Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Excellent Holiday Weekend


Yesterday was national holiday in Mexico. We celebrated Benito Juarez Day! Benito was a Zapotec Amerindian who served five terms as president of Mexico: 1858–1861 as interim, 1861–1865, 1865–1867, 1867–1871 and 1871–1872. Benito Juárez was the first Mexican leader who did not have a military background, and also the first full-blooded indigenous national ever to serve as President of Mexico and to lead a country in the Western Hemisphere. For resisting the French occupation, overthrowing the Empire, and restoring the Republic, as well as for his liberal efforts to modernize the country, Juárez is often regarded as one of Mexico's greatest and most beloved leaders. Several towns, schools, parks, streets and monuments have been named to honor and remember him. (taken from Wikipedia).

Tourism here in Monterrey was at an all time high which we are hoping is an indication of what Semana Santa will bring in terms of Mexican Spring breakers. On our way back from Allende yesterday morning around 10 a.m., you could see traffic building. In fact, it was backed up for over 1 km heading into Santiago and El Cercado. Fortunately, we were heading in the opposite direction.

On the news this morning they showed footage here in Los Cavazos and Presa de la Boca. People were excited to be out knowing that their real vacation was just two weeks away. The traffice heading back to Monterrey from here was deep, heavy and extremely slow for the complete 20 km drive. I wouldn't have wanted to be in that traffic but we know that people are not afraid to venture out for some weekend fun and that the merchants here along the highway that sell buffets, artesanias and rustic furniture made quite a bit of cash.

Let's hope this continues as we get closer to Holy Week and Easter break.

I'm still down and out, flat on the bed, a heavy cough and I am taking an expectorant which is bringing up all that nasty stuff. The good news is that I can now focus on what I am looking at and I don't feel dizzy. My ears are ringing a bit and my chest is completely covered in Vick's VaporRub. Life goes on I guess!

1 comment:

  1. i do believe that the vick's is pronounced "vapo-rube" here in mexico. it's a fine thing!

    barb on the south shore of lake chapala