I visited La Huasteca today

19 09 2004

Today, after finishing work, I went with Doreen for Dinner at Los Generales.  Buffet Mexican food.  I had goat, cactus, and some weird root, that tasted like a bland pear, but crunchier.  Then it was off to Downtown Monterrey, or so we thought.  Traffic patterns, like in any city when the tourists might actually come by, were screwed up by construction, so what do you know, we managed to blow by downtown in this city of 7 million, and ended up at La Huasteca Ecological Park, which according to Yahoo costs 7USD to enter.  Maybe because it was Sunday evening, it was free…I dunno, but we went in, and it was beautiful.  Towering mountains that come straight down from hundreds of feet above, and there was this big field with people playing soccer, riding horses, and hanging out.  Just a bit further seemed to be the place to park your pickup with your buddies in the back and crack open a cold Tecate.  Hmm… strange.   The contrast between the natural beauty and power, and the crowds hanging out in the shadows was striking.  It was getting a bit late, so we decided to head out.  At the gate, we asked the police officer how to get downtown, and he was quite helpful, and then proceeded to ask if we could spare some pesos for a friend.   Seems that if someone helps you out, you should pass a few pesos his way…we did. 

After leaving La Huasteca, it started to rain – HARD.  So, here we were trying to follow the directions, stay out of lakes, not get killed by people drifting over lanes, or randomly changing lanes, and looking for downtown.  Missed it again.  Man – how small can downtown be?  It’s a State Capital after all!  Well, we made it, and walked briefly around the Parliment Buildings,(link to google images) where they had a band.  It’s Monterrey’s 408th birthday this year.  Week long party.  cool.  We could only stay out briefly, since the downpour had started again, and even though it was still over 25C it was VERY wet, so we decided to beat a retreat back to the car.  Finally, 2200 I got back to the hotel.  Time for some sleep and another fun day tomorrow.

Later – Pictures now available

I’m in Mexico!

18 09 2004

Via Dallas, I have arrived in Monterrey.   

I woke up at 0330, to catch a taxi to YVR.  The cab came at 0415, and picked me up in the pouring rain.  What a downpour.  There were practically lakes all over the roads.  I got to the airport at 0500, and checked in at the counter.  Then, it was through customs, and onto waiting for almost 2 hours to get on the plane.  When it was time to get on , the good folks at American took it in their minds to give us a “Bistro Meal”.  I don’t know what bistro these guys ever ate at, but usually MY bistros would have more than just 2 little boxes of raisins, a sample of a granola bar, and a small yogurt.  Yeesh.  4 hours later, I arrived in Dallas, and had 30 minutes to scoot to the other boarding lounge for the flight to Monterrey, in some serious heat and humidity.  Suddenly  the world was Spanish!  Aggh.  

I arrived in Monterrey around 1600 local time, and the heat and humidity got WORSE!  Hmmm.  When I came through the international arrivals gate, I couldn’t find Cristobal.  I waited for what seemed like an eternity (things do, when you’re in a foreign country for the first time – I think)  Doreen greeted me, much to my surprise.  It was nice to be able to catch up with her as to what’s been going on here.

We went to check out the local lab, and it looks like there will be lots of work while I’m here.

After that, we went to the hotel, where I checked in, showered, and then went to dinner with Doreen at the hotel restaurant.   I had some Mexican dinner of sorts.  They’re into meat down here.  Good!  I had a local beer (Tintos, I think) I think it was an ale.  Of course, after having been travelling for 12+ hours on only that “Bistro” meal, I was a bit lacking in energy, and it didn’t take much to wear me out, so after we finished dinner, I headed up to my room and called Irene.  I missed her, but she called back around 2200.  It was not long after that that I discovered the wireless connection, and hence my blog entry. 

Tomorrow holds more fun.  It’ll be good to face the world refreshed and ready to go again! 

Later – Pictures now available

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