Jan 13, 2019

Materializing New Saints! – Guanajuato

When was the last time … 
… you did something for the first time?

John C Maxwell

Eclectic collection on the front of a nearby home
As you get closer to a new place, you begin to create expectations of its feel, look, size, energy, history, or people.  I did so for Guanajuato as I have for the many new parts of the world I was lucky enough to admire, and to date, I have been repeatedly happily surprised. 

Dec 24, 2018

Leprosy of Time and Space - Guanajuato

We don’t see things as they are,
we see them as we are.

Anais Nin

Up or down?  Hanging-like homes near tunnel
A ray of light shines through old unfinished pink begriming arches at the top of an aged temple.  I feel lavishly blessed by what our enigmatic ancient hosts have left for us to discover.  Can we continue taking care of such treasures?  Can we learn from them?

Dec 16, 2018

Bleeding History, Art and Charm – Guanajuato

Truth suffers but never perishes

Mexican Proverb

Only in a town honoring Don Quixote can you find windmills as Holiday Decorations
El Teatro Juarez and a partial moon.
There is a sense of adventure that comes from not having definite plans so here I come, barely prepared, to live in Guanajuato for 4-5 months.  Right away I am surrounded by history, art, and welcomed by the amazing kindness and charm of the locals.  Let this new journey begin.

Nov 14, 2018

Hills of Colors, Tunnels of Darkness, Mexican Medina – Guanajuato

The only ‘reservations’ in Mexico are a few ghettos
of expatriate norteamericanos.

Kate Simon

School grounds – peaceful – old home of a sculptor
You know you are back in Mexico when, at dawn, you hear more roosters than dogs, more church bells than car horns, and many people singing or playing music.  Folks stay up late, and few get up early.  I just arrived in beautiful Guanajuato, a city nearly at the geographical epicenter of the country.  I am here to learn more Spanish and re-immerse in the Mexican culture I love so much. 

Nov 2, 2018

Remembering 60,000 Forced Goodbyes – South Africa

Sometimes I see the face and not the soul.

Shawn Colvin

Cape Agulhas 1849 lighthouse. 
Most southern on the African continent.
From the large city of Nairobi, Kenya, we end our trip in another city virtually the same size (3+ millions) but with a vastly different feel = Cape Town, South Africa.  After ten+ weeks and nearly 9,000 miles (14,500 km), we have crisscrossed ten countries; been on eleven safaris; exposed to the atrocities of the Rwanda genocide; seen the source of the Nile, the longest river in the world; been drenched by Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders; drifted over the smooth waters of the Okavango Delta; witnessed the beginning of the largest wildebeests and zebras migration in the Serengeti; boarded down tall sand dunes; saw incredible sceneries and met kindhearted people everywhere we went.