15 October 2013

Exploring Zapopan

Our schedule was totally different yesterday for a variety of reasons, so we had time to do some exploring.

We started at the aqueduct, because even if it's just 100 years old, it's still an aqueduct. Then we walked through an interesting and pleasant neighborhood toward the Parque (or Bosque) de los Colomos.  It's a huge city park with lots of trails going up and down hills.  There were lots of people running there* and lovely gardens and it was just nice to walk around.  It cost 6 pesos (50 cents) to get in.

Then we headed out of the park and up to the Basilica de Zapopan.  We wanted to see it again when it was less crowded and to get some better photos.  We went into some other parts of the building with a lovely courtyard (I love the Moorish architecture here!) and another entrance where we could see a little better.  There were quite a few people there, but it wasn't quite crowded. 

We continued up toward the fish market.  There were plenty of interesting things along the way to see and as it got closer to noon things kept getting busier.  It would be so fun to live in the neighborhoods around the Basilica.  There were all sorts of little shops and things to do and see.

I'd been wanting to see the fish market to check on the prices.  The fish there was about half what it is at the fish store near my house.  But once you add in the taxi ride there, it's not worth going over unless I buy a  lot of fish.  Maybe when the car is here. The fish at the local store is about the same price as inexpensive fish in the US.  But here it's also local, every bit, so that makes it better.

Then we headed back down toward the Basilica to find some lunch.  We'd already stopped along the way for a torta ahogada to share and some fruit, but we also tried some tacos al vapor.  It turns out that they're steamed tacos.  I really liked them.  They were hot and tasted fresh, but you could make lots of them at a time.  They were less heavy than the vampiros or gringas which was nice. I love the taco stands because you can add your own condiments.  The stand we stopped at had a great spicy salsa and, of course, nopales. 

Someone had mentioned that there was a museum in the Basilica that we had missed, so we went there once more.  It turns out the the museum is fascinating and, unexpectedly, about the Huichol, the only native American ethnic group left in Jalisco.  They live in the northern part of the state.  The exhibit was interesting and well-done, and we especially loved their artwork.  We'll be going back. 

I don't know what blogger's problem is, but I still can't post photos.

*Fitness is big here.  That's another thing that makes Mexico seem so much wealthier than Kyrgyzstan.

1 comment:

  1. This all sounds like so much fun. I want to live in Mexico too!