The Independent Variable - Matt Haugland

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Catalina & Ensenada

Monday-Friday I went on a cruse from Long Beach to Santa Catalina Island to Ensenada, Mexico and back. My favorite parts were the stops at Catalina (Avalon) and especially Ensenada.

Catalina Island is far enough away from the coast of California that it feels like it's in the middle of the Pacific. It's like a (very) miniature country. The main town Avalon is surprisingly big but very compact. The neatest thing about it was that most people use golf carts (on the roads) for transportation there.

Before Ensenada, the only other place I've been in Mexico was Ciudad Juarez. Very different!! Of course, I tried to stick to the worst neighborhoods of Ciudad Juarez, but still, Ensenada seemed like a very nice clean city in comparison. But that's not a good comparison. A more fair one... the nicer parts of Ensenada are very similar to the worst neighborhodds of San Jose (East side). The worst neighborhoods of Ensenada were worse than anything in the U.S., but not like the sprawling slums of Juarez. Mostly cinder block houses as opposed to cardboard.

Seeing one of the nicer cities in Mexico makes it even less surprising that so many try to come to America.

By the way, I have some great pictures from the cruise. One is in a contest now, but I'll post others here soon.


At 1:14 PM, Blogger Joel said...

Cruises? Wow, quite part of the jet set nowadays, aren't we?

At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Marcian!!! said...

I'm so glad to hear you had a good time, Matt. I hope you're feeling peppy and chipper and ready to hit the grind again in Norman. I do hope you'll consider visiting some of the worst neighborhoods in Dallas again sometime soon. I can't wait to see your pictures!

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Jamie said...

Im so glad you had a good time.. :) Im really excited for you. I have only been on one cruise in my life and it was FANTASTIC!

At 4:35 PM, Blogger J Stu said...

Matt, you've been slacking on the pics lately. What's the deal? I know you take lots of them. I want more visuals!


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