On the drive from San Miguel de Allende to Guanajuato, we drove through Dolores Hidalgo because we had heard it was the place to go to look for great talavera ceramics. There were many great things to look at but what really caught our interest was the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) plate. I am so interested in this part of the Mexican culture. We had our eye on a plate in San Miguel, but they weren’t willing to bargain down to Bob’s price, but said come back tomorrow and maybe they would give it to us then for his price. We didn’t make it back there so were hoping to find one later. We found the plate we wanted at a shop tucked away on a little street IN Dolores Hidalgo. Bob also saw some Dia de Muertos statues that we liked and got a good price for the 3 pieces. It was a rainy day, but the drive from here to Guanajuato was so beautiful.
In Guanajuato, we decided to stay at the RV park outside of town, Bugamville RV Park, which was a great plan because it gave us a rural setting. Since this was essentially our last real stay in Mexico, we wanted it to be a bit more authentic. We took the bus into town each day, which is always a fun adventure. Unfortunately, the first day we went in we were so excited to go to the Museo de Las Momias (mummy museum) and it was raining, so I didn’t set the GPS at the bus stop we needed. We drifted through the rain trying to find the bus stop (it had to be a certain bus) and as it was getting dark, decided to take a taxi back. Finding a taxi driver who could figure out where we wanted to go was difficult, but the 2nd driver figured it out and we got back to our camp.
Anyway, back to the Museo de Las Momias. This museum is famous for its bizarre collection of disinterred corpses. There are about 100 mummified remains due to the dry atmosphere in their former crypts. The remains were disinterred to make room for more bodies in the cemeteries. The skin, hair and teeth on most of these mummies were still pretty much intact. Some of the male mummies even had all their original parts, such machismo! There was also the smallest mummy in the world, which was a 5-6 month old fetus who died with it’s mother during a caesarean birth. So we got to see the baby mummy with its mummy! Morbid joke, sorry. It was the coolest place ever. Bob says this is why he wants to be cremated.
The next day we got up and made another bus trip into town. This time I set the GPS to our coordinates where the bus let us off so we could find our way back. It was a clear day, the map was useful, and there are tourist kiosks throughout the town. Guanajuato is a beautiful city and reminded us of Italy with the brightly colored houses built on the hillside. We strolled through town and visited the Callejon del Beso ( the Alley of the Kiss), the Diego Rivera Art Museum and the Don Quijote Museum. Such great sights, and the churches and statues were stunning. The GPS did it’s thing and we found our bus stop without any problems. Once back at the park, we met the two other sets of travelers in our camp. We meet such great people along the way. One couple here was from Oregon and were Jehovah witnesses who spent about 2 months a year down here working with the church ministering to the local people. He offered us a beer which we shared with them, and I don’t know why this surprised me. The camp is nice and I would recommend it for the scenery and the owners, who were very nice and helpful. The hottest showers I have had since we started on our trip which is good because we are in cold rainy weather.
We are now headed up to the states, so we stayed at Las Palmas Midway Inn and RV camp in Matehuala, San Luis Potosi. This is an ok stopping off spot on the way to the border. We will be crossing over into Texas tomorrow through the Columbia crossing near Loredo. We will visit the Alamo in San Antonio and then make our way up through North Dakota and a stop in Nebraska. Had trouble downloading all the pictures, more will follow but here is the post for now. Big rain storm is causing internet problems.