One of the great things about staying at the Hotel One in Xalapa is free breakfast. Another great thing is free laundry. Since the hotel only has one washer and one dryer for the entire building, you might run into some other guests while waiting for the washer to stop spinning. We met a man from Mexico City that was in town for a car show at the Universidad Anáhuac Xalapa. He seemed very excited about it and insisted that we attend.
We asked if the car show was in walking distance, and he said, “más o menos.” We had been walking long distances for a few months, so we felt confident that we could make it. According to the Google map, the university looked like it was just behind the mall. However, there was a neighborhood between the mall and the university whose residents weren’t too keen on people simply walking through their community. In order to avoid a hassle with some armed guards, we cut through the mall and walked all the way around the fancy gated community.
After 90 minutes of schlepping over mud-covered sidewalks, including about 20 minutes of walking in the wrong direction, we reached the university and trudged further across campus to the car show. I guess suburbs are the same no matter where you go. Pedestrians are an afterthought. As soon as we got to the car show, we slammed a well-deserved Coke and spent the afternoon listening to doo-wop and looking at Mustangs, Chevys, Volkswagens and Renaults. Here is some of what we saw.