LA VIDA TAPATÍA: SCENES OF GUADALAJARA

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I recently spent a few days in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second city, for the first time.  Tapatío or Tapatía are the adjectival and noun forms used to describe people or things that originate from the city.  I spent the few days doing a lot of wandering and watching, mainly in and around the historic centre of the city, but also in the quaint neighbourhood of Tlaquepaque which was once a separate town but has been swallowed up in the urban growth of Guadalajara, much like Coyoacan in Mexico City.

Guadalajara and the state in which it is situated, Jalisco, is famous for many things; mariachi, tequila, beautiful women and unique cuisine such as the torta ahogada (literally a drowned sandwich because of its complete immersion in a chile sauce) and birria (a kind of stew commonly made with goat meat).  Below are some of my photographs of the Guadalajara I experienced.

A CITY OF DIVERSE PEOPLE

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A CITY OF ART AND CULTURE

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A CITY OF MONUMENTS

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A CITY OF CHURCHES

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A CITY WITH FLAVOUR

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4 comments

  1. Though I live about midway between Mexico City and Guadalajara — and closer to Guadalajara — I’ve only been there twice, and that was almost 15 years ago. Oddly, what sticks in my mind more than anything were the incredible swarms of pigeons downtown.

    If I had to live in one or the other, I’d go with Guadalajara.

  2. I just spent the few days in Guadalajara and have lived here in Mexico City for a few years. I like the enormity and diversity of Mexico City and the anonymity but having said that, Mexico City is trying at times for a variety of reasons which you are no doubt are aware of. It certainly won´t be the home for the rest of my life barring some unforseen tragedy. Guadalajara definitely has a more easy going pace. As far as pigeons are concerned, the most dense population of pigeons that I have ever encountered was in la plaza central de La Paz in Bolivia. I dubbed it – la plaza de las palomas. Thanks for the comment Felipe. Feliz domingo.

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