Guanajuato

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 ...
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part I — By Jennifer Shipp
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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part I — By Jennifer Shipp

Since we arrived here a week ago, there have been booths and tiendas set up with sugar skulls. Mexico is where Dia de los Muertos originated and so the festivities and traditions surrounding the event still supercede the goings-on of El Cervantino (a festival celebrating Miguel Cervantes and art in general) and the arrival of the Carrera Panamericana cars.Dia de Muertos takes place over the course of ...
Carrera Panamericana 2013 — By Jennifer Shipp
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Carrera Panamericana 2013 — By Jennifer Shipp

This is one of the most famous and craziest road racing events in the world. For seven days every year, people drive their cars at break-neck speeds on public roads in Mexico.The Carrera Panamericana is a road rally that passed through Guanajuato in late October when we were there in 2013. It was originally a road race began in 1950 to celebrate the completion of the Pan American Highway in Mexico. It ...
Estoy Perdida: Lost in Guanajuato — By Jennifer Shipp
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Estoy Perdida: Lost in Guanajuato — By Jennifer Shipp

“The streets are serpentine.” Hugh, our taxi driver told us as we stood outside the hotel on our way to the bus station. I’d heard that the city was rather like a labyrinth, but I doubted it could be worse than the medina in Fez. I’d looked at a few maps, but I just didn’t think that we’d struggle finding our way around.And I tend to enjoy being lost anyway. I find the coolest thing when I have no idea ...
Spending Time with Jesus or the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato? You Decide… — By Jennifer Shipp
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Spending Time with Jesus or the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato? You Decide… — By Jennifer Shipp

Guanajuato, (also known by locals as GTO)  was overflowing with people when we arrived here on October 23rd. I had read in numerous places that it would be nearly impossible to find a hotel room during El Cervantino in Guanajuato, but luckily, we hadn’t booked a hotel. We were in a vacation rental, up a meandering staircase just a short distance from the city center.Today is the last day of the Festival ...
Loitering Dogs, Criminals, and Lovers Deter Earnest Jogger from Exercise Routine — By Jennifer Shipp
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Loitering Dogs, Criminals, and Lovers Deter Earnest Jogger from Exercise Routine — By Jennifer Shipp

Although the stairs leading up to the front door of our vacation rental are a little obnoxious (there are 100-150 of them), I was pleased that I wouldn't have trouble finding a place to work-out while we were in Guanajuato. At home, I normally jog at least 5 days of week and do a few supplementary activities to keep myself fit, but when we travel, I never know what kind of space or work-out facilities will ...
The Laundry Lady vs. My Mexican Washing Machine — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Laundry Lady vs. My Mexican Washing Machine — By Jennifer Shipp

I was so pleased when I realized there was a washing machine at our Guanajuato vacation rental. In many parts of the world, the only way to do your laundry is to send it away or wash it in the sink. Having a washing machine would make the task of laundry into a no-brainer. I’d just stick our clothes in the wash when we got there and Voila! They would be clean.

But washing machines in ...
Guanajuato, Mexico: Thoreau-Style Walk on Day One
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Guanajuato, Mexico: Thoreau-Style Walk on Day One

At Denver International Airport, before boarding the plane from Denver to Los Angeles, I downloaded a Henry David Thoreau book called Walking. I figured a philosophical slant on things would help keep me balanced. Also, I thought that perhaps reading about walking would help me cope more effectively with being folded up into tight spaces for the ensuing two days (or it would have the opposite effect on me…I ...
Getting to Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Getting to Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

Normally, I really enjoy the public transportation when we travel. Public transportation is, in my opinion, the perfect mix of people and sights. But, there's a limit to my cheery outlook on being in close quarters and completely out of control of my destiny. By the end of three 12 hour days straight of planes, buses, and taxis, I was definitely ready to find a place to call home and stop lugging our ...
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