A round trip to Ciudad Obregón

by Jorge Sanchez - 3 years, 11 months ago

Before taking a ferry from Topolobampo, near Los Mochis, to La Paz, in the Peninsula of California, I traveled by bus in one day journey, round trip, to Ciuda Obregón, a city that I expected to be an old colonial town, founded by the Spaniards, since Obregón is a common Spanish family name. But no, when I reached Ciudad Obregon, a city of about 45.000 inhabitants, I did not see old Spanish churches or haciendas, but a new city with a modern cathedral and a contemporary urban design with numbers as the names of the streets; it rather looked a typical US city. Furthermore, it was founded at the beginning of the XX century, when it was constructed the railway, and named Obregón in honor to a former Mexican President and revolutionary (Álvaro Obregón). So, no Spanish history related to it. But after visiting the downtown I distinguished in the central square a restaurant with decoration motives of Don Quijote and Sancho Panza. I saw that the menu of the day was not expensive, so I entered to have lunch, since I was hungry. Inside, I made good friendship with its owner, a very cultivated person, who had been with his wife in Spain, especially in Sevilla, Madrid and Toledo, and was in love with the famous Miguel de Cervantes literature masterwork. (One year later I crossed the whole of Sonora when I took a bus from Mexicali to Mexico DF, but at that time I just went through the state without stopping more than half an hour or so in Hermosillo bus station, where the bus took new passengers).

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