Friday, I went to my first soccer game. Querétaro’s soccer team is called Gallos Blancos or white roosters. They played against the Tiburones Rojos or red sharks of Veracruz.
The match was played at Estadio Corregidora, which is supposed to be one of the most beautiful stadiums in Mexico. As I walked toward the stadium, I could hear the prerecorded rooster crowing through the megaphone. The white rooster is their mascot, so the crowing makes sense, but it was still slightly comical to hear. 🙂
I went to the game with my friend Oscar. He was very a lot of fun and really got into the game. I love watching soccer, so I had a blast as well.Here are some strange things I noticed during the game. The first was that the timer was never running.
Oscar told me that they were just being lazy. I was so confused and a little frustrated, because I wanted to know how much time was left. Hah! He kept checking his watch and telling me how much time he thought was left based on when the game started. Crazy!
The second strange thing was that there were no concessions! Everybody walks around selling you things like beer, pizza, chips, gum, cigarettes, toys and spirit wear.
For 50 pesos or 3.80 USD, Oscar bought a liter of Tecate beer. Pretty cheap for a stadium game.
The final strange thing I noted was the security. They looked like they were auditioning for RoboCop. Oscar told me that the rowdy section of the stadium sometimes gets a little out of control, so they need that type of security. Near the end of the game, some people were throwing beer cups onto the field and the beer was splashing everywhere. Oscar said that Mexicans would never waste beer, so you could only guess what that was. YUCK! He told me that was why he didn’t get tickets for that section. I was very thankful for that.
The game was very close, but in the end they tied 0-0. Oh well. I had a great time and the halftime show was a hoot. 🙂
When we were walking out, we saw a few fireworks going off from the city center. So pretty. 🙂
I had a lot on my agenda for the weekend, but instead I got sick. 😦 I think moving to a new city has been a little stressful, so my immune system took a hit. I postponed my other plans and on Saturday I went to the pharmacy to pick up some essentials.
I spent the afternoon trying to recuperate. I also got the play-by-play from Mom about their trip to Cable for our neighbor’s wedding. Their lodge looked very rustic and their breakfast looked delicious. I was definitely sad that I could not be in two places at once.
After resting yesterday, I felt OK to do a bit of sightseeing today. My first stop was the church and convent of Santa Cruz.The convent dates back to the 16th century and is famous for being the refuge site and army barracks of Emperor Maximillian I of Mexico. At the top of this building are various sundial clocks to calculate the time and date.
After the convent tour, I went to the Regional Museum of Querétaro. This renaissance-style building dates back to the 16th century and was the former monastery of San Francisco.The museum artwork was spectacular, but I still haven’t fully recovered from my cold, so I was not taking note of as much important information as usual. I just wanted to get out of the house for a bit to see a few sights. 🙂
Well, now I must get some rest. It is the first day of school tomorrow. It will be a long and exciting day tomorrow. Wish me luck. 🙂