Saturday, May 14, 2011

Something Nice to Say About Mexico

I doubt I'll ever be completely reformed, but I do have something nice to say about Mexico.


I've been around a few places in Mexico.

1. The state of Durango. I had a good time in John Wayne cowboy country but did see a couple weird things to me.  More boots and hat shops for men than shoe stores for women.  I witnessed some strange rodeo thing. Someone once told me the name for it, but I forget what it was. Basically the cowboy on the horse chases a medium sized bull and grabs the tail to make it fall.  Kind of cruel, I think. When the bull falls, the band plays. No falling bull, the band remains silent. And it goes on all day. For hours.

2. Mexico City.  I've been there many, many times. I like it. It is huge. I swear I will never drive in that city. OK, I did once. But I had a GPS telling me where to go and how to do it so it doesn't count. The pyramids are totally cool.  So was drinking with Kathy in a bar as the only Americans, plugging the jukebox with English songs, and singing at the top of our lungs.

3. Monterrey.  Another nice city. I still haven't made it up to the Cola de Caballo.  Some day.

4. Oaxtepec in Morelos. Spent a few days at a spa. Who wouldn't like a spa?

5. Acapulco. I went with my sons. It is always a good time at Carlos 'n Charlies restaurant and bar.  It was the first time I was ever able to cut loose with my adult sons and not be the MOM.

But now I have a new favorite place in Mexico. San Luis Potosi is an old colonial town. I knew nothing about this place before I went for 3 days in April.  Wow!  It is beautiful.  Here are some of the highlights:

1. Went to prison. The old prison has been turned into a Center for the Arts. It is amazing how they have restored the prison.  It is next to the old aqueduct that brought water from the mountains.
2. Mona Lisa restaurant in the center. The food was so delicious. I overate. Gotta stop that.
3. Artwork at the basilica.
4. The sound and light show for Easter at the Cathedral. It was different. You might think you were tripping on LSD with the way they coordinate photo images with the architectural features of the church complete with music. But it was awesome.
5. La presa AKA the dam.  I've never seen a dam like this. Beautiful and good exercise walking around too.
6. Parque Tanga Manga.  It is a huge and beautiful park. With bicycle riders and joggers. And things to do!

What else is excellent?  I hardly saw any dogs in the street.  Everything looked so clean. And hardly any potholes in the roads.  People can actually go out and walk for exercise, unlike Reynosa. I like a city of this size. Not mega-huge like Mexico City but big enough to have good stores.  Thank you so much Jose Eduardo and family. I will be going back because there is so much I haven't explored yet. I can't wait!

1 comment:

  1. Great post! Mexico has it's bad areas just like any other country, but I think overall it's beautiful :) Glad you've discovered a lot of it.

    Oh, and Carlos and Charlie's in Acapulco is awesome.