Saturday, January 19, 2013

El Paso/Juarez A river separates Rich and Poor

El Paso offers an amazing contrast. It is in Texas USA, right on the Rio Grande and other side of this shallow river is Mexico’s thriving city of Ciudad Juarez.
El Paso at night
The Rio Grande (known in Mexico as the Río Bravo del Norte, or simply Río Bravo) flows from Colorado in the United States to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way it forms part of the Mexico–United States border.
Route 375 travels along the river in El Paso area and Route Rafael Parez Sema travels along the river in Mexico.
El Paso downtown

From United States the route is somewhat on the high grounds where Franklin Mountains meet the Chihuahuan Desert and most of the sprawling haphazard city of Juarez can be seen.
El Paso
One can see children wearing rags, playing by the rivers, buffaloes grazing and wading in the mud, illegal aliens waiting for the chance to cross the river and enter in the USA etc.
View of Mexico from El Paso
El Paso’s 600,000 residents joining with another 1. 7 million across the river in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to form the largest bi-national (and bilingual) megalopolis in North America.
Mexico Border
El Paso and Ciudad Juarez lie together, surrounded on all sides by mountains and desert.
Coming from Mexico to USA
We arrive in El Paso and by mistake entered in Mexico, not just once but 3 times in 2 days. Luckily we had our US passports with us. But if someone having no proper documentation to live and work in USA makes this mistake, his USA story comes to an abrupt end.
View of Juarez form Highway 375
First time we found ourselves in Mexico when we took the exit of 110 from highway 10 and failed to notice the last exit in USA, second time in the same day we again made this mistake and then next day again it happened.
El Paso downtown
When we leave USA there are no USA formalities to be done. One can leave USA from just any airport, seaport or road without any formalities.
Leaving Mexico border for USA
One faces all the grunt when one enters in the USA. When we entered each time, our car went thought thorough inspection, our passports were triple scanned.
The cities are so close that you can sit on a park bench in El Paso and watch clothes drying on the rope behind a whitewashed house on a Juárez hillside.
Mexico Flag viewed from El Paso
Thousands of commuters come across from Mexico every morning, waiting in a long line at the Paso del Norte Bridge. The recent war among various gangs and drug cartels has made Juárez one of the world’s most dangerous cities, while El Paso remains calm, even and prosperous. El Paso is considered as one of the safest cities in the United States and Juarez is called murder capital of the world.
Rio Grande, river makes the border
Next day we parked out car in El Paso and walked over the bridge along with several other people. In the Mexico side was a long queue of trucks and cars entering USA and awaiting inspection. Each truck passes through X-Ray scanners to trace illegal aliens.
Highway in Texas, other side is Mexico
As we arrived at Juarez down town area and we were feeling that we were in some old town of India. Laborers doing their daily chores with hand tools like hammers and chisels. Painters whitewashing the homes using Indian style brushes that we call ‘koochie’ with lime, old style electric meters that we find in India.
Juarez Market
Except for the Spanish language on the signboards, everything else resembled as we were been in India. Another major difference from India is the boys wearing cowboy boots and hats. Cowboy culture is still present in Mexico.
Lady selling chilies
Then we walked to Juarez’s city market. This turned out awesome place to visit and reminds me of the markets around Jama Masjid in Delhi. In the downtown here are some magnificent cathedrals of Spanish colonial era with plazas around.
Juarez downtown
We walked around in the downtown because we had 2 hours to catch the Bus to Chihuahua.
The Benito Juarez Market is the old market in the city. It takes an entire city block and is loaded to the beams with everything from handicrafts to roasted grasshoppers (also known as chapulines).
Cathedral Plaza in Juarez
It is a great place to watch and buy the wide variety of crafts produced in Oaxaca as well as to experience the many distinct kinds of the chilies and spices sold here and used in Oaxaca’s famous cuisine.
There is also a maze of sections in the market committed to textiles which has a wonderful cross section of all of the styles of textiles produced in Oaxaca. I looked at my watch and then realized, our two hours just flew off in this market and we ran to bus depot to catch the bus to Chihuahua.
Benito Market in Juarez
Probably you might have seen or heard about Chihuahua dogs, these are little dogs and they bark a lot and loud. History of these dogs dates back to 300BC. The city of Chihuahua is the state capital of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. It is a beautiful desert town.
On our way to Chihuahua we passed through the slums of Juarez and we felt like we were seeing slums of India. Only difference is that nobody urinates or defecates in the open.
Desert after leaving Juarez
In Christian culture nobody does that.
Gila Monster
The Gila Monster are venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico deserts. Its venom has similar character as of snake poisons.
by William BOERICKE, M.D.
Presented by Médi-T
Gila Monster poison
The result of the bite is a benumbing paralysis like paralysis agitans or locomotor ataxia. There is no tetanic phase-a condition almost reverse in objective symptoms to Hydrocy acid or Strychnia. The most unusual action of the drug is noted upon the eye of the mouse. The eyeball becomes more prominent and the cornea opacities. The exophthalmus is due to the pressure of the blood behind the eyeball (Boyd). Homeopathically, it is indicated in many forms of disease characterized by great coldness-”arctic” coldness. Colic waves from occiput to feet or ascending.

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