It’s Tuesday evening!! Or as I like to think of it, hump day eve!
Yeah, I’m the kind of girl that thinks Monday and Tuesday are the hardest days of the week and once you’re done with them you can basically see the weekend.
That’s especially true for me this week, all I have to do is get through tomorrow (what will no doubt be a long and somewhat gruelling court day) and then I’m all good!
And on a totally unrelated note – are you bloggies enjoying the honeymoon recap? Let me know if there’s something you want me to cover and I’ll happily oblige!
But for now let’s on with the show . . .
The Honeymoon Series – Part II
After that first night in Guanajuato we quickly found our stride and settled into a routine.
Every morning we would get up, have a leisurely breakfast (usually out but sometimes in our vacation rental) and then head out to explore the city.
About mid-afternoon we would make the steep trek back to our temporary home for a nap, a snack, and some reading. Once we felt refreshed we would change into something slightly warmer (as the evenings were cool) and head out for dinner.
I can honestly say that in the two plus weeks that we were in the Guanajuato area we never ran out of things to do. From new restaurants, to endless museums (the pictures above are from a temporary exhibit at the City Museum), and tours we were always busy.
You see, Guanajuato is a city steeped with a long and rich history . . . and I mean that literally.
At one point, the mines of this UNESCO World Heritage Site were the richest in the vastly wealthy Spanish Empire. Everywhere one turns in Guanajuato, you see evidence of the influence and power once held by the area.
It’s that affluence that allowed the people of the city to establish a thriving University, construct ornate and beautiful buildings, and indulge in cultural pursuits (such as world re-known theatre productions and music).
Tourists like us are of course absolutely delighted to partake in all that Guanajuato has to offer!
But honestly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention what an incredibly vibrant city we chose for our honeymoon!!!
In preparation for our trip, I read loads of magazine clippings, newspaper articles, and blog entries about Guanajuato. And they all said the same thing . . . there’s just something about the atmosphere of the city that is unlike any other place in the World .
As someone who has traveled all over Europe, I thought they were exaggerating. After all, I’ve lived in Paris and I know lively. Or so I thought.
Turns out they were right.
Maybe it’s the fact that the majority of the downtown core is made up of plazas that invite milling around. Or maybe it’s the fact that the majority of streets for car use are actually subterranean, traversing through tunnels originally constructed to deal with Guanajuato’s frequent flooding problem. Then again maybe it’s the lively mix of tourists, students, and locals that creates the vibrant atmosphere.
Whatever it is . . . it’s magical!!!!
And it’s during these lively twilight hours that one of Guanajuato’s most treasured institutions makes itself known.
Every night groups of wandering minstrel groups (“estudiantinas”) gather around the Jardin del Union. There they gather willing patrons who then join them for an hour’s wander (a “callejoneada”) through the steep hillside neighbourhoods of Guanajuato. All along the way, the minstrels (dressed in period wear no less) tell local legends, share jokes, and sing traditional songs that most Spanish speakers knows by heart.
That of course leads to some lively singing and much revelry:
I know it may seem a little silly but for the rest of my life, no matter where I am in the World, the sound of those songs will forever bring me back to those wonderful days in Guanajuato.
Question: What is the liveliest city that you have visited? What made it particularly appealing?