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San Cristobal de Las Casas Travel Blog

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Imposing and colorful, a hard combination to get
The group split up in San Cristobal.  We opnl had the evening and night in the city, and everyone wanted to see different sights.  Tara and I headed down to the Mecado de Artesians to do some souvenir shopping.  Afterwards, we wandered the streets for while, keeping an eye out for dinner possibilities.

I had wanted to go to the Museo de Ambar, the big amber museum in the city.  The Chiappas state is famous for its amber, and I had read about some of the amazing carvings local craftsmen had done.  Tara didn't seem interested.  During our walk, we passed by an amber jewelry store and went in for look.  In the back of the store was a "mini-museo de ambar" which had some beautiful pieces: carved animals, including a carved frog with a real frog preserved inside; elaborate jewelry incorporating amber, silver and jade; and placards explaining amber mingin in the Chiappas and how to tell real amber from fake.
Give the Cathedral a great, big hug!
  Tara bought a necklace, and afterwards admitted that the real Museo de Ambar would have been pretty neat to see.

After wandering around the plaxa for pictures of the Cathedral, we ate dinner at a place called El Gato Gorda.  The decor in the restaurant was awesome, covering everything from Kurosawa samurai movie posters, to photos of Che and Zapatista militants, to pop art by local artists.

With full stomachs, Tara and I went on a quest for water.  The large jugs of water in the van (used to refill people's water bottles) were running low.  A quick stop at the Oxxo convenience store, and we were in possession of 2 4-liter jugs for the trip back to Palenque.  We had to schlep them 10 blocks from the plaza back to hotel, drawing more than a few sidelong glances from passersby.

As we entered our hotel, a small flock of green and yellow parrots flew out from a tree across the street, circled overhead, then disappeared behind a church steeple.  A fitting end to the day.
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