VOSD Experience: Tijuana
Date(s) - 02/27/2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Please note that this event is currently sold out.
Join us for the first VOSD Experience, a new members-only benefit that will take us across the border to experience a side of Tijuana that tourists rarely see. Derrik Chinn of Turista Libre has expertly curated an insider’s itinerary that will guide us through three neighborhoods of Tijuana and introduce us to three local leaders who have helped transform them.
Our group will meet on the U.S. side of the San Ysidro border, walk across together and board a private bus that mirrors the daily public transportation experience in Tijuana.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016
10 AM – 4 PM
$85 for Speaking Up and Loud and Clear members (annual donation of $501 or more)
$100 for guests of members
Price includes cross-border transportation, guide and meals
Home to Antonio Cruz – lawyer by day, painter by night
This corner of the city was originally designed for federal agents stationed in Tijuana. It’s accessible by a single road, one exit in and one exit out. The unique geography and history of this community is seen in the murals that decorate the streets, many which have been done by Antonio himself. They address issues of border life and immigration.
Home to Armando Munoz – self-taught sculptor and engineer
Just below Tijuana’s airport is the neighborhood Colonia Aeropuerto. Most of the residential structures are made out of repurposed materials such as tires, old billboards and plywood. Towering above this community is the 50-foot mega woman known as “La Mona,” created by Armando Muñoz. It’s one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in the city and has captured the attention of media outlets worldwide.
Home to Jorge Gracia – architect
Our final stop will be at the Escuela Libre de Arquitectura, first of its kind in Northern Mexico. It’s led by Jorge Gracia, the contemporary architect who designed the iconic Encuentro Guadalupe hotel pods in Valle de Guadalupe. His experience will offer us insight into the differences between land use in the U.S. and Mexico.
Taste of TJ
No trip to Tijuana is complete without experiencing its booming culinary, beer and wine scene. Before the day is done, we’ll visit a food truck park, a nano-brewery and an ice cream parlor.
Questions or want to check the status of your membership? Please contact Christina Shih at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-550-5670.