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Sad Dog Begs for Food in the Jardin Union in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Sad Dog Begs for Food in the Jardin Union in Guanajuato, Mexico

The Jardin Union is a fun place to sit and just watch people, animals...whatever. As Lydi and I sat eating some tortillas and rice between Spanish classes, this dog came up and started begging. Before that, we'd been feeding birds.Related Posts:Jardín Union In Guanajuato, MexicoGuanajuato Tunnel From Pozuelos to the Centro (video)Guanajuato Mexico Tourism: "Eclipse" Band on Cinco De Mayo ...
Driving in Mexico: Guanajuato State – Part II
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Driving in Mexico: Guanajuato State – Part II

Driving in the state of Guanajuato is a lot like driving in the United States. The toll roads were more expensive in this part of Mexico than they had been between Tijuana and Mazatlan, so be sure to pull out enough cash to get where you need to go. Our final destination was the city of Guanajuato, a friendly city right in the middle of Mexico that's utterly intoxicating and addictive...Related ...
Pilgrimage Near Guanajuato, Mexico
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Pilgrimage Near Guanajuato, Mexico

These pilgrims were making their way up the mountain, perhaps to the Cristo Rey statue overlooking the city of Guanajuato? I'm not sure, but there were hundreds if not thousands of people all traveling in the same direction on the day we arrived in Guanajuato by car.Related Posts:Pilgrimage in Mexico: A Guy with a Cross on His BackPilgrimage in Mexico: Guanajuato StateA Catholic Mass in ...
The Guanajuato Temazcal — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Guanajuato Temazcal — By Jennifer Shipp

Temazcals are relatively new to me as an American citizen of European descent, but the use of heat and steam for healing is as old as fire. John, Lydian, and I did a temazcal in Guanajuato, Mexico three years ago and one of the first things we did when we returned to Guanajuato this year was visit the Temazcal Nawi again.

Karolina doesn’t speak English, but she’s very warm toward newbies. ...
Temazcal Opening Ritual in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Temazcal Opening Ritual in Guanajuato, Mexico

Attending a temazcal in Mexico is a mind-blowing experience as a foreigner. Lots of locals go every week though. A temazcal is both a spiritual and a healing experience. In this video, Karolina (in the bandana), leads the opening ritual by paying homage to the four cardinal directions and blowing the conch shell. Each of us is then purified with smoke before entering the temazcal. The whole ritual takes ...
Nudity, Chocolate, and Bamboo Mats in Mexico: The Temazcal — By Jennifer Shipp
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Nudity, Chocolate, and Bamboo Mats in Mexico: The Temazcal — By Jennifer Shipp

I can’t remember where or when I first heard about temazcals in Mexico, but it was incredibly difficult to find one in Guanajuato. Despite the fact that there was a temazcal located only about 200 yards (maybe less) from Escuela Falcon where we trekked every day for Spanish classes, no one we talked to there seemed to know where we could do one. I began my search for a temazcal and a curandero (or ...
Guanajuato Mexico Food Options — By Jennifer Shipp
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Guanajuato Mexico Food Options — By Jennifer Shipp

It’s much easier to eat healthfully in Guanajuato than it is in the United States. This is because there are vegetable vendors at every corner and we can go out every day for provisions on foot. At home, we have to get in the car and drive for about 10 minutes to the nearest grocery store. And the food is considerably more expensive at home than it is here (UPDATE: In 2017, our monthly grocery bill in the ...
The Search for Indigenous Healers in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Search for Indigenous Healers in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

We have only about 3 “non-working” days off left here in Guanajuato and our Spanish language classes at Escuela Falcon have ended. Rather than seeking out every tourist destination on the roster, we’re going to try to find Mexican healers. Though I would rate our health as excellent, I thoroughly enjoy hearing stories of how people heal themselves and I'm endlessly fascinated by the various rituals and ...
Things to Do in Guanajuato Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Things to Do in Guanajuato Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

















For the past four weeks, John has been completely inundated with work. While he stayed home, Lydian and I went out to explore the city of Guanajuato on foot. Most of our day was devoted to classes, but during the three hours when we had no scheduled events, we tried to find ...
Museo del Pueblo, Guanajuato Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Museo del Pueblo, Guanajuato Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

We’re not really “museum people”, but we decided to visit the Museo del Pueblo in Guanajuato Mexico because it was a destination close to Escuela Falcon, the Spanish language school. It was a small museum with a few paintings and some miniature dioramas of early life in the region. It was definitely worth the 5 pesos to go in and the fun of just trying to find the place.I asked myself several times why ...
Saving the World, One Peanut at a Time: Museo de las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Saving the World, One Peanut at a Time: Museo de las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

I keep 10 pesos in my pocket for poor people on the street. I don’t give my 10 pesos out to every homeless, shabby-looking person I see, but sometimes, I wish I had the coins in easy access for shriveled up old ladies selling flowers at 8:00 PM at night or little kids selling garlic on the street. I’m working with a Huichol belief that whatever we give to others we give to ourselves. So, my act-of-kindness ...
Finding del Truco — By Jennifer Shipp
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Finding del Truco — By Jennifer Shipp

With 3 hours to kill between Spanish classes at Escuela Falcon, Lydian and I try to find sights to see in Guanajuato. When I say “try” it’s not because there aren’t plenty of sights, museums, and cool activities in Guanajuato. I don’t know if we’d ever run out of things to do here, but finding them is the hard part. Don’t misunderstand me though. I thoroughly enjoy the search and corresponding surprises ...
Haunted Guanajuato: The House of the Witches and the Public Cemetery — By Jennifer Shipp
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Haunted Guanajuato: The House of the Witches and the Public Cemetery — By Jennifer Shipp

We search for haunted locations and folklore when we travel. Not all cultures accept the idea of ghosts, but luckily Mexico is a place where people are obsessed with the idea of death. Guanajuato is a city filled with fascinating legends and myths. Guanajuato is an old city, dating back to the 1520’s and there have been plenty of tragedies here to keep the ghost stories spinning. Finding haunted places is ...
Navigating Streets Laid out in a Grid System vs. Navigating Streets Laid out Like a Pile a of Yarn — By Jennifer Shipp
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Navigating Streets Laid out in a Grid System vs. Navigating Streets Laid out Like a Pile a of Yarn — By Jennifer Shipp

Yesterday, Lydian and I decided that our afternoon activity between Spanish classes would be to get to Casa de las Brujas, a haunted location in Guanajuato. I had carefully planned our adventure. I had maps, my phone, and plenty of advice about how to get to Paseo de la Presa (the street where Casa de las Brujas is located). I was very concerned about getting hopelessly lost with Lydian, since this has ...
Stop Striving and Just Be: Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Stop Striving and Just Be: Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

Traveling for months at a time means radical changes in the way we do things. Our routine is altered. Our food is altered. What we wear is reduced to a few choice items. Obtaining basic necessities can be challenging at times (like aspirin, bug spray, or tampons). I sleep in a different bed. Cook in a different kitchen. We sit on furnishings that aren’t ours and watch TV in a language that isn’t our own. ...
Making Piñatas at Escuela Falcon, Guanajuato Language School — By Jennifer Shipp
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Making Piñatas at Escuela Falcon, Guanajuato Language School — By Jennifer Shipp

There are a number of Spanish language schools in Guanajuato, Mexico. Luckily, we decided to look into Escuela Falcon first. Though it's a good 45 minute walk from our house (over gigantic hills and up plenty of stairs), it's worth it. This week, we tried our first evening activity at the school: Making Pinatas.Every week, in addition to an assortment of daily Spanish classes, at Escuela Falcon in ...
The Sad Stinking Truth about Here and Home — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Sad Stinking Truth about Here and Home — By Jennifer Shipp

Between home and the Spanish language school, Escuela Falcon, are a variety of smells that cannot be sent home, captured in photographs, or otherwise communicated easily to friends and family back in the United States. When we travel, there are many smells that waft around us as we go about our travel-related activities. The smells wake us up in the morning or sometimes signal that we’re getting close to ...
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part IV — By Jennifer Shipp
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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part IV — By Jennifer Shipp

Down the stairs and then up an enormous hill, a steady stream of locals made their way to the cemetery which is located near the Museo de las Momias (Mummy Museum) in Guanajuato. A veritable party was happening along the street leading to the cemetery, which was actually only about a 3 minute walk through the ghettos of Guanajuato from our house (most of Guanajuato is very safe and really cool, but we ...
Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part III — By Jennifer Shipp
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Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part III — By Jennifer Shipp

I have read that Dia de los Muertos is more comparable to Thanksgiving than to Halloween, but my experience hasn’t confirmed this. Indeed, walking through Guanajuato last night around 11:00 PM, the town didn’t have the quiet-American-holiday feel to it. No. No. No. Guanajuato was seething. The music was loud and the bars were overflowing. There was a cantankerous, rebellious vibe in the air. Yes, there were ...
Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part II — By Jennifer Shipp
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Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part II — By Jennifer Shipp

Writing about traditions that are deeply ingrained in a culture is difficult in part because none of the participants in the tradition really knows or remembers where it originally really came from or why they do what they do to celebrate it. The meaning of the holiday, the holiness, in a sense, becomes lost underneath all the ritual and requirements of the festivities.But still, there's comfort in ...
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