Usually, playing in the street in Guadalajara has a pretty predictable and deadly outcome. However, every Sunday from 8AM-2PM, it is actually encouraged. The city has an event called Via RecreActiva, where they shut down a few of the major east-west roadways to motor vehicle traffic and the public turns out in droves for bicycling, rollerblading, jogging, skateboarding, etc. Why can’t they just use the sidewalks? Well, you should see the sidewalks. “Rough” is an understatement. So for six hours every Sunday, bikers and pedestrians get the road. It seems very popular. I saw all age groups out there getting some exercise and having a little fun. There were also vendors selling water and ice cream, street performers working for pesos and businesses that set up special booths to pull in foot traffic. It seemed like an effective way to encourage both exercise and free enterprise. Despite the heat, it was also the only time I saw anyone here in shorts. I didn’t have any problem wearing them so I stuck out like a sore thumb, but it wasn’t like I was going to blend in anyway.
Walking back to the hostel afterwards, I swung by the Guadalajara Art Museum and saw the sculptures pictured at the top of this post. I just came around the corner of the building and – bam – there they were. Three surreal creatures that seemed to be heading toward the museum steps. No idea who the sculptor was but he definitely got my attention. They were quite large, taller than me, and there was no explanation of them at all. I guess sometimes you just have to let art flow over you.
See the photos from my Easter Sunday here: Via RecreActiva