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North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende September 23rd 2018

Today I have managed to sleep until 0530 - jet lag wearing off, hurrah! Most of the day will be spent travelling so plenty of time to reflect and write up a bit of drivel for our blog followers, I know JP will be especially pleased :-) It’s Ian’s turn to fetch our morning coffees whilst I try to back up all our apple devices - this involves standing under the modem in the corridor as the signal is too weak in our room! It doesn’t take too long and I even have time for a shower before Ian returns. It’s Sunday and the nearest Oxxo is not open but Ian has managed to find another so I don’t have to go without my vanilla latte. I have scheduled an Uber for 9am and we are ... read more
Hotel Santa Ana
Our room
Religious Procession

It's been some time since we last posted a blog, largely because we've ended up staying in San Miguel de Allende for the last month! We unhooked Tortuga from the truck and did a couple of short day trips in the surrounding area, and we also took a bus to the astonishing city of Guanajuato, where we spent a couple of days ambling around the historic centre, but otherwise we've been quite sedentary for a change. When we first arrived in this beautiful city, we planned on staying for just a couple of nights at the central campground, but before we knew it we'd been here for a week, then two...and then we discovered that if we stayed for 3 weeks we would get the fourth week for free, so it seemed crazy not to! On ... read more
Callejon del Beso, Guanajuato
University students serenading, Guanajuato
Posh dinner in Guanajuato

After San Cristobal we decided to do a few cultural things for a change, so headed to the UNESCO world heritage site of Teotihuacan, near Mexico City. Now as you may know, neither of us has much stamina for walking around archaeological sites, but this place is probably the most visited tourist spot in Mexico, so we felt somewhat compelled to see it. We knew it would be very busy and hot, so we got an admirably early start (by our standards!) and were glad we did as it was quite manageable in terms of crowds and temperature. The first structures of Teotihuacan are believed to have risen around 200 B.C. and the site gradually flourished into a Pre-Hispanic city of more than 150,000 citizens at its zenith. The site's main features are two enormous pyramids; ... read more
Pyramid of the Moon, Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan from the Pyramid of the Moon
City Cathedral, Mexico City

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » Guanajuato May 3rd 2017

Guanajuato sits on hills about 4800 feet above sea level in the middle of what was once one of the richest mother loads of silver in the world. Surrounded by mines, some still active, Guanajuato is filled with colonial-era buildings that reflect the wealth the mines created. I’m back here less as a tourist and more to decide whether this might be a place I’d want to visit regularly and for longer stays. It’s pedestrian friendly, the weather is generally good. Guadalajara and plenty of other interesting places are easily accessible using this as a base. What makes the city so pedestrian friendly is that most traffic runs under rather than through the town. Tunnels had been built in the early 19th Century to divert a river to reduce flooding in Guanajuato. In the 1970s and ... read more
Casita Municipio Libre
Walkway. Centro. Guanajuato
Street. Centro. Guanajuato

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende February 4th 2017

We spent Saturday morning with friends from LaConner and the afternoon horseback riding with new friends at their ranch outside of San Miguel. Our LaConner friends are getting ready to sell their lovely home here, but took time to go to breakfast with us. Holly and Erik, the owners of our present home, have a small ranch outside of San Miguel where they have five horses, dogs, chickens and burros. They invited us out for an afternoon of riding and we accepted. I used to ride when I was young, but had a few bad experiences as an adult and wasn't very confident going into this experience. Their horses are all beautiful and well-bred and trained, but not passive. I chose to ride the grandson of Seattle Slew, the famous racehorse! They have him because a ... read more
A baby Jesus doll dressed as a doctor
Another baby Jesus doll
Seattle Slew's grandson

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende February 3rd 2017

We are enjoying our new's far from any shops or restaurants, but quiet and spacious. I miss the view from our rooftop patio, but not the neighborhood noise. The walk to school has been steep, but very pretty and quiet. Today was sadly my last day of class...I've really enjoyed this school and my fellow students have been very interesting! This week, Bill and I visited La Fabrica (a fabric mill converted into an arts center, with studios and galleries), hosted new friends, finalized our return plans, and even took an afternoon and evening off and did nothing... My Spanish teacher told us about Candelaria, a festival that is celebrated on February 2nd. The complexity of the customs is amazing, but the economic hardships they cause families seem unfair. Here's some background and a synopsis: ... read more
Our walk down to the center
Our walk down to the center
Our walk down to the center

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende January 30th 2017

We've spent the past week touring around the San Miguel area with my mom and step-dad. I wasn't sure how my mom would navigate the cobblestones, uneven sidewalks, holes, steps and other hazards of the streets here, but she did really well...a few stumbles but no falls! We combined taxis and walking to get around. We visited the Oratorio in Atononilco, and returned for another swim at the Gruta. We took in the Plant Show and sale in Parque Juarez and the Craft Fair at The Instituto Allende. Bill and Ned went on the Walking Tour, while Mom and I visited my Spanish school and the Artisan Market. We went back to the Botanical Garden and hiked around...and I managed to pass my level two exam in Spanish with 90%, even though I was only there ... read more
Dome at Night
Insituto Allende
Flower fair

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende January 24th 2017

On Sunday, we went on the weekly house/garden tour that benefits the Library (founded by locals and Americans in 1954) and its literacy programs in the community. It entailed much waiting and being herded, two things I don't like! The first home was for sale. The owner had recently died after having lived there for only three months (the building of the home had taken 2.5 years) She had been a Mardi Gras Queen and quite the beauty. The home was high above the town, and not to our taste. The next home, Casa Luna, was a few blocks down a few steep street and occupied by a an art dealer. He had previously owned a wholesale fish company in Miami. The art in the home was fantastic as you can see from the photos and ... read more
In front of the beautiful Parroquia
Art work in Casa Luna
Waiting, waiting at the Library...

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende January 22nd 2017

Today was a day of parades and protests here and all over the world... My day started with a run to Parque Juarez, where the Women's March would be held in the early afternoon. As I neared the park, I saw the street was closed off, and that there was a small police presence. I wondered if they thought the Women's March would be that big..? As I jogged along the closest street, I saw many police and military vehicles ahead, and it quickly dawned on me that this was something else entirely! Another block brought children's marching bands, and I realized that there was to be a parade celebrating the birthday of the revolutionary hero Ignacio Allende! Bill joined me near to the park after my run, and we walked to the Saturday organic market, ... read more
Costumed riders
The only female rider

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende January 21st 2017

My day started with Spanish class, as usual. There was much sadness about the inauguration, and some attempts at jokes by the teacher. I left class early to join Bill who was waiting for me in the courtyard, and we walked to the Jardin (the main square) to join the Trump protest. After singing "We shall Overcome" (which moved me to tears) we all marched around the park a few times. There were about 100 people marching; all Anglos as far as I could see. A few Mexicans clapped for us. In front of the Parroquia (the main cathedral) there are many posters and candles, in protest of the killing of three young children and the jailing of their father for the murders. It is believed by many that the police killed the sons. More on ... read more
Bill and the sunset
San Miguel Trump protest
Where the bus let us off!

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