Off to Mexico!
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This blog is a little different than my other blogs on TravBuddy -- this trip had a business purpose but we managed to have a lot of fun along the way. My good friend Foo asked me to go with her to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to look into opening a Thai restaurant in San Miguel. Foo owns the best Thai restaurant in Austin and is a world-class and world-renowned chef. The twist on this trip was that she was going to be driving down to San Miguel with the sister of her former cook -- who was already in Mexico and had opened his own Thai restaurant in a neighboring town, Dolores Hidalgo.
I have visited San Miguel previously -- but had never driven that far into Mexico -- it was always by plane before! The distance from Austin to San Miguel is 680 miles (1,095 kilometers) and with border crossing, fuel, food and other pit stops, the trip would take up to 15 hours! The plan was to drive straight through without stopping to spend the night along the way.
We drove down with the sister of Foo's former chef, Maria and her son, Isak. Maria was going down to see her family in Dolores Hidalgo and to celebrate her birthday.
Maria and I took turns driving. She drove to San Antonio and then I drove to the border at Laredo. Maria took over again to get us across the border since she owned the car. We had absolutely no issues crossing into Mexico -- in fact, it may have been one of the easiest border crossings ever.