Blogs from Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, North America - page 6


North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 14th 2009

Today was another busy day. We waited at the Bagel Cafetin where we had breakfast until the Museo Iconográfico del Quijote (museum of Quixote iconography) opened. The museum is filled with paintings, sculptures, all kinds of things that depict Don Quixote de la Mancha. I've never seen anything quite like it! The building is an old house, which is interesting to see itself. Guanajuato has a festival every fall called Cervantino, celebrating theater, arts, and Don Quixote. I've been told that the city fills with people from all over and it is an amazing event to see. We headed over to another museum, Alhondiga de Granaditas (described in an earlier post), to see the historical aspect of the city. I think Jann and Dad really liked this one. We went to take an afternoon nap then ... read more
Looking at the city from the Pipila
El Pipila
Dinner with Chuey and Emma

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 13th 2009

So finally I get to tell you about my favorite half of my Semana Santa trip. Get ready for excitement, thrills, and long winded descriptions, that tends to be how i write when describing something exciting. So once again grab a snack or meal, favorite 2L drink, popcorn, maybe a movie or two if you get bored of reading. This Adventure starts on Wednesday, April 8, day 3 of our week trip. From Guadalajara we traveled back to the bus station early in the morning so that we could catch our 7:30 am bus to Guanajuato. We get there and load the bus and start our second super comfortable ride to Guanajuato. Three hours later we arrive in Guanajuato, or what we that would be Guanajuato. As we got off the bus we looked around we ... read more
De Colores-The City 2
Hanging Houses
Crowded Street

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 13th 2009

I met up with Dad and Jann at their hotel and joined them for breakfast. I ordered chilequiles, which are fried tortilla bits soaked in sauce and baked with cheese. We went on a walk then went up the one of the silver mines, la mina Valenciana. Guanajuato grew into an important silver mining center in the 1700's and still has working mines. The Valenciana was the first mine to open, discovered in 1560 and has an array of tunnels, both working and in ruins. Afterwards, we went to see the nearby church then headed back downtown. We walked around some more and all ordered sopa azteca ("aztec soup") which is like tortilla soup witch avocados and cheese, at the Santo Café on the little bridge over the walkway. I had seen signs around town pointing ... read more
Mina Valenciana
Mina Valenciana
Mina Valenciana

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 12th 2009

Today my Dad and his wife Jann came to visit me in Guanajuato. There are lots of things I still havn't seen here, so this week I will show them around and complete my checklist of places to go. Today is Easter Sunday. The churches are filled with chamomile flowers and people. I wasn't sure what would be open today, but apparently the city is operating pretty much as usual. I met Dad and Jann at their hotel, and we headed out on a walk through the city. We went to Plaza San Fernando and stopped at my favorite French cafe here, El Midi and each had a beer. We continued on to Mercado Hidalgo, the bit market here and saw the food, flowers, and souvenirs for sale. Next we had a Mexican dinner at Truco ... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato April 11th 2009

My boyfriend suggested that I fly from to Toluca and stay with a friend of ours, then take buses back up to Guanajuato to save a bit of money. We weren't able to reach our friend, so instead I spent the night on a series of buses, from Toluca to Morelia to Leon to Guanajuato. In the end I don't think this was any cheaper or easier, but I made it back after a whole lot of traveling and am exhausted! My Dad and his wife Jann are on their way to visit tomorrow! I better rest up.... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato March 18th 2009

This morning was bright and sunny. At school I had the feeling that summer was about to begin - like when you're a little kid and summer vacation is coming and there is so much light and anticipation in the classroom. As I left, it started to lightly rain for the first time since I've been here. I spent the day resting (fighting a cold that started yesterday), studying, and finishing up some blog posts - I have a lot of others saved but not finished... Now I'm planning my next adventures! Next stop, Michuacan!... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato March 6th 2009

Today after classes I had the 3 course lunch at El Truco 7 for something like $45 pesos. It's a pretty famous seeming restaurant, and one of the better ones for Mexican food that are frequented by tourists and lots of locals. There was a great soup, a pasta salad with mayo (it's popular in Mexico but I don't like it), and meatballs. It had been a while since I sat down at a restaurant for a meal, but it was a nice change. There were plenty of things to look at on the walls, and brochures for local events to read. Next went to Mercado Hidalgo to pick up some fruits for the next few days. I can never get enough of the wonderful fruits here. The mangoes, bananas, granadas, zapote! All so fresh, tasty, ... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato March 2nd 2009

After a week back in L.A., I flew back to Guanajuato this morning. I'm happy to be home. Somehow I have a sense of comfort here.... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato February 13th 2009

After classes this morning I came home for lunch and worked on my nursing school applications. I'm feeling more and more nervous about getting into nursing programs, and it's too late for me to apply to the less competitive programs (that take more than twice as long to finish). I need think more seriously about my backup plans for the year, in case I have to wait and reapply. I wanted to take a shower but the pilot in my water heater went out again and after fighting with it for some time trying to get it to light, I stopped. Feeling a little discouraged but knowing I needed to get out of the house, I headed downtown and briefly talked to some other girls from school before heading to a cafe to read a book ... read more

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato February 12th 2009

This morning I met with a group of students to prepare for our presentation on the Popol Vuh for my literature class. School is certainly more laid back here than I'm used to. The general classroom setup is more similar to that in California, with outdoor hallways - none of the other americans here had seen that before unless they were from CA. For those who are interested, El Popol Vuh is a book with ancient K'ichee' Maya stories, beginning with the creation of the world. Some info is on wikipedia: After my classes, I ran back home to drop off my computer. (I think I need to stop running in this city - the combination of lots of stairs and thin air at 2008m or 6586 ft in elevation, is still a bit much ... read more

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