Friday, June 20, 2008

The Mummy Museum

Wow, this was the coolest museum I've ever been to. It's so wrong, but it's so cool at the same time.

The guidebook sort of whizzes right by this one. Mentions that it's grotesque and that's about all there is to it. Other than the view from the El Pipila monument, this is certainly the highlight of Guanajuato for me. You'll just need to take a look at my pictures to see why this place is so crazy awesome.

I highly recommend seeing this place.

A combination of the soil conditions and a dry climate of the mountainous area caused the bodies in the local cemetery to dry out naturally before they could decompose. The bodies were placed in tombs, seven rows high; apparently, those in the middle row were more likely to have been naturally mummified. However, only those who failed to pay the grave tax (approximately $17) were ever exhumed.

June 19, 2008

I got an early start this morning. I climbed up the winding pathways to visit El Pipila taking a few wrong turns along the way. But as long as I was going up, I knew I had to be going in the right direction.

I am on top of a mountain where there's a monument called El Pipila. El Pipila was a Mexican independence hero. The view from up here is breathtaking. I've been sitting here admiring it all morning. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE GUANAJUATO!!??

Emailed with some friends and with dad sitting here for hours. I feel at peace.


Just finished eating my first meal in Guanajuato. I had Chicken Enchiladas, but they were nothing like the food back home. Potatoes and carrots all over these. Pretty good and really cheap. Coke and enchiladas for only $5. :)

June 18, 2008 16:30

I've been sitting in the Jardin de la Union for about 15 minutes. It's beautiful, relaxing and makes for great people watching. There are mariachi bands playing at the restaurants along the Jardin.

I really can't wait to feel more comfortable talking to the locals. Even asking where something is is proving to be quite the challenge.

My hostel - Hostal Del Truco - is right next to the Jardin. While the hostel itself is pretty shabby the people who work there are really nice (even though they don't speak English) and you really can't beat this location!

There are some really cute guys around here!!

I wonder if I'm going to have a roommate at the hostel? Right now it's just me - would be nice if it stayed that way.

Feels weird writing in a handwriting is so bad and it's hard to make some of the letters because I haven't written anything in a LONG time!

June 18, 2008 9:30 a.m.

At the ATL airport. My adventure is finally here. I'm not sure what emotions I'm really feeling at the moment. I think mostly I'm worried that I don't know enough Spanish to really experience what I want to experience while I'm in Guanajuato. I think it will probably be easier once I get into Spanish classes in Guadalajara. I'm also worried about the lack of money coming into the business, but we'll get into that later.

Back In Time

This is the first time I've been able to get online since arriving in Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. (No, that's not a mistake. Guanajuato is the name of the town as well as the name of the state.)

My dear friend, Kareina, gave me a fancy shiny journal to keep with me while traveling. I haven't actually written anything on paper in years so it's been an interesting experience in itself. The good news is now, I have some random musings of when I've been out and about in Guanajuato. I think I will type up my entries so you all can have a peep inside of the science of Amy.

Sorry these are late...but I'm going to write them as I wrote them in the journal.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Packing Sucks

I would like to state for the record that packing sucks. Packing sucks hardcore. Packing sucks ass.

Yes... packing sucks.