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After Elias (manatee)'s photo Africa in Tijuana I decided to post also my own version of it (Dec. 2005).
This is in Avenida Revolución, the big shopping avenue of downtown Tijuana, in Baja California, Mexico. Read also Elias' note about this staged zebra-like donkeys for tourists' souvenir portraits. For me it's hard to realize why tourists desire their own picture on such a kitsch frame, not to mention the fate of the poor animal.
I have difficulty to choose the main photo for the post. The workshop has closer details of other burro and its stage, but it is empty of people. So, I put this as main picture because it has a little more activity and shows better the surroundings. Both pictures were in early morning, still before the rush of tourists. Notice the several other details of the tourism business: shops and restaurants, signs in English, casa de cambio, etc. This and the workshop are two similar but separated settings and animals. In the workshop notice the tricolored legs of the tripod.
The pharmacy is an ubiquitous sight in downtown Tijuana. I suspected that many Americans cross the the busiest border in the world just to buy cheaper or more easily available drugs (medicines) in Tijuana's pharmacies.
I know the palm shouldn't be in front of the burro; so, for a better view of the animal go to the workshop or to the Elias' shot.

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