The city of Chihuahua has a lot to offer, and it's a clean modern city. Unfortunately, there's a lot of construction going on in the central core at the moment, but that didn't stop us from seeing a lot of interesting things!
First off, we had applied to stay with two different couchsurfing hosts. We accepted Urbano's offer of accommodation, but the other fellow, Rodrigo, asked if we would like to meet up for lunch. Yes, we would! So we made a plan to meet Rodrigo at 1:00pm.
We spent the first part of the morning on the internet, confirming accommodation for both Las Cruces, NM on Friday and Saturday, and Albuquerque, NM on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. With that all done, we set out for a walk towards downtown.
The "Angel of Liberty" monument in Plaza Mayor near the central area.
The Chihuahua state government building is one of the best we've seen. It includes a free museum and you can wander around freely without having to go through x-rays and airport style security!
The Government Palace of Chihuahua. (Palacio de Gobierno de Chihuahua).
Inside is a nice courtyard.
And a small museum showing some interesting firearms.
You can make out the murals on some of the interior walls.
Ruth, admiring the murals.
Kevin, giving a speech from the podium!
Ruth, wondering what's behind that door!
We finished up at the government building and decided to walk down a pedestrian plaza lined with stores. Want shoes? The Mexican people LOVE their different shoes! Shoe store after shoe store. And boots too, especially fancy cowboy boots!
Lots of people out enjoying the day.
This is the latest style for ladies. Can you walk in these? Why would you want to??
Pretty fancy boots! The ones on the left? 990 pesos ($84.00).
The cathedral and all of the construction at Plaza de Armas.
More downtown construction.
Then, getting close to 1:00pm, we went to our prearranged meeting spot with couchsurfing host Rodrigo. Sure enough, he pulled up and we piled into his car and said hello. He said he knew of a great place for burritos for lunch, so off we went!
I mentioned to Rodrigo that it seemed the city of Chihuahua had lots of cash with all of these construction projects on the go, including a public transportation fiasco called ViveBus that is now more than two years into it's construction phase without a bus running yet. He said "ummm, no, Chihuahua has lots of debt though!"
Seems some things are more similar to Canada than we thought!
Ruth and Rodrigo after finishing our burritos. Burritos are typically made with flour tortillas, so Ruth ordered hers without the tortilla...just the filling!
Then Rodrigo gave us a little driving tour of his neighbourhood, including a look at his family's business...a retirement home that they operate here in the city. He dropped us off at the Benito Juarez Museum, and we said goodbyes. It was far too short of a visit with Rodrigo, but we enjoyed our time together and will make sure to get in touch again next time we're in the area. Thanks Rodrigo!!
After the museum, I spotted an office building that looked like it had a restaurant at the top. Sure enough, we went inside, but at this particular building we had to show ID and were issued visitor passes. Turns out this was the legislature building and there are a lot of political types in offices there so a bit more security. But, the security people treated us like royalty...I guess not many tourists ask to go to the top!
It was only 17 floors...but still good for a view!
We wandered around a bit more, went to the market and got a paleta (strawberry cream popsicle), our last one in Mexico. They make the best ice cream popsicles in Mexico!
Then at 4:30pm, we met up with our host Urbano and he went and picked up a girlfriend and the four of us went to the Pancho Villa Museum. This was a really good museum, and even included the car that Pancho Villa was assassinated in, in 1923.
Kevin, with Pancho Villa...too funny.
The 1922 Dodge that Pancho Villa was killed in.
Still riddled with bullet holes!
We didn't get a photo with Urbano and his friend Annie. Feel bad about that, but he's going to meet us at 7:00am this morning so that we can return the keys to his apartment. We'll get a photo then.
What a great day we had in Chihuahua!
And so, it's off to the great US of A this morning. Hopefully the border crossing will go smoothly and we're looking forward to visiting yet another new state for us...New Mexico!!