The plan was this: our host would drive us to Celaya (where she was meeting her family), then they would drop us off by the main road, then we would stick out our thumbs and hitchhike to Queretaro! This is what we did instead: our host drove us to Celaya where we all met her family, then they insisted we join their carne asada and eat with them, later our host’s sister offered to drive us to Queretaro (where she lives), we took a swim in their pool as well, then her sister decided to stay the night so we stayed as well! Essentially we  allowed ourselves to be spoiled a bit and we enjoyed the fruits of new friendships. We were also taken on a small tour of Celaya, so we got to know the city a bit.

 Mapa Queretaro

When asking what there is to see and do in Celaya we were often told: “watch the train pass”. What we found to do was see the sights and eat the sweets! Like most towns, it has their very quaint and colonial downtown, something I envy of every town because Tijuana barely had one, so even if Celaya’s own inhabitants admit there is not much to do here, at least they have old architecture worthy of a few photographs. I liked the churches a lot, and outside of them there were dozens of little food carts with all sorts of sweets to purchase: strawberries, pancakes, fruit, buñuelos, churros, candy, atole, ice cream, and of course cajeta. Celaya being particularly famous for its cajeta, we’ve already been promised by our host’s friend to be sent one to Tijuana! Once we send them our postcards.

Celaya is pre-Porfiriato old, but that doesn’t mean Porfirio Diaz did not get a chance to leave his mark here as well, pushing the city forward to become industrious. Then there’s The Ball of Water reservoir, built completely out of metal by German arquitect  Enrique Schöndube. Now a days it has some very colorful little lights that make it look like a spaceship that was captured and preserved in the 50’s. And like most towns, Celaya has attractions that are known amongst it’s citizens, so while we had half a day to get to know Celaya, I’m sure there is much we could have done if only we had time to explore and get lost in it’s streets.

So we’ll be back for sure!




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