First thing to do was to rent the car for the second half of the trip. After a long time we lost standing around and waiting for the car to be shown up we finally could check it out. It’s a VW GOL, never heard of it. By this time we finally signed the contract and moved forward. Next stop was an Indian pyramid in Queretaro. Though it is a small one it was pretty impressive to see one for the first time.
Pyramid of El Pueblito
Pyramid of El Pueblito
We took the free tour and a guide showed us around for about almost a hour. Sadly we couldn’t get up, because they have no money to build a secure stairway. We asked if there is there is a way to donate money or for them to get money from the government, but the answer was unsatisfying honest: “The government gives a sh*t. And there is nobody to manage the money from donations.”
Church of San Francisco
Church of San Francisco
The second part of the day we spend again walking around the old historic city center. In the night we hit an Irish pub called “Wicklow” (been there in 2008) which was somewhat disappointing. There was no trace of the typical Irish pub flair. Maybe it was fitted too much to the Mexican expectations. Anyway, after that we had an awesome street Taco again. Same place as yesterday. “Montezuma’s Revenge” still pending. 😀
Historic City Center
We started walking around in Queretaro until we noticed that on Mondays every single sight and museum is closed. After a short discussion we decided to visit nearby villages and get some Mexican-small-town-experiences. So far so good, back to the hostel and into the car.
First on the tab was Tequisquiapan. A small village nearby Queretaro. It almost felt like a south European village. With all the narrow streets, the colorful houses and the many souvenir shops. Besides the little chapel in the town center there was not really a lot to see. Except for the already described city views. After we met Mario and his girlfriend, both friends of Hector, we decided to drive over to Bernal.
Magical Mexican Medicine
If you believe your fellow Mexican friend, and I do so,
this is an awesome hangover medicine. Now I’m in the lucky spot to never-ever experience hangovers but I tried it anyway.
- one bottle of Corona
- a little lime juice
- a lot of Clamato (tomato & oyster juice)
- salt & pepper
- Tabasco sauce
- soy sauce
- English sauce
Mix it, stir it and finally drink it!
Sounds bad? Maybe, but it’s quite tasty.
Like smart taccos?
Since our friend Laura got here one week ago there have been several shootings in Monterrey which is currently in a “security crisis” as you can read on Wikipedia: “The year 2010 has been the most violent in history.” Or like our friend Hector told us: “If there’s a shooting, don’t run! Lay down and stay there!”.
Top Of The Rock, NY
Meaning: We entered the visitor platform of the Rockefeller Center. Also we have been at Macy’s, in the Empire State Building lobby and in a South American Pub for the football game Uruguay:Germany.
But lets start with the Rockefeller Center. After a short subway ride and the typical confusion after getting back into the light we made it to the Rockefeller Center. After paying the $21 ticket fee we have been very lucky to get almost immediately to the elevator and up to the 67th floor. I never rode such a fast elevator before. 😀
From the top of the Rock the view above New York is outstanding. You get a perfect glimpse about how big the Big Apple really is. But thats easy to see on the following pictures.
Back on ground level we went to Grand Central Station. The architecture is quite nice and due to the high ceiling the room feels wide and open. Almost like freedom. Sounds cheesy but that’s what I felt over there.
After a disappointing visit at the U.N. headquarter we went to “the good burger” for New York’s best burger in 2010. It was big, meaty and delicious! Sometimes you can trust the advertisements. 😀
Now it was time for the FIFA Worldcup 2010 semifinal Uruguay against Germany. I had looked up a German pub back in Germany already and we made it over there. But sadly it was full and there was a line which was almost half a block long. So we ended up in a South American bar named Esperanto. Due to the origin of the bar, we were the only ones who cheered for Germany. One Aussie and two German guys. Nice combo. 😀
On our way back we managed a brief visit to the Empire State Building lobby, Macy’s (freakishly big) and the legendary Madison Square Garden.
After getting fresh we went out for some beers with our Australian friend John. I think we had been to around 4 pubs and got well drunk. Even if a round (three beers) comes up to almost $25 (with tip).
Pictures after the break.