Joy and I took an impromptu trip to Guanajuato two weeks ago, although we were only in the city for 24 hours, it was so worth it.
We took a bus from Mexico City, and arrived in Guanajuato around 3 am. We then hopped into a taxi to our hotel, El Meson de los Poetas, which is right in the heart of Guanajuato. Too bad we didn't get to enjoy our hotel, it was so cool! Even though our checkout time was at noon, throughout the day we would return to the hotel to charge our phones and steal the free wifi. Aren't we so slick?
We started our day by going to the city's mercado for some brunching. While asking for directions to the mercado, someone recommended we sit at Doña Ara's kitchen. Great suggestion. If you visit Guanajuato's mercado, please go find Doña Ara and order the enchiladas mineras. Jesus, were they heavenly.
After munching, we sought to find Guanajuato's notorious mummies at el Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato. Joy can explain why the city has such a large mummy collection, she did a good job of reading all of the museum signs, I was too busy Snapchatting.
After mummy gazing, we ventured off to el Pipila! El Pipila is a giant statue which is meant to symbolize Juan Jose de los Reyes, a war hero from the Mexican Independence War. Being the birthplace of the Mexican war for independence, Guanajuato is full of history. If I had more time, I would've loved to take Joy to San Miguel de Allende and Dolores Hidalgo, two other nearby cities with a ton of color and history.
Back to el Pipila– El Pipila is located on the top of one of Guanajuato's many hills. It's a beautiful scenic outlook with a view of the entire city. After Joy and I took half a million photos, we naturally found ourselves at the bar next door. Micheladas were in order.
In the midst of enjoying my Chamoyada, I realized something terrible. MY DEBIT CARD WAS GONE! For those who know me, you know that I literally lose my debit card every few months. Funny enough, I had lost my debit card two weeks prior. Irresponsible much? Maybe.
Luckily, Joy and I (mostly Joy though) had just enough cash to make our way back to Mexico City, and to buy an esquite. We were prepared to find jobs and create a new life in Guanajuato. Unfortunately, that didn't have to happen.
We spent the rest of the day sightseeing and exploring the city. Earlier in the day, we purchased two Callejoneada passes. A callejoneada is a folkloric tradition introduced by Spain. Via song and merrymaking, a group of student musicians referred to as la estudiantina, lead a crowd of folks throughout the alleys of the city. These musicians are dressed in 17th century swag.
I was told that back in the day, these students would provide participants with booze. Apparently, that's not the case anymore, you are simply provided with OJ. What a shame.
Nonetheless, we had a blast signing and dancing throughout the callejones (alleys). Joy probably had no idea what was going on. I think I did a pretty good job of explaining the legend behind el Callejon del Beso (the alley of the kiss).
Finally, it was time to return home. Joy and I caught the late bus home, and in 4.5 hours we were back in Mexico City.