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North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato July 30th 2011

A couple of weeks ago the State of Guanajuato began its Film Festival. It started in the city of Guanajuato this past Wednesday. We went to the movies for the past four days. Wednesday night we went to the movies on the University of Guanajuato’s staircase. The staircase is 113 stairs, so it held approximately 300 people. When we walked down the hill, the sky was very ominous. Lightning was flashing all around the statue of El Pipila, the famous miner from the Mexican War of Independence, as well as all the churches. Luckily, I brought my umbrella, so it never started to rain. We watched a classically old Mexican movie; unfortunately, it was in Spanish with no subtitles, so while we didn’t get everything that was said, we got the humor from the crowd. Thursday ... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato July 25th 2011

Saturday we drove to the city of Leon. Leon has 1.2 million inhabitants and is about 45 minutes from our casita. Leon used to be where the cowboys came to sell their cattle. What happens when you have an excess of cattle? An excess of leather goods! Leon is known as ‘The Shoe Capital of the World’, and for good reason. We went to La Plaza de Zapato and every store inside the two story mall was totally devoted to shoes! Yes, ladies, I said shoes! There were cowboy boots, men’s Italian dress shoes, babies’ shoes, and of course, women’s shoes. I have never in all my life seen so many shoes. Unfortunately, I left my camera in the car. Across the street there was another mall that had nothing but leather goods – jackets, purses, ... read more
Inside the Panteon Taurino

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato July 19th 2011

I have taken Spanish classes for seven days and my mind is fried! I know it’s a necessary evil, but I want to not think about it for now and remember why I came here. Here are some other things I learned while being here. HAIRCUTS: Once we found the Barbershop, David proceeded to get his haircut. The Barbershop is a little hole in the wall place that barely had room for two barbers and their chairs. Once David got what he wanted across to the Barber, he went to town and cut his hair in about 10 minutes. The cost? $3.00! CHURCH BELLS: These church bells go off all day long. It doesn’t have to be on the hour and it doesn’t matter if it’s noon to hear 12 chimes; in fact, I’ve counted 15 ... read more
Nanci at a mining town
Nanci & a well-deserved cerveza!
Ice Cream!

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato July 17th 2011

Guanajuato, Guanajuato: Hidden treasure of Mexico. April 25th - May 15th 2010 Upon arriving I was in total awe. I had never envisioned a city so wonder and precious like Guanajuato. The feel of the city is complex, you can feel the history that has taken place here. The colonial architecture, the beautiful greenery, winding cobbled stoned streets, and the view from El Pípila are truly breathtaking. Although, I missed Puerto Vallarta and all the friends I had met, I instantly fell in love with my host-family. They treated me as one of their grand-children and we shared precious moments together. The school in Guanajuato was said to be very good however I did not learn as much Spanish as I did in Puerto Vallarta. However I met a great friend who soon came to be ... read more
Walking to School
Plaza de la Paz and Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato
View from Bedroom

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato July 16th 2011

David here... We left Puebla on the 10:00 bus to Cuarnavaca and arrived early afternoon after a 5 hour, uneventful journey. The bus station was out of town so we jumped on a bus heading to the centre. This took about 20 minutes and the helpful driver told us where to get off the bus. The centre of Cuarnavaca is very small so it was easy to find our chosen hotel. We checked in to the Hosteria del Sol and found we were the only guests. It was a shared bathroom however the room was massive and seemed nice enough. We settled in and set off into town. The town centre is not quite as nice to walk around as say Oaxaca or Puebla however it did have some remarkable architecture and churches that pop up ... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato July 10th 2011

On the eve of my first Spanish lesson, I thought I’d share with you what I already learned. BABIES: Babies don’t speak English or Spanish. If you smile and wave to them, they’re fascinated with you. Moms will smile at you, too, and everybody feels good. DOGS: Every house has an outdoor dog. They’re mostly for security; the bigger the bark, the better the dog. I have seen quite a few dogs living on roofs, incessantly barking when someone comes near. I always want to pet one, but am afraid. I guess they’re not pets. C AND F: The C and F on the sink does not mean Cold and Freezing, but rather Caliente and Frio – enough said. D AND C (or M AND H): David walked into a restroom labeled “M”. He found out ... read more
me - Dolores Hidalgo
me - Guanajuato musician

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato July 6th 2011

As we were going down the hill into town, we came to the realization that we really do need to take Spanish lessons. After trying to find our landlord’s office and giving the ‘deer in the headlight’ look when I asked for directions in both the bank and the grocery store, we’re all set for Monday. Both David and I will be in the same class and I think we’ll be his only students in this class. Wish us luck! After we spoke with our landlord, we went down the street and visited the Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato. It is an art museum that housed the photographic works of Romualdo Garcia. Senor Garcia, according to The Bable, knew how to portray the soul. It was very moving. We then went to the Museo Regional de ... read more
David, San de Roque
David - Mercado Hidalgo
me, San de Roque

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato July 4th 2011

As I sit on my balcony listening to the cacophony of dogs barking, roosters crowing, church bells chiming, and crickets chirping, I can’t help but think how lucky I am to be here! The weather has been absolutely perfect - mid 70s. Either the roads are getting easier or we’re getting better, but we went to the grocery store and back and we didn’t get lost once! We even took the tunnels instead of going all the way around! I was stoked! We decided to forego Spanish lessons for the time being. We’ve got 3 Spanish books here. That, coupled with all the signs, I think we’ll do okay. We may have to revisit this in a month or so, but we’re pretty comfortable with our decision. I believe we’re going to have our own Spanish ... read more
I love mariachi players!

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato July 2nd 2011

We arrived in Guanajuato yesterday afternoon. Guanajuato is a town of 71,000 people. Guanajuato was rich with silver. There are several tunnels going through the city where there were once rivers. These tunnels are SO confusing when trying to drive in the city! I’m sure it’ll get easier once I get used to it, but I was almost on the verge of tears! We finally made it to our casita. It’s gorgeous! It’s a one bedroom, one bath casita that has a kitchen, living room, and a balcony. It’s up on a hill overlooking the city. Across the “bowl” of Centro, we can see a statue of El Pipila. El Pipila was the hero who torched the Alhondiga’s gates on September 28, 1810, enabling Hidalgo’s forces to win the first victory of the independence movement. Lonely ... read more
View from our casita!
A long way up!

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato January 19th 2011

Today I'm leaving Guadalajara for Guanajuato. Everyone I have spoken to says Guanajuato is very beautiful, so I have high hopes. I will be staying there for 2 nights and intend to go for a day trip to San Miguel de Allende on the second day. This morning, I was again awake at the crack of dawn. Someone had arrived in the dorm late last night so I decided to stay in bed for a while to not wake her up. I got up at about 7.30, got ready, had breakfast, packed and left by 8.30. I asked the receptionist where to get the camion to the station and he said to get one to the centre on the next street and then one next to the Cathedral to get to Central Nueva. Got no problem ... read more

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