A Month In GTO

Shame on me. I haven’t updated the blog in quite some time. Honestly, there just isn’t anything blogworthy to write about now that I’m living here and no longer a tourist. I have random nights out and other fun stuff, but nothing as adventurous as getting lost while discovering a new place for the first time. At this point, I know Guanajuato now and lots of people recognize me. Anyway, I just wanted to give a quick update for those that worry that I may have been dumped in a river somewhere.

I now have a daily routine that is just as standard as most of yours now that I’m working on some business ideas.

Each morning I wake up around 7am, since that’s what time Mexico starts. Random early noises include church bells going off, early-bird horn-honkers, the Gas or Water Man that walks down all the alleys yelling his services (and occasionally pushing my buzzer) and, of course, the wife upstairs playing soccer with her pots and pans… I could go on and on. It’s no longer a big deal, though, and I’m 100% used to everything.

So, up until yesterday (when I started my health kick and workout routine again, finally) I would take an early morning stroll to my Panaderia for some freshly baked sweet bread and pastries and then grab some coffee at the shop by my house before spending the day working. It’s always semi-hectic as it’s the exact time parents walk their little kids to the elementary school by my house. What’s cool about school kids (K-12 grade) is that they all wear matching uniforms. They all look like gentlemen and little ladies, it’s really cute. I’d take a picture for the blog but it’s a wee bit creepy and I’m still not certain that Guanajuato isn’t one of those ‘torch and pitchfork’ rally towns.

Anyway, the cobblestone sidewalks are made for one and a half persons so you either have to shimmy when you pass people or just get forced into the street by those that just aren’t the shimmying type (or are face-down in their phones), a.k.a. douchebags. And there isn’t much room in the street, ESPECIALLY if the bus comes barreling by. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been 2 feet or less from having my head taken off by the side-view mirror. In fact, I was almost crushed by a bus the other day when it went around a turn and the back end almost painted me all over the wall. Good times.

Random Street in GTO

Random Street in GTO

Random Stuff

There are some benefits to being the gringo in town. One of them is that I was invited to speak at a class at the University of Guanajuato the other day. It was 4th semester English students that were studying Chemical Engineering. Since I’ve worked with several engineers throughout my career in Biotechnology, one of my friends thought it would be beneficial to talk to her students about their career choices, what they can expect and types of projects they could be working on. Plus, I answered any other questions they had. The main idea was that it is highly beneficial for them to learn engineering and maintenance terminology in English since the demand for the language is so high. It was actually a great opportunity for me, as well, since I’m not really fond of speaking in front of groups. I really ended up enjoying the experience! I actually wouldn’t mind teaching English in that capacity if I had the opportunity.

I Like This Street

I Like This Street

Cervantino is here. It’s a 3-week international cultural festival that attracts tourists from all over the world. It’s gotten extremely crowded here since it stated the other day with an out-of-control fireworks display. Cultural events, film festivals, raves in the underground street tunnels… lots of stuff to do and see, day or night. I actually met up with one of my friends on Saturday night and the streets were absolutely flooded at all hours. I kinda wish it would end already since all the bars and clubs have lines out the door. Not to mention the ATMs are frequently out of money. In any event, this festival is the city’s main attraction and is extremely popular.

Random Hill

Random Hill

Cockroaches. Yup, I’ve got ’em. The first time I saw one I was laying in my bed and as I got up to go to the kitchen there was a thumb-sized cockroach sitting on the wall, less than a foot from my head! I don’t like large insects, so you could say it startled me a tad bit. I usually see a few per week, if that, and they’re pretty small – sometimes smaller than an ant! Anyway, I’ve left a few demolished carcasses lying around to let the others know I mean business.

I hate that my shower head is 10 feet in the air.

One of the neighbors was letting off fireworks intermittently for about an hour the other day. The best part was not knowing when the next one would come and being jolted by what sounded like a musket blast to the ear.

My ability to understand a Spanish conversation at full speed (and littered with Mexican slang) is progressing soooo slowly.

Watching sports outside of the Pacific Time Zone sucks. West Coast baseball games start at 9pm for me. Football on Sunday starts at noon – which is lame.

2 Responses to “A Month In GTO”

  • Irene on October 20, 2013

    COCKROACHES! Yikes….sounds like you are settled in and doing well. Hasta luego, Mijo!

  • Claudia on November 16, 2013

    you write the the funnest travel blogs, Paullie! Glad you’re having such a great time over there. Can’t wait to visit you! 🙂

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