Queretaro here we come

Acueducto de Querétaro

Originally uploaded by laap mx

In a couple of weeks we are leaving Guanajuato, moving to Queretaro. The photo shows part of the eighteenth century aqueduct that supplied the town with water.

Querétaro (Ker-ET-a-ro) is a lovely city of one and half million people about two hours’ drive north of Mexico City.

It was the third city of colonial Mexico, the crossroads for the area north of Mexico City, a market and educational center so it had a very different past from the mining and industry of Guanajuato.  (Now they’ve rather changed position, with a cleaned up Guanajuato relying on tourism, state government and university, and Queretaro a booming industrial town, with university and government too).

If you are American, you may have felt its influence. This was where the missionaries who set up the California missions were trained.

It still has a lovely, spotless, well restored historic center, full of good restaurants, markets, museums, and churches.

We won’t be there until April. In the meantime we are off to Austin, Texas for a couple of months.

While there I hope to give my blog a shiny new appearance. And better catch up on the back log of posts that I am itching to put out.

Meantime I’ll post when I can.  But don’t expect much!

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4 thoughts on “Queretaro here we come

  1. Jay Francis

    Rachel, there is a selfish reason why I am so excited that you are moving to Queretaro. Several years ago, on our only serious visit to Q, (I had always passed through it coming down from Austin to Mexico City on my summer trips to stay with friends back when I was younger) I had tamales in the market that were possibly the best I’ve ever had anywhere in Mexico. Sold by a male vendor. They were of the large Mexico City style and had a high oil content in the masa. The masa was cake-like. It was the lightest, most fragrant, delectable tamal that I had ever had in all of my years. It really was like eating cake. I’ve dreamed of going back to Queretaro, finding the same person and learning how to make his tamal. Here’s hoping that you come across him. I guess you’ll just have to try every tamal vendor in the marketplace!


    1. Rachel Laudan Post author

      Hi Jay, can’t wait to get to the market and try those tamales. And perhaps to sharing them with you. Perhaps we will get a chance to say hello before then at my talk in Austin this week.


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