Day 5 of our journey in Mexico
Mar 11, 2009
|We were awake, showered, dressed and outside by 7:00 this morning. The restaurant doesn’t open until 7:30 so I had time to check the e-mail and post the journal entries for the past couple of days. I sent a message to Jen to let her know we are having a great time, and to say we love her.
We enjoyed another fine breakfast buffet and were on the bus, ready to leave at 8:00.
The bus pretty much drove straight through to San Miguel Allende, except for a couple of stops for a “Bano break”.
We arrived at this wonderful city of SM Allende just a few minutes after 12 noon, and were downtown in the historic district about a quarter to 1:00.
Ted & Sue and Marilyn & I walked around the plaza square and made a visit to the church which was begun several centuries ago.
After taking time for several pictures, we decided to eat outdoors at a small café called “The Jardin” or the Garden, located right across the street from the plaza.
I ordered a nacho plate, while Ted and Marilyn ordered a club sandwich and Sue enjoyed a large bowl of Taco soup.
I had a cold beer with my lunch and we lingered, Mexican style, over this fine lunch. We watched people go by, we talked and laughed and enjoyed the food and the nearly perfect weather.
Once we decided to leave, we continued to walk around, making new discoveries. We found a street vendor selling home-made ice cream and both Ted and I could not resist. Ted had a chocolate cone while I had vanilla. Both were quite good but I think the vanilla was super good!
We continued our stroll while enjoying the ice cream. We joked about the beautiful girls here in this town. The girls were absolutely NOT a joke. They were beautiful with their dark hair and flashing dark eyes, beautiful smiles, and olive complexions.
Ted couldn’t resist asking one of them to pose with him for a picture and I will post that for you.
We discovered an alley filled with artisans selling crafts of all kinds. It is lucky for Ted & I that we live in an RV and can’t buy much “stuff”. We noticed that some of the other guys were not so lucky. LOL
We all gathered on the same corner of the plaza at 5:00 PM, to catch a taxi to the Hotel.
This is a really nice Hotel, but I have to mention a couple of things about travel in Mexico.
1. Learn some of the language. When you get far away from the border, not many of the Mexican people speak English.
2. The Hotels do not provide “face cloths” or “wash cloths” as my grandma used to call them.
3. Internet service is spotty at best. Don’t count on it.
4. The people here are amazingly friendly and kind. They passed money back once when I gave them an extra 100 peso note by mistake. They are honest, and should always be treated with respect. We are the guest in their country.
5. Safety. Here is a subject that I could write more about but I won’t. The situation in this country is changing all the time. You see Federales and Military all over the country, armed with rifles and machine guns, wearing body armor, and ever alert to any danger. Be sensible, use your head, stay out of bad places at night, be aware of your surroundings, and always use common sense.
It is the same advice I would give to you about travel to any of the countries I have been in, including any city in the USA.
6. Cleanliness is a big thing for Americans, and that is not a bad thing. On this trip we visited cities with wide streets, many plazas and churches, filled with nice hotels and fancy restaurants. We also visited small towns where the people are dirt poor, and the streets are mostly rough and dusty.
We have been amazed at the cleanliness of the towns we have stayed in, walked around in, and visited. The people wash the sidewalks with soap and water every morning. Every little place seems to shine and it is obvious that these folks take a great deal of pride in showing you their places of business.
We have eaten some great food from street vendors, as well as in the hotels and restaurants.
One amazing thing we talked about was the fact that we have seen maybe three or four flies in all of our travel here in Mexico. It must be because of their cleanliness because they sell food all over the place.
One other thing I should mention while writing about cleanliness is that many of the public restroom charge a fee to use them. Usually this fee is only 2 or 3 pesos (A peso is about 7 cents), but sometimes a bit more. Sometimes the use of the restroom is free but they do not furnish toilet paper. They will sell you some outside before you go in to the rest room.
I forgot to mention a couple of things while writing about “Safety.” Let me mention the roads. For the most part they are pretty good but we did travel to some places where they were quite poor, narrow, and with no shoulders. One more thing is the “Topes”, which are speed bumps. They are many, often close together, and not always marked.
The traffic in the cities is heavy and congested. People go where they want to go and driving could be an adventure. One other point I want to make. People do cut in front of you, pull out when there is not enough room unless you slow down a lot, using brakes, but, NOT ONCE, did I ever see road rage. I guess that kind of driving is expected here.
Mexico has been a great place to visit.
Marilyn & I have been to many border towns, several larger cities, including Monterrey, Chihuahua, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. But this is our first trip far south of the border to visit the interior of Mexico.
It has been a great tour and we are now ready to get back home. Tomorrow morning we will leave early, and we will have a very long day. We’ll be stopping for breakfast somewhere and will be in Ciudad Victoria for lunch.
Stay tuned because I’ll be posting pictures once we are back in our home at Llano Grande.
I hope you all have enjoyed the journey to Mexico with us.