Yesterday I attended the “feria” of San Luis Potosi. It’s a big exposition that is held every year to mark the city’s birthday. There are exhibition halls where you can learn about things going on in the city. There are plenty of things to buy, drinks to imbibe, and food to eat.
I went with the person I am staying with and she was a great tourist guide. She explained a lot of things for me. There were things for sale from all over Mexico and the world. There were also restaurants from particular regions of Mexico as the food here is quite diverse.
I tried Mezcal and tequila as almost all alcohol and food stands offered small samples. I don’t like tequila, but Mezcal went down surprisingly smoothly without the burning in my chest and throat I was expecting. I also got to try some deserts.
But I want to leave the story there and tell the rest in chronological order via the pictures!
The two pictures below were taken at the entrance. It was very vibrant and colorful art. Both have meaning from the Aztek times involving snakes and peyote. At least that’s what I understood since everything was explained to me in Spanish 🙂
Immediately upon entering the exposition hall, I was treated to the best medicine you can buy on a day you don’t feel good. Yes, a Buckeye! Well, not exactly. It kind of went like this.. I asked him if he was a Buckeye in Spanish. But I accidentally touched his nipple with my finger. It turns out he is not a Buckeye and touching his nipple probably made it worse. But I asked nicely if I could have a picture with him because I went to the university on his shirt and he agreed. His son is suspicious though..
There were tons of small exhibits and stores inside. Below are ones selling Turkish stuff, Egyptian stuff, and cowboy hats.
Of course I tried on a cowboy hat!
There was an exhibit by the local police to sit on a motorcycle. I guess it’s the least they could do after the whole machine gun incident in Monterrey.
Despite all the cool stuff around me and all the things I was learning, my mind was in North Carolina as my mom and brother were preparing for a bad hurricane. Thankfully everything ended up fine for them.
We went outside to the amusement park area and rode the Ferris Wheel. It’s a good way to see the city from up high. You can see four different views below, all showing the beautiful mountains that surround the city and the last one with a nice cloud/sunset view.
Time to eat! I had the cecina, or dried beef. I used to eat this in Spain and I liked it. But here it wasn’t as dried and it was very salty. My host had the tacos rojos, or red tacos. Red tacos are a specialty of this state in Mexico and I liked them. I must point out that there is no comparisson between tortilla in the US and here. I can’t stress how much better they are here. I thought it was funny that the only choices for salsa were hot or extra hot. And the entertainment on state was belly dancing, which I didn’t expect to see in Mexico. The ones I saw in Houston were better though!
After dinner we met up with two of my host’s friends in Plaza Del Mariachi and listened to some live music. One nice thing I’ve noticed so far is that I don’t hear much American music in stores or on the street. The people here really seem to love and enjoy their music. Nice! There was dancing going on, and as a Gringo I rhythmically bent my knees and moved from side to side. But I’ll never have the dance skills of the Latins 🙂
A picture with the Mariachis.
A mechanical bull with Speedy Gonzales. Nice!
Lastly, my word list from the day. If I don’t start writing down words I will never learn them. So this is my plan to improve my Spanish. These are the words that came up during the day.
Today I spent some time in the city and tomorrow I will as well. I’ll put up a post soon to show more of this city.