What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?
Glass factory, Mercadito, Guadalajara Pottery, boxing class at the Unidad Deportiva, the zoo (well-run and actually more of an animal rescue, featuring abandoned exotic pets!). Don't miss the huge George Washington's Birthday parade (!) in Laredo. - Jun 2018
Eat! I like Mijitos, Tacos el sobrino and there are plenty more... - Apr 2017
Corpus Christi and San Antonio are great cities to visit. - Feb 2016
There is a nice glass factory that many of us frequently visit. Laredo also has some very nice pottery/mexican furniture shops. If you have kids, the mall has a place called Imaginarium of South Texas and it is a fun, enclosed area for your kids to run around. The majority of the "fun" we have here is in the form of parties at each other's houses. We currently have someone who really enjoys karaoke and brings along the microphone and speaker to most events. It always turns out to be a fun time. - Dec 2015
South Padre Island for beach weekends, Austin, San Antonio, a number of flea markets and Walmarts at your disposal. I have gotten involved in the arts scene in Laredo a bit. Nice to be able to have "time off" from being a diplomat and go back and just be a citizen for a while. - Jun 2014
Don Rafael's furniture shop has great wood furniture and antiques and is a holdover from Nuevo Laredo's heyday. - Feb 2013
Bull fights (when they are available), travel to Texas. That's about it. - Nov 2011