Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Weekend in Veracruz, part 1: Veracruz (Port City)

The first week in February, Edson and I spent a long weekend in the state of Veracruz.

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 Querétaro Ronaldinho (left) during warm-ups, completely ignoring the Veracruz team (right). Ha!


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

We enjoyed a late lunch at a seafood buffet with live music. My favorite part of the meal was mofongo (google is telling me it's a Puerto Rican dish?), which was fried plantain, shaped into a ball, stuffed with seafood and topped with cheese. It was delicious!

From there we headed out for our next destination: Maltrata, Veracruz. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our weekend in Veracruz!

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