Blogs from Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, North America - page 10


North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato August 10th 2008

Hi Everyone! Well for having a whole week to do nothing, I certainly felt like I was busy. I did a lot of sleeping and relaxing, which was amazing. On Thursday we had a welcome party for us semester students / goodbye party for the summer students. There was lots of food and live music for us to dance to. It's definitely different without the summer students here, especially since the two boys in the house are now gone. On Friday I had my first class. This is the class that I will take with Mexican students. It is literature of Spain and Europe. I'm really not too excited about it because reading in Spanish is not one of my favorite activities to say the least. The class is 4 hours long, but this class only ... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato July 31st 2008

Hey Everyone, This week has been pretty busy with orientation, which we´ve had everyday at 9:30 until about 1:30. We usually have an activity in the afternoon as well. Last night we went to Cristo Rey, which is an enormous monument and statue of Jesus. It was very high up in the mountains - it took almost an hour and a half to get up there on bus. The road was very windy and rocky. But the view from the top was amazing. I absolutely love the mountains here - they are so beautiful! The weather here has been really nice. I don´t know the exact temperatures because I´m still not used to watching the weather report and hearing degrees celcius. But in the morning it´s fairly cool and I usually have to wear a light ... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato July 29th 2008

July 30, 2008 . . . I managed to procure a ticket to San Miguel Allende I made it! I bought a ticket - using Spanish. I slept most of the way here, but did manage to take in a little bit of the countryside, lakes and cacti and all. When I arrived at the bus station, I was convinced I could avoid having to take another taxi, and indeed, I managed to find the place I wanted to on my own. Pasadas de las Monjas. . . a former monastery - it's beautiful- tiled shower, cross over the bed and a wonderful terrace. I walked to the main square after checking in and got lost in the excitement. Luckily, I came across this great bazaar. More bargaining! July 29, 2008 . . . I hit ... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato July 28th 2008

Hola everyone! I have made it safely to Mexico and things are going well so far! I am a little homesick, but I just need to get used to things here. Guanajuato is a beautiful city - it´s surrounded by mountains. Hopefully I´ll be able to post some pictures soon. I haven´t done a whole lot yet, as we just had orientation today. We are taking a tour of the city tonight, which hopefully will help because I have never been anywhere more confusing! The roads are so random and just turn every which way. I had my first experience on a bus today, and that was definitely interesting. I thought for sure we were going to crash because the driver went so fast, but it was all okay. There´s an underground road system here which ... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato June 30th 2008

Hi all! Well we caught an early bus from Zacatecas to Guanajuato. We had to get up at 4am as the lady told Rob tickets would be on sale at 4.30am. Then she refused to sell them til 5am so not sure what was going on there. We were sitting in the bus terminal feeling pretty sleepy and grumpy, right next to a donkey childrens ride (you know, the sort the kid sits on and it moves around and plays music). It kept firing up with some jingle and repeating the same phrase in Spanish every 30 seconds. I was honestly ready to go up to it and kick it or something until Rob gently led me away to some far off seats like a crazy person... Both towns (Zacatecas and Guanajuato) are amazing but if ... read more
Murals depicting the story of the revolution, which orginated in Chihuahua

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 28th 2008

Guanajuato Hello all!! I know it has been a little over a week since I have written and so much has happened!!! Last week was pretty chill with not to much going on...But this weekend we went to Guajajuato and it was so beautiful. It was like a storybook and I loved every bit of it. We left on Satuday morning and arrived in Guanajuato about 1030ish. We checked into our beautiful hacienda style hotel and then took off to tour the city. First we walked to Alhóndige de Granaditas, which is now a museum but used to be where the Spaniards were stationed during the Mexican Revolution. Guanajuato was the city where Padre Hidalgo rang the bell to alarm everyone the the revolution was beginning and they broke into the Alhóndige to overthrow the Spainards. ... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 28th 2008

Where to start? My brain is so full of everything that happened that its hard to even begin. I did a lot of stuff, and it was packed full, so I'm going to separate it into two entries, mmkay? DAY ONE: SATURDAY Got up way too early, packed, and was of course late to meet the girls. We booked it to Suburbia, got on the bus, and slept for 2 hours. We got to Guanajuato, and checked into our hotel- so nice! Alexa and I were in a room together. I unpacked my stuff and we met in the lobby for breakfast- fruit, coffee, bread, tortas, meat, eggs, etc etc. so much stuff! But expensive. cleaned me out!! Then time for a tour! We walked downtown, and it is so different from Morelia. First of all, ... read more
El Pepile
Ride up the hill!
View from the top

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 28th 2008

DAY TWO: SUNDAY Sunday was way more chill. We got up and had a (free) brunch- pancakes, eggs, syrup, MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE, coffee, fresh fruit, beans and tortillas. Then it was time to go to a Don Quixote museum- at first I thought "What? Why are we going to a Don Quixote museum?? Wasn't he Spanish?? Random!" But it was AMAZING. Some of the coolest art I'd ever seen. So many styles, hundreds of paintings, all of Don Quixote. I had no idea he had inspired so many! I knew that Dante's Inferno has inspired the most art of anything else (except maybe the Bible), but it seems like Don Quixote is a close second. We weren't supposed to take pictures but I couldn't help myself. I loved it. I could have stayed there for hours. ... read more
Don Quixote Museum
Don Quixote
Parade for Jesus!

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 3rd 2008

We love Mexico. Arrived in Guanajuato on Monday March 24th. We were welcomed by Sigfrido and Janet, and their two sons Tzintzun and Sereno, the Aguilar-Izzo family. Sigfrido is a master of clown theater, and he and Janet are an inspiring and moving artistic force in the Guanajuato community, drawing artists, mathematicians, and established musicians into their magical circle of movement theater. We made our home base at their imaginatively constructed house on a hill in Valenciana, at an old mine, where what was once a huge water tank has been transformed into an outdoor ampitheater. Each day was filled with activities. Because Tzintzun and Sereno have been homeschooled for a number of years now, the Aguilar-Izzo family gave us a marvelous model for interactive experiential learning. In addition to the constant flow of rehearsals at ... read more
Lake Patzcuaro
Sereno and Zoya

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