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For her birthday, Yolla put on a crown, swam in a cenote made of chocolate milk, and then stood in a door where she could watch couples kissing, dogs walking, and boys skateboarding in the park across the street.
Bill kept having a recurring dream where his wings were running in circles but he stayed in the same place. He couldn’t move. Then he would wake up, and it would happen in real life too.
As Marly and I admired this fountain, we were approached by a persistent Herbalife representative who really wanted us to spend some time listening to the wonderful opportunities he could offer us.
If you click on the image above, you can view the standard font that most businesses use in Zacatecas, although there were a few that did not. The color palette within Centro Historico consisted of creams, yellow, pinks, and reds. This City was very clean… no street dogs, trash, or graffiti, until you left the center for the orilla, or outlying areas.
Downtown Zacatecas. This was right before Marly bought four SONY batteries for her digital camera. The batteries lasted for an hour-thirty-minutes and then died. We took them back in hopes of a refund or exchange, but the counter person at Sanborns told us that those SONY batteries were low quality and we couldn’t expect them to last any longer than an hour in a digital camera. We left. There’s no such thing as a refund in Mexico.
Marly and I briefly visited Jerez, the Pueblo Mágico of Zacatecas. Magical Towns are chosen for a number of reasons: historical significance, convey a sense of beauty and tranquility, are close to a major City, and/or highlight the fiestas and traditions of Mexico. Jerez, with it’s winding streets, ancient architecture, and slow pace, gives you the feeling of being back in time. The historical center dates back to 1536 when the City was founded.
What we liked:
- Orange trees planted all over the town.
- The big cemetery located on the outskirts of the historical center.
- Three tables of old men playing dominos outside the Sanctuary in the morning.
- Nuestra Señora de la Soledad Sanctuary built in 1805, and pictured above. It’s made of pink cantera stone that is mined nearby.
- The tasty, grilled gorditas we had for lunch.
Mausoleum of famous people of Zacatecas including musicians, poets, dramatists, composers and leaders. It’s located on the main crest of the Cerro de La Bufa.
Zacatecas is known as the “la ciudad de cantera rosa” or “the city made of pink stone”.
La Capilla de la Virgen del Patrocinio is located on top of the Bufa, in front of the statue of Pancho Villa (below) and statues of the other two victors of The Battle of Zacatecas: Felipe Ángeles and Pánfilo Natera. This 18th century chapel is named after the patron saint of miners. It’s believed that the image of the Virgin residing above the alter is capable of healing the sick.
This statue of Pancho Villa commemorates The Battle of Zacatecas, June 1914, where Villa’s Division of the North brought President Huerta’s federal troops, 12,000 strong, to its knees and Villa took over the City. It’s one of the bloodiest battles of the Mexican Revolution where survivors claim that the hills flowed with blood and the streets were littered with corpses.
This statue sits upon the most prominent landmark in Zacatecas, La Bufa, which can be reached by cable car or a good hike. As a mining town rich in silver deposits, Zacatecas was a desirable city and prime target during the war.
Our last day consisted mostly of bus rides:
- 9:00 AM: Hotel to Zacatecas bus station.
- 10:00 AM: Zacatecas bus station to Jerez bus station.
- 11:00 AM: Jerez bus station to Jerez Centro Historico
- 2:30 PM: Jerez Centro to Jerez bus station
- 3:00 PM: Jerez bus station to Zacatecas bus station
- 5:00 PM: Zacatecas bus station to Aguascalientes. Hour late – Marly and I sat in the cold wind outside waiting. Toilet full of unmentionables and definitely unusable. We were unimpressed with Omnibus.
- 7:30 PM: Bus pulls out of Aguascalientes, destination: Leon.
- 10:00 PM: We arrive in Leon
- 10:50 PM: Leon to Guanajuato
- 11:30 PM: Not enough taxis in Guanajuato, so we take the bus to the Mercado and taxi home from there.
We arrived home close to midnight, thankful to be done with traveling!