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Old 12-12-2013, 07:40 PM   #18901
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Does anyone living in mexico know of any cool festivals or parties going on within a day's drive of Leon/SMA and Guanajuato between December 23rd and January 2nd? We will be all around that area with day trips and visiting cities and people. I've heard Christmas down there is a blast and we are looking forward to experiencing the local flavor. You guys that live down there seem to have more knowledge with these things. What is the word on the street?
SILAO, a 15 min drive southE from Leon. Daily festivity, one sector of the town per day, starts Dec 15, ends Dec 31.
All houses on the colonia of given day offers free dinner, free drinks, all streets are closed, no cars allowed, every one is walking. No matter if you don't know anybody there or if they dont' know you, just walk by the side walks and you'll get invited inside for ponche, pozole, tamales, you name it.
The festivity is called "Los Barrios", Barrio means a sector of the town - or city. I used to live there for few years many years ago.
They are not "Posadas" Posadas are another daily festivity running paralel to "Los Barrios"

Same thing for Irapuato and Guanajuato (here they call the festivity "Iluminaciones" enlighting), although since they are bigger cities, the tradition is getting lost and people are less willing to invite unknowns.

Silao has pretty decent hotels in case you wanna try.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:10 PM   #18902
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Speaking of festivities, what are the details behind the torch relays? Do the they run around the clock? Do they run just one direction? Are there any "rules" so to speak? I must have past hundreds in the last week and every one of them had the same car alarm type siren.
Also why is it that every town fires off rockets and rings their church bells starting at five AM but you can't find a cup of coffee or breakfast until eight? I am traveling solo what am I supposed to do wide awake with three hours too kill
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:22 PM   #18903
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Speaking of festivities, what are the details behind the torch relays? Do the they run around the clock? Do they run just one direction? Are there any "rules" so to speak? I must have past hundreds in the last week and every one of them had the same car alarm type siren.
Also why is it that every town fires off rockets and rings their church bells starting at five AM but you can't find a cup of coffee or breakfast until eight? I am traveling solo what am I supposed to do wide awake with three hours too kill
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:18 PM   #18904
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Also why is it that every town fires off rockets and rings their church bells starting at five AM but you can't find a cup of coffee or breakfast until eight? I am traveling solo what am I supposed to do wide awake with three hours too kill
Up at 5am, give yourself the "Triple S Treatment" while checking the weather on the net. Out of the garage and on the road at 6am, stop at the first OXXO for a Red Bull and stop at the leña for a breakfast steak with onions and jalapeños and homemade tortillas at 7am. Cafe de la olla is ready by the time you finish the last bite of steak.

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Old 12-13-2013, 05:46 AM   #18905
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Luz y Fuerza

Time to say Merry Christmas to all you FF'ers and merry gentlemen!

The now restored cathedral in downtown Veracruz last Monday.

All the best in 2014! Happy Holidays!

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Old 12-13-2013, 06:00 AM   #18906
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Trice does like that one
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:03 AM   #18907
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SILAO, a 15 min drive southE from Leon. Daily festivity, one sector of the town per day, starts Dec 15, ends Dec 31.
All houses on the colonia of given day offers free dinner, free drinks, all streets are closed, no cars allowed, every one is walking. No matter if you don't know anybody there or if they dont' know you, just walk by the side walks and you'll get invited inside for ponche, pozole, tamales, you name it.
The festivity is called "Los Barrios", Barrio means a sector of the town - or city. I used to live there for few years many years ago.
They are not "Posadas" Posadas are another daily festivity running paralel to "Los Barrios"

Same thing for Irapuato and Guanajuato (here they call the festivity "Iluminaciones" enlighting), although since they are bigger cities, the tradition is getting lost and people are less willing to invite unknowns.

Silao has pretty decent hotels in case you wanna try.
That sounds perfect. We are staying in Leon with my brother's inlaws so we have a place to stay. I never thought about Silao. It's where the airport is...but I never thought to go check it out. I'm excited to check out Leon too. My son and I were there for two weeks this summer and never actually went to any cool spots in Leon...even though we were staying there. We used it as a base and did day trips on the bikes...We plan to do some slow exploring and the Barrio festivals sound like exactly what we would like to see Gracias...esa es la información que quería!
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:50 AM   #18908
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Speaking of festivities, what are the details behind the torch relays? Do the they run around the clock? Do they run just one direction? Are there any "rules" so to speak? I must have past hundreds in the last week and every one of them had the same car alarm type siren.
Also why is it that every town fires off rockets and rings their church bells starting at five AM but you can't find a cup of coffee or breakfast until eight? I am traveling solo what am I supposed to do wide awake with three hours too kill

Those are religious processions or pilgrimages. They start around the 1st of December and culminate Yesterday, on the 12th of December, which is the Dia De La Virgin de Guadalupe.

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Old 12-13-2013, 08:54 AM   #18909
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Near Silao at the shrine of Cristo Rey statue will be the Cabalgata, pilgrimage on horseback sometime around the first week of January. Calles bombed the first statue of Cristo Rey back in the 20's, some interesting history there for the history buffs.
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:34 AM   #18910
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Those are religious processions or pilgrimages. They start around the 1st of December and culminate Yesterday, on the 12th of December, which is the Dia De La Virgin de Guadalupe.
Speaking of Guadalupe , I'm working on a route that runs South of
Guachochi > Guadalupe Y Calvo > to or West of Guanacevi >
Santiago Papasquiaro > Durango > and wherever else.

Of course I'll have to get to Guachochi and will most go likely through
Banamichi ( to get my bottle filled ) > Yacora > Basaseachi > Creel > Guachochi.

Anyone ridden the Guachochi to Guanacevi part of this.

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Old 12-13-2013, 10:39 AM   #18911
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Of course I'll have to get to Guachochi and will most go likely through
Banamichi ( to get my bottle filled ) > Yacora > Basaseachi > Creel > Guachochi.
The route Jim and I did included that exact segment, but we just tapped Tom's big jug, didn't fill any bottles
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:55 AM   #18912
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BINGO43,

If you go to Silao, try one sunday after 7 or 8 pm. Go to the main square garden with the kiosko in the center. And watch, there is a ritual that I believe is still on going. All the single ladies walks in packs around the garden, the single boys walks around as well but in oposite way. They are around and around, spoting a girl they like, and throw a smile to her. The girl may or not smile back. So if the boy really likes one girl, this ritual may last for several sundays until the girl smiles back and holds for seconds the boy's eye contact. This is the sign for the boy that she will accept for a walk with him awaye from her friends, and later become his girlfriend.

you would think.... why it takes too long? better go and ask her out the first time you see her.... big mistake, 95% probabilities you better look for another candidate one. (speaks the voice of the experience here ON TWICE FAILURE, I was young and a higschool boy with no girl..)


there is another festivity in Silao called "Combate de las Flores" (Flowers' Combat) I believe is in October or November. This takes place at the antique train station, everyone is riding on pickup trucks, with girls and boys riding on the back of the truck, (there are also girls and boys walking on the sidewalk around as well, not only trucks) going around and around of the train station, everyone carries a bucket of roses, if you spot a girl you like it, jump out of the truck and go to the lady you liked and hand her a rose, she will take it or may be not, or smile or not. the key here is that she gets you one of her roses back to you, right there. If you get a rose, Sucess!! you will have a girlfriend!. Of course this is a singles festivity as well.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:33 PM   #18913
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Oye, Arte! Hay problemas muy, pero muy, graves con seguridad aqui en Veracru...(z)!

I had to hire a private security company. I screened a few and this one seemed to be the best.

It's called "La Doña Iguana Seguridad Privada SA de CV".

They are noted for their discretion and lack of being distracted by watching Televisa telenovelas or cel phone texting. I interviewed another one named "Tarantulas En Calsones de Rateros" but they couldn't give me a receipt for the IVA. Plus they kind of freaked me out a little.

I do like this one though, they just blend right in...nice uniforms!



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Old 12-13-2013, 05:16 PM   #18914
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:17 PM   #18915
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