domingo, 2 de diciembre de 2012
The Mother's Visit
I was just finishing my semester abroad, and my undergraduate degrees, when my mum threw together a last minute trip over to visit me. I actually hadn't even finished my exams before she arrived in Mexico. So she spent a few days in Mexico City before coming over to see me in Guadalajara.
In the last few days that she was over I took her to Guanajuato. I hadn't spent so much time with her in years, and by the time we arrived in Guanajuato I was beginning to tire of some of her tricks. She doesn't speak Spanish, and wouldn't even attempt to buy anything for herself if I was there with her. She was scared to try food when she didn't know what it was. She would always walk behind me in the street. She would never suggest a place to eat, but would just say, ''Wherever you want,''... which, given that I myself am terrible at making up my mind, isn't much of a help. She was, at least, suitably impressed by the quaint beauty of Guanajuato. We had been up these stairs of the university during the day, and up to the lookout, but I had wanted to see it at night. So we wandered around and around, with me leading and getting us slightly lost, through the winding, narrow streets, passing the underground tunnels, until we stumbled across it again.
I always hold that while Mexico is pretty during the day, it is stunning at night. I think it is partly the quality of the light, its yellowness, as well as how the streets seem to come to life. Guanajuato was no exception. I particularly like this one for the ring of light which seems to give it a surreal quality, like the photo, or reality, has been twisted slightly.