Traveling is only one of the many beautiful things people love to do. It gives us the opportunity to meet and see things we otherwise would’t. It opens our mind and soul to new things and sets our imagination free. With so many places to see it is difficult to choose one place our heart truly wants to meet, but I have one little town in mind that will truly set your soul at peace. This town is located in the state of Jalisco in Mexico. Mexico has many beautiful towns, but the one I have in mind is called Villa Corona. Located only half an hour from the city of Guadalajara, this little town was originally my parent’s home, but they never missed the opportunity to tell stories of the beautiful people and traditions of the little town left behind. Their stories played inside my head until I could see it for myself, and when I finally did I too fell in love with the little town.
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The vibrantly colored houses and small narrow streets cannot go unnoticed. The cheerful people wave and you cannot go a single day without hearing a “buenos dias”, “buenas tardes”, or “buenas noches”; regardless, if they are a stranger or not. The days seem longer and warm even in December and the mornings are an invitation to get up. You cannot miss the early roaster call, or the chanting of people in the street trying to sell their tortillas and bread. Speaking of food a meal is never missed, and I can’t decide if it is habit or if it’s the delicious food that you can’t make an excuse to miss! The tortillas are freshly made and warm when you pick them up. The food is amazing, and I have to admit gaining a few extra pounds will surely happen! Tuesdays are my favorite because there is a market set up so you can buy fresh produce, and don’t forget to try the candy they make right there and then, or to drink a delicious drink called tejuino.
You can always go for a swim at the well known Chimulco. Beautiful large trees make shade in all the right places and sun shines just where you want it. There are several pools to explore, but don’t forget to try the water slides or the lazy river!
If you are ready to relax for the day visit La Plaza! It is located in the center of town and is incredibly beautiful. It is one of the oldest spots you will find and the buildings continue to stand tall including the church, which counts the hours with its ringing bells. Surrounding La Plaza you can find food from freshly cut fruit and sugar cane to tacos and tortas, or you can always visit the ice cream shop. Then sit down and enjoy watching the people beginning to come out to celebrate the ending of another beautiful day.
There is much more I want to tell you, but I will leave the rest to you! Villa Corona is beautiful and once you visit you cannot stop coming back. The traditions are meaningful, and the people are welcoming to those who are ready to experience it. I’ve had so many memorable moments in this little town, and I guarantee you will cry the day you leave just as I did. But you have to see it for yourself to understand, so add it to your list and I will add others to mine and let us to continue to fall in love.
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