Paul and I just got back from a shopping trip to Guadalajara. We took the bus so it was a very relaxing trip. Six and a half hours to knit and listen to my audio book was a pleasant way to travel.
As happens to me whenever we travel to the interior, I had problems with my sinuses and a terrible headache for the first two days. Guadalajara is at more than 5,000 feet of altitude, and I believe it is the altitude as well as the pollution and dry air that gets to me. This has affected me in Mexico City and Morelia, too. I usually use eye drops, nose spray and Tylenol to try to combat the symptoms, but this time we visited Dr. Simi and got an antihistamine for me. Within two hours I was much better, and after a night’s sleep I felt normal again. The antihistamines are going to be in my bag whenever I head inland from now on!
One afternoon we had a real treat – RAIN! There was a bit of thunder and lightning and about an hour of rain. We haven’t had a drop of rain here in Mazatlán since September, so we enjoyed it a lot.x
Our agenda was pretty simple, a bit of shopping and some relaxing in the big city. Given those requirements, it was a successful trip. We shopped – at the Galleria del Calzado – the shoe mall, where I got a new pair of Birkenstocks and Paul a pair of Mephisto sandals. We walk so much in Mazatlán that we really need a wardrobe of walking sandals!x
We bought a new solid state backup drive for Paul and a new Sony Cybershot camera for me. I am hoping that I can keep from dropping it for at least a year! The photos here were taken with it. We bought another Oaxacan rug. A training collar for Coco. A couple talavera coffee mugs. I thought we’d buy a lot more than we did but as usual when Paul and I get to a mall we try to get our shopping done and get out of there, fast!
We browsed around shops in Tlaquepaque, getting ideas for our house such as stringing a wire to hang an over-the-table light in our courtyard and that we should buy flowers to put on the various levels of our fountain. We ate some great food and some mediocre food – and regrettably didn’t visit the Indian restaurant we wanted to. We had remembered a wonderful restaurant from several years ago – Casa Fuerte -and had another wonderful and leisurely comida there this trip.x
We spent a lot of our time reading by the pool or at a table in the courtyard with a glass of wine. I finished the new book by Jean Auel, The Land of Painted Caves and Paul has been reading and loving Ghostwritten by David Mitchell.
We headed home Sunday morning and had an uneventful bus ride – although it took longer because so many travelers were headed to Mazatlán for Semana Santa. Our bus was stopped and searched twice, once by a drug sniffing dog. I think it took us about 7 hours to get home.
All in all, it was a good trip. The dogs had a great time “at camp” with their other favorite humans and dogs, but they were happy to see us again, of course.