Feb. 22, 2009, Saltillo
Flat Stanley and I arrived in Saltillo Mexico
yesterday (Saturday). The flight was fine. We left
very early in the morning, 7:35am, and flew from
Champaign to Dallas, Texas. From Dallas, we had a
connecting flight to the city of Monterrey.
Monterrey is a major city, but we had not time
to see the sights. We headed straight for the
bus terminal and took the bus to Saltillo.
Sadly, my camera was packed in my bag, and I
wasn't able to take any photos of this part of the
Today, we had a day of sight seeing.
Our hotel is on the edge of the main part
of the city, so we made a 20 minute walk
to reach the center of town.
Along the way, we passed a veterinary
hospital. Flat Stanley had noticed that there
seem to be a lot of dogs here in Saltillo,
so he thought we should stop in to learn
about the health care options for dogs
here in Saltillo.
The hospital was closed on Sunday, but
I did take this nice photo of Flat Stanley
The city has some nice architecture, but
Flat Stanley was particularly fond of the
sculptures that are found in various
Here are two photos of Flat Stanley
with some of the nicer ones.
Unfortunately, the descriptions of these are
written in Spanish, and since neither
of us speak Spanish, we don't really know
what they are. Still, they are quite nice.
After a while, we were pretty hungry, so
we started looking for restaurants. Flat
Stanley thought the guy below looked pretty nice
(and he was willing to pose for the photo with
Flat Stanley), but I really wanted to have
lunch outside, on a plaza (and, I hate to
say this - Flat Stanley wasn't really dressed
appropriately to go in to this restaurant).
In the end, we found a nice place, with
tables outside and Flat Stanley had
a delicious lunch of milanesa with french
fries, and a salad with fresh avocado
(Flat Stanley does not worry about the
warnings to tourists that they should not
eat fresh fruits and vegetables in Mexico).
We saw many other sights during the day,
and by the evening, Flat Stanley was
very tired indeed. But - he was still
a bit embarrassed about the fact that he
didn't understand completely my lecture
of the past Friday.
So, he insisted on spending some time studying.
I'll give my first lecture here
at the CINVESTAV tomorrow, and I'm
happy to say that Flat Stanley will be well prepared.
I am very impressed that he is eager to do his
homework, even when traveling in Mexico.
I hope all is well back in Indiana.
I will write more tomorrow.