This is our first night in Queretaro, the capitol of the state of Queretaro. We spent 2 nights at Anna and Benjamin's apartment after getting back from Cholula, which was fun but crowded. We ate a ridiculous number of paletas, did lots of Google searches (currants, is it legal to have a kid in a taxi without a carseat? Yes, but parents on Yahoo Answers will judge you), and watched Pineapple Express, the stoner movie of our generation, in Spanish (the jokes didn't translate so it wasn't really funny). Lots of fun, but their apartment is tiny and short on windows. It sometimes feels like a bunker, and being confined in a small, dark place when we're trying not to panic about the visa decision wasn't helping us stay calm. I would really like to be with Anna and Benjamin now, because they are so fun to be around and distracted us a lot, but as they know well after six months, their apartment can really mess with a person mentally.
We spent hours researching where to go next. We really wanted to go to the beach, but a lot of beaches in Mexico suck. To be fair, I am incredibly picky because I don't like the water that much so I only get in if it's perfect. Most of the Pacific Coast was out, just because it is too rough or not blue enough. The Mayan Riviera was ideal, but too expensive. We gave up on beaches and looked at too many cities, hotels, and bus schedules to remember before finally deciding on Queretaro. I've wanted to see the aqueducts since we first came to Mexico, so even though swimming in the warm ocean sounds great to this NorCal girl, I'm happy we're here. I'm even more happy because, for the first time ever, Jose took charge and planned everything. I didn't even know what hotel we were staying in until we got here. I understand why people (used to?) use travel agents, because it feels much more like a luxurious vacation when you haven't worried about logistics. This must be why all-inclusive exists.
Thanks to Jose, we are now staying in an awesome hotel in a building from the 1700s with narrow, cobblestone streets and pretty old buildings. It is calm, gorgeous, and perfect for what we need. We'll be distracted and comfortable here until we go back to Mexico City on Thursday for a Cuban music event with Anna.