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<font size=+1 face=verdana color=darkorange><b><p align=center>El Paso -- City on the Edge of Forever</font></b>

<font face=verdana><i>Down in the West Texas town of El Paso,
I ate a big spate of Mexican food...</i></p>

If you've been to Dallas or Houston or Austin, you might think of Texas the way the folks out there do: big, brash, rich, conservative, a bit crazy, egos the siz of New York. Texas isn't American, it's not Southern, it's not Mexican, it's just Texan.

But El Paso, that's another beast entirely. It's the red-headed step child of Texas. First of all, it's closer to Phoenix than to Dallas or Houston. Second, it's desert instead of hot and humid oil-rich grassland. Third, the population is mostly Hispanic, as opposed to the Anglo-Germans of the rest of the state. Lastly, it's dwarfed by its massive neighbor across the river, Ciudad Juarez, and if there's one things Texans can't stand, it's being dwarfed.

In truth, I find El Paso to be a refreshing diversion from the rest of Texas. It feels more like <i>Tejas</i> than Texas. The folks are friendly, the traffic manageable, the food incredible, and the desert landscape memorable. Listening to Mexican radio while careening down I-10, I couldn't help but feel <i>muy bien</i>.

It's not Mexico, it's not New Mexico, it's not Texas. It's El Paso -- get it while it's hot! (Which is all the time -- it's the Chihuahuan desert, you know.)

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  • In a nutshell:Great food, dry heat, nice views, friendly folks, Tejas in its purest form.
  • Last visit to El Paso: Jun 2003
  • Intro Updated Jun 23, 2003
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  • kymbanm's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2005 at 11:49 PM

    Excellent El Paso intro - so true ... and BTW I consider burritos heavenly pillows of goodness that you bite into :) Greetings from New Mexico!

  • scarm's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2005 at 4:39 PM

    Bien Hecho! You found out some good secrets about my home town. Your description of the place in your intro is very perceptive. You puy into words what I have always thought.

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2003 at 6:10 PM

    We flew there & had a great lunch b4 moving on to Carlsbad. Enjoyed your pages as always. :-) keep it up!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2003 at 7:42 AM

    Hell Paso does indeed get short shrift among destinations in Tejas. And it is indeed unlike most of the rest of the state. Two cities in one, as well. An underrated city among football fans who only know of boot factories. Good pages, thusly.

  • quefregados's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2003 at 7:42 AM

    Eventually I will visit El Paso but in the meantime, I'll enjoy your writing style & hope to see more of your tips. Thanks.

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