I was in Laredo / Nuevo Laredo about 40 years ago with my parents. I was actually heading south and had made to to the general Corpus Area when the 88% humidity repelled me like a force field. It makes me feel disgusting, sapped, slimy.
I turned west to Laredo, which is the lowest humidity spot in the general area. About 50% right now. I left Muffin in the ventilated van and bopped across the border for lunch, 3 chicken tamales for 15 pesos, about 75c. Woot!
Laredo / Nuevo Laredo seems to be much poorer than El Paso / Ciudad Juarez. More homeless people on both sides. There were a surprising number of black folks in Nuevo Laredo; I wonder if they are here because of old Fort McIntosh where Buffalo Soldiers were stationed. [Update: I did some googling and it turns out they are African immigrants who got stuck in Mexico because of the refugee poilitics in D.C.]
As I returned I had a good view of the SENTRI lanes. They didn’t seem to be going any faster than the non-SENTRI lanes, so I’m not sure why people pay the extra money. THey were still trunk-checked and dog-sniffed by Malinois.
I walked around the St. Peter historical area (I think that’s what it was called); lots of beautiful old houses. There was a ruckus of pigeon-sized birds that took flight but I couldn’t tell what they were. They were a lovely green underneath. Then I saw their beaks and figured out they were wild parrots. Surprising.