December 20, 2018: Hello Don

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Guanajuato is a small town compared to Cuenca, Ecuador, where I spent my first three months of my nomad adventure. If you look over the maps I am posting with each post, you will notice that I tend to stay in the same limited area with my walks. This is defined by the topography of the town. When I am not walking to buy groceries, there really isn’t much to see. Now if I were doing the tourist sort of thing, there is plenty to do in Guanajuato. Museums, churches, grand vistas, and nightlife. The problem for me is that all these things are within a mile and a half of my apartment. My main point in going out everyday is to have a nice long walk.

Using Google maps to get around is great, but I have to make sure that I do a street view walkthrough, on my laptop, before heading out. Google doesn’t understand, and doesn’t make clear when some of the routes go through tunnels. There is a lot of guessing about some of the areas that their cars can’t get through. There are quite a few areas where a car can’t get through, which do have street view. I guess they must have done those with hand held cameras, like a Gopro.

I have learned that if I want to make sure that I don’t find myself at the end of a dead end street looking at someone’s front door, I had better never take a route that includes areas without street view. I had not learned these lessons on December 20th, when I just punched in the location of the Don Quijote y Sancho Panza. I just lucked out that it was clear walking the whole way.

The walk was interesting, though much of it covered streets I had walked before. It is funny how when you walk a street over and over again, you see things you hadn’t noticed before. Some of the photos I took during my walk on this day, I had seen before, but had my hands full of shopping bags, so I had told myself to take photos when my hands were free.

I guess that some day I should walk up these stairs and see where they lead.
The problem with the streets of Guanajuato is that so many of them are so striking, it is hard not to take photos of all of them, and in every sort of light.
University of Guanajuato, when I came around the corner of the building and saw this edifice, I stopped in my tracks. People looked at me funny.
These tiny little parks are everywhere.
Jorge Alberto Negrete Moreno  was a Mexican singer and actor
Don Quijote y Sancho Panza found: This statue doesn’t look very large in the photo, but it is huge!
Another bug for my collection
On my way back, I noticed this striking fountain behind the statue of Jorge Alberto Negrete Moreno
This fancy planter in front of the Teatro Principal makes a nice landmark to let me know when I have gone in a circle.
Templo de la Compañía de Jesús Oratorio de San Felipe Neri
A close up of the fountain at the corner of the church yard. It was hard to get a photo of it between the Japanese tourist who were doing selfies there.

On Google maps there are little icons of cameras, which note where there is a particularly good place to take a photo. These spots tend to be smothered with tourist, even though there are many many spots around the city that are just as memorable.

Just as a side: I am listening to the audio of book; My Life in France, by Julia Child. I am reassured that she too, was not in a city (in her case Paris) before she started feeling very different from a tourist. She too used the concentration of tourist to guide her way from places and toward better places.

Wow, I had no idea that there were any of these left in the world.
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