A Travellerspoint blog

December 2011

Morelia, the not so pretty town.

We arrived at Morelia in the night and it wasn´t such a great start as the both the bus and the taxi ride through the streets of Morelia took us past a load of strip joints. The hostel was packed and our room was tiny- sharing it with an older American couple. There wasn´t enough room on the floor for our bags and Noemi hates top bunks. So we went out on the streets to find another place. The hotels in the immediate area were bad reminders of terrible 80´s architecture or were principally for men who live elsewhere to visit the strip clubs and perhaps get lucky. So we grabbed our lonely planet and took a taxi trip to the other side of town. Luckily we found another hostel- built in an old monastery with private rooms the same price as our hostel.

The next day was better- the streets were full of people and the shops were open. Morelia wasn´t so bad after all.
quince_a_os.jpgDresses for 15 year birthday celebrations.
artesan_market.jpg wool.jpg Craft supplies are plentiful and cheap (and very colourful!)

We used the time to catch up on washing, some sleep plus wander the streets and try some of the local food. The main delicacy here is gaspacho, which isn´t a soup but a salad made of fruit topped with hot salsa, chilli, lime, orange juice and crumbled cheese. The fruit includes melon, papaya, mango, pineapple and the Mexican fruit jicama. Mango wasn´t in season here but it was still tasty without it- you can imagine how refreshing this is when it is really hot.

We left Morelia the next day for Mexico City reasonably early, but I had some time to run to the church that was described in the lonely planet guide as a ´set piece from Willy Wonka´s psychedelic spiritual dream´.

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¿Que que? ¡Querétaro!

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After San Miguel we arrived in Querétaro at the Hostel Kuku Ruku. It was rather flash but the girls at the front desk were more interested in selling us shoes than showing us to our room. Anyway brand new ´green´hostel (it only opened 2 months ago) and we had the whole womens 8 bed dorm to ourselves (with a great bathroom).
We left the hostel after dark but the whole town was out enjoying the Christmas decorations and watching their team Gallos (Roosters) play the Tigres in football on large screens up around the town. The town has some absolutely beautiful plazas that are well used by the locals.
We had dinner in this quirky diner, then a margarita in a flash bar,
and then booked ourselves a night tour of Querétaro´s darker history. All in Spanish we had two ladies in historic costume and flame torches leading us around the town, into houses and museums and scaring us with murder mystery and ghost stories. Pretty funny really!

The next day I traded some NZ coin for a great guava ice block (his secret no seeds) and a chat with a local in his corner icecream shop. He makes all his own icecreams and seems to know everyone in the town.

Went to a few museums which included a Mexican textile exhibit and one with printing presses and amazing plates from the late 1500´s til earlier last century.

Other than that we wandered around town and took in the colour and beauty- I highly recommend a visit to this town!

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Time to catch up- San Miguel de Allende

Lordy! It is hard to do stuff and keep up a blog especially when you have to go out to internet cafes rather than using computers at hostels. There has been a bit of a drought when it comes to in-house computer services. Anyway I am happily ensconced at Any´s Hostel in the suburb of Roma Norte in Mexico City with said computer services. I am sure Noemi is upstairs watching Mexican soap operas. Talking about stairs, that has been the theme of Mexico City, but more about that later in another blog entry.

Well we spent only one day in San Miguel de Allende because it was bound to be over touristy due to the influx of American retirees. The old hippees came here followed by a richer set following the eternal summer. Needless to say it was quite nice despite the annoying old folk.
There was a large art centre set up recently that has a mix of Mexican and international artists hoping to make an income off the ex pats. Some of the art was absolutely terrible but the surroundings were awesome- an old cotton mill used from the early 1800´s to probably the 1950´s or 60´s.

We spent the afternoon walking the streets of the old town- not as colourful as Guanajuato but still pretty.
We then went to this ultra flash hotel (where the retiree´s hang out before selecting a grand house to buy) to view the whole town and have a few margaritas and our first taste of guacamole in Mexico.
It was a little bit cold so the waiters gave us warm wool blankets to stylishly drape around our shoulders.
The sunset was very nice....
and the street tacos were yum! Thanks guys!

The next day I got up super early to have a walk and then catch a taxi to the botanic gardens.
Noemi spent her day looking at contemporary jewellery.
What can I say, it was a cactus and mesquite fiesta...
(Sorry in advance for all the plant shots- there are some animals too)
There was a fire that went through there a few years ago (I am not surprised since it was super dry) but I think it has recovered well.
Also the birds weren´t that abundant apart from ducks, ducks that were scared of humans and flew away every time they saw me. Strange.

Posted by Kiwi Holly 20:43 Comments (1)

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