Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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On a bus. And then another bus.

Flag of Mexico  , Northern Mexico,
Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Well, after another nice long bus ride (made longer by the many-hour delay at the border, for no apparent reason), we arrived in Monterrey.  Our main goal here was simply to break the bus ride from Houston to Mexico City into two more managable parts, by arriving here in the morning, exploring, and leaving again in the evening.  And it worked -- we left our bags in the luggage storage in the bus station and went exploring for the day. 

The surprising part, at least for me, was that I really enjoyed Monterrey.  The city itself is interesting, and we explored several free museums and an interesting park.  We also went for a nice long walk along a canal (not clear if this was a natural canal made pretty or a man-made canal).  The entire length had been made into a park, where they hold concerts, yoga, have boatrides, whatever.  There are also countless water fountians of different shapes and sizes along the way.  It ended in a large park dedicated to the steel industry.  Sounds ugly, but there were more free museums, and it was actually pretty (except for the large furnace stacks). 

Heading back to the bus stop, and thinking we perhaps should have booked an earlier bus out of town, we started poking around looking for a resturant for dinner.  Oddly enough, all the places had signs up for a Monterry-Chicago Fire soccer game.  As it would turn out, the two teams were playing in the finals of some minor tournament.  The game was in Chicago, but there were no shortage of viewing options in Monterrey, and we settled in to watch amongst a crowd that cheered at all the wrong times :)  In a very close game, Monterrey won in a shoot out. 

So that was Monterrey.  And then we got back on a bus. 
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