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The last part of our tour took us to Saltillo, the capital and largest city of the northeastern Mexican state of Coahuila. It has a number of colleges and universities. It also has the nickname of Detroit of Mexico because many automobile factories are located there. We didn’t see much of the industrial area of the city. After a pleasant day in the city, we headed back to Texas. We got to the border in the middle of the night and were all required to get out of our nice warm bus and go stand in the cold. Our tour director warned all of us not to move from the spot we were directed to stand, not to talk to anyone, not to take any pictures. Welcome to the USA!!
Although there are many institutions of higher education, I think these were high school kids who had just been let out for the day.
Afternoon in the Plaza de Armas
The fountain in the Plaza de Armas was not operating when we visited. Saltillo is at a relatively high elevation so the weather can get cold, which may be why the fountain was not working.
The Cathedral of Santiago Apostol. Flash photography was prohibited inside, so my non-flash pics are pretty blurry.
Some street musicians outside the Mercado. Eugene bought a white cowboy hat like the guitarist’s and wore it proudly for a long time.
Inside the Mercado. I love seeing places that look nothing like an American super market. I made the mistake here of using one of the few Spanish phrases I know and one of the merchants began to chat me up in Spanish. I had to reveal my pathetic ignorance.
We saw some building repair work using traditional adobe bricks.
Curious, what’s the going price of a pig’s head?
I had the good fortune to go on a school trip to Mexico (in 1975!). We visited Guadalajara, Morelia, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta…and our last stop was Saltillo!
In Saltillo we did not stay at a hotel; we were divided into small groups and stayed in family homes. I got much better (had some gastrointestinal problems, if you know what I mean – I lost 20 pounds in 2 weeks!) after eating the food prepared by our hostess (instead of restaurant food), it was simple foods, but very delicious.
It was a lovely city, and the University we visited had a beautiful indoor area with a fountain, lush greenery and a very large pet tortoise.
This looks like a very pleasant city to stroll around in. This is the first time I have heard of it.
Sounds like it was a fun trip!
This happened when my sister and I went to Mexico. She started to speak Spanish to a driver who got very excited and began speaking very fast. Alas, her high school Spanish was not enough to keep up with him and she had to politely ask him to slow down a bit, which he did so she could understand him a bit better and respond.
I’ve so enjoyed seeing the three different communities that you’ve shown us. Thank you.
I agree, thank you for posting these.
When traveling, I love going to supermarkets to see how other nations shop and eat. It is fascinating!
Love the colorful fly swatters in your seventh photo. I could use one now that we’ve been opening the doors during the warm days… Thanks for sharing.