Travelogue Spring Break 2011, Day 9, Domingo Pascuas: A lazy Sunday in Zacatecas

After eight busy days, we promised the kids and ourselves that Easter Sunday would be very restful. We all agreed to sleep in until whenever and other than eating and maybe seeing a movie, we had no plans.

After we were all up and showered (around 1:00 pm), we ventured out to eat. On the way, Danny found something he just couldn’t resist playing with and eventually buying. He found a Predator action figure (think Alien vs. Predator). I don’t fully understand the excitement, but this thing has some interchangeable parts and Danny sees resell value in its future.

Until then, he can play with it…

None of wanted a fancy meal (last night was steak night), and we had read about Gorditas Doña Julia. All the great things we had heard were dead on. 10 or 12 pesos each, great choice of fillings and excellent quality.

The concept is simple: seat yourself, fill out the order form, thank the joven for bringing you the drinks, wait two more minutes and a big basket of Gorditas arrives. Find which ones are yours and dig in. Yummmm.

After that, we bought Danny some drawing supplies, traveled out to the “Centro De Plata” which was a bust (sort of open and more about selling than showing how things are made). Then we went to see the movie, The Adjustment Bureau which we all loved. After that, cab ride home, a stop for chocolate and back to the hotel room. Just the lazy day we all needed.

Still lovin’ Zacatecas…

Travelogue Spring Break 2011, Day 10, Our last full day in Zacatecas

Today, Monday, was our last full day in Zacatecas. We had plans to have Dianne, Danny and Mara do a craft project with a group of local residents, go to the University Science Museum, go on the Tirolesa (zip line), shop and eat.

How’d we do? Well, we showed up for craft time and there were so many little kids that all three in our group backed out. The museum is closed for renovation. hmmm – not a good start! We decided to head up to the zip line. It was a very windy day, especially on top of the hill. The Tirolesa is 840 meters long and is the longest in Latin American – or so they say. Three us us decided to go, with Dianne staying back to hold valuables and act as videographer. It was exhilarating and well worth the 150 pesos. Dianne shot mainly video, so we also purchased the pictures from the local photographer. Mara’s parents will undoubtedly be a little shocked, but we call made it home in one piece.

We celebrated our success with a refresco and a quick trip the observatory, which is really a weather station with an awesome view. Then, we headed out to Viva Mexico – another great restaurant I had found out about on some foodie website. Man, was it great. Three of us had enchiladas (all different types) and one had Chile Mestizo (a stuffed pepper with incredible walnut sauce). I still cannot decide where I had the best enchiladas ever – Viva Mexico or Los Dorados de Villa. All I know is the best enchiladas ever are in Zacatecas.

After eating, we took a slow walk home. We proved once again that we are all great shoppers. We all bought some stuff for ourselves and for others. We then plopped down in a plaza to have an adult beverage and enjoy the passers-by. As an added bonus, we were entertained by folkloric dancers as part of the cultural festival. Those of under 20 were too tired and wanted to go home to text, chat and do whatever. Dianne and I enjoyed our quiet time and came home a couple of hours later to write blog entries.

I am on strike with Blogger. It is so frustrating to line up text and pictures that I am giving up. Below are self-explanatory pictures including one extra just to remind us we are in Mexico! (For those of you not in the know an E with a slash through it means no parking.)

Tomorrow we head for Durango (yes, a change of plans). Stay tuned…