Chihuahua - the start of my trip

Trip Start Jan 04, 2008
Trip End Dec 17, 2008

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Well after a long time dreaming about it and months of concrete planning my big trip is finally under way. I arrived in Chihuahua , Northern Mexico late on Friday night , routing in via Houston , USA. Pretty smooth journey , apart from the usual long US immigration queues. Crashed straight away at the very good hostel (Casa de Chihuahua) when I arrived as Id been up nearly 24 hrs by the time I got there & was pretty tired. Spent Saturday exploring Chihuahua - its not a particularly big town so I was able to get around most of the major sights in a day - went to the Museum of the Mexican Revolution (lots of interesting stuff about the bandit turned revolutionary "Pancho Villa" including his bullet-ridden car in which he was assassinated) , the cathedral and Plaza Armas , Plaza Hidalgo and the Palace with murals depicting the story of Chihuahua. In the early evening I then went out with a couple of other guys staying at the hostel in search of stone chihuahuas ! ... there is supposedly a "dog parade" of chihuahua statues but we couldnt find the damn things anywhere. Tried to ask some locals for directions but an Englishman , an Aussie & a Japanese guy with about three words of Spanish between all of us didnt have much luck - we have also since been told that no-one in Mexico will admit to not knowing where something is and would rather tell you anything than lose face but Im sure the language barrier had more to do with it. Anyway , so we gave up on the dogs and went for a few beers and some food in a local bar , met some Chihuahua locals in the bar who were were very friendly and we had a good time. Moved on to Creel on the Sunday morning by bus , together with Ben from Oz , one of the guys I met at the hostel.
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