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North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato June 19th 2009

Day Seven: We left Teotihuacan around 8:15 for the drive to Guanajuato. We had to head back toward Mexico City and didn’t know how bad the traffic would be even though we were going to be skirting around the north side of the city. We found the roads without any problem but just as we were entering the highway toward Queretero (which we need to pass through along the way), we had our first experience with police corruption. A couple of Policia Federal cars parked along the side of the entrance ramp pulled us over and showed me what looked like a traffic law book that prohibited cars with foreign plates from circulating within the D.F. between 5 and 11 AM. When he mentioned that we were only 40 km from the border of the D.F. ... read more
Sprial Staircase
Mural panel by Diego Rivera
Guanajuato alleyway

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato June 18th 2009

I don´t know what else to say but just ¨lovely¨. Guanajuato is just lovely. I was impressed with how fine of a city San Luis Potosi appeared to be but Guanajauto is a city I could really get into. I´ve been here an hour and I´m already making plans to stay longer... The first morning I was there I went to do some laundry. The day-keeper at the hostel, Christopher (kris-toh-fér) gave me directions and I left with a pretty good idea of where I was going. I just needed to go to where they sell chicken. I did, no laundrymat around but a helpful young man there sent me to another back the way I came up Av. Juarez. Once I was sure I´d gone too far I asked again and was sent up a ... read more
Church, Guanajuato
Sunset at the University of Guanajuato
And by night...

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato June 5th 2009

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato May 24th 2009

After two weeks of being bored, not doing anything due to the lack of kids in the Hogar, we decided to get on and do something interesting!!! We had already been planning to go to Guanajuato for a while as EVERYONE had told us that it is a beautiful city with a lot to do and a great atmosphere. SO...Wednesday morning we packed up our stuff and off we went! Wednesday Four hours on the bus from Guadalajara to Guanajuato brought us to the bus station where we were immediately pounced on by tour guides etc etc because yes, as usual we were the only two foreigners on the bus. Several no thank yous later and we're sitting on the bus to go into the centre of the city (Guanajuato is built in a ravine so ... read more
Pípila
Tired climbers!
Me, Amilie and Alix in Barfly

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 25th 2009

Early this morning I met my boyfriend Pablo at the bus station. In flew in from Los Angeles and took a shuttle from the airport (this is the cheapest way to the city proper). He knows the city well but hasn't been to visit in a few years. I wanted to spend a little time here so he could meet my friends and see a few things that he hasn't before, but our plans changed and we will meet Pablo's friend Silvia in D.F. tomorrow as she will not be able to come here. It is Silvia's first time in Mexico and she heads back home to Barcelona in two weeks. We brought the luggage up the many staircases to my place and walked around the city before heading to get a hair cut then up ... read more

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North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 24th 2009

I'm settling back to normal life after busy travels and visits. I'm catching up on my entries and my studies. This was also my last week of classes. Dad and Jan left early on Saturday morning. I enjoyed their visit, and I think they did too. Guanajuato is a surprising place in Mexico for most Americans. It is nothing like the stereotyped northern border towns or the coastal vacation resorts. Instead it is a vibrant and bustling small city with a strong sense of pride, history, and community. I found myself being a pretty good tour guide and translator, which made me happy knowing that I had learned so much since I've been here in Mexico. After catching up with classmates and going to classes on Monday I went to Delica Mitsu and had a bento ... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 17th 2009

This morning we took a taxi up to the Exhacienda San Gabriel de Barrera and walked through the variety of gardens and fancy colonial houses. I found a huge yellow flower that had fallen off a vine on the ground and carried it around with me. It smelled a little like vanilla. We walked through Mercado Hidalgo and ordered gorditas for lunch. Further down the road I had seen someone making molcajetes (basically great big mortars and pestles carved our of black volcanic rock). I wanted to buy one the other day, and we went over to pick it up. It is heavy! We ate tlacoyos and quesadillas fresh made by a woman under a tent in an alleyway near Plaza San Fernando. We rested a bit in the afternoon, then met my friend Angie and ... read more
Hacienda
Hacienda
Guanajuato

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 16th 2009

Today after breakfast we walked to a pretty neighborhood called La Pressa de la Olla. It was a longer, but very nice walk through a pretty park full of trees and benches alongside fancier houses. At the far end is a water reservoir. We enjoyed the garden there and headed back through the other market in the city, Embajaderos. Later we did our first shopping downtown to pick up some gifts for family back home, then had lighter lunch at El Midi in Plaza San Fernando. After a nap we went to the Diego Rivera museum, which is in the house he grew up in, then got a beer and went to our rooms to get ready for dinner. I met Dad and Jan at their hotel and we took a cab up to a fancy ... read more
Guanajuato
La Presa de la Olla
La Presa de la Olla

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 14th 2009

Today was another busy day. We waited at the Bagel Cafetin where we had breakfast until the Museo Iconográfico del Quijote (museum of Quixote iconography) opened. The museum is filled with paintings, sculptures, all kinds of things that depict Don Quixote de la Mancha. I've never seen anything quite like it! The building is an old house, which is interesting to see itself. Guanajuato has a festival every fall called Cervantino, celebrating theater, arts, and Don Quixote. I've been told that the city fills with people from all over and it is an amazing event to see. We headed over to another museum, Alhondiga de Granaditas (described in an earlier post), to see the historical aspect of the city. I think Jann and Dad really liked this one. We went to take an afternoon nap then ... read more
Looking at the city from the Pipila
El Pipila
Dinner with Chuey and Emma

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 13th 2009

I met up with Dad and Jann at their hotel and joined them for breakfast. I ordered chilequiles, which are fried tortilla bits soaked in sauce and baked with cheese. We went on a walk then went up the one of the silver mines, la mina Valenciana. Guanajuato grew into an important silver mining center in the 1700's and still has working mines. The Valenciana was the first mine to open, discovered in 1560 and has an array of tunnels, both working and in ruins. Afterwards, we went to see the nearby church then headed back downtown. We walked around some more and all ordered sopa azteca ("aztec soup") which is like tortilla soup witch avocados and cheese, at the Santo Café on the little bridge over the walkway. I had seen signs around town pointing ... read more
Mina Valenciana
Mina Valenciana
Mina Valenciana




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