The Way You Make Me Feel

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Hotel Don Vasco

Flag of Mexico  , Michoacán,
Monday, October 10, 2011

Jaded travellers often say: "Seen one big city, you've seen 'em all!". We couldn't get out of Mexico City quick enough. If you're wondering why, clearly you haven't read the previous entry!

Our knight in shining armour rode in to save us on the best bus ever! We're talking double-decker with superb views, complimentary packed lunch with a ham/cheese croissant, crisps and guava juice (oh how I've missed you, friend of my youth!), seats that recline to 135 degrees with leg and foot rests, non-stop movies plus 5 music channels, and better toilets than on a plane with separate ones for ladies and gents! Those 3.5 hours flew by.

Thanks to our newly acquired guide book, "Lets Go Mexico" we knew that we'd need a collectivo to get from the bus terminus to the town centre of colonial Morelia. It was about a 20 minute ride for 6 pesos. A "collectivo" is a mini-van taxi that follows a certain route and stops on demand, kinda like taxis in South Africa. Except this one had no gaardtjie to collect fares and yell: "Kap aan, driver!".
We have enjoyed each Mexican town more than the last. Morelia was no exception. The instant we caught a glimpse of the historic centre, I fell in love! 

Sometimes it's hard to put one's finger on specific reasons. Often it's more about how the place makes one feel than what one can see and do there. Morelia made me feel young and carefree again! I guess it's a case of the sum of the parts being greater than the whole.

What are the parts? The wonderfully illuminated cathedral and churches on the plaza; the gorgeous architecture on most streets; public displays of affection throughout this student town (see pic); countless indie shops with funky clothes; loads of old school momma-poppa restaurants alongside trendy drinking holes where art hangs on the walls and where students just hang. The best part? We seemed to be the only foreigners in town! Very few locals spoke any English so we were forced to practice our Spanish.

To help us recover from our post-traumatic stress of Mexico City we opted to stay at Hotel Don Vasco. It was the best hotel room to date! High ceilings, tall windows, ultra-comfy beds with squeaky clean white linen, wood-framed art and a huge bathroom with huge clean, white towels. Ah, the creature comforts!

We spent a few days just living. We worked out at the local gym, an extension to someone's house. Manuela was dedicated enough to go every day while the Lees took turns. We wandered the streets, taking in the sights and sounds. We popped into markets and churches that we happened upon. We even indulged in a spot of shopping, quite a luxury to a "mochillero" (backpacker). Our newest acquisition is a set of travel speakers that, after much oohing and ahing, we finally decided to buy from the extensive indoor electronics market. They have greatly enhanced our audio pleasure! It still didn't get us into Monkey Magic, much to Mario's dismay but we're making great headway with the Community series!

One day we saw some workmen setting up a structure in the plaza, laying out chairs and running cables. Later when we wandered by again on the way to the sushi bar we saw what the fuss was about. A crowd had gathered to watch the Mexico vs Brazil football friendly. Everyone sauntered off silently when the final score became apparent: 1 - 2.

All too soon we had to move onto the next town... 
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