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Travel Blogs from Zacatecas
Zacatecas is at approximate 8000 ft above sea level very near the Tropic of Cancer. Even in January, the climate is pleasant (for us Canadians… the locals are wearing touques.) It was home to one of the largest silver mines of all time. The Mina El Eden (as in the garden of plenty) was hand dug by native slaves and produced 1/ …
... the wrong time is just as workers and school kids head home for a long lunch and siesta before emerging in the evening for another round of work or shopping. To make matters worse, we arrived on 20 November, the actual day of remembrance for the Revolution when some of the streets in this narrow, contorted, cobbled city built in a gully, were closed for celebrations.
Forty minutes in a traffic jam on the steep cobbled streets and Elephant's clutch ...
... wander around, and heard huge explosions (gunshots ran through my head at one point). As we walked through the crowds we found that they were setting off crackers inside these pinatas! We later found out that this particular ritual is called 'Judas' Sabado de Gloria' (the burning of Judas). I'm pretty certain I lost hearing in one ear for the rest of the day!
We've had the opportunities to visit a couple of museums & art exhibits whilst we have been ...
... the night sky and we went inside to catch the end of a Sunday mass. Once back at our hotel, we stayed up late watching a movie (yes, in english...we had cable TV in the hotel), so we turned off our alarm before going to sleep.
This morning we sleep in until 8am, then go for another walk to do our grocery shopping and have breakfast. We visit the tortilleria (fresh flour tortillas!), panaderia (bakery), cremeria ...
... my ``madera de la manana`` (you can look that up if you want, its a direct transliteration so it probably won´t make sense to a spanish speaker. The non-object noun is in the feminine and the whole machismo thing would never allow the hombres down here to use it when referring theirs, they probably call it a ``hueso`` which is mas macho, but suffice it to say this is the type of wood you`d least like to drive a nail into). Anyway, coast is clear. ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet