I open my OSM maps and see that great winding road going through the mountains in a rather direct fashion from Guanajuato to San Miguel de Allende. It says it will take me about 2 hours to get there. I ask Marcelo if that’s that the mountain road he was talking about. He says “well, actually not. You can take that road but you will meet a lot of mining trucks”.
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So I am safely “delivered” by my biker friends in Guanajuato. Gunajajuato is a UNESCO world heritage site in the middle of the mountains squeezed in between the mountains around. It is also a mining town and while I am there the world famous Festival Cervantino, some call it Festival Chupatino (i.e. the drinkers festival), takes place…
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.