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North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato July 2nd 2010

When I booked my flights to Mexico I included time after the end of term in order to have the opportunity to travel further afield than I could for weekend breaks. Towards the end of term as weekends starting running out and my return home was drawing near I started to plan the places I wanted to visit that I had not seen and for my final week in Mexico I had quite an itinerary planned. It is now my final week in Mexico and instead of enthusiastically leaping out of bed to hop on a bus and visit somewhere new I am wallowing in travel-apathy. It's not necessarily a bad thing. While the temperture has cooled off and the sky has been overcast of late I have also been ill and since the other teachers ... read more
Statue symbolising peace
Interior of the basilica

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato January 24th 2010

Guanajuato a ete une ville qui nous a fascine par ses couleurs et son art de vivre. Villes etudiante aussi, elle compte 70000 habitants et n'est donc ni trop grande ni trop petite pour passer une semaine agreable. Nous avons ainsi suivi des cours d'espagnol. Je peux maintenant reparler plus facilement et Darren a les bases pour comprendre l'essentiel et commander une biere :-). Le fait de se poser une semaine a un meme endroit nous a permis de vivre davantage la vie mexicaine quotidienne. On a pu cuisiner un peu, courir malgré la polution, sortir, apprecier les rues vivantes. Presque tous les soirs, les mexicains jouent de la musique sur les places principales. Il y a toujours les groupes d'etudiants qui deambulent de place en place pour jouer de la musique et raconter des blagues. ... read more
Lunch a 2h de l'aprem
Le cafe tal
Cours d'espagnol sur la terrasse avec Alejandro

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato January 2nd 2010

A volcano, a city park and "I see dead people" In this entry I will write about the places I visited in and around Uruapan, those that didn't make it into the previous blog entry, and the places I visited in and around Guanajuato. First I'd like to write about Vulcan Paricutin. Vulcan Paricutin is a volcano, of course, with a rather interesting background. It's a very young volcano. It had its first eruption ever on February 20 1943. The eruption started in the middle of a fertile field. According to legend that particular day when a local farmer was ploughing his land the ground cracked open right where he was. At first there was only hot steam and gases coming out from the crack but later on lava started pouring out from the opening in ... read more
Church in lava
Church in lava

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato September 22nd 2009

I'm in Guanajuato. It's fucking amazing. You will never see me ever again. Some other cool things happenned in Mexico City, which I'll get to in a sec, but the sheer brilliance of a Mexican university town with 20,000 students and no rules cannot be emphasized enough. 'To party' is a verb and an occupation. It's a business. You can party with anyone in Guanajuato. It's like saying you work with someone. And it might just be the death of me. Mexican Independence Day is on September 15th. I'd heard rumblings that this was something not to be missed, but nothing could have prepared me for the violent explosion of patriotism that engulfed the main plaza of Mexico City. Traditionally, the President of Mexico recites the call to arms of Miguel Hedalgo, the priest who sparked ... read more
Universidad de Guanajuato
Street Art

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato June 28th 2009

This past weekend, we traveled four hours via bus to Guanajuato, Guanajuato (state). Guanajuato (pronounced gwahna-hua'-toh) is known for being one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. Cobblestone streets, outdoor markets and mariachi make this small mountain city unique. The history of the city dates back to the 1500s with the Spanish conquest of Mexico. The name means "hill of frogs" in the local indigenous language. On the bus ride from Guadalajara to Guanajuato, we got a chance to see the Mexican countryside. Not surprisingly, we got a glimpse of "third-world" side of Mexico. Most say that Mexico is closer to its third-world past than its first-world future. Living in Guadalajara, it is hard to see this unless you travel outside of the city. Not to say that there isn't any inner-city poverty, because there ... read more
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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
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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