Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Come Along On A Donkey Walk

One of the more popular festivities that everyone looks forward to that takes place during La Carrera Panamericana is the traditional Donkey Walk. It is believed that donkey walks found thier roots as far back as the birth of Jesus. Traditionally a donkey walk is a relaxing way to spend an evening walking along with fellow competitors and teams accompanied with musicians and a donkey who just happens to be carrying a load of tequila and other local spirits. Everyone is given his or her own shot cup which is tied around their neck with a colorful ribbon. Trust me, if they didn't tie it around your neck by the end of the evening you couldn't find it.

Since the entire event has had everyone sleeping, eating and working on race cars it seems this is the only chance where everyone gets a well deserved opportunity to get to unwind and this is an evening that many new life-long friendships are born. As we all walk along the cobblestone streets we see some many of the most beautiful sites up close and personal. The musicians never stop singing and the tequila never stops flowing and at any given moment everyone will simply stop in the middle of the street and begin dancing.

One of the things I loved most about the donkey walk is as you walk along locals or other tourist will simply join in and the crowd just keeps getting bigger until finally we reach the city square. Wouldn't it be nice if more people could walk along and sing and have a good time for no other reason than to enjoy each other.

Thank you George for sharing this video taken during the donkey walk in Zacatecas.

In San Miguel de Allende we all gathered at our hotel overlooking the beautiful cith down below.

Local musicians accompanied us down through the cobblestone streets as other joined in along the way.

One of the best parts of the donkey walk is getting up close and personal to many of the beautiful colonial sites.

I know it looks bad but trust me... I went back to my hotel room alone. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

If you think the celebration ends at the end of the donkey walk think again. Now it's time to relax with some more spirits and dinner at one of the local watering holes.

Even during dinner there is lively music.

After dinner there is still plenty of time to dance the night away at the local dico before taking a taxi back to the hotel. (Tip; Local taxis charge extra for donkeys.)

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