Serendipity

Sometimes, the best parts of travel are unplanned, and today I had the pleasant surprise of stumbling into the middle of a local religious celebration. The silver mines of Guanajuato were some of the most productive in the world – producing great riches for Spain and its monarchy, and in 1557 as an expression of…

El Sabor de Mexico

One of the most incredible things about Mexico is its food, and sampling the local cuisine is always a treat. You won’t find it, however, in the larger restaurants that cater to the tourists. Watch where the locals eat, and that’s usually where you will find the best flavors – el sabor mas mejor. In…

A Little Prayer Never Hurts

As anyone who has ever ridden in a Mexican bus or taxi can attest, the drivers only know one speed – muy rapido. Probably explains the crucifix hanging in every taxi and bus. The narrow, steep, and twisting streets of Guanajuato don’t slow them down in the least, and Guanajuato also provides an additional bit…

Los Rico y Los Pobres

Yesterday I spent some time wandering around Guanajuato and familiarizing myself with its many narrow twisting streets, but two places that I visited made Mexico’s historical dichotomy between rich and poor extremely apparent. The Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuto is located off the Plaza de la Paz, and its numerous murals, chandeliers, and statues…

Work Never Stops

Guanajuato is known for its narrow streets and alleys. After a long bus ride down through Mexico, I arrived in town and took a taxi to my lodgings for the week at Casa Lucy – that little gray speck way up top. Well, I almost arrived. A construction crew was working on a new installation…

We’re All Tourists

At some time in our life, each and every one of us is a tourist. But, what exactly does that mean? Is there some minimum distance you must travel before you cross the line of demarcation between being a local, or a native, and become a tourist?  Does being a tourist require an overnight stay,…

Anticipation

For the first time in over four years I’m taking an actual vacation. I’m going back to Mexico – the interior that is. I live near the border, so crossing over for things like shopping and dental appointments is pretty commonplace, but it’s been a long time since I’ve traveled in the interior of the…