We finally made it into San Luis Potosi’s Centro Historico. I had visited downtown a few times last year, but this is the first time I have gone this trip. It was a perfect day, warm without being too hot, and the city looked as beautiful as ever. The buildings in the historic downtown come in luscious pink and peach stucco, and the streets were filled with people and various street vendors. Most building are gorgeous Spanish style architecture, with balconies and inner courtyards hidden behind massive wooden doors. My favorite parts of the Centro Historico, however, are all the jardines (the open square scattered every few blocks, that are lush with trees and dripping with fountains). Every time I see them I wish I had someone to sit with for hours.
My favorite moments from today’s visit: The Mexican Tuxedo’s, hats, and boots in toddler sizes & The little 3 year old girl, sitting on the sidewalk singing a lullaby to her babydoll. I got a picture of her, but not on my camera. Hopefully I can upload it later. It was absolutely precious.
I must give a well-deserved shout out to Leo Manzano, our resident interpreter. I don’t know how we survived last year without him. Whether he is translating a menu or negotiating a deal on cowboy boots (I enlisted his services for this), his patience never fails. When his career in running is finished, he would have an instant job as a translator.
After our downtown adventures we went to a restaurant called El Mexico de Frida, named after Frida Khalo. Most of the great restaurants in San Luis Potosi seem to be right off of Avenida Venustiano Caranza (the main drag that leads into the Centro Historico). Frida is no exception. I would say it was tucked away on a side street, except that any building with a cobalt blue exterior can never be described as “tucked away”. Nevertheless, we had a little trouble locating it, and it took us asking first a parking attendant, then two bus-waiting-ladies, and finally some teenage boys at a Starbucks until we found the place. Once again, Thank God for Leo. The Starbicks boys told us that the restaurant was awesome, and they were right. Inside the walls were blue and red and covered with ornaments. There were many Frida Khalo pictures of course, but my favorite decoration was the table and chair hanging from the wall. We all enjoyed various Mexican dishes (I had enchiladas), as we sipped on delicious Argentinean wine. It was a lovely evening.