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Nov 24, 2013 - Guanajauto ...captivating city

The past two days have been packed full. We arrived in the welcoming city of Guanajuato early to enjoy the market and street life. The city is very impressive, established is 1541 as a Spanish mining outpost it is an intertwined labyrinth of tunnels and narrow streets that each seam to end in a plaza or cathedral. The minerals that lead to mining also preserved the bodies of the buried ....which lead us to the Mummy museum. The solemn walk through the dead was impactful and a heavy experience. Our mood was lightened up as walked...

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Jun 24, 2013 - Monday, June 24th

Carmen's breakfast are still a major hit and we look forward to starting our day at her table. There are only two things left for us to see in this town, the cemetery and the Museo de la Alhondiga (al ohn dee gah) de Granaditas. Today being Monday, we find out most museums are closed, so we get on the local bus to the cemetery, although we could have easily walked. What a sight, everything from the big and elaborate to the small and inconspicuous. Some graves were marked with just initials and a date others just a cross. Some plots had lots...

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Jun 23, 2013 - Sunday in Guanajuato

We start our day with Carmen's breakfast, oh it's so good to be back in Guanajuato! Eggs Mexicano, her famous refried beans, fajita filling served with tortillas and a big bowl of fruit. Margaret and Stephen from Montreal joined us for breakfast and convince us to take the bus to Santa Rosa, a rustic small town highlighting a church, a pottery factory and one Restaurant, de la Sierra, with a view of the mountains that was breathtaking. There are other places to get something to eat, food carts on the side of the road, however we were...

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Jun 22, 2013 - Travel back to Guanajuato (GTO)

Goodbye, San Miguel - hope to see you again. After breakfast we take a taxi to the bus station headed back to GTO. We have approximately 1 hour to nap on the bus before reaching our destination, Casa Zuniga. Our same room is ready and we settle in for the rest of our stay. Since this is our second stint here we feel we can be leisurely and absorb the culture, instead of racing to the sights. On the itinerary today is Museo Diego Rivera Museo (Freida's Husband) was born and lived his early life in a large 19th century house. Today, this...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Last Night in San Miguel

José Feliciano, our driver, (that was really his name) picked us up at 8:30 a.m. for the Botanical Gardens. Our first day of rain, not the best weather for this outting but armed with umbrellas we get out of the taxi. Hence, the reason for the abundance of cactus photos. We only had 1 1/2 hours to view this 220 acres of cacti, succulents and other botanic families. Fortunately, we were in the Conservatory when it poured and missed most of the rain. We made our way to the Garden of the Scent, where lavender, rosemary and thyme was growing...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Road Trip to Pozos

We hired a driver, Antonio, from San Miguel Travel to take us on a tour of Pozos, a defunct, cooper and iron ore mining town, that saw its hay day in the early 1900's. What is a tour of a town without visiting their parish church (built in the 1500's) so that's where we start. Next we drive to a vacant hacienda and walk around the property stopping to look down a mine on our knees so we don't fall in. Antonio throws a rock down the opening so we can hear how deep the shaft is. It was a very long way down. Huge piles of iron ore and other...

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Jun 20, 2013 - Road trip - Dolores Hidalgo and Atotonilco

Road trip to Dolores Hidalgo and Santuario De Atotonilco Mirta heads to her final class and Debbie and I head for Cafe Rama for a breakfast treat. I order a coffee and homemade blueberry scone and she orders a chocolate pie infused with chili (we love that combination). Miguel picks us up at 12 Noon and takes us to Santuario and Dolores Hidalgo. About 7 miles NE of SMA is a small sanctuary of Atotonilco, meaning "place of hot waters". Started as a hacienda but in 1740 the land was purchased by a priest named Luis Felipe Neri de Alfaro and...

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Jun 19, 2013 - Road Trip

Cristina invited us to participate in the Foods of the World, at Universidad Tecnologica De San Miguel De Allende, where she is the director of Gastronomy, Americans call it Culinary Art. Each team of high school kids had a table set up and presented the food, (some food was worthy to taste, others were not) traditional clothing, and religion of the counties they were assigned. Our mission was to speak English so they could practice theirs. At least one kid in every team could speak decent English, however, when asked a question the...

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Jun 17, 2013 - Feast of St. Anthony

It's Sunday and the Feast of St. Anthony starts with fireworks, promptly at 6:00 am. When I say fireworks, I mean equivalent to any grand finale out there. San Miguel celebrates this Feast with Dia de Loco (day of the crazies). Starting with an outside Mass at St Antonio (the whole town attends this mass the church could not accommodate them all). People come dressed up in costumes (think Mardi Gras) because the parade starts when mass is over. Most of the costumes are pretty elaborate. There is music and food and energy while the parade...

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Jun 17, 2013 - San Miguel -Day 4

It's Monday and another leisurely morning, which I'm starting to not only like but require. I'm not going to lie, the elevation is affecting me a bit. We eat breakfast at our hotel, Mansion de Bosque, which offers a variety of item , we ordered eggs, Ranchero and Mexicano with fresh fruit (the food in SMA does not disappoint). Mirta leaves for her class on the economical and cultural changes in Mexico (see interesting facts below) and Deb and I head to town to window shop. The afternoon was spent at the market, where we tasted mamei, a...

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Jun 16, 2013 - San Miguel, Day 2

Fireworks and church bells woke us at 6:00 AM to start the Feast of Saint Anthony (on Sunday). There is always something going on in this town, just because. It was then we realized we survived the night, cat free. Since the door does not close properly, Debbie concocted a full proof way to keep the cats out and it worked. After breakfast (eggs, toast and fruit) we head down the cobblestone road into town. We stopped by the Parroquia St. Anthony, as they set up for the big day tomorrow. The entire church is decorated with yellow flowers,...

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Jun 15, 2013 - San Miguel de Allende (SMA)

Church bells ring (are you listening) another day, another breakfast. Stuffed chicken (with ham and cheese), zapallito, which is a warm medley of squash and delicious, fresh fruit, avocado salsa and refried beans, Carmen is a fantastic cook. Great conversation with our new friends and a real plus they all speak English. Mirta is especially happy about that too. Saves her from having to translate for us. We leave for San Miguel, a taxi ride later ($27 pesos) we arrive at the bus station. Included in the fare ($98 pesos or $9.80 USD) is a...

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