A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

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Putting the finishing touches on a mural for a new restaurant

Of course, we explored the city beyond the shopping mall. Walks in our neighborhood, quite an upscale area, revealed lots of interesting architecture.

An entryway in the neighborhood

We met an American couple, John and Kay Lowman, who spend part of every year in the city, and they gave us a lot of good background information.

Ciudad Victoria is a prosperous and modern city of some 250,000. It is the capital of the state of Tamaulipas, so there are numerous government workers there. It also has many Pemex employees and is the center of a thriving agricultural region. The weather was mostly nice in January, though warm jackets and jeans got more use than shorts and tee-shirts.

The ground floor is old, the top floor ultramodern!

The city is not a typical tourist town but we found plenty to enjoy. Its downtown is modern, unlike the more touristy towns. We roamed around, gradually getting used to contemporary Mexico.

We continued to be surprised at the prosperity-this was nobody’s stereotype of a third-world country! Everyone was well-dressed: their clothing styles were often casual but their grooming was not. The style for women of all ages was to wear clothing considerably tighter than in the U.S.

Ad above a clothing store

One of our favorite things to do in any town or city in Mexico is to find the mercado or market – a center for fresh produce, meat, fish, tourist items, housewares, you name it. Ciudad Victoria’s was right downtown, and included a large statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe. She is seen everywhere in Mexico, and I noticed that people crossed themselves as they went by or stopped to commune with her a moment.

The Virgin of Guadalupe and the mercado –
two Mexican institutions, here combined.

Some of the other campers were staying at the Victoria Trailer Park for a month or more. It was tempting, but we were ready to explore further. Rosie told us about a famous pilgrimage center not far away, and the Lowmans told us about a lake near it. We could learn more about the Virgin and relax in natural beauty, so off we went. We would be back to Ciudad Victoria.

[Next: we head out to El Chorrito, a Mexican pilgrimage spot.]

2 Responses to “Ciudad Victoria: Photo Essay”

  • Kim says:

    I’m SO happy I found this blog! My family and I used to go to Mexico every single year and stay for at least 2 months!

    Sadly, I haven’t been to Ciudad Victoria in 7 years. I have family there and it’s been difficult for me, but seeing your pictures has brought back so many memories!

    We used to stay in that trailer park! Except, I didn’t like the goats they had roaming around when we stayed there. They knocked my Dad on his rump once!

    I loved the marketplace! It makes me cry just looking at the picture. Thank you for bringing me a piece of my heart back!

  • Rosana says:

    Kim, comments like this one make the work of running a blog worthwhile! Yep, the goats were there when we were too, but they didn’t bother us.

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