Early Friday morning, on the way to our first destination (Veracruz, the Port City), we were greeted by this magnificent view of the Pico de Orizaba.
|Good morning! The Pico de Orizaba in the early morning|
We made it to Veracruz and worked from (his cousin's) home for the day, fitting in time of course for picadas and empanadas for breakfast and seafood for lunch.
That evening we went to the Veracruz - Querétaro fútbol game (thanks Alejandro, Gabriel, and Manola for the tickets!).
|Veracruz's team bus pulling in|
|"Stronger than ever"|
|In our Veracruz colors|
The main attraction of the day was, arguably, not the home team, but Querétaro's newly acquired star player, Ronaldinho. Even I recognized that name! Ronaldinho is a Brazilian soccer superstar who "won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. Renowned for his technique, tricks, dribbling, overhead kicks, no-look passes and free kicks, Ronaldinho is regarded to be one of the best players of his generation" (thanks, Wikipedia). Unlike the rest of his team, he got a huge cheer when he made his way onto the field.
|Ronaldinho (left), warming up|
|Ronaldinho, warming up|
|Ronaldinho + teammates, warming up|
Please note that all of the photographers were focused on
The stadium was PACKED! I don't have a good photo to show it, but you couldn't even see most of the aisle-ways since they were completely filled with people. Definitely a fire hazard.
Querétaro tied the game 1-1 at the last minute with a rather anti-climatic goal and the star player didn't do much besides make a few passes and excel at his role of famous player. We had fun though and I got to meet some of Edson's college buddies.
On Saturday we went to brunch at the famous El Gran Café de la Parroquia.
|El Gran Café de la Parroquia|
We took a drive along the coastline and hung out for a bit at the beach.
|"R" for Rebecca|
|"E" for Edson|
From there we headed out for our next destination: Maltrata, Veracruz. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our weekend in Veracruz!