On the way back to Guanajuato we stopped at an old pilgrims monastery: Sanctuario de Atotonilco. From here the revolutionary band started their failed attempt to liberate the country from the Spanish in 1810. The monastery has all the walls decorated and there are graphical statues of how Christ was crucified. Clearly these were made by the monks to teach the story of Christ’s life to the natives.
The next 5 days we waited in Guanajuato for the diesel pump to be repaired and installed. We stayed the first 2 nights on a hotel on top of the mountain overlooking the city. It is a nice hotel but had no other guests and is a long walk downhill to the town centre. We decided to hand in the rental car too as we had no need for it anymore. From here, we moved to another hotel in the town centre in walking distance from all the attractions, Museo y Casa de Diego Rivera, a well know muralist and husband of Frida Kahlo, Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato, where a photo shoot was on going and Teatro Juarez, which was unfortunately under reconstruction. For the next view days, we wandered the city centre with its narrow streets and many underground car tunnels and eaten local street food. We did not get up to much because Jamaliah got some sort of lung infection and Rudy got it as well a few days later. Lots of coughing and have not much energy over. Fortunately we tested negative for corona (via test kit).
On the 6th day, we finally got the message that the pump was fixed and Rudy went to collect it by Uber taxi and dropped it off at the garage. Late the next day they had installed the pump and it was working. Finally we are moving again with our own camper. We left the hotel and drove to a camping just outside town. It felt good to be in control again of your own destiny. Rudy made a failed attempt to see if the camper could still get on the boat which was scheduled for the 18th, in 5 days time. This was not possible. The customs insisted that the camper should be in their yard 8 days before departure. We therefore drove straight to the RV park in Teotihuacán, which can store campers for days or months. We had agreed to meet Jirka and Diana there. That worked out fine and we had a reunion celebration at one of the many small restaurants in town and a Mezcal drink on the way home. It is only 2.5 km walk to one of the most well-known Aztec ruins, Teotihuacan pyramids. We have now been here 3 night and still could not gather up the energy to visit it yet. Hopefully tomorrow, our last full day in Mexico, before catching our flight home on Sunday.