Monday, August 31, 2015

Box Lounge

August 31, 2015. The last of the papers were signed at the lawyer's today and the purchase should go through. More soon. In the mean time, I took a trip down memory lane by going to Rideau Carleton Raceway to lose a few dollars on the ponies (via simulcast; they only race live Sunday and Thursday) and to eat a delicious meal in the box lounge. At least, that's what they called it when I worked there. I spent two summers working at the race track (back when they ran every day) earning enough money to pay for my trip to England and Scotland in 1976. I would not leave Canada and the U.S. again until 2001, and I haven't been to Scotland since. This Thursday, though, I will be flying to Glasgow. Things coming around full circle. From Flickr


August 30, 2015. Flew home from Guadalajara via Houston and Toronto. Here I am in the Houston baggage area performing the utterly pointless task of collecting my bag, dragging it 200 feet through customs, and putting it on the belt for the next flight. I did this twice today, as they make you do it in Toronto too. Anyhow, it's nice to return to Ottawa by 8 p.m. instead of to Moncton by midnight. From Flickr

Parroquia de San Pedro Apóstol

August 29, 2015. It's a rare opportunity to be able to photograph inside a church during a ceremony, but one presented itself today as this celebraation, photographed by many, was the cumulation of a march from Parroquia de San Pedro Apóstol to the plaza on Independencia Eje in Tlaquepaque. It was loud, with trumpets and drums, it ws colourful, and it was unexpected. I wandered around the area and then hiked for a total of 17km back to my hotel. From Flickr

Friday, August 28, 2015

Laguna de Chapala

August 28, 2015. Today we took a day trip outside of the city south to Laguna de Chapala, pictured here. We wandered around the houses and shorlines of Chapala and also Ajijic (which, I was told, contained many Canadians). From Flickr

Templo Expiatorio

August 27, 2015. I gave a talk in the absolutely beautiful theatre at the University of Guadalajara Muso, behin which is the Templo Expiatorio church (or cathedral), where I photographed this statue commemorating the visit of Pope John Paul the second. From Flickr

Santo Coyote

August 26, 2015. I did a longish workshop with a number of very nice people here at the University of Guadalajara, then we went out to the Santo Coyote restaurant, pictured here, for some very fine Mexican food. Lunch here starts at 2 and ends at 4, except sometimes they don't, which for me effectively merges lunch and supper. From Flickr

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Millennium Arch

August 25, 2015. I looked up activities to do in Guaralajara and one of the suggestions was 'picnic under the golden arches', specifically, the Millennium Arch at a major intersection in the west end of the city. After a day of meetings and conversation I did not have time for a picnic, but I explored in and around the arch and found a little bench and grill ready for a picnic, shook hands with the men tending the garden, and had a nice walk after in the nearby botanical gardens, Parque de las Estrellas. Now I'm listening to the Jays in texas and preparing my workshop for tomorrow. From Flickr