What's the big deal about this city???
Trip Start Jun 26, 2004
15Trip End Aug 08, 2004
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We should've known from the beginning when our cab driver from the bus station to the Lonely Planet recommended hotel asked us if we already had reservations at the hotel since it was not a good choice. This was the first time a cab driver had so willingly and unabashedly come forward with an unsolicited opinion of our hotel selection
The ONE exception in this city was the restaurant we had lunch at called Las Maņanitas. Wow! What a spectacular meal and equally striking grounds. The restaurant is considered one of the best in Mexico and some world restaurant organization (Peter - since you're such a foodie you might know about this organization) ranks it amongst the worlds' best
The other semi-interesting thing we noticed in this city was the fortress-like, almost medieval architecture of the main historical structures in the city's center. One such building was the Cathedral and Cortez's Castle. In typical conquistador fashion, the latter was built with the same materials and over the ruins of a pre-existing Aztec structure (in this case another pyramid). It was strange to see how this style was used almost exclusively here and nowhere else. I read something that Cortez wanted to intimidate and wow the locals by using the remains of their palaces to build walled-off and secluded palaces and churches of his won (I'm not psycho-analyzing here, but it sounds like classic inferiority complex coupled with a desperate attempt to "compensate" for other shortcomings, if you know what I mean). ; )
Finally since most things that begin on a bad note end on one, the so-called "executive" night bus to Guadalajara was all of a sudden going to make a stop in two cities before reaching Guadalajara, a fact they neglected to mention when we purchased the ticket. ALL "executive" level buses are supposed to be direct and not make ANY stops along the way, much less take out-of-the-way detours!!! To make matters worse they did not let us take our big yellow Winnie the Pooh bag (which has all our delicate - ie. breakable - items in it). I had to get off at each of the cities, all crusty-eyed and half asleep, to make sure our bag wasn't thrown around too much. It's a good thing this will be our last bus ride on this trip.
Needless to say we were glad to be leaving Cuernavaca behind us; I don't think we'll be coming back here anytime soon, unless it's to have a meal at Las Maņanitas.
We are still at a loss as to why so many people love this city...
Anyways, on to Guadalajara! The most "Mexican" of cities (after Los Angeles)! ; )