…let me see if I can get in. So I convinced the guards to let the woman come in with me so I could see…
Month: December 2018
Here comes many pictures of the church in Chapala, a small church for a small town, decked out in preparation for the Guadalupe Day celebrations.
There she is, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, other names for the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Patron Saint of Mexico.
I was even able to make the dog park outing today. It was 25, downright balmy compared to last winter’s visit when the high was often 0.
There was a nice crowd out and all the dogs were in dog park heaven. The people were standing around visiting like the good sports they are.
Note the arrow in the lower left. Kai likes to run out to join one of the racing packs of big dogs and when he’s ready for a break he bolts for the legs of the nearest people who without exception go AWWWW and bend down to pet him.
December 24, 2018
Cynthia! and Kai! YAY!! Kai was good for three clicks and then he needed to take a break. We took maybe 15 pictures, 3 pictures 5 times and he looked absolutely exactly the same in every one of them. He’d look at me just like this, and then we’d click-click-click and without variation Kai at the third click he’d be OUTTA here.
I took the bus from Chapala this morning into Guadalajara to catch a few sights I was sorry to have missed the first day at the beginning of the week.
Here’s how my day went: walk to the Chapala bus station for the 1 hour ride into Guadalajara.
A) walk from the bus station to the largest market I have ever ever seen. I do say that every time I’m in a gigantic market because I can’t see from one end to the other so who knows.
B) visit the Hospicio Cabañas | Instituto Cultural Cabañas which was indeed all that and a bag of chips.
C) walk over to the heart of the Centro Historico again to catch the Christmas displays.
D) stroll down to the hotel I stayed at before and enjoyed so well to catch an uber for a ride…
E) to the town of Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tla-ke-Pa-ke), once a town standing on its own but now surrounded by Guadalajara.
Me sitting in my chair, looking to the panel of windows in the front bedroom at the street side of the house. From here I can turn my head to the left for the panel of windows in the living room, and then further to the left for the panel of windows in the dining room. So many windows, and all this light is a real blessing.
‘The complex was founded in 1791 by the Bishop of Guadalajara in order to combine the functions of a workhouse, hospital, orphanage, and almshouse. It owes its name to Juan Ruiz de Cabañas who was appointed to the Holy See of Guadalajara in 1796 and engaged Manuel Tolsá, a renowned architect from Mexico City, to design the structure.’
There are maybe 20 of these courtyards throughout the complex each with its own decorations and personality.
The big gun. It was huge and very disarming and totally awesome, and not pleasant At All.
‘Following the death of Cabañas in 1823, construction continued until 1829. Although it served for a time as barracks in the mid-19th century, the hospital lasted well into the 20th century and continued to function until 1980, when the Cabañas Cultural Institute, with affiliated schools for arts and crafts, moved in.
‘The highlight of the interior decoration is a series of monumental frescoes by José Clemente Orozco, including one of his most famed creations, the allegory of The Man of Fire (1936–39).’
Look what Santa brought, all snug in their hand-made stocking.
A neat-o coin purse, two nylon packing and laundry bags, yummy dark chocolate salted caramels, classic Pockys, a cool watercolor desktop succulent calendar, a bent and straight washable straw, toothpicks for the permanent food catcher in my mouth, an emersion blender that I’ve been wanting and that is on its way to my house, and a choice of dinner at the restaurant of my choice. Wow, right?!
December 26, 2018
Kai was always going to be super-small for his breed, Cynthia knew that when she got him, but check it out, that’s Bodhi, Kieran’s full-sized Mini Australian Shepherd.
Kai has the same weight as a Toy Australian Shepherd but he has papers and both his parents are the size of Bodhi.
December 27, 2018
We went to a store that specializes in making orthotics to get a new set for Cynthia. Here’s their store dog, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
Tolling is the right word ‘the name “toller” is derived from their ability to lure waterfowl within gunshot range.’ ‘The definition of the term tolling derives from the Middle English word “tollen” which means to draw or entice.’
It all went smoothly although the traffic was as insanely bad as anywhere in a congested big city.
I just looked it up – Tlaquepaque is now totally absorbed into Guadalajara but it still has its own borders with a population of 600,000 in 2010. I’m shocked. In 2017 Santa Monica had a population less than 100,000.
Here we have a model taking pictures for donations.