Guanajuato- continued

While we are hanging out with our friends The Slow Dutchman , we will spend some time exploring the city of Guanajuato.  The four of us (and three dogs) rented a house for several weeks and enrolled in Spanish language school.  For fun, we signed up for a food tour and walked around the city sampling delicious foods and learning about the history of the town. Nearly every day we take taxi rides (cheap) and walk many miles (ouch) as we cover the city from end to end.  Below is a collection of photos that have been labeled with descriptions.  Take a look at these beautiful images.  And as always, please send a note, reply with a question or reach out and contact us.  You can respond here, find us on Facebook or contact us through Instagram.  We would love to hear from you!

Callejons are the names of the little alleyways. These lead to homes, fields, streets and interconnect the entire city.  These are steep, stone and brick walkways.

While walking the dogs one day we came upon a fancy wedding set up.

A closer shot, with the bride turning to look back one last time!

This is another little walkway connecting homes in Guanajuato.  Notice the chicken near the top left.  We walk this way almost every day as we take the dogs to a small field in the barrio near our rental house.

 

These donkeys are tied to the trees twice a week. They carry charcoal down to the restaurants along this street.

Don Quixote is an important figure in this city. There are many sculptures in his image. And a large museum.

This photo is taken at the Mercado Embajadores where we eat lunch often. The half-cow carcass is being cut up to be sold in the butcher case behind the man.

Near our house is a small lake. Guanajuato once had a river running through the centre. The water was held back by a dam (presa) and is now used for recreation.

This sign serves as the menu at the mercado food stand. Typical lunch food options here include those shown on this list. We have sampled (and enjoyed) most of it!

The jacaranda trees are covered in purple blossoms.

The jacaranda trees drop the blossoms all over the ground, the cars, the streets.

The blossoms of the jacaranda trees look like purple rain.

The four students in our Spanish class. We are learning the language and having a great deal of fun, too!

Serious students working on Spanish!

Spanish class includes an hour of homework each night. We are in class for 4 hours a day!

The Spanish language school celebrated a birthday. All the students that day were invited to share a yummy cake and fresh delicious juices.

The mummy museum in Guanajuato is quite eerie. And has changed dramatically since we were here 16 years ago.

You can learn more about the mummy museum with a quick search. But they really are just petrified, preserved human bodies that have been exhumed from crypts under the city cemetery.

The camper/truck has secured a decent parking space near our rental house.

This is the front entryway to our house. This locked, metal door is up a set of stairs on a busy street.

At the top of the second set of stairs lies this beautiful garden. Here we see Zeb stepping out of the master bedroom.

The home we have rented has been in the family for several generations. It is a traditional home for this area. Thick walls, cool tile floors, traditional furniture and high ceilings are characteristic of homes in this area. It is a comfortable place for all of us to relax and focus on school.

Here is a photo of Seri relaxing in the garden area of our rental house. You can see how houses are built up the hillsides, one behind and above another.

Mango is racing out of the bedroom door to see who is coming up the stairs!

 

7 responses to “Guanajuato- continued

  1. This is such an interesting, fun, and educational journey that you two are on. Love it!

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  2. When we visited in early 2000’s it was long, dark tunnels filled bones and bodies inside dusty crypts and dugouts. This time it was just a few of the bodies propped up in glass cases. Still eerie, but quite changed.

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  3. I vividly remember the mammies from my visit 49 years ago. They were located in underground crypts at the town cemetery. It was there 49 years ago. I kept dreaming of them for a while.

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  4. Hey guys .. Maggie & I have been enjoying your trip from the start. One question … your photos are very interesting .. we were wondering if there was any way for you to link the high res versions of each photo to the smaller ones posted in your blog?

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  5. Exploring towns from end to end are great. One thing we like to do is stay a night in a small town here in the states and just take our time going through the little shops and such. Instead of just driving past, slow down and look. So many great things to see. Of course having time to do that is another thing. We can not always do that but we love it when we can. Looks like you have found some treasures in that town.

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