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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 ...
UPDATE: Building a House in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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UPDATE: Building a House in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

When John and I lived in the United States, we built everything ourselves. As a rule, I did the carpentry and he did the plumbing and the electrical work. When we had to build really heavy things that had to be structurally supportive, we worked together. We had quite a synchrony and both of us were good at working with wood. But here in Mexico, the wood is so hard and so heavy that I could burn through one ...
Jace Gets on the Public Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Jace Gets on the Public Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico

A lot of Americans don't really understand public transportation because they don't have to use it in a culture that's predominantly based on car transportation. The bus is always an interesting experience in Mexico and in lots of other countries as well because both young and old use the bus! It's an opportunity to interact with locals and see people's lives as they go by outside the window. This bus trip ...
Jace Crosses the Street to the Bus Stop in Marfil, Near Guanajuato, Mexico
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Jace Crosses the Street to the Bus Stop in Marfil, Near Guanajuato, Mexico

The bus stop is across the street, an important fact since the buses going the other way would take Jace out of the city instead of down to Guanajuato centro. Over the few days since he got here, Jace has already figured out some essentials about getting around using public transportation. Buses in Guanajuato go all over the city, but most of them end up in the centro at some point. Learning which buses go ...
Jace Walks to the Bus Stop in Marfil, Near Guanajuato, Mexico
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Jace Walks to the Bus Stop in Marfil, Near Guanajuato, Mexico

In this video, Jace walks toward the bus stop near our house in Marfil, a small community near Guanajuato. He has to take the public buses downtown to his Spanish classes each day for the first 3 weeks of his stay. It sound easy enough except that Guanajuato's streets aren't laid out in a grid system. There are extensive tunnel networks across the city and the surface streets are laid out like a pile of ...
Lydian, John, and Jace on a Callejoneada in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Lydian, John, and Jace on a Callejoneada in Guanajuato, Mexico

One of Lydian's biggest challenges on a callejoneada is NOT tripping and falling while playing her guitar and singing. The cobblestone streets add an extra challenge to her performance!In this video, I get a quick shot of John and Jace as we make our way behind Lydian's estudiantina group through the back alleys of Guanajuato.Related Posts:Lydian and the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato, Mexico: ...
How Our Finances Changed When We Moved out of the United States — By Jennifer Shipp
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How Our Finances Changed When We Moved out of the United States — By Jennifer Shipp

Our family has been traveling for decades, but our home base has always been in the United States. We are, after all, citizens of this country. But the more we traveled, the more we started to understand what “citizenship” means and how the tethers we had to our native country and even our state (Nebraska) was actually hurting us financially. After moving to Mexico “officially” in January 2017, John and I ...
White Horses in Front of the Nuestra Señora Church in Guanajuato, Mexico
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White Horses in Front of the Nuestra Señora Church in Guanajuato, Mexico

Whenever we walk down to the Centro in Guanajuato from our house in Pozuelos, there's always something cool going on. When John and I arrived at the Nuestra Señora church, a group of men dressed up as white horses were dancing along with a host of other characters on stilts.Related Posts:White Horses at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, MexicoSad Dog Begs for Food in the Jardin Union in ...
Making Piñatas at Escuela Falcon in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery
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Making Piñatas at Escuela Falcon in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery

In 2013, we spent a month in Guanajuato, Mexico. While we were there, we took Spanish classes at the Escuela Falcon language school. The school hosts a lot of special events and activities outside of classes and while we were there, we signed up to make piñatas.Related Posts:Making Piñatas at Escuela Falcon, Guanajuato Language School -- By Jennifer ShippMuseo de las Momias (Mummy Museum) in ...
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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Living in Mexico: Reviewing the Optometrist Experience
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Living in Mexico: Reviewing the Optometrist Experience

In this video, we talk about our experiences visiting "Optica Boston" in Guanajuato. This optometrist is located inside the La Comer grocery store right next to La Marina in Pozuelos, Gunajuato.Related Posts:Guanajuato Tunnel From Pozuelos to the Centro (video)Driving in Mexico: Entering Guanajuato State (video)Holistic Dentist and Cancer Treatment Facility in Tijuana (video)4 Cancer ...
Cinco de Mayo in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery
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Cinco de Mayo in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery

In the weeks prior to Cinco de Mayo, there were more fireworks being set off than usual and then, on the day of the event, the whole city was abuzz with activity. We walked down to the Centro to see what was going on... ...
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