Good thing we have our Breathing Mobile RV Clothes Washer with us!
So, we did a couple of buckets of laundry, and hung it out to dry. No problem doing it this way, you just have to do a couple of small loads every day.
We had been planning on doing a hike in the area yesterday, but I was reading some literature about the city of Guanajuato and a local dish called Enchiladas Mineras.
A traditional regional dish made with corn tortillas which are dipped in a sauce made with chili, garlic, cumin, and onions. Once the tortillas are fully dipped, they are stuffed with chicken or cheese. Then a layer of lettuce on the bottom, potatoes and carrots which have been chopped and previously fried, and shredded lettuce and cheese are then added on the top. Finally, a piece of chicken is usually included on the side, along with tomatoe, onion, and a pickled jalapeno pepper.
I was reading about this, and I was getting hungry. I read it out to Ruth, and it didn't take long for us to decide to hop on a bus and go find ourselves some Enchiladas Mineras!
The bus stops on the highway right out front. It cost 6 pesos ($0.48 CAD) each for the 11 km (7 mile) ride to el centro Guanajuato. I checked back to the last time we were here five years ago and it was only 5 pesos back then. Not much inflation riding the buses!
It was already 12:45pm when we got off the bus so we immediately set out to find a place for lunch. We saw several places in the tourist center advertising Enchiladas Mineras...apparently it's become a popular dish for the tourists. But we wanted to get out of the tourist area and try to find a place where the locals would go. So we did some wandering around on the side streets.
Guanajuato has a population of 170,000 people, but because it has several universities the population fluctuates depending on whether school is in session. Apparently there are 30,000 students here. And yes, we saw a lot of young people around.
Ruth, in one of the little plazas.
Many of the streets are narrow. Not RV friendly! Barely wide enough for a car in some places.
Lots of great photo opportunities.
We couldn't find anywhere suitable on the sidestreets. Lots of hamburger and pizza places...I guess that's reflective of the student population. So we went to the big central market, and sure enough that's where we found our Enchiladas Mineras at a good price.
Huge indoor market. And surprisingly, not very busy. We're thinking that there must be another local market outside of the central core.
Chicken, anyone? That's a pile of chicken feet on the right!
All different kinds of peppers.
Fruits and veggies.
Several places selling lunch, and they all try to wave you over. How do you choose which one to go to? Well, we always figure that the busiest place must be the best place, but that doesn't always work out.
In this situation, it worked out just fine!
Ruth, with her plate of Enchiladas Mineras for 60 pesos ($4.80 CAD).
My plate arrived seconds later. It was delicious!
One of the best meals we've had in Mexico. We were stuffed.
Panza llena corazón contento. A full stomach makes for a happy heart!
We figured we had better walk off some of that meal.
Another plaza, and the basilica.
Looking back the other way.
Inside the basilica.
But the inside was amazing. Look at the detail just in this one corner!
Check out this guy painting the railing.
We noticed that he always had one hand hanging on in case the board broke!
A great city to wander around.
The city is built on a series of riverbeds that have been turned into tunnels and roadways. Really interesting.
Heading into one of the tunnels.
Some of these arches date back to the 1700's.
We had a great afternoon exploring Guanajuato. We enjoyed it even more than we did five years ago, and we're looking forward to going back with the caravan group tour on Saturday.
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