The city was founded on the Feast of Saint John the Baptist June 24, 1531 by Fernado de Tapia, an Otomí chieftain that converted to Catholicism and dropped his Native name Conín. San Juan was one of the first Spanish settlements outside the Valley of Mexico and thus marked the beginning of the colonisation of Northern and Western Mexico, including the city of Querétaro which was founded one month later. The settlement became important since it was an obliged stop en route to the rich mining regions of Guanajuato,Zacatecas and San Luis Potosí.
We celebrated by enjoying a delicious Molcajete La Vaca at our favorite restaurant in town. I don’t think I’ve been for about a year so it was a nice occasion. Actually, we were taking our guests there for a nice lunch before they head back to the States. San Juan’s birthday is a good added excuse.
The syncretistic Aztec dance group was doing their thing at the big Catholic church on the plaza earlier this afternoon. I happened to be walking by there on my way home for the copy shop with materials for tomorrow’s English class at the community center. Took a few photos. It’s strange. That’s about all I have to say about it. (The Indian thing…not the lunch!)
If you’re wondering, the Molcajete you see here consists of chicken, beef (arrachera), sausage (chorizo), nopal (cactus), onion (cebollita), cheese, and salsa. To eat it, simply take a fork or spoon and put some of these yummies into a tortilla and add more salsa to taste and enjoy. We did do just that. Each one feeds about 2 to 3 people and costs about $14. The drinks are gouge prices for here, about $2. Come visit and we’ll enjoy it all over again with you!