Thursday, December 4, 2008

Return to San Miguel

I have started the process of returning to San Miguel. I have registered for the course and have begun to look for accommodations, this time I am spending almost a month there so I can have additional time to take more tutoring to expand my knowledge of Spanish and maybe a side trip or two. I am excited about returning to San Miguel and especially Mexico!

I have no grasp of why Mexico excites me so much. Is it the sense of adventure, the process of learning new things, the foreignness of Mexico with the sights and sounds the rawness of living so close to the surface? I just know I get a thrill out of knowing I am returning to Mexico. Happy me, I have travel plans and more to learn, what joy :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The last day

One morning there were hot air ballons over the city

It is rare to see any aircraft over the city do hot air
balloons count as aircraft?

One of the many passageways in hotel

The door to my room

As with everything there is the end. Today was the last day of class for level two and it was Thanks Giving Day too. We had a productive class and got another lecture on the remaining seven tenses of Spanish, it seems that the most difficult part is the one we just completed the next course has fewer exceptions and follows a logical pattern that is much easier to learn and remember.

I almost wish I could start the next level right away, but that is not possible I have to return to Texas to take care of our pets while Samantha goes back to her ship. I will have lots to keep me busy until I do get to take the next level. I have books to read, a workbook to complete, Cd's to listen to, and of course many more verbs to learn and other words and idioms. Happy me I have something to learn :)

I just got a surpise ... the staff here gave me a momento of my visit and they said how they liked having me here and respected me. Wow that was nice ...very nice never had that happen before ....ever !

Monday, November 24, 2008

The last week of Spanish School

Main entrance courtyard of the hotel

Another courtyard

Courtyard view going towards the dinning room

Viw from my level of parking and other rooms

I was wondering how they managed to get their cars out
never found out.
This is the last week of Spanish School at the Warren Hardy School in San Miguel Allende Mexico. We sure have covered a lot of material in the past few weeks. Mr. Hardy is a very good teacher and enjoys his work. My problem is my old brain is working overtime to keep up with the material. When you get older it is harder to learn new things because your not used to the learning atmosphere. I have tried my best but I have not learned as much as I would like however with time I may learn what I need to converse in Spanish.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Another week glides by

The church in the center of town lit at night

The little park across from the church is always busy even
late at nite and during the weekends it is bustling with activity

The sitting area at school

The refreshment area at school

Friends dining out, meeting others at shool was a
lot of fun.
I am deep into the Spanish course now, some parts I find easier than others. I can see where I am gaining some knowledge about the language and also where
I need to improve. I have hired a tutor to help me with the parts I need improvement on. Belive me when it is one on one you learn a lot and a lot faster

It has become cold here and there is no heat in my hotel room or in the classroom and us old folks feel it. This cold weather is a surprise for this time of year. Usually the weather is mild with warm days and cool nights not one cold front after another.

I have gone to two movies while I have been here. One was a view of Mexican history as Mexicans see it, it is a bit poetic. One begins to understand the Mexicans better by understanding how they see their history. Us gringos don't come out looking so good, neither do a lot of Mexicans. The other movie was on the artist Frida Kahlo, a photo biography she had an unusual life quite extraordinary and her contemporaries where well known figures in art and politics of the era. Both movies were well done.

So besides daily classes and homework every day I have gotten out for some amusement.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday update on Spanish class

View of the classroom

The school

The church across the street from the school

The lady I would get my breadfast from in the mornings
I didn't have breakfast at the hotel

We had a nice lecture on the core values of the US vs Mx this morning and in my humble opinion our lecturer was right on.
The US core values are; we look forward and not back (not interested in our history), we value time constantly managing it, talking about it, saving it, using it, spending it. We are obsessed with our watches and schedules; the clock is our tyrant. We also are obsessed with success believing that all one needs to be a success is to work harder than the next guy and we will be rewarded.

The Mexican core values couldn't be more different they are; Respect giving and receiving respect their social manners were institutionalised and are taught to every child. Family and friends come next they want to spend time with them and organize their life and work around them. The next most important core value is free time, they want more of it to spend with their family and friends. They value their history and remember it in many ways.

After the lecture we had another class and quite frankly I didn't do so good, I think I have reached a saturation point or a wall or something. My brain just is not thinking properly. I hope I get over this spell of dumb so I can get on with learning the language instead of being frustrated with my brain. These spells can come over one when the learning is rapid and intense. Otherwise everything is fine. Tomorrow is Saturday and I have another class hope I am more able to cope tomorrow.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Spanish School

Mexican Cowboys on their way to celebrate their Saint's
day in San Miguel

One of the youngsters in the group of Cowboys headed
for thier Saint's day celebration.

I have returned to Mexico for Spanish training. I am taking a course at the Warren Hardy Spanish School in San Miguel Allende Guanajato Mx. I have been here taking the course and I must say it is a good course he drills the
information into you. His course is tailored for more mature adults and he
has abilities to teach the course. Four hours a day you spend in class with
one break and then four hours of homework to reinforce the class work. Lots
of flash cards workbooks Cd's and classroom participation. When he is through
with you, you will know some good Spanish.

I will post some photos of the school later and bring up to date on the goings on with the course, so far I am impressed and I have made progress. Now I can screw things up at a much higher level and I have only been here four days :)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Parades and Fiestas

In San Miguel Allende there are a lot of parades and fiestas more than anywhere else in Mexico. Here are some of the photos of the parades.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Julia gets sick

Well I got the tourista, diarrhea, the trots, GI' sand I was sick for a couple of days so there is a gap in my posts. I finally made it to pharmacy and with my bad mixed up Spanish and their limited English I got some medication. The medication seems to be working and I am able to travel. Glad I learned some Spanish it helped me get what I needed to get over whatever bug I caught.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Update on San Miguel Trip

Here is an update on San Miguel trip.

We took a private tour to Dolores Hildago, which was nice as we had our own guide and he gave a quick explanation of Mexican history and the importance of this town to the revolution of 1810.

Prior to all these visits I was confused about Mexican history and now it is coming together for me. Mexico has had quite a turbulant past and the present is no piece of cake for some Mexicans either.

The Mexican American war is clearly remembered here as they lost half or more of their territory and if some Americans had had their way they would have lost it all. In some areas there is still resentment about that war.

We had a lovely lunch at a very nice restaurant and then a tour of a ceramic factory where we got to see the artists drawing and painting the designs. We bought a couple of small items to bring home.