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North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato August 9th 2010

So the tour begins, and we are met by Martin (pronounced martEEn) who says it is in Spanish as we just shrug our shoulders. We'll make do. We are joined by the gentleman and his family and two others, and the guide immediately begins his dialogue. He talks almost continuously the whole time, even while driving, only stopping when we are inside an attraction where the tour is conducted by staff. So anyway it is very difficult to follow the rapid spanish, requiring intense concentration and picking out maybe one out of five words. I figure at some stage we'll pick up a guidebook on Guanajuato to help explain it all. He takes us first to Las Mommias, so we spend more time looking around the stalls while others take the tour. I notice there is ... read more
Guanajuato 3
Galerias de la Inqisicion 2
Bocamina San Ramon 2

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato August 8th 2010

Despite the occasional truck noise from the main road outside, we sleep in. The bus with the words "La Valanciana" takes us to El Centro for $31 (all $ in MEX, divide by 10 to get approx AU$). Then we walk along the crowded footpath with strong smells to reach the Hidalgo Mergado. We enter at the fruits end, look across to see chickens being chopped at the right, and opt to have a drink at a drinks stand. We work out 'fresa' is strawberry and seems we ordered a strawberry milk drink with real strawberries. Actually tastes quite nice. The boys have chocolate milks while I have a 'grande' (really really big) cup of a geenish coloured liquid with ice and seeds that sits in a large clear barrel. The girl scoops out the liquid ... read more
Guanajuato view 1
Guanajuato view 2
Guanajuato view 3

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato August 7th 2010

Kept awake worrying about things that could go wrong, both Ky and I were up before 6am. But so far we're on the plane to IAH Houston and no problems. I've found seeds now for the giant Sequoia tree, Joshua tree, and giant Saguaro cactus. I picture the Joshua trees and Saguaros in front of our arched italian front garden wall ( to be built). Not sure where the Sequoia will fit... It's going to be exotic! The complimentary buffet breakfast is the best yet, scrambled eggs and bacon, fruit selection etc. The shuttle ride to the airport fast and painless, less than ten minutes. Shops in the Terminal 2 at the gates are really nice, with lots of indian art to look at. The planes to both Houston and Guanajuato are little 50-seaters, 3 seats ... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato July 3rd 2010

Today I planned to visit a few museums and when I tired of that resort to my back up plan of 'wander aimlessly round the teeny streets and take photos of random churches and people's front doors and things'. I began the day with a visit to the Museo Casa Diego Rivera. Following my map I located the red fronted house and gained entry, although unfortunately my camera did not. The downstairs is set up as a museum showing how the house should have looked when the Riveras lived there. Diego Rivera was born in 47 Positos Street and lived within the house until the age of six when the family moved to Mexico City. The upper floors of the museum house various works of Diego Rivera. I walked through the house until at the very ... read more
Guanajuato
House of Diego Rivera
In the Don Quixote museum

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
Doorways
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
Fumarol
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
Guanajuato
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




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