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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

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

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
La Presa de la Olla
La Presa de la Olla

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