Friday, December 21, 2012

Chile: Algarrobo (San Alfonso del Mar)

What vacation would be complete without a little rest and relaxation? Seeing as it was a holiday (of the Virgin of Vasquez) we headed to San Alfonso the "long way" and still made it with plenty of time to enjoy the day (after a pitt stop in "downtown" Algarrobo for a little shopping and coffee). The afternoon was just warm enough for a little beach time, and a walk along the ocean. The next morning was a bit windy and chilly, so we spent most of it in the pyramid housing the heated pool. We had a little more sand/snack play time and it was time to head back to the big city.

waking up at the beach

chilly morning

in the heated pool pyramid

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Chile: Santiago Family Time

Before the end of the year, we managed one more trip- to Chile! This time it was mostly about spending time with family. Here are a few highlights:

 at Mall Sport

 meeting his great-grandmother

 Andes in the background 

 unimpressed with the Domino hotdog

 at Pueblito Los Dominicos

metro time

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Feria Internacional de Libros Guadalajara 2012

Every year Guadalajara hosts one of the largest international book fairs in Latin America. People come from across Mexico (and abroad) to see the huge selection of mostly Spanish language books. The FIL is a big event in the city and includes lots of mini classes, lectures and events. Every year there is one featured country and this year it was Chile, so we had to check it out. It was lots of fun for everyone: the bustle, the books, a little coffee, a little shopping and a lot of mayhem!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Houston Shopping Trip

Before the month of November was over, we managed one more trip. This time is was just D and Little N that headed for a short family visit/shopping extravaganza in Houston. It was quite chilly coming from Mexico, but we bundled up and had lots of fun at the park and the mall, visiting an elementary school and downing a mango lhassi!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dia de los Muertos and Feria de Pan Regional

The Mexican Day of the Dead is celebrated for 2 days: November 1st and 2nd. On the second day, we went downtown to the Centro to see the yearly statues put up by the city. This year they were all made by students from local universities. As usual, we came across an unexpected event: a fair of bread and sweets from around the state. Of course we couldn't resist and had to try some of the delicious treats. It was another fun-filled day!

Feria de Pan Regional:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Daily Life: October 2012

We visited the Guadalajara Zoo.

We attended a breakfast in the synagogue sukkah.

We visited the tianguis del sol, and attended a lunch for "birthdays from June to October".

We went to our first Mexican birthday parties (kid and adult).

We went to Tonala.

We visited a crafts fair and an organic market and bought nothing. So we went to lunch instead.

We celebrated Halloween at a Trunk or Treat and then a Trick or Treat!


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Same Same but Different: Tonala

Yet another weekend morning, and we realized we had a shopping list worth tackling and a destination we hadn't been to in almost 2 years! We were off to Tonala with Little N to tag along. Our shopping list was a bust because the carpenter we wanted to use had his hands full with other projects, but we still made off with some replacement glasses for our set that someone (cough- toddler- cough) had broken, and finally found an entryway mirror that called our name. Little N made off with a new drum (how does that happen every single time?) but for 50 pesos we couldn't say no.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tianguis del Sol Guadalajara

On a random Sunday morning, with no particular plans, we took a look at our "things to do" list and decided to check out the Tianguis del Sol. All in all it was nothing special: a large open air market with some of the usual fruit and vegetable stands, as well as lots of clothing and some other random toys, household goods etc. stands. In the middle there was a typical section of food stands but we preferred not to put our immune system to the test. While the tianguis did not entice us to do much shopping, Little N did make off with a new toy and some grapes for the way home! Here's a visual:

Monday, November 5, 2012

Guadalajara Zoo

We finally made it to the Guadalajara Zoologico, and boy were we impressed! Just coming in down a grandiose staircase and landing in front of a fountain surrounded by flamingos we were already taken with the place. As we started to explore the beautifully landscaped zoo, we realized that it is huge! It was definitely a case where we had to pick and choose because there just wasn't enough time to see everything. Little N loved the experience, was enthralled by the animals and just the general surroundings. Here's a peak:


To Visit: Guadalajara Zoo Website