It was the first time for both of us and the first surprise was that the 3 mile stretch of boulevard that connects the two cities has a fairly long strip of modern upscale shops, restaurants and hotels, a sharp contrast to the colonial atmosphere of center city Zacatecas. We'll need to go back and explore.
We got off the bus where most people got off and followed the crowd that led to a large church. Monks in front of the church were blessing passing cars and charros on horseback with holy water. On the plaza in front of the church a group dressed in Huichol Indian costumes were doing a traditional dance in honor of the Virgen of Guadalupe. On a corner near the plaza, we passed a stand selling what look like iced tea. It was tepache made from pineapple, brown sugar and cinnamon left to ferment for 3 days. The way it is served is you sprinkle some powdered chile in the bottom of a glass, throw in some ice, pour in the tepache and finally squeeze half a limon over it. Very sweet, spicy and lemony all at the same time; quite refreshing. Even Cristy had never heard of it.
Tepache in hand, we meandered over to a stage where they were doing tranditional Mexican dances, after which we strolled through the alameda just taking it easy.
The whole atmosphere reminded me of the holiday outings, parades and carnivals we had in the 1950s in Huntington, NY.