In the beginning of December, DiploMom and I enjoyed a brief afternoon outing to celebrate our anniversary. We explored some of the areas near the consulate and enjoyed an appetizer at a wine and cheese shop before we eventually had an early dinner. We even managed to see the third location of the Orozco murals in the city that I had not seen yet, in a University of Guadalajara building. Oh, and a final stop for some gelato before catching an Uber back home.
Just about another 15 minutes down the highway from Guachimontones is the Hacienda El Carmen Hotel and Spa. We had heard how beautiful the place was, so we had planned to go have lunch there after we finished at Guachimontones. I could have spent all day wandering the property and taking pictures. A return visit for an overnight stay, sans kiddos, is definitely needed.
About an hour outside of Guadalajara is the archaeological site of Guachimontones, of the Teuchitlan tradition, which features the only circular pyramids in Mesoamerica. The society that existed here began perhaps as far back as 300 B.C. It makes for a perfect day trip, especially when one is looking to keep the kids occupied. It is a fairly small site, nothing like the other Mayan ruins in Mexico, but it makes for a nice break from the city.
Recently, we finally decided to get on the Global Entry train. We were able to apply and handle the in-person portion here in Guadalajara, thanks to the American Chamber of Commerce providing some space. We had to go to an office building in the Providencia section of town and we were able to enjoy some nice views from the 17th floor.
This past weekend we enjoyed a quick overnight trip to Laguna Santa Maria del Oro. The crater lake is just a little over two hours from Guadalajara, cruising down the toll road. The weather for a couple of days leading up to the trip and for several days afterwards had been unusually gray and wet for this time of year. Hopefully a future return will yield some blue skies and sun.