Traveling in Morelia, Michoacán

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Roland Dodds

Roland Dodds is an educator, researcher and father who writes about politics, culture and education. He spent his formative years in radical left wing politics, but now prefers the company of contrarians of all political stripes (assuming they aren't teetotalers). He is a regular inactive at Harry's Place and Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar El Muneco
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    Thanks for sharing that, it was quite interesting.

    Some of that looked awfully familiar. When I was in junior high, my parents and I took a bus trip from Guadalajara (damn, but it rains intensely but quickly there) to Mexico City – traveling as tourists, but Spanish-speaking (well, enough to kind of get along, I was in junior high) ones rather than hitting the US tourist spots. I’m pretty sure the route took us down towards Morelia rather than up through Guanajuato, but that was thirty years ago (when they used to have a show).

    I have very few memories of that trip, unfortunately. I do remember that our disguise was helped by the fact that the airline had managed to lose only my parents’ bag, so they used the reimbursement to buy replacements at the market in Guadalajara. I remember watching a Vincent Price movie in a hotel that was a former convent. Archie comics and MAD magazine were even more surreal in Spanish. And we visited more churches (well, cathedrals) in a couple of weeks than we did in my entire childhood at home.Report

    • Avatar Roland Dodds in reply to El Muneco
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      @el-muneco A bus trip would be interesting. I might have to try that next time we head down there. Flying over some of those less-seen regions and areas takes away some of pleasure of actual traveling.Report

  2. Avatar Chris
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    Wow, it looks like a truly beautiful place. Do you speak much Spanish?Report

    • Avatar Roland Dodds in reply to Chris
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      My Spanish is piss poor; it is my wife’s first language. I have taken to learning it with my daughter however, so it is improving bit by bit.Report

      • Avatar Chris in reply to Roland Dodds
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        Another few trips down there to exercise what you’ve learned and you’ll be fluent ;).

        A friend of mine married an Italian woman and spent 6 weeks there visiting her family one summer. No one in her family speaks any English, and few people in her hometown (Perugia) speak much, so by the time he got back he was already speaking Italian conversationally (though with an hilariously exaggerated accent). After one course and a couple trips back, he was fluent. Now he lives there and is near native.Report

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