We packed up the car early, ate quickly and drove to the smaller border crossing in Nogales. We pulled into the border point and met with the guy who was importing our car, we exchanged all of the paper work and he offered to take me and all of our stuff over the second border (where you pay to import things). Carlos told the guy that was fine and told me in English I would be going with the import guy and all of our stuff, I told him there was no way I was getting in a car with a guy I couldn't communicate with for 50kms and with no way to contact anyone.
We agreed to hand over all our stuff to the guy to avoid the import tax on our 1980's camping equipment, he told us we would pay him once already over the second border - when he would give our stuff back. I insisted on keeping passports, laptops, cameras, phones - everything of value really - and staying with Carlos. A friend of the import guy came with us in the car to help us across the border and with the importation people.
We arrived at the import border, followed the trucks in (there were only very few cars), we handed over the paper work and went to wait for it to be signed and inspected. We waited with the truckers, it was really hot and we were grateful for to be back in Mexico for the guys who sell ice cold cokes on the side of the road. After about an hour we finally got the paper work and then had to drive to the visa point for Carlos and I to get our visas, then we continued driving until we reached a ranch in the middle of nowhere.
We turned off the road and drove through many ranches full of men 'just hanging out'. The guy told us to watch out for snakes and we pulled over next to the import guys car. We paid him and he gave us all of our stuff back - it might have been a really stupid thing to do but it worked out in the end. We said goodbye to the guys and hit the road in Mexico...
We pulled over in an oxxo (a Mexican 7/11 or tesco express) got some food and sat and ate it whilst we thought about searching the car ourselves. After we had eaten we agreed the guys were trustworthy and continued on our journey.
We watched the sunset from the restaurant, Carlos had a few beers and eventually walked back to the hotel and spotted the pool.
It was really hot so we got into our swimwear and headed down to the empty pool. The water was almost like bathwater, it felt so good! We swam for hours and relaxed on kids inflatable toys that we found at the side of the pool.
Late in the evening we returned to the room, showered and passed out.
In the morning we woke up and stepped out on the balcony to see the pool we had been swimming in the night before.... It wasn't so great after all.