Las calles de esa ciudad

El lunes tuve oportunidad de caminar las calles del centro de Chihuahua. Sus edificios son de una arquitectura distinta a las de ciudades más próximas en la geografía y sentimientos.

No me detendré en detalles técnicos o artísticos porque carezco de autoridad. Veo las construcciones, me paro en lo que creo un buen ángulo y no estorba el tráfico humano, y sigo. Me gusta, no me gusta, me es indiferente, o algo así, mientras doy el siguiente paso hacia ninguna parte, habitualmente.

Esperaba un paseo menos agitado. Pedí al taxista que me dejara en la peatonal, pero solo al bajar me di cuenta que, como las calles de otras ciudades, el comercio se instaló, se apoderó de las vías públicas, y sus gritos llamando a los clientes son semejantes, con variaciones producidas por los giros particulares del idioma. Pero la ropa, los negocios, los carteles, casi todo tan común, como si se calcara.

Aunque quisiera no verlos y andar sin prisa, era imposible. Lunes, día inhábil, cierre del “Buen fin”. La gente inundaba y la marea desenfadada te detenía aquí o allá.

Avancé con destino al restaurante que me recomendara el taxista, con los cerros frente a la vista y un inmenso 43 blanco en uno de ellos, a mi derecha. El ventarrón que cimbrara todo lo posible terminó con mis ganas de caminar y conocer la ciudad con los pies. Para colmo, el restaurante no estaba donde creí o entendí, y el hambre pasaba factura. Decidí que era hora de regresar los pasos y volver a la habitación.

La comida de los hoteles suele ser el área más descuidada. Si puedo optar, prefiero no comer allí, pero esta vez no había elección. La noche había sido corta; el sueño no consumado pesaba.

Dos personas me dieron versiones encontradas del temible flagelo de la violencia: una me convenció de que allí ya no pasa nada, que han cambiado las cosas; la otra, indiferente primero ante la pregunta, no me dejó decir una palabra luego de que la emprendió contra el peor gobierno de la historia en el estado, y otras linduras. Entonces, no sé si el temor evita a la gente salir.

El jueves volví los pasos a las mismas calles. La misma ruta por accidente, pero el paisaje fue distinto. Disfruté el paseo matinal, respiré el aire que circula entre la gente y pude mirar con detenimiento lo que escondía la vendimia, necesaria pero inapropiada en sitios así.

Hoy puedo decir que sentí las calles, que palpé la respiración de la ciudad, que la conocí un poquito. Pero ya solo es un recuerdo con el que cierro mi balance semanal.

Comentarios

  1. Chacón Carrillo Daniel Gerónimo dice:

    *in the countries are so much auditory contamination.
    *the commercials stalls are so fastidious, they obstruct the view of the city.
    *some times the people un that establishments are dirty.
    *some times we can give a second chance to appreciate the little thinks

  2. Galindo Luna Luis Gerardo 1E dice:

    1. Big cities are usually filled with all types of businesses and it gets a little annoying.
    2. Sometimes hotels are only worried about the money that they don´t care much for their service.
    3. Some streets are indeed better and have a better ´feeling´ to it in certain times.
    4. Nice post.

  3. 1E José Juan Santillán Torres dice:

    1.- Chihuahua its nice.
    2.- Cool post.
    3.- What most defines a citys people and its architecture.
    4.- I don’t like the city crowded.

  4. Camacho Cardenas Noel Gabriel 1E dice:

    1. that city is beautiful because of its history.
    2. It is true in some streets vendors seize it.
    3. It was a pleasant experience
    4. The most beautiful cities sellers take their place.

  5. 1E Eduardo Martinez Santoyo dice:

    1.-Chihuahua is a beautiful city.
    2.-Many cities are crowded with the businesses on the streets.
    3.-The food in the hotel is not always the best option.
    4.-It’s better when the streets aren’t crowded.

  6. 1E Alan Fco. Sánchez Cazarez dice:

    1. I like small cities, but big cities are nice to visit.

    2. Chihuahua seems like a huge city.

    3. I think Chihuahua has more insecurity than most of mexican states.

    4. I like hotel food.

  7. 1k Francisco David Preciado Mendoza dice:

    1-.Chihuahua seems like a huge city.

    2.-The food in the hotel is not always the best option.

    3-.Nice post

    4.-Chihuahua is the most insegurity the mexican states

  8. 1K Anuar Avimael Jiménez Anguiano dice:

    *Chihuahua is a crowded place, but it’s a beautiful place.

    *If I get a chance, I would go to this state

    *I don’t like hotel food either, but by the way, it was an exception because there was no choice.

    *Chihuahua seems to me a great choice to travel

  9. 1K Alvarado Villa David Alejandro dice:

    1.- I don´t know city of Chihuahua but I think that is the similar that Guadalajara.
    2.- The sellers in the street should have one form to sell more formal.
    3.- Sometimes the food of hotel is good.
    4.- I like this daily.

  10. 1K Rodriguez Ramirez Alvaro dice:

    1.- We as a country share many customs and traditions, but is global the fame of food in the hotels.
    2.- Street vendors in places unsuitable ruin the atmosphere of traditional Mexican cities.
    3.- I love to go for a walk through places of great view and history.
    4.- When we visit a new place for a few days we took us only a small part.

  11. 1k Morentin Ballesteros Gustavo Fernando dice:

    1. Chihuahua is a pretty state with good people

    2. What most defines a citys people and its architecture

    3. I like small cities, but big cities are nice to visit.

    4. The food in the hotel is not always the best option.

  12. 1k virginia martinez castro dice:

    1.-This city is very beautiful.
    2.-It is full of buildings and cars passing through the streets to a read speed.
    3.-It was a very tiring day.
    4.-it is good to see new places , walking, and out to clear.

  13. 1J Yazmin Gutierrez Solorio dice:

    1-see other cities it is magical, because you know how other people live and how other people live
    2-I think that we should not ignore the problems we have in society
    3-It is good that is resolved, and have enjoyed at least one day of the trip
    4-the food is good in almost all sides

  14. 1E Robles Hernández Luis Alberto dice:

    1.- I haven’t had the opportunity to visit this places near USA.
    2.- In my opinion i think Chihuahua is not as beautiful as you say, i see on TV Chihuahua, and i see the opposite.
    3.- It’s rare to enjoy a place that is dangerous, in my opinion.
    4.- If i had the opportunity to visit Chihuahua, i wouldn’t go, because im scare of the deliquency.

  15. 1J Leslie Jordana Fernández Moreno dice:

    1. I do not know Chihuahua, but I’d do it.
    2. Very interesting your note.
    3. Sometimes I think that’s the only way to know a place well, observe their streets with their crafts, etc.
    4. I do not like the food of hotels, iugh.

  16. 1J Alejandra Peralta Escamilla dice:

    1. Growth is inevitable, even among the society.

    2. It is good to reflect, even if it means realizing the good and bad changes.

    3. The uncertainty is higher because of the lack of values of people.

    4. I have never gone to Chihuahua.

  17. 1J Marco Antonio Diaz Navarro dice:

    1. I never gone to chihuahua
    2.Sellers take advantage of the ” good end ” to feed it
    3.The culture there inthe caller transmits feelings and history that has chichuahua.
    4.the hotel food is so good

  18. 1E Velasco Rivas Rodrigo dice:

    1. I have only seen Chihuahua on TV, but it seems like a nice place. The turistical part, at least.

    2. I’m not that picky with food, so I wouldn’t care much for the food of the hotel.

    3. I think that what you heard from two people is a perfect expample of how people living in the same place can have such different opinions.

    4. I, personally, don’t like to walk in crows. I find it unsettling.

  19. 1k oscar eduardo castrejon mejia dice:

    1K Oscar Eduardo Castrejon Mejia
    1. Chihuahua is a crowded place, but it’s a beautiful place.
    2. Sellers take advantage of the ” good end ” to feed it.
    3. Sometimes I think that’s the only way to know a place well, observe their streets with their crafts, etc.
    4. The hotel food is so good.

  20. 1J Andrea Muñoz dice:

    1. Cities near the border have been the most damaged by the government.

    2. Is usual to find bad things at the street at night and see a different scene at morning.

    3. Hotels usually offer bad quality food.

    4. It’s not a good idea to hang out at night, is very dangerous.

  21. 1J Jiménez Santillán Roberto dice:

    1.-I went to chihuahua, nice place
    2.-Nice post
    3.-When we visit a new place for a few days we took us only a small part.
    4.-It’s better when the streets aren’t crowded.

  22. 1K CARRASCO OLVERA MIGUEL ANGEL dice:

    1.Any place is beautiful by their differences.
    2. In our coutry is bigger therefore each place is different and so rich cultural.
    3. MUCH I LIKE TO KNOW CITIES it is so enriching.
    4.You are very lucky.

  23. 1k Mildred Nataly Silva Méndez dice:

    1.- I went to chihuahua nine years ago.
    2.- It’s beautiful know cities of Mexico.
    3.- I like this post
    4.- I remember my last travel with my family in Chihuahua and was awesome.

  24. 1E Alejandro Buenrostro Romero dice:

    1. Personally I’ve never gone to Chihuahua, but I would definetly like to.
    2. If it is insecure? I have no idea, but is there really a safe place in this world?
    3. Happy to see that you enjoyed your staying in there
    4. I guess you didn’t get to try the local cuisine, and that is actually kinda sad, because that is one of the ves ways to know a new place.

  25. 1K Luis Armando Covarrubias Rincon dice:

    1.- I would like to know every corner of my country
    2.-It should be noted the warmth of the people
    3.- As well as this place there is enough in the country
    4.- Nice Post

  26. 1E Moreno Olmos Atzin dice:

    1. Chihuahua is a very beautiful state
    2. Chihuahua is a state with great architecture
    3. Cool post
    4.It is a good topic

  27. 1E Manuel Eduardo Ramirez Velasco dice:

    1.- Chihuahua seems like a huge city.
    2.- The food in the hotel is not always the best option.
    3.- Nice post
    4.- Chihuahua is the most insegurity the mexican states

  28. 1j kevin padilla garrido dice:

    1great topic
    2i got a big family un chihuahua
    3 chihuahua its an awesome city
    4 its sad its not a very safe city

  29. 1J Jose Ricardo Mendoza Martinez dice:

    1. Travel is always a good experience, even more if you haven’t gone to that place before.
    2. I’d like to know about new cities.
    3. Usually i don’t have a problem with the food in the hotels.
    4. Violence is something that chihuahua had for a long time ago.

  30. 1J Calvario Silva Juan Carlos dice:

    1. I never gone to chihuahua
    2.Sellers take advantage of the ” good end ” to feed it
    3.The culture there inthe caller transmits feelings and history that has chichuahua.
    4.the hotel food is so good

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