For breakfast, I craved a café con leche, so we were extravagant, + had one in the hotel restaurant. It turned out to be an expensive day all round. Strolled through the market once again – it is almost next door to the hotel, so it can be difficult to avoid it. On to the tourist office, to obtain a map of the town, + then cakes for the food part of breakfast, from a panaderia. Also bought a short history of Mexico in English – another $100. We’ve been having a problem finding Christmas cards, most of them here being like the worst you find at home, and expensive to boot, but managed to find an attractive postcard, bought some envelopes, + solved our problem. Next visited the Instituto Allende, a prestigious art college in town. A very attractive place, with a good view of the town on the hill up above it. Then an area called El Chorro, with a massive terraced building – I don’t even know what it was, tho’ clearly it is not in use now, but impressive all the same.
Coming back thro’ town, we bought me a woven shIrt for $180. It was the sort of thing I’d been looking for, + was very pleased with it. We then returned to the hotel to take ourselves a siesta, tho’ we didn’t sleep, but sat out on the terrace outside our room, first having lunch, a frightfully uninteresting onion sandwich, after which I read the History we’d bought, while Val began on the task of writing cards.
When the afternoon cooled a little, we went for a walk, first up on the hill above the town (where the condominiums are rising rapidly) + then back down + out towards the river. It was getting dark now, so back to the hotel, once again to lie around – what luxury! Come evening, once more to the town square, eating first enchiladas + tostadas at a small restaurant, then (I think) tortillas at a stall. Good cheap food.
Not easy to comment on the above, as it all seems very pleasant and relaxed. It is interesting to think back on those times; both Val and I have a memory of a pretty dismal time, with poor health and always struggling to keep to our budget. Well that may have been the case, but is not reflected in the diary entry. I was very pleased with the shirt I bought, only later discovering that the material it was made from was largely used to make dishcloths.