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Talbots and Kietzmans

Guanajuato was a magical place, enchanting, wonderful, and easily one of our favorites of the last six months. The limited number of drive-able streets created an active lifestyle as we walked through neighborhoods and into the centro via romantic callejons. No matter where we went it seemed as though we were always amidst a party. The plazas … Read more

Angel, Then and Now

As we’ve touched on a few times in the last month, much of Guanajuato’s history and wealth can be traced to the nearby silver mines. Our daily walks through the colonial streets of the city were captivating, and we were eager to wrap our heads around the industry that made it all possible. On our … Read more

Guanajuato House

March 6th, 2013 | Posted by Ian in Lodging | Mexico | The Places We've Been - (4 Comments)
Vista Feliz Window View in Guanajuato, Mexico

Our place in Guanajuato was a perfect little place in a perfect little location. Essentially an open split-level studio, the upper level consisted of the bedroom and bathroom overlooking the living/working area and kitchen below. Highlights include: Speedy internet. After spending a month dealing with rationed satellite web access, it was a great relief to … Read more

Callejon in Guanajuato's Centro

This is a series detailing some of what appear at first to be more mundane details of a place, but will hopefully be illuminating as insights into the grind behind the “glamour.”  Streets, Callejons, and Tunnels Understanding the transportation grid is vital in trying to wrap your head around the gem that is Guanajuato. The … Read more

Papas on Juarez

We’re magnets to street food. Even if we’ve just eaten, we find ourselves drawn to the small stands selling various consumables for pocket change. Many days we took our snack to go, added an avocado, and called it lunch or dinner. On one lovely Saturday, we carried our camera along with us to document the … Read more

Guanajuato Sunrise

This is an installment in an ongoing post series detailing a typical day in one of our destinations. Not everything in this schedule might happen on any given day, but it should give you a good idea of our usual activities. 6:00AM – The first rays of sunlight start hitting the peaks across town out … Read more

Mezcal vs. Tequila

February 26th, 2013 | Posted by Ian in Food | Mexico | The Places We've Been - (7 Comments)
Bottle of Mezcal

It’s safe to say nearly everyone is familiar with tequila, even if they haven’t had any intimate experiences with it. The same can’t be said, however, for tequila’s cousin, mezcal. Let’s compare and contrast: Similarities Both are produced from the heart of the agave plant (though see below on how this is also a difference). … Read more

Museo Casa Diego Rivera

February 25th, 2013 | Posted by Brianna in Art | Mexico | The Places We've Been - (0 Comments)
Rivera's Grandma Looks Like Kenny Powers

There is a placard about 400 feet as the crow flies from our house in Guanajuato that reads, “Diego Rivera pintor magnifico nacio en esta casa el 8 de diciembre de 1886″ (which in English means Diego Rivera, magnificent painter, was born in this house on the 8th of December of 1886). Diego Rivera! Not … Read more

Quijote Painting

Even as we entered el Museo Iconográfico del Quijote, we didn’t really know what to expect. Quijote, Don Quijote that is, is a fictional character interacting with the world we live in through only the pages of a book. Then again, though neither of us have read of his escapades nor knew the extent of … Read more

Mercado Hidalgo

February 21st, 2013 | Posted by Ian in Mexico | The Places We've Been - (6 Comments)
Mercado Hidalgo in Guanajuato

Most decent sized Mexican towns have at least one mercado (market), where vendors come to sell foods and wares of a dizzying variety. Guanajuato is no exception. Mercado Hidalgo, which marks the unofficial eastern edge of the Centro, is a cavernous T-shaped building with an arched roof. Originally intended to be a train station (not … Read more