Ballet Class

DiploTot has been enjoying a ballet class that she has been taking now for several months. It makes for a good afternoon activity for her and she has several friends that are also in the class. One of the great things about Mexico is what all these kid activities cost. For around $25 a month we get two one-hour classes a week. That is tough to beat and if she looses interest in continuing, no biggie.

The girls recently had their exam and all the parents were able to come watch as they showed what they have learned before graduating from the beginner class.

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Tequila Tasting

Several weeks ago there was a tequila tasting at the Consul General’s residence. The owner of a tequila store in Tlaquepaque was on hand to explain the tequila making process and to provide tastings for several different tequilas from G4 and Fortaleza. It made for a fun evening and has me ready to visit the town of Tequila for more tours and tastings.

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Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera

Our trip wrapped up with a visit to this beautiful ex-hacienda on our way out of town.  The family that owned the hacienda was descended from those that discovered the La Valenciana silver vein in 1558, a mine that for 250 years produced 20% of the world’s silver. So as you can see, the beautiful furnishings and gardens probably still amounted to chump change considering the wealth that was coming from this particular silver mine.

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Mummies

Mexican culture really has a fascination with death and the macabre. So it only seems reasonable that if it was discovered, while cemeteries were being expanded during a cholera outbreak in the 1800s, that the soil and climate in Guanajuato was a bit conducive to the mummification process, that those corpses should be displayed in a museum, right? Right?

Well, that’s what you get with El Museo De Las Momias. I was interested in checking things out and when Francisca also wanted to go, the two of us grabbed a taxi along with DiploBoy and headed to the tourist attraction. It was all quite surreal and a bit disturbing, but I’m glad we paid the museum a visit.

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Hidalgo Market

One way to manage a weekend away with the kids is to always have plenty of “incentives” ready when mom and dad want to keep touring around the city. The possibility of ice cream always works well, or the possibility of some small little gift, which was the “incentive” we offered up to make our way to the Hidalgo Market. We figured there would be some kind of little purse that would keep DiploTot motivated.

This was a market where the locals go, so it was filled with people selling trinkets and gifts, but also plenty of meat, ready to be chopped and weighed, as well as fruits and vegetables and other dining options.

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There’s that purse that was promised.

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