About Gringo Bill

I’ve established this page so people can discuss independent travel south of the border, especially Mexican travel. I’ve been visiting Mexico since 1964. On that first trip, (It was during my crazy days,) a buddy and I walked over the border and managed to end up in some part of Nuevo Laredo never frequented by Americans. By early evening I was drinking and dancing with the senoritas. My bud had drunk enough to think he was a slim version of Minnesota Fats. I should’ve known we weren’t going to do well with him shooting pool against the locals, when I noticed the chipped and scarred balls didn’t roll but tumbled across the crooked and torn felt. But heck, when one is dancing and partying you can’t be fazed by the locals possessing such a strong home field advantage. You back your buddy by giving him the rest of your money to bet.

The next morning, we awoke late. In 1964, America still made a decent fifty-cent piece. That and half a bottle of hootch, that was so bad the girls dancing with me the previous evening couldn’t drink it, is exactly what we had between us. We stumbled into the blistering sun, on an empty rock strewn street. My buddy no longer had his shoes, which somehow made his head ache worse, and we had no idea where we were. Cement and adobe homes lined the street. I walked and he hobbled to the corner. It was a disheartening spectacle. It appeared we were in a maze of similar rocky lanes lined with cement block homes. Not a single person was stirring in the late morning heat. Thankfully, an old man carrying wood in a donkey cart clomped by. Despite neither of us knowing Spanish we somehow hammered out a deal. The man carried us to the border for the fifty-cent piece.

I made several similar border explorations into Mexico until I married and became more serious. In 1971, I made my first deep venture into Mexico on a motorcycle.

You’ll find several pages of my Mexican pictures on this web-site.

There is also:

1.    A page for general travel tips, short stories and advice.

2.    A general discussion page on anything.

3.    A page to discover my background that is a bit more civilized than the introductory story on this page.

The main thing is, to have a little fun sharing your Mexican adventures, hardships and rewards or to ask any questions concerning Mexico.

Now a little about me, should anyone care can be found by clicking about Bill Kaliher. I recently retired after working with venereal diseases and HIV/AIDS for thirty-four years. I worked for a state agency whose benefits allowed the time to travel in Mexico and Central America each year. I’ve long loved history, anthropology and archeology and state employment allowed me thirty days or four to six weeks of vacation per year. Since that 1971 trip I’ve ventured south of the border virtually every year.

I started writing professionally about twenty years ago. I’ve been published in numerous magazines and that history can be found by clicking bibliography.

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