A spooky legend
In the mid-1600's here lived a young merchant, Don Bartolo.
In 1651, on his birthday, he served wine and proposed a strange toast: "For my sister, for my soul, and for May 20th, 1701". A very weird toast for a date in the future, a specific date 50 years ahead.
During time he became very rich and every year, on every special occasion he always proposed the same toast for that date. Everybody wondered about such a rare behavior and he never told why.
When that day finally arrived, a big noise was heard and he was found dead at his home, burned and with a horrible expression... The Devil had come to finish the deal. :-s
His house still exists and you can visit it. Do you dare??
Templo de Santa Rosa de Viterbo
Una curiosidad de su arquitectura son sus dos botareles invertidos (me refiero a los arcos enroscados que se apoyan al lado derecho de la entrada principal), que según dicen se colocaron para salvaguardar un posible desplome de la cúpula –una de las más bellas, altas y opulentas de esta ciudad- por la debilidad de los muros; pero como el constructor no estaba de acuerdo con esto, optó por adornarlos con los “mascarones del rostro burlón” y así manifestar su inconformidad. Otra versión es que en este atrio se presentaban pantomimas, coloquios y obras clásicas, así que esas máscaras eran un símbolo teatral
This page contains information on one person's experiences in the lovely city of Querétaro; if my page seems topically lopsided, that's probably normal. I moved here to run the library at a local American school and had no idea what to expect. But here are the ingredients: Querétaro, México (b. sometime in the 1500s) + 1 American girl (b. 1970s and never truly traveled outside the U.S.), bibliophile, cinephile, vegetarian, loner.
"Walking paradise, sort of..."
The historical center of Querétaro is comprised of a grid of narrow cobblestone or brick streets, lined on both sides by unbroken walls of buildings and almost-nonexistent sidewalks. There's so much to see between the gardens, the fountains, the vendors, the convents--you just have to walk it. You may get killed, though. That whole pedestrian-right-of-way concept doesn't exist here. Just be careful. With that said, runaway taxis are really the biggest threat you´ll find. Don't be stupid, but yes, you can be a lone female walking around at night...places you need to go near the center: Hidalgo, the amazing park; Mirador, the top of the hill/top of the aqueduct, with the mausoleo and parade of illustrious Queretanos; down Pasteur, and down Corregidora. Good walking, though less scenic, can be found across town at Querétaro 2000, this very cool park with a nice track and tons of green space and paths and playgrounds. Lots of basketball and soccer going on here. Hang out on the corner of Universidad y Damián Carmona and catch the X bus (5 pesos) across town--tell the driver you need to get to Querétaro dos mil. Getting into the park costs 2 pesos. When you´re done, take your life into your hands and use the pedestrian walkway over the highway to the Wal-Mart side. When the sheets of metal you´re walking on go Ka-THOOMP and bounce you into the air, don't worry. This is normal. Sit down at the bus stop and take the first bus back that's going to Mercado de la Cruz. Destinations are written in the front window of the bus, and lots of buses over there go back to la Cruz, which is basically where this little jaunt started from.
Cactus! Oh, vegetarians must eat cactus! Well, that is just not true. It's slimy and disgusting, no matter how it's prepared or who prepared it. I tried my own. Raw. Cooked. Cooked again. Cut up really really small and cooked. Purchased grilled from the arrachera stand on the corner of Damián Carmona and Universidad. Purchased as ensalada nopalito en el mercado. I apologize; I know it's a big Mexican thing. But so are soybeans and corn. I will take these things, and leave the big slimy Mexican staple to those who LIKE ingesting sinus infections with their meals. Because soybeans and corn are also big crops, products are plentiful. And varied! At least two places right around the corner have tofu and leche de soya. I found one place with a vegetarian comida corrida. And the cinema...we'll get there.