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November 15, 2005 03:34 PM

Chihuahua - Zacatecas - Guanajuato

Day 40

In almost all human activity patterns emerge; routine creeps into our lives as surely as water flows downhill. My life as an aimless traveler is turning out to be fairly predictable in many ways as well. Since arriving in Mexico we've stayed, without exception, two nights in each town before moving on. We travel to wherever strikes our fancy by day, find accomodation, shower, eat then head out on the town to explore a little and sample the nightlife. The next day is usually spent seeing the sights and doing whatever it is that travellers do before heading out again with whatever new friends we've made along the way. And there are always friends.

If there's one thing that travelling induces in people, it's camaraderie. Immediately we all have a common ground combined with fantastic stories to tell; It's impossible not meet people. Since heading inland to Creel and getting away from the resort/touristy places, we seem to be moving en masse with a dozen or so travellers who periodically come and go. It's giving these picturesque colonial towns a real small town feel and, of course, is plenty of fun.

These towns, particularly Zacatecas and Guanajuato make me feel like I've left Mexico and landed smack in the middle of Spain. The narrow cobbled streets are steep and kept meticulously clean while colonial buildings crowd and seem to pile up on each other. There are no traffic lights or neon signs. They are obviously protective of their images. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Zones.

Still no Camera, though Willie Paul, a friend of ours, is flying into Mexico City on the 21st to make our duo a trio. He's promised to arrive armed with a digital camera so expect to see photos again on this site then.

Comments


Tom said:

I think that you should draw your best picture of what is happening during your travels until you get your camera fixed, although you are doing a great job writing about it.

Are you guys going through Guatemala along the way because if you are, I lived there for 3 years and my family still has friends down there! Let me know if you need a hook up.

November 16, 2005 11:26 AM
Matthias Ripp said:

Interesting report! I would like to visit it one day. How was Your impression of the state of cvonservation of this World Heritage Site?

November 20, 2005 11:39 AM
Ryan said:

Matthias,

Both Zacatecas and Guanajuato are great. They`re impeccably clean and almost seem as if they┬┤re part of a movie set, rather than a living breathing town. As far a World Heritage Status, I saw no indication in either town that they were. I was alerted to the fact that UNESCO declared them via our guidebook and the internet.

November 22, 2005 01:01 PM
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