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Lydian Shipp

Half-Truths and Manipulation of Myself and Others – By Lydian Shipp
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Half-Truths and Manipulation of Myself and Others – By Lydian Shipp

So… I’ve taken up clubbing.

And yes, I’m going to say that I’ve “taken it up” because it’s not something I plan on doing for the rest of my life. Someday, ideally sooner than later of course (but I don’t have control over that), I’d like to settle down and start a family. And if that hasn’t happened by the time I’m in my 30s, I’d like to have at least found something I’m truly passionate ...
Dear Janet… – By Lydian Shipp
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Dear Janet… – By Lydian Shipp

When people ask me if I miss living in the United States, the answer is always a strong and resounding “NO.” I wouldn’t trade what I have now here in Mexico to go back and live in the United States.

Even with all the various stresses that have come with moving to a foreign country, I would not have decided to stay in the US. My options were so limited there. My big dream was to go to UNL ...
Friday Night in Guanajuato Capital
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Friday Night in Guanajuato Capital

https://youtu.be/GpBPUpQxrmsA group of musicians plays in the Plaza de la Paz in Guanajuato, Mexico on a Friday night. ...
What Does it Mean to Be “On Time” Anyways? — By Lydian Shipp
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What Does it Mean to Be “On Time” Anyways? — By Lydian Shipp

I do my best to have a sense of humor. I really do. But sometimes, my sense of humor steams out and all that’s left of it are a few sizzling drops of cynical, dark, and angry commentary on the bottom of the metaphorical dry pan. I tell myself that it’s sort of endearing that our construction workers hum or whistle to themselves, or even break out into song at various, random times during the day as they ...
I Have Bad Taste in Men – By Lydian Shipp
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I Have Bad Taste in Men – By Lydian Shipp

The ever-changing landscape of which boys I like and why is a constant source of excitement, terror, and doubt for me all at the same time. Up until relatively recently, I’d say that one of my primary criteria for boys was appearance; I particularly liked Nordic guys (or the ones who looked Nordic, anyway). And although I can’t say that I’m not attracted to the whole tall-blonde-blue-eyed thing anymore, I ...
Late Night Race in Guanajuato Capital
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Late Night Race in Guanajuato Capital

This video was captured downtown at the bus stop in front of Del Sol (a department store) in Guanajuato Capital. About 5 minutes before I started filming, runners started coming down the street in hordes like in this video. It took place shortly after 9pm (a strange time for a race, if I do say so myself). The winners came from the other direction on the same street about 10 minutes later. ...
My Personal Crisis — By Lydian Shipp
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My Personal Crisis — By Lydian Shipp

What am I doing?

I ask myself this question probably at least 10 times every day with a degree of desperation so high that I have to force myself to dismiss the question or risk insanity. Sometimes, the sum of my dismissals comes out in an emotional breakdown of circular thoughts that lead nowhere. I start in one place, and end up right back where I started. And that place that I circle ...
“Gimme Your Guitar” — By Lydian Shipp
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“Gimme Your Guitar” — By Lydian Shipp

I wouldn’t say I’m new to dating/courtship rituals but… well, I’m new to dating/courtship rituals in the “real world.” Since I’m 18 now and working with adults instead of kids, it’s almost like all the “experience” I have from when I was younger is invalid. It’s not, since I’ve thought seriously about every relationship I’ve had from a variety of angles to get as much as I could out of the experience, but ...
Video Update — Our House in Guanajuato Capital
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Video Update — Our House in Guanajuato Capital

In this video we give a tour of our house as it is right now, including the parts that are still being built. Most of our home is still under construction, but we were able to move in about a week ago so we could oversee the work being done and be closer to the centro in Guanajuato. ...
Hey, Blondie! — By Lydian Shipp
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Hey, Blondie! — By Lydian Shipp

"Oye, guerita!" Says the middle-aged man standing next to his truck outside the Mercado, giggling to his boyfriends and working to make eye contact with me as I walk down the street. I shoot him a glare. My best glare. The group of men whistle and hoot in response before rattling off a series of other perversions in Spanish that I can't understand yet, for better or for worse. I've given them what they want ...
Teaching English: Lecturing vs. Conversing in an English Class — By Lydian Shipp
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Teaching English: Lecturing vs. Conversing in an English Class — By Lydian Shipp

On Wednesday, I had another English class with the 20-something college student. It was my last one with him, which I was very grateful for. I didn’t find out it was my last one until after the class was over, but that was okay. It was good news.I’d been trying to work with him from a more interactive way for the first three lessons. I prefer to take this approach since it’s more fun (usually) and as a ...
Teaching English: I Have My Own English Class! — By Lydian Shipp
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Teaching English: I Have My Own English Class! — By Lydian Shipp

Tonight I taught an English class for a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. I was told at first they were two 11-year-olds, then that they were 8 and 9, but they both seem their age. I was nervous because I wasn't sure how I'd be able to handle two kids on my own. I've worked with kids a lot, but never really on my own in the way I would be working with kids in an English class.
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Teaching English: My First Day as an English Teacher in Mexico — By Lydian Shipp
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Teaching English: My First Day as an English Teacher in Mexico — By Lydian Shipp

Today I taught my first English class. I spent the entire night last night going over my plan for the class in my dreams (and dreaming that I’d gotten ready to go at the right time and then somehow still ended up at least an hour late). I’d like to say it was good for me, but it wasn’t. It was totally unnecessary.

I had everything ready for the morning. My bag was packed with my English ...
Our Top 5 Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan
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Our Top 5 Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan

So you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, and you want to know some of the things to do in Tokyo. Or maybe you just are interested in Japan, and want to know what to do in Tokyo that’s interesting and engaging. Or maybe something else.There are a lot of things to do in Tokyo! Just going on an urban hike around the city is interesting. These five things to do in Tokyo were our top choices when we visited Japan ...
The Sistine Chapel: Photo Gallery
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The Sistine Chapel: Photo Gallery

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Outside Looking In — Lydian Shipp
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Outside Looking In — Lydian Shipp

The sounds here are intoxicating. Downstairs (or down the hall, I can’t tell) I can hear the sounds of drums and flutes playing vibrantly, and the murmur of many people’s voices. Occasionally, I’ll hear a car horn from outside going, wee-o-wee-o-wee-o. And then a bird cooing in the distance. And people shouting to each other from across the courtyard down on the bottom level of the apartment complex. The ...
Cristo Rey Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery
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Cristo Rey Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery

The Cristo Rey statue in Guanajuato, Mexico is the 2nd largest in the world (with the largest being in Brazil) and is well known by all the locals in the city. It's one of Guanajuato's most popular tourist attractions for both locals and travelers.

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Driving in Jordan: Photo Gallery
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Driving in Jordan: Photo Gallery

We visited Jordan in January 2016. On our visit, we rented a car to drive from Amman to Wadi Musa to see Petra.

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Angkor Wat: Photo Gallery
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Angkor Wat: Photo Gallery

In 2016 when we visited Cambodia, we went to see Angkor Wat. It was nothing like what we expected... but in a good way. ...
Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

The Western Wall was our first stop on our urban hike through Jerusalem during our 4-day trip to Israel in December 2015. We took the Western Wall tunnels when we left the site to head toward the Temple Mount.The Wailing Wall or Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel is located in the Old City along with the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Temple Mount. It's the holiest site for Jews ...
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