Before we left yesterday, we had to organize our car insurance for Mexico. We contacted a couple of different companies, and ended up going for the one with the lower price. We went through San Xavier Mexican Insurance and we paid $215 for a six month policy that includes collision and comprehensive claims.
Having a picnic lunch at the Laredo Texas info center.
It was a total pain in the butt finding accommodation here in Laredo. The one decent couchsurfer that was listed never got back to us. We stopped at an "America's Best Value Inn" and got a "deal" for $59.95 plus tax. The guy said the room wouldn't be ready for an hour so we went across to an H.E.B. grocery store and picked up some more gluten free stuff for Ruth and just wandered around. Laredo is 90% Hispanic people and wandering around a busy grocery store here almost makes you feel like you're in Mexico already.
Back at the hotel, we got our key and took everything into the room. The room itself wasn't bad, but the wi-fi signal wasn't strong enough to connect in the room. Back to the front desk, where the guy admitted they have problems with the wi-fi. I asked for a refund, and it was issued without a problem. Sure was a pain putting all of our "stuff" back in the car and going searching again.
Then went to a Motel 6, where it was $64.95 plus tax, and the girl said their wi-fi wasn't that good. Strangely enough there was another Motel 6 just down the road. They also wanted $64.95 plus tax, but they charge $3.00 extra for wi-fi. By this point, we just said "whatever", and checked in. The room isn't nearly as nice as the other place, and there are a lot of noisy trucks outside. This place is a prime example of why people don't like staying in Motels! Can't wait to get back to Sherman!
Slept fine last night though, and we're heading out. Going to make a detour to the Walmart Super Center here in Laredo, then heading for the Columbia bridge about 20 miles north of town to avoid the downtown areas on both sides of the border. We'll have to get our tourist permits and car permit, so it will probably take an hour or so, and then we're heading to Monterrey to meet friends Chris and Juan.
Next time you hear from us, we'll be in Mexico!