.