Guanajuato, Mexico

Trip Start Oct 03, 2008
Trip End Sep 06, 2009

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Mason de la Fragua & Hayde's casa

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Friday, April 3, 2009

The drive from Mazatlan to Guanajuato was a little long for one day so we opted to stay in San Juan de los Lagos.  After we got the 4Runner searched at a checkpoint by the Federales, we arrived early evening and left early morning.  We have a few pics of our evening there. 

Note:  Our toll road total from Mazatlan to Guanajuato was $70 US.  Ouch! 

Early Saturday morning we left for Guanajuato.  We read that it was ideal for walking, but tricky to drive around. That's an understatement!  Try a total nightmare to drive around.  We drove in and out of underground tunnels for about an hour and a half.  We finally parked the car in an hourly parking garage- estacionamiento (that's our %*&($* espanol for the day!). 

We eventually found a hotel that offered parking and we were finally able to enjoy the beautiful colonial city of Guanajuato.  The hotel also offered wifi so Darren could catch some March Madness on his laptop and Kristi could find a school for Spanish lessons. 

The Escuela Mexicana is where we decided to take our week long immersion of Spanish lessons.  We also chose to stay with a Mexican host family for the time we were in school.  We ended up staying with Hayde's family, the director of the school.  Hayde had two teenage daughters (Cybil and Tanya) and a boyfriend (Darrel) from Canada.  Darrel was a big help with translating for us.  There were two other students staying at Hayde's casa with us.  There was Kevin from St. Louis, Missouri and Jim from Los Angeles, California.  Kevin was teaching English at a private school in Northern Mexico.  Jim took a sabbatical from accounting in LA.  Kevin and Jim were both far ahead in their Spanish skills than we were.  Needless to say, their dinner conversations were much better than ours.

We opted to take the intensive traveler's course offered through Escuela Mexicana.  This meant we had two group lessons and two private lessons each day (four hours total).  Our teachers were very patient with us.  We had Susie's class for vocabulary in the mornings, then Paola for conversation.  We had Luis for private lessons in the evening for two hours.  

A festival called Feria Del Libro, put on by the Univeridad de Guanajuato, was happening during our stay.  We were able to check out a few different musical and dance performances.  The two best performances we saw were Maraventho, a Rumba-fusion group with a belly dancer, and Rondalla Santa Fe. 
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