There isn't a lot going on in this town and wishing that we hadn't booked a week on unreliable information from the tourist bureau. They make it look super clean and beautiful, but it isn't for the most part. I didn't expect to have to know spanish/mexican to order a meal in the hub of downtown, a big shock in an American city. The have many shops that sell the same "imports" from across the border but at a higher price. There are several malls, and these are pretty much the typical American experience, with a big language barrier. I'm not sure how this town rated as high as it did, similar to Plano, Tx - which is incredibly clean and ranks 33/100 on the crime index compared to 9/100, for Laredo, on the same index - with 9/100 being worse for crime. Very disappointing visit.
The city of Laredo Texas is known for its abundance of breathtaking natural scenes and wonderful nature. Having many fantastic positive features throughout the city, there is none quite as amazing as the Rio Grande. The river unites this border region and is habitat to some of the most extraordinary creatures. Recently, Laredo TX has become home to a bi-national kayak and canoe competition.
All the natural beauties are at times taken for granted by us, the local residents. In recent times, my sister informed me of her plans to visit Laredo. I remember being excited to see her and immediately planned the itinerary. In doing so I realized just how marvelously breathtaking Laredo, TX can be. The Rio Grande, as I mentioned previously, is home to many wonderful creatures, fabulous views, and events. The Laredo Birding Festival was on the itinerary and a perfect festival for my bird loving sister to attend.
My sister was elated. Every day of the festival began with an outdoor sighting and ended with a seminar. Local and world know photographer assisted in fabulous views and shots of Laredo TX birds such as the White-collared Seedeater, the Green parakeet, the Least Grebe, White-tipped Dove, Groovebilled Ani, and the Green Jay.
In summary, my sister was in awe of the scenic splendors, wonderful wildlife sightings, small town charm, and neighborly attitude of Laredo TX; the all familiar place that I call home.