|I arrived in Durango after an extremely long journey from Colima. I was quite unsure where I was at times, looking out of the window I could see desert and pretty much nothing else! Very disorientated after a long sleep, I awoke to find the overhead compartment empty, missing my bag full of clothes for the weekend. Nobody was left on the bus and when I told the driver, he basically had a rant at me about sleeping without bags attached to me and what else did I expect as a ‘guera’? I was so angry, I slept with my handbag attached to me and I can’t be blamed for being white! The office at the bus terminal was equally as nonchalant, but thankfully the police took me a bit more seriously. Someone who worked at the bus terminal saw that the bus company were being so unhelpful and felt so sorry for me that he came over and had bought a little Durango purse for me, was very sweet!
Once I got over the stolen bag, I had a really good weekend. Lucinda lives in Durango so all four of us stayed in her house. Saturday we went for a guided tour of the town centre, which was a lot bigger than I had been expecting. Afterwards, we took a bus to Villa del Oeste, an western film set which is now a museum. Some John Wayne films were set here and even a newish film with Penelope Cruz in it. They had actors dressed up as cowboys and Indians who put on a little play in the middle of the set and then the can-can dancers performed in the ‘saloon’. In true Mexican style it was all very dramatic! We couldn’t resist dressing up in the cowboy and can-can girl costumes at the end and having our photos taken.
In the evening we went to a rodeo outside of Durango. Everyone was wearing cowboy hats and checked shirts; we stood out like a sore thumb! The rodeo was really exciting, they had men at the barriers making the crowd clap along and providing entertainment while they were getting the bulls ready. Most of the men didn’t last long on the bulls, they were mental. One fell off and got injured and one bull broke its leg which was horrible. The rodeo turned into a nightclub afterwards which was so surreal. We had a great evening though and attempted to dance in the Mexican style at the end!
The next day we went to Sanborns for lunch, as we pretty much do every Sunday whatever city we are in. We had a quick look in the market where Phil and I bought some belts with some traditional patterns on them, leather is so cheap here! In the afternoon we shopping in the local shopping centre, and then went to the cinema. The shopping centre also had an Applebys so we went there to end our night with some cocktails.
Monday was our last day to explore Durango, so we had a proper look around the market, which was filled with stalls selling local products. Durango is the scorpion capital of the world, and they had cages with live scorpions for sale! Fiona was the first one out of the group to buy a sombrero; I haven’t been tempted… yet! In the afternoon we treated ourselves to a Dominos, Mexican style.
Overall, I had a fantastic weekend, despite everyone asking me why on earth I wanted to go up north? The same preconceptions as in England I suppose! Now I’ve done it in Mexico, maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to venture up north in my own country!