Guanajuato

Trip Start Nov 08, 2007
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Trip End Jan 03, 2008


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Saturday, December 1, 2007

We didn't stay too long in Guanajuato - about 1 and a half days.  It took us quite a while to find the hostel that we wanted to stay in, but it was definitely worth the 45 minutes spent looking for it.  Called Casa Bertha, it's run by two of the nicest guys I've ever met.  It has a great roof deck, almost as good as that of the Villa Colonial (the place we stayed at in Zacatecas), with a great view.  We met up with Emily and Lilly (girls from Oregon) and Celine as well (French girl) as we all ended up staying at Casa Bertha.

Guanajuato is a city kinda like Zacatecas - Spanish colonial architecture, museums, etc.  As I mentioned before, it's an old mining town, and they've turned the old mine tunnels under the city into roads, so there's all these underground roads running underneath - very wild.

There's a market in the middle of town that has the best food court I've seen yet.  There's all sorts of other knick knacks in the market as well, but all along one side there's a ton of butchers - and they don't waste any part of the animal that they're butchering.  Then there's a huge food area, and I can only assume that all the meat come from the butchers that are conveniently located right next to them.

There is SOOO much music in Guanajuato.  People with accordians, guitars, upright basses, and all sorts of other instruments are constantly walking through the streets.  And they party there.  On a thursday night there were roaming groups of people drinking in the streets while following bands around and singing and screaming.  That same night we ended up
at a bar called the Barfly, where we met a 19 year old girl working from Oregon.  She'd been studying there, however stopped a little while ago and was just bartending.  She said her rent was 600 pesos a month ($60 USD), and she made 140 pesos a night.  Her boyfriend, age 25, has 2 kids.  Interesting life she leads...

We went to one museum while we were in town that was somewhat disturbing.  It was a museum of mummified bodies, including the smallest one in the world (was a fetus when the mother died).  Very creepy, and one of the bodies was that of a woman who was actually buried alive.  Apparently they were all dug up because the families couldn't afford to pay for their graves anymore.  I'll be creamated thanks....

One thing about Guanajuato - the streets are very narrow and there's a ton of people, so it's very difficult to walk around.  We actually found it a little annoying at times.  You could definitely spend more time there than we did, however we had plans to meet up with Alfonso in Mexico City for the weekend, so we opted to move on.  Turns out the bus that we took was one of the best busses we've taken this trip - clean, fast, and comfortable.  We should have made it an overnight trip to save on hostel money...
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mrbillsanders
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WOW!
Looks as if ya'll are having a great Time!
Terrific Photos......
Thinking of you....

Mr Bill

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