Goodbye Santa Fe, Hello Guanajuato

3 Jan


We arrive in Guanajuato Mexico on December 30th, 2015. Our Mediterranean adventure expands now to include other regions of the world. This three-month trip to Guanajuato has a new purpose…to study Spanish. I will be studying Spanish every morning at Escuela Mexicana, a language school a 20 minute walk from our house.

Our house in Guanajuato is up a narrow cobblestone walk street called Callejon Griteria. There are 110 steps uphill to our door. But at the end of the climb, the first thing you see is the orange tree in the front yard…the only tree and grass in our neighborhood.

002After climbing the hill, there are more stairs from the outside gate up to the yard. Then more from the yard to the front door. We are going to be in shape by the end of this trip.


The bright yellow house is colorful with ornamental tiles throughout. We are number 4 and have a wrought iron lantern to light our way in at night.


The casita is warm and comfortable. Couches and chairs are covered by serapes. Striped blankets and masks decorate the walls with authentic Mexican pottery on the shelves and chests.

This will be our home base while we are here. We will travel out on foot on Guanajuato’s walking streets. Few people here use cars in the city. Museums and landmarks are right outside our door…a very good beginning to our Mexican sojourn.


10 Responses to “Goodbye Santa Fe, Hello Guanajuato”

  1. Lori McGirl March 16, 2015 at 11:36 pm #

    Hi Jill and dana, Maryl gave me the wrong info and in her latest journal writing had a different blog. I wonder if you and Maryl ever speak Spanish just for a few minutes.

    Lori MC G

    • Jill March 17, 2015 at 12:16 am #

      Hi Lori, We do speak Spanish. We are in the same conversation class so we chat there. But sometimes we do it outside of class. Hope you both are well and enjoying California weather. It’s cold and rainy here. Jill

  2. Dede January 4, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    Ahhh.. now I can begin to picture you there. Looks lovely.

    • Jill January 4, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

      School is really beautiful. On sunny days the roof garden is outstanding.

  3. Eleni Cahn January 4, 2015 at 4:36 am #

    Thank you for including us on your latest adventure. We look forward to future episodes. The photo’s are lovely!

    • Jill January 4, 2015 at 11:22 am #

      Leni: So great to have you with us on the trip. Dana is a great photographer, I must say.

  4. Derek January 3, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    Looks like “4” is your lucky number. Verdad?

    • Jill January 4, 2015 at 11:28 am #

      I, for one, certainly hope it is. I have been studying Spanish in Chile, Santa Fe, Peru and now Mexico. I still struggle with speaking coherently. By the time I have assembled the sentence in my mind, the conversation is two topics on down the carretera. Tu sabes lo que quiero decir?

  5. Paul Mabarrack January 3, 2015 at 10:06 pm #

    So uplifting to see you two in action again. And with that capacity to find the quirkiest place to stay.

    • Jill January 4, 2015 at 11:29 am #

      How great to know you are still following us Paul. Our time with you in Adelaide has such great memories…making more in Mexico.

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