Brass Tacks

Hey y’all.

Thanks for considering my Juarez Walking Tour. Mexico is wonderful, and from El Paso, it’s a ten minute walk. Or less.

Let’s get the painful part out of the way. I get $50 a tour. If you want to bring a lot of people, or if you have way more fun than you thought you would, maybe you can throw in a little more. I’m not going to scare you off by asking you for what I think the tour is worth. I’ll let you decide.

You don’t pay me till after the tour, so if you think that you didn’t get your money’s worth, you don’t have to pay me at all.

The whole tour usually takes about three hours, if we stop at a couple of the oldest cantinas in Juarez and only eat street food as we walk. If you want a sit down meal, it’ll take longer. If you’re having a lot of fun, it may take longer. If my wife’s out of town, it may take longer, because no one likes to go home to an empty house, but to tell you the truth, I’m pretty busy these days. If you have less time, we can hit the highlights. I know downtown Juarez better than anyone (so far), and I can tailor your tour to your time constraints.

If you’re staying downtown, I can cruise by your hotel and we can walk over together. That way I can show you some El Paso.

If you’re driving, you can leave your car in parking lots on Santa Fe Street. There’s an attended parking lot at 919 South Santa Fe. They charge four dollars for all day, like a parking buffet. I’ll meet you on the north side of the Paso del Norte bridge, at the southern end of South El Paso Street, where South El Paso Street meets the bridge.

There’s a sculpture there that’s probably twenty-five feet high, that is supposed to represent a solitary rain cloud. Somewhere around there. I’ll recognize you by your foreignness. Or, you can call me on my cellphone, 915.820.1628, if you think you might be lost.

I usually show up right on time. Rarely I’m as much as five minutes late, except for that one time that I forgot that I had a tour at all. I was headed to a jobsite when my cellphone rang, and I ended up being forty minutes late.

But Imma call you. The night before or the morning of the tour. To make sure that life hasn’t interfered with our plans. If you don’t hear from me, please call. 915.820.1628.