el arriero, la arriera
masculine or feminine noun
El arriero montó las bolsas de trigo en el caballo de carga.The muleteer loaded the pack horse with wheat sacks.
b. mule driver
El arriero transportaba café con sus mulas.The mule driver transported coffee with his mules.
For us europeans we have always referred to Mexico by using the words Siesta and Fiesta a lot. Typically when we think of Siesta we have the picture of a Mexican snoozing off beneath his huge sombrero in the early hot afternoon hours. Well, so far I haven’t seen a single sombrero type snoozing Mexican, and up in the highlands of Mexico the sun isn’t that strong anymore around this time of the year. I did however find some of those fiestas…
As I enter Guadalajara I have Rodrigo’s words in my head: “It’s a small city anyways”. But lanesplitting my way in between cars and on the dirt shoulder through the heavy traffic, the “Periferico” (a “ring” highway that goes around the center of the city) never seems to end. Little did I know that Guadalajara is actually Mexico’s second biggest city! The perception of what a small city is is certainly different for a Mexican and a Swiss.
Just a quick update from the road. After crossing the gulf and arriving in Mazatlan on mainland of Mexico I head towards Guadalajara on the “Routa del Tequila”. It’s a nice ride with great views on the mexican forests, uncountable tequila agave plantations and the Volcano of Tequila. Unfortunately I did not spend much time in Tequila, except for stopping for some local Tacos. If you get the chance, it’s a nice town and of course you can do a Tequila tasting tour 😉
From Bahia de los Angeles I crossed through San Ignacio, an oasis full of palm trees in the middle of the Baja desert, stayed a couple of days around Mulege where the beautiful Bahia de Conception begins and then headed to La Paz, a touristy but nice town, to take the ferry to Mexico mainland, and meet some fellow travellers…
My travels continue south on the Baja Peninsula, to sandy beaches and other, unwanted sort of sand…