Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Girona, Catalunya, and Guanajuato, Mexico, are very similar.


The last weekend I traveled to Girona by train, 135 km to the north of Barcelona, with a couple of friends and my family, the trip lasts 80 minutes. My friends told me than Girona is a very nice place with a look like Florencia, Italy, and I was expecting a nice city, but when I arrived there I was very surprised with the fascinating streets of the downtown and the medieval look and feel of the buildings, with a lot of small streets, such as Guanajuato, Mexico. We start the tour through the top of the defending wall, the Catalan version of the Chinese wall, until the end of the way at the cathedral. Then we went to see the river crossing the city, well suited to take romantic pictures. To connect both sides of the river there are a several bridges, some of them very minimalistic. The famous one of these bridges was constructed by Gustave Eiffel using only steel, resembling the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but breaking the medieval feeling of Girona, that bridge stands there such as remembering the starting of the industrial age, a century ago.  As a parenthesis, the last week Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and Co-founder of Facebook, was drinking a beer in a terrace in the streets of Girona. To finish the tour I kissed the ass of the lion on the top of a pole to have good luck this year, as the tradition says, it was very weird, but my friends insist too much.

Well, ¿why do I say that there are a high parallelism between Guanajuato and Girona?, I'm not a historicist neither an architect but I appreciate a lot of similarities among  this towns. First by the alleyways in the downtown, where the cars could not pass, then because both cities are a maze where the tourist could be lost easily without a guide, also the tunnels, the ups and downs streets,  the coffees, bars and restaurants, but when I realize in the fact that Girona and Guanajuato were inspired by the same ideas was when I saw the Cathedral of Girona, which resembles the building of the University of Guanajuato, for a moment I actually thought I was in Mexico.


Víctor Eduardo Cardoso Nungaray.





The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme, Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) under grant agreement n° 612607
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