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Published: August 6th 2009
I met up with Dad and Jann at their hotel and joined them for breakfast. I ordered chilequiles, which are fried tortilla bits soaked in sauce and baked with cheese.
We went on a walk then went up the one of the silver mines, la mina Valenciana. Guanajuato grew into an important silver mining center in the 1700's and still has working mines. The Valenciana was the first mine to open, discovered in 1560 and has an array of tunnels, both working and in ruins. Afterwards, we went to see the nearby church then headed back downtown.
We walked around some more and all ordered sopa azteca ("aztec soup") which is like tortilla soup witch avocados and cheese, at the Santo Café on the little bridge over the walkway.
I had seen signs around town pointing the direction to the mummy museum, el Museo de las Momias, so we decided to walk there. Little did I know that it was way up the hills on the other side of town. I stopped to ask if we were going the right way, and kept being told that it was close. After a long hike, we finally made it! This
was one of the few museums that I had not been to yet. It is famous around Mexico - everyone mentions it when you mention Guanajuato. It seemed like too much of a tourist trap for me, so I planned to only go once, and this was my chance. The museum is filled with naturally mummified bodies of people buried here whose family did not pay the tax on the burial plot at one time or another.
We took a taxi back to the center of town and sat down at a restaurant in la Plaza de la Paz (the main park here) for a beer and waited for the theater to open so we could look inside.
Inside Teatro Juárez, a decadent theater in the center of town finished in 1903, we walked through the marble entrance into the elaborately carved and painted seating area, then up the stairs to see the frosted glass floored room where the high society used to socialize.
We chose a restaurant with a nice view of the town's center for dinner, sat, talked, ate, and relaxed.
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