Saturday, June 2, 2007

More Querétaro, why I could live here...


This city has a crew of the most detailed aware and conscientious street cleaners imaginable. They even pick out the tiniest bit of trash from the landscaped trees and flowers. Each morning they wash and rinse the streets, and this is in addition to each shopkeeper who keeps the space in front of his store clean and also washes down the sidewalk each day. But even more than this there is a consciousness that garbage is a blot on the beauty of the landscape. Queretaro is the only city where I have seen parents admonish their children when they see them throw trash and make them put the garbage can. Sadly, this is not the case in most parts of Mexico, I have been sitting in many second class buses and seen children and adults finish a bottle of water or soft drink and throw it up the window without a thought, and it is obvious from looking at the side of the road that this is part of the routine. Queretaro gives me hope that this lack of concern can change.

Without exception the people are relaxed and friendly. There are fewer foreign tourists here, and much fewer Americans here than Guanajuato, so strolling through the streets, from one plaza to another, it is unusual to hear anything other than Spanish or see many obviously foreign visitors. Even on weekends the broad plazas with fountains, flowers and trees are tranquil and not crowded. There is always space to sit on a bench and watch the children playing in the fountains. The city is extremely safe, I could walk through the plazas anytime day or night with absolute certainly that I was secure.

I have always eaten extremely well in Queretaro. Lots of restaurants small ones like the one on the corner of Jardin Guerra, and larger ones in the in some of the city's plazas: Plaza de Armas and Plaza de la Constitucion. I really like Cuitlacoche, and this city is one of the places I can always find it. I have never had a bad or even mediocre meal in Queretaro, the variety, sophistication, and quality of preparation is always excellent.

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