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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 ...
The Legend of La Llorona – By Lydian Shipp
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The Legend of La Llorona – By Lydian Shipp

(NOTE: This post was written when I was 13. I edited it in 2017 for grammatical errors and other technical stuff, but maintained the content to preserve my 13-year-old perspective)The woman from the legend of La Llorona was once known as Maria. The story goes that she married a man of a higher class than her, and bore him 2 children. After a while, her husband left, and only came back home to visit his ...
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 ...
Happy Thanksgiving from Somewhere Other Than Home: Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Happy Thanksgiving from Somewhere Other Than Home: Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

It feels good to know that I could meet you on the street anywhere in the world, with only your backpack and a few choice provisions and we could do something together. We could be a part of something larger than ourselves; perhaps a university, or a small language school, a drum circle, or maybe a dance class. And we’d love or hate each other just as we do At Home.We could pluck ourselves out of the ...
Prophecies: Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Prophecies: Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

It doesn't really matter, but I am and we all are, like this place with its winding streets and dark corridors. The pulsation of life, loud and raucous with regular strains of peaceful interludes. Tiendas with small buckets of floral flavored honeys hidden behind boxes of pencils and motor vehicle parts. Gutted buildings waiting to be occupied by life and love. Pristine gardens teetering on the brink of a ...
The Virgin of Guadalupe — By Lydian Shipp
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The Virgin of Guadalupe — By Lydian Shipp

(NOTE: This post was written when I was 13. I edited it in 2017 for grammatical errors and other technical stuff, but maintained the content to preserve my 13-year-old perspective)The Virgin of Guadalupe:The Virgin of Guadalupe is a figure that is very prominent in Mexican history. She was revered for many years by the Aztecs as the mother goddess known as Tonantzin, and then in 1531, she became ...
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 ...
Giftless or Godless: Christmas on the Other Side of the Border — By Jennifer Shipp
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Giftless or Godless: Christmas on the Other Side of the Border — By Jennifer Shipp

When we traveled to Mexico for the first time several years ago, we thought we were going to a Christian country. And by “Christian”, I mean American-style Christianity. We had been to Buddhist and Muslim countries and were enchanted by the different holidays that were the same and yet different from what we’d come to know in our own culture. But we weren’t sure we’d be enchanted by spending the Christmas ...
Santa Muerte: Saint Death — By Lydian Shipp
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Santa Muerte: Saint Death — By Lydian Shipp

Santa Muerte: Saint DeathSanta Muerte is the female personification of death. She goes by many names, such as Lady of the Night, Skinny Lady, Santa Sebastiana, and The Godmother among others. She is not seen as being a dead human being herself, unlike other Catholic saints, although some people do believe that she was once a real person. There are many people that follow the cult of Santa Muerte, but ...
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 ...
Haunted Guanajuato: Casa De Las Brujas in Guanajuato, Mexico — By Lydian Shipp
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Haunted Guanajuato: Casa De Las Brujas in Guanajuato, Mexico — By Lydian Shipp

(NOTE: This post was written when I was 13. I edited it in 2017 for grammatical errors and other technical stuff, but maintained the content to preserve my 13-year-old perspective)Yesterday, we visited Casa de las Brujas. It took us about 2 ½ hours to find the place due to the winding streets of Guanajuato. The Casa de las Brujas (the House of the Witches) is a blue Victorian-looking house on Paseo de ...
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 ...
Get What You Want…Start with Good Health — By Jennifer Shipp
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Get What You Want…Start with Good Health — By Jennifer Shipp

There is a recurring conversation that I keep having with the people at home in the United States. It has to do with the American Machine. These are talented, educated people who can't find work that's fulfilling for a decent wage. We cross paths with these people through our work or through projects that we do for fun. These see us traveling. They read about us and they wonder, how are we able to make ...
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 ...
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