Goodbye Guanajuato, Hello Santa Fe

30 Mar

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You and I have memories
Longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

We’re on our way home
We’re going home.

                                                 Writers: Paul McCartney, John Lennon

Guanajuato is a tiny gem of a city in the mountains of Mexico. The city is colorful. It is slow. It is welcoming. The “Buenos Dias”, “Buenos Tardes” from our neighbors in the callejon will be much missed.

We have lived our time infinitesimally here, the real goal of our travel. We have had the time to really stop and listen and see the way people live. Writing has been magical here. The words spill out without effort chronicling our days. The beauty of the streets was made for pictures.

Guanajuatenses ask us when we will be back. We demure, unsure if and when it will be. But we have met so many people who come and stay, year after year, becoming part of the cityscape. We will miss the bells, the call of the gas man in the callejon, the sunlight on the cobbles, the sound of Spanish music in the evening, the yellow walls of the basilica, the long meandering walks, the coffee at Conquistador, the mole poblano, and the smell of the orange blossoms in the morning.

Now, were going home to Santa Fe; to Trolley and Fantan waiting for us with wagging tails; to our adobe house sitting silently; to the wide open blue sky; to the red rocks and cactus; to the New Mexico sun; to our good friends.

We will remember Guanajuato and the people we know here with warmth and affection. We will remember.

 

13 Responses to “Goodbye Guanajuato, Hello Santa Fe”

  1. ursulanyc April 13, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    lovely lovely post. brought back so many memories. from time to time i post here – soon i will embark to italy for a little adventure, though i wish it coud be as long as yours has been. i’ll take look here from time to time to read about your upcoming adventures. so nice to meet you both in guanajuato!

    • ursulanyc April 13, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

      oops – here is my link http://flipflopsandboots.tumblr.com/

    • Jill April 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

      So good to hear from you Ursula. Loved all of the photos and writing on your blog. Next adventure is Merida in the Yucatan for Jan-March 2016. Hope we will get a chance to come to New York and see you at the Museum. We were in Sicily for three months, Siracusa. Loved it. Have a wonderful trip to Italy.

  2. Thaddeus March 31, 2015 at 5:34 pm #

    OK, My Neighbors– I’ll Welcome you-both Back with Open Arms &
    with warmth to-boot!! The sun is awaiting, too.

    Greetings…Tadeusz, of Olde

  3. Sue:) March 31, 2015 at 5:24 am #

    Glad you had such a wonderful experience there, thank you for sharing so eloquently. Look forward to seeing you in the Garden:)

    • Jill March 31, 2015 at 5:25 am #

      See you soon.

  4. Ursula March 31, 2015 at 4:41 am #

    Are you home yet?

    • Jill March 31, 2015 at 4:49 am #

      We’re home Tuesday night. See you soon. Jill and Dana

  5. Eleni Cahn March 31, 2015 at 3:49 am #

    We have enjoyed your journal and photo’s so much. They transported us to a place that we would love to visit some day. Thank you and welcome home!
    Leni & Gilles Cahn

  6. Richard Thurston March 30, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    Nos vamos. Ha sido un placer. Buen viaje.

  7. Barbara and Ernie Werren March 30, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    ¡Ambos triste y alegre! ¡Espero que nos veamos en Santa Fe este verano! Tenga un buen y seguro viaje a casa…vamos a estrañar las fotos y palabras de Guanajuato…
    Barbara y Ernie

  8. Derek March 30, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    Thanks for the ride. And welcome home…..

  9. Dede March 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    Safe travels, my wonderful friends. Thank you for sharing this adventure. Much love, Dede

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