In typical warm Mexican hospitality, an invitation to attend a baptism fiesta was extended to include our Canadian guests. It was held in an beautiful outdoor event center, and we all enjoyed the taco buffet and music. They were welcomed by our Mexican friends and experienced the challenges of trying to visit with a limited vocabulary.
On Sunday we drove to San Carlos and were surprised to see it sunny, but blustery.
When we returned to Hermosillo, we drove up Cerro de la Campana to give them a bird's eye view of the city.
On Monday, I brought them to Ciudad de los Ninos and they experienced organized mayhem as we celebrated Easter with egg decorating, games and an Easter egg hunt.
My friend Tracey and her daughter were also there so we had lots of people to help which was great since all the kids were off school so there were around 50 children aged 1 to 15. I brought about 60 boiled eggs -- some of which became projectiles before the morning was over.
Catedral de la Asuncion, built in 1877 is a city icon, and is located in the Zaragoza Plaza.
Below: The Government Palace is also located in the Plaza and is home to breathtaking murals that depict an often violent history of the State.
Below: The Palace's inner courtyard had a beautiful garden and statues.
One of the saddest places in Hermosillo is a shrine set up in the Plaza. In June 2009 a fire in a government-run daycare would eventually claim the lives of 47 children under 4 years of age. An inquiry recently found the fire was caused by an electrical short --- but in reality it was a tragedy waiting to happen as there were more than 150 infants and toddlers who were cared for by 6 caregivers --- with no working smoke alarms and only 1 working exit. Another exit was chained shut.
When a Mexican girl turns 15, she is often given an incredible party called La Quinceanera that would rival any Sweet 16 party. Big, frilly dresses are worn, and can be found in dress shops around the city. We checked out one of the specialty stores and even found tiaras!