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Published: November 19th 2009
Staying in the Historic Center of Guadalajara has really been a treat. There is always something going on. The Fiestas Octubre has events going on all over town & I was able to catch some wonderful music acts for free on the Plaza de la Liberation or at the stage set up behind the Teatro Degollado. Also wonderful street musicians. We visited the Instituto Cultural Cabanas, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for Orozco's Murals in the main chapel. They were stunning and worth the trip there, but we also got to see the Russian Imperial Crown Jewels (Fabrage Eggs & such) which were on display as part of their traveling exibit.
Guadalajara has a sentimental soul & a hard side. Watching Mariachi musicians hustle for work from passing cars in front of the Hostel reminded me of both sides. Same with visiting the Fabrege Eggs, guarded by troops with automatic weapons. Clowns on the street, marimba players on the sidewalk, bakeries and poleta (popsicle) stands, cute girls posing for pictures at the fountains, little kids on bikes on the sunday bike rides, art galeries on every block, these are some of the soft side. Traffic,
noise, poverty, dirt these are the hard side, commom, i guess, to every big city.
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