Prone to Wander

Guanajuato, Queretaro & San Miguel de Allende

Last week was our 4th wedding anniversary! It seems like those 4 years have flown by, and yet it seems like we’ve known each other forever, too. It certainly has been an adventure, to say the least (here we are in Mexico…)!

Anyway, we took a mini vacation over the weekend for about 4 days to some small towns in central Mexico, for some much-needed R&R.

First we arrived in Guanajuato, a small town that somewhat reminds me of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The town is gorgeous, with several beautiful plazas, churches, and buildings, and very colorful homes that cover the hills around the area. I would DEFINITELY suggest this town as a place you must visit if you are traveling around Mexico. We spent a lot of time sitting and talking at one of the many cafes, or wandering around the old streets.

The hills around the city are imposing and massive. In fact, in order to get from one side to the other, there is a complex system of subterranean streets and tunnels. Many of the homes can only be reached by walking up stairs in small alleyways (which reminded me of Edinburgh, Scotland actually).

Diego Rivera’s childhood home is also in Guanajuato. I imagined what influence the surrounding colorful city and scenery might have had on his art. In fact, the big brown hills with their clear lines that cut into the sky and into the earth made me think of Rivera’s unique way of painting people in his murals. They seem so solid, stocky and firm, with clear dark lines that separate them from other forms. It is almost as if they are rooted into the earth, like the hills around Guanajuato.

Here are a few pictures:

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Next we ventured over to a nearby city called San Miguel de Allende. It is even smaller than Guanajuato. Strangely enough, it seemed to be populated with a majority of retired Europeans and Americans. The city was a beautiful example of Mexican colonial design, but it wasn’t our favorite because it felt a little too good to be true, like a fairy tale kind of place where retired people stroll around and sit in the park and paint. It was nice, but it was almost too “fake” if you know what I mean. Here is a typical street:

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I really liked this neo-gothic church in the main plaza. I hear it was designed by a mexican who was native to the area.

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Finally, we also got to visit the nearby town of Queretaro, which is the capital of the state of the same name. It was pretty and quaint. Unfortunately my camera ran out of juice so I didn’t get any pictures. But it was a lot like the other cities, only it seemed a bit bigger. We just did some wandering around. There were several plazas that were fun to visit, and quite a few musicians out playing various types of music that afternoon.

All in all, we were very glad that we got to take a few days and see a side of Mexico that we rarely get to see here in the big D.F. I think we both feel refreshed and ready for the rest of the semester!

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5 comments

  1. i’m so glad you guy’s got to have a little vacation. i realized that vacations from our work here are so much more needed and helpful than any vacation i’ve ever had before.

    that first picture looks like a painting, so awesome!

    i was in edinburgh last weekend and walked up some of those narrow streets and staircases.

    happy anniversary! ours was yesterday. yay for 4 years!

    we’re really missing you guy’s. i’m hoping we can come visit you some day!

  2. Hared

    definitely jealous of y’all’s trip after seeing these pics and reading your descriptions. I’ll have to make it out to Queretaro soon!

  3. p.s. amy, i think we need to travel together someday. i feel like we’d have a lot in common when it came to what we wanted to see, what we loved, etc.

    just a thought 😉

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