Anyone else find border towns intriguing? It's like you get a whole different culture, just minutes away from a place you're familiar with.
Something about borders and how things can change so drastically over a line or a river or something makes it seem exotic, maybe more exotic than it should be. it's like it's the first bite of a new food.
Even within a country, border towns seem interesting. For instance, in Canada, you have regular English-speaking Ottawa, and then across the river, you have French-speaking Gatineau and the province of Quebec. I'm generalizing the anglophone and Francophone populations a bit, but that generalization is what makes Gatineau seem more exotic.
Here in the United States, some of the border towns are familiar in popular culture. Everyone always seems to go to Niagara Falls, Ontario, at least once in their lives. People used to go to Tijuana, Baja California, but that has decreased in the last 10 years due to violence, I think. There are several other notable border towns.
Even some gateway towns act as border towns. Tangier, Morocco, is like the Tijuana of Europe. Just a quick boat ride across the Strait of Gibraltar, and you're on another continent.
What do you think of border towns? Do you also see them as a little exotic? Are there any border towns popular in your area?