Querétaro & San Miguel de Allende

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
Trip End Sep 15, 2013

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Querétaro.  After a great time with Monica it was time to say goodbye and jump on another bus for 2hrs+ making our way to Querétaro to visit our friends from Southampton, Jodie and Vicky. They are both living with families this year, and they kindly welcomed each of us into their homes, breakfast and all! It was so nice to see them again, and to get a taster of their year abroad in Querétaro. We spent the day exploring the 3/4 plazas in the centre (Jodie swears there is a fourth but after endless wandering we never stumbled upon it...) We came across some really detailed and interesting festive decorations as well as the Garden of Eden and Hell right next to each other... In the evening we went to a cool pool bar and then met more of their friends at one of their favourites, College bar where I won the Kraken Rum present which to my horror did not have a bottle inside, just an iPhone case and some glasses- helpful when my Nokia brick is just too small for such cases... We had a great time meeting their friends and living the Querétaro experience, we then moved on to this techno bar/club which reminded me of the one in Merida where I didn't recognise a single song. 
 My evening was made when I could see Jodie reaching her peak, as her usual SULFC-esque insults started flowing out of her mouth, up until the point at which she was trying to shove the whole glass into her mouth and then graciously passed out, slumped, in the club's arm chair. Stone cold, down and out. Brilliant. After a good 45 minutes of letting her chill, we decided to try and get her out... after no responses, and another 30 minutes spent trying to hold her floppy arm around my neck it took her two gym instructor friends to carry her through the crowds. 

Priceless. I had the pleasure of making sure she got to bed ok, so after entering her house and letting her rush to the toilet I then realise she is taking a while, so go in to find her still sat on the toilet, snoring. Just like in the club, I could not wake her up. After an hour, she was still in the same position so I decided to go upstairs and bring her duvet down and tuck her in whilst sat on the toilet, shorts around her ankles. Tragic. Who knows how she woke up in her own bed, with pyjamas on and a missing earring in the shower...

 San Miguel de Allende. Luckily for Jodie, we had already booked onto a 5 hour horse riding trip in San Miguel de Allende, with an hour bus journey from Queretaro to San Miguel de Allende to help with the hangover... perfectly planned. The day was perfect, the sun was shining and it honestly looked like a Wild Wild West movie. Cowboy land. Everyone in sombreros it was great! I just wanted to see some narcos too... maybe need to head more north. The scenery was just unbelievable, and to explore the canyon on horseback was incredible. Riding through rivers, cacti, cattle, up the mountains, on the cliff edges it was just... ah, there are no words. 


 The views and the scenery surrounding us were outstanding. So beautiful, breathtaking. We were completely surrounded by the canyons and the natural beauty as we followed the lead cowboy. I have been on a couple of horserides before, but I have never galloped at that pace... the 3rd time I was absolutely terrified and honestly thought I was going to be thrown off at one stage, so after our rest stop, Vicky kindly said she would give Renegade, lol, a go and Rodrigo had full faith in her as 'all Renegade needed' was the assertiveness I wasn't giving... of course fate was tempted and when Rodrigo took Vicky on the fast galloping track, Renegade took her off course for a nasty accident. 9 times out of 10 you would've been seriously badly injured... Vicky was so lucky to come away with just grazes, scratches and blood to wipe away. VICKY I'M SO SORRY!!! 


After a great and eventful day we came back to our hostel to just chill, but we were met with an absolute mental case. Firstly her "son" was definitely a girl dressed in pink and with long hair, the poor thing. Then, everything that came out of her mouth was just crazy talk such as "Oh Prince Phillip and Kate can't have children" ummm... it is definitely Will and Kate, and yes, they are pregnant. When we returned from my first Starbucks visit in Mexico, we found her using Paint on the computer to draw some wierd, abstract purple and yellow rainbow. Gotta love hostels...

San Miguel de Allende is another really beautiful place with stunning architecture which attracts hundreds of art students and about 10% of the 70,000 popuation are foreigners. Before making our way back to Queretaro at 3pm we explored the town on foot, mainly heading towards one of the many Cathedrals where we continued to stumble upon more hidden points of interest. Another really pretty place.

We returned back to Queretaro accidentally booking onto economic service with less leg room and no personal screen. Having said that, they're definitely 100 times better than those in England, yet we had become used to the luxurious service. After waiting for the boys to finish work at 10pm it was finally time for dinner, and after some faffing we then went to a Taco BUFFET with a dessert and drink included $100 pesos... £5... bargain! Not just tacos, anything off the menu, e.g. tortas and sopas, so I decided to throw in a tortilla soup too... distant memories of El Atajo restaurant opposite Bahia Azul. We then had a good time in a bar and bought another 2 bottles of Kraken, the drink of our visit to Queretaro it seems, and stayed until everyone around us had left and the bar was closing. Then went back to Max and Eder's house (friends of Vicky/Jodie) for the infamous "after" "after" they were keen for us to join. A bottle of Red Label was unnecessarily bought as we all managed to taint each other with the Mexican style drinking games "Yo nunca nunca he..."





All in all, and amazing week, which has left me completely and utterly exhausted. Worth it 100% though to see some absolutely outstanding views, natural beauty, cowboys, colonial buildings and of course having an incredible time with friends. Good times :)
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