As we were going down the hill into town, we came to the realization that we really do need to take Spanish lessons. After trying to find our landlord’s office and giving the ‘deer in the headlight’ look when I asked for directions in both the bank and the grocery store, we’re all set for Monday. Both David and I will be in the same class and I think we’ll be his only students in this class. Wish us luck!
After we spoke with our landlord, we went down the street and visited the Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato. It is an art museum that housed the photographic works of Romualdo Garcia. Senor Garcia, according to The Bable, knew how to portray the soul. It was very moving.
We then went to the Museo Regional de Guanajuato Alhondiga de Granaditas. The Alhondiga was a massive grain and seed storehouse that was built around the 1800s. But what was more important was the fact that this building was the beginning of the Mexican Revolution. In 1810 the Alhondiga became a fortress for the outnumbered Spanish troops. Then on September 28, 1810, a miner, who also goes by the name of
El Pipila, strapped a stone slab on his back (which protected him from bullets) and set the main door of the Alhondiga on fire, killing all 300 people inside. Later the Spanish troops retook Guanajuato and to dissuade the residents from further insurrection, they hung the heads of the insurgent leaders on all four corners of the building, where they remained for a decade. Now it’s a museum that shows not only the history of the start of the revolution, but also intricate pieces of Mesoamerican artwork. Definitely a must see!
Later we went to Mercado Hidalgo, which was built on an old bullring back in 1910. It is three stories and carries everything from children’s clothing to groceries to taquerias (restaurants). The tower on top of the Mercado was designed by Gustave Eiffel (the person who designed the Eiffel Tower). We strolled around the Mercado before having lunch at one of the taquerias.
After lunch we sat outside the Mercado in the shadow of Templo de San Roque. We were totally amazed by the number of people - men, women, old, young, walking, driving - who crossed themselves when they walked by the church. At one point
we were almost betting each other who would cross themselves and who wouldn’t.
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