I woke up very early on the third day of my solo travel to get the most of my last hours in Leon. Besides, I felt cheered up and excited, I wasn’t feeling nervous or anxious anymore, as the previous two days.
I had a light breakfast, I took a shower and I grabbed my backpack. I decided to go for a walk around downtown once again. First I headed to the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Light and then I went to Leon’s Main Square.
I had not visited the Museum of the City of Leon yet, I forgot to go there the previous day, and as I still had time, I entered. It’s a small museum, but it’s worth a visit if you want to know local artists’ works. When I was there, I saw two expositions form the painters Alejandro Chacón Pineda and José de Jesús Palacios García.
I walked out of the museum and, since it was still a long way from the hostel check-out, I went to the Expiatory Church, which is the most beautiful building in the whole city in my opinion. Then I went to the Archway and I ended up on the Bridge of Love, where I took a break for a while.
When it was 11:15 a.m., I went back to the hostel to check out. I took my stuff and got out of the hostel, I took Madero St. again to have lunch at Mil Amores café, which I had already seen several times the past days. It is a cosy, vintage place and the food was really tasty. I ordered a tarasca soup and a cup of tisana. I stayed there until 1:15 p.m.
With the stomach full, I headed to Leon’s Bus Station, my next stop: Guanajuato. The trip was very short, it took around half an hour to get to Guanajuato. I walked out of Guanajuato’s Bus Station and I took a bus for getting to downtown.
When I arrived to downtown Guanajuato, I looked at the map to check how far the hostel was and it did not seem to me very far away, so I started walking. On my way to the hostel, I wanted to stop everywhere: have a cup of coffee, take some pictures, walk through the alleys – I just fell in love with the city inmediately. It was a shock to me to see lots of people, I didn’t expect to see many tourists during that weekend.
I passed walking all downtown Guanajuato until I get to hostel El Campanario, then I checked in, left my baggage and I got on my way again to keep exploring the city.
I walked through several alleys to get to the Pípila Memorial, which lies on a lookout so you can see the whole city from there. The Pípila, whose real name was Juan José de los Reyes Martínez Amaro, joined in the fight for the independence of Mexico from Spain. He supported the independent army and participated in the take of the Alhóndiga de Granaditas.
The next place I wanted to visit was the Alley of the Kiss. There was a big crowd trying to take pictures, so I decided I would not delay there.
I headed to Union Garden it was starting to get dark, but when I turned around the corner and took some steps, I heard someone calling out my name. I searched between the crowd and I saw that my best friend was coming to me with her 10 years old sister. My best friend and I knew we were going to spend that weekend in Guanajuato but we didn’t expect to see each other until Saturday or Sunday, so meeting her was unexpected and heartwarming.
They told me all about their day and the places they visited. The three of us decided to spend the rest of the evening together and we start walking towards the Union Garden.
When we were on our way, a young man came to us offering tickets for a Callejoneada, which is a guided stroll through some of the city’s alleys. The callejoneadas are cheered up by estudiantinas or musical groups that sing popular songs while you’re walking. We ended up buying the tickets and we kept on walking.
We got to the Union Garden and the temperature dropped down, the wind blew strong from time to time. My friend and her little sister didn’t have very warm clothes on, so they went back to their AirBnB appartment to pick warmer clothes. As to me, I was starving.
I did a little Google research on cafés and restaurants in Guanajuato worth a visit, and there was one that caught my eye as soon as I saw pictures and comments about it. The restaurant name is La Vie en Rose and, as you may tell, is very french inspired. I ordered a ratatouille and a chocolate cake and black coffee as dessert. Everything was just delicious.
I went out of the restaurant to meet up my friend and her little sister to go for the callejoneada. We waited next to the Juárez Theater, where the group was being gathered. During the callejoneada, we learned some stories of the city, we danced, we sang and we had a great time.
Before I said goodbye to my friend, we went to the University of Guanajuato and we took some pictures there. We waited for a cab for them and then I headed back to the hostel.
Thank you for reading, Lagom Lifer!