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Mexico: Day of the Dead October 29, 2009

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Day of the Dead

(Día de los muertos)

November Celebration

Mexico is well known for the colorful decoration and this is a special day when they celebrate, pray and remember friends and family members who have died.

This celebration is on November 1st and 2nd. Many people believe that during the Day of the Dead, it is easier for the souls of the departed to visit the living. Sometimes it can take a humorous tone with poetry and funny photos. The colors that are often used in this celebration are orange, purple, yellow, white, black and red.

Mexican families make an altar. The altar consists at a minimum of a covered table with the offerings.  It has candles because they are used to be a guide for the spirits. It is built in levels and you can put the favorite things of the spirit.


Mexican food varies by region, because of local climate and geography, but this day all the cities have something in common: typical food, beverages and things. For example:

Pan de Muerto: It’s sweet bread that is glazed and decorated with colored sugar.


Candied Pumpkin: Fresh pumpkin slices that are cooked in a piloncillo glaze.

Atole: It’s a hot cup of masa gruel and it’s used to warm the spirits when they return or when they leave.

Tamales: Cornmeal paste wrapped in corn and stuffed with chicken, pork or turkey.

Mole sauce: It’s a sauce served over a chicken and It’s made with the combination of chocolate, chilies and many spices.

Hot chocolate: served in little cups with candies.

A common symbol of the holiday is the skull (Calaveras) and Catrinas. Sugar skulls are gifts that can be given to both, the living and the dead.

Other decorative things are pictures of the dead person, papel picado or tissue paper cut-outs, wreaths, crosses and flowers.


Mexico has a lot of cultural celebrations and the Day of the Dead is something that binds us together as a family. It can be seen as a sad celebration or as an enthusiastic celebration.

 By Brenda


Introduction to the State of Guanajuato October 21, 2009

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Guanajuato, Guanajuato

Guanajuato is admired not only for its subterranean streets, mummies and a tangle of changeable streets, but also for being a beautiful colonial city with baroque temples. It’s considered the second colonial city in the country after the City of Mexico. Guanajuato has a lot of tourist attractions.

For example, two of the attractions are “La Valenciana” and “Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores”. They are beautiful churches located in Guanajuato. Tourists like to go and take pictures of the luxury structure.

La Valenciana was built in the XVIII century and belonged to the Earl of Rul, one of the proprietors of La Valenciana mine (The mine is recognized in Mexico because it has its own interesting story and legend). The building is a notable example of Mexican neoclassical architecture. The church’s frontage is covered with pink quarry stones. Also, it has religious paintings that have movement. It is located in the Peace Plaza.

Location: Highway Guanajuato-Dolores Hidalgo, km. 1.5

Mansion of the Earls of Rul and Valenciana

It was built in the XVIII century and belonged to the Earl of Rul, one of the proprietors of La Valenciana mine, who commissioned the works to architect Francisco Eduardo Tresguerras. The building, a notable example of Mexican neoclassical architecture, has two levels and its façade is covered with pink quarry stones. It is currently the seat of the College Tribunal of the Sixteenth Circuit, located in the Peace Plaza.

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Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato

The city of Dolores Hidalgo is a city located in the north of Guanajuato. This is a touristic and a famous place of Guanajuato because of it´s principal parish called “La parroquia de nuestra señora de los Dolores.” It is considered the cradle of the national independency. In this parish the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla started with the independence from Spain the morning of 16 of September.

casa de miguel hidalgo

Another attraction of this city is the Miguel Hidalgo´s house. This place obviously is where the father of the nation lived. It´s now used as a museum where you can see not only all his furniture which is from the colonial times, but also important documents from the nation which were archived there just as the priest left them before going to the battle.

After visiting these two places you can visit the National Independence Museum, where you can observe important document from the Independence Day. Many people don´t know this but this construction once was used as a prison for the Spanish who lived in Dolores when the Independence began. The priest Miguel Hidalgo put them there after the shout of Independence in the parish of the town which was as we have just said “La parroquia de Nuestra señora de los Dolores”


The last important place you must visit is the house of one of the most famous singers of México; José Alfredo Jiménez. This house is where he was born and it´s used as a museum dedicated to him nowadays.

These are the important and cultural places you can visit in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato.


Guanajuato Legends

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It is said that in Guanajuato, a city of legends, there existed in colonial times a gambling house, where the favorite game, a very risky “trick” , had left some few in complete ruin. However, the story of Martin Padilla was the one that has survived the test of time.


La calle del Truco

La calle del Truco takes its name from the legend that originated there. In that street there was a gambling house, a place frequented by a certain Don Ernesto, an avid gambler. One night, in which fortune seemed to smile, our character was challenged to play by the mysterious knight. Unable to refuse, Don Ernesto was betting the cards, all his possessions, quickly losing his home and his fortune. Trying to recover, he begs his opponent for one last opportunity.truco1

The mysterious knight, then comes up and offers you the latest betting whispering in his ear. Don Ernesto and pales, however, accepts the offer. The player loses again and cries out: he had bet his beautiful wife against the mysterious rival who was making all night trap, but could not be found because it was the devil himself.

The locals that since then, every night a shadow cloaked crosses the street, hitting every door is Don Ernesto, calling for a final play to get his wife.

Callejón del Beso

The Callejón del Beso is really famous in the city of Guanajuato because it has an entire story of love…the story talks about a girl called Ana that was the only one in her family and she only had a dad who was rich.

67555ff4Ana was in love with Mr. Carlos who was poor and lived in front of her house. The only thing that separated the house was the Callejón, which is like a tiny street.

Ana`s father didn’t let her love him, so he told her that if he saw her again with Carlos he would kill her. So one day she was talking with Carlos and her dad knew about this. Suddenly, with a knife he killed his daughter. Carlos who was taking the hand of Ana didn’t know what to do so he kissed her hand. That’s why is called Callejón del Beso, and the story says that if you kiss your boyfriend or girlfriend there, you will love him/her the entire life.

These are 2 of the hundreds of stories and legends that keep Guanajuato city of cultural diversity.

By: Roberto, Maribel, Pamela, Francisco, Alejandro


Cervantino Festival, Guanajuato

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Guanajuato – “Cervantino”


MainGuanajuato is a cultural place where there are  a lot of international cultural festivals.  One of them and the most important is the “Cervantino” that is every year in October.

In this festival, there are two guests, one of Mexico and other from an international place.

This event is organized in the whole Guanajuato’s city, the streets are full 2of visitors and tourists of the world. There are a lot of stores where you can buy things of the cultures of Mexico. You can also visit places of hippies where you can find things about them with an accessible price, such as bracelets, t-shirts, etc. You can come for the mini events where you can see traditional dances, orchestrates, plays done by the guests of every city. This year the guests were Zacatecas from Mexico and Quebec as an international city.

The Festival offers an annual average of 450 functions, catching about 500 thousand spectators in Guanajuato’s cities and León. The Festival bring us the best opera, music, dance, theatre, visual arts, cinema and academic activities, moving thousands of persons  from different points of the Mexican Republic and of the world to Guanajuato.


Leon, Guanajuato

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Leon, is known as the “shoe capital” of Mexico for its shoe factories, leather craft fur and leather goods.


Founders Plaza

This plaza has four bronze lions located in the center of the Plaza, before Parian, and subsequently Garden Industry, in the pedestrian zone. It was built with the celebration of the 400th anniversary of founding of the city (1976). Opposite it, is a commemorative plaque Capelo tile in the nearby city of Guanajuato, Gto. with the names of the first Spanish settlers in the city.

Casa de las Monas

Work of Master Herculano Ramirez finished in 1870 and currently occupied by trade, whose appeal are the masks and columns that adorn its facade. In the Revolution, General Villa was occupied as a headquarters during their stay in the city.


Leon Zoo

Here you will find a large amount of gardens, and various animals: camels, polar bears, giraffes, lions, elephants and a tapir famous for having been chosen by Mel Gibson for his recent film Apocalypto, to mention some of its more than 1,100 specimens of more than 180 different species. The zoo also has a Safari, ecosystem similar to the African savannah where animals are found in semi-freedom.

Parque Metropolitano de Leon

This park is located in the ecological reserve around Palote Dam used for aerobic sports and boating. The children’s train “the West” is scaled to a train that was built in 1863 in the U.S. It has a botanical garden of medicinal plants, a children’s city, where he teaches driver education, and the Air Terminal Children (AeroFantasía) with a Boeing 727-100.

Explora Science Center

This is an interactive family science museum. The park is visited by various interactive areas ranging from the human body to space, or water. This park is aimed at children and one of the main rules is “touched”. Explore Park has one of the largest IMAX theaters where there are daily high quality movies. The park has explored a plane on display used in the Second World War. The forum explores lake is a outdoor theater, the stage is a platform on the lake.


San Miguel de Allende

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Introduction to San Miguel

San Miguel is one of the most visited places around Guanajuato, due to being one of the oldest and prettiest cities in the state of Guanajuato.

There’s a lot of tourism in this city, because of all the old buildings and churches, maybe due to the city’s history too.

Some of the most visited places include:

El Jardín Principal 

This Park, is located in the center of the city, in front of it there’s the Municipal Presidency, and behind, there’s Allende’s House museum.


Museo de la casa de Allende

This building, dates from the XVIII century. It’s a perfect example of the houses that the Spanish nobles used to live in. At some point it was of course Ignacio Allende’s house. After the Independence, it was turned into a museum to commemorate the revolutionary war.


Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel

This church, initially the most important church of the city, was crumbling to pieces. Around 1880 Zeferino Gutierrez was commissioned to restore it, and the final results were awesome, making it one of the most visited churches and the most photographed one.


Presidencia Municipal

The historical building of the Municipal Presidency has been destroyed a few times and restored back. Though it changes a lot each time, it’s still an awesome building worth visiting.


Templo de la Inmaculada Concepcion

This church was initially known as “Las Monjas” a name that means “The Nuns” since originally it was built to receive incoming nuns from around the area.


El charco del Ingenio

The ecologically preserved area is used to preserve and restore the Mexican flora. It is supported by private funds, and it holds a lot of the most rare and endangered plants of the region.


San Miguel Cuisine

Cuisine is well known for being great, besides Mexican food, you’ll also find some international cuisine and restaurants like Chinese, Thai, Italian, French and Spanish.


Some of the best restaurants around are:

Restaurante Alfredo 

This restaurant serves only the best Mexican food. It´s well known in near cities for its amazing service and delicious food.


Rincon Español

Once again, a well known Spanish restaurant, quite famous for its steaks, is also one of the most ancient restaurants around.


El Palacio Chino

Here you’ll find the best Chinese food around, this newly opened restaurant is worth considering when deciding what to eat.



Tec de Monterrey Campus Irapuato October 15, 2009

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Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Irapuato

The Tec de Monterrey, Campus Irapuato was founded in 1943, by Eugenio Garza Sada and a group of businessmen, which found the civil group: Enseñanza e Investigación Superior A.C

The Tecnológico de Monterrey is a private institution, independent and foreign to politic groups and religious.

The labor of the Tecnológico de Monterrey and all the campus are helped by civil associations, dedicated to the education.

Edificio prepaThis building had 25 classrooms, designated for the different students level. Each class room had a board, projector (to help in the teacher class), chairs and a computer for the class. Each classroom had a limit of 30 students; the building had 2 pairs of bathrooms (boys and girls), and it also had the office for the high school principal, and the generation principals. It had 2 didactic classrooms with T.V. designated for video conferences.

Computer Center: this classroom had 32 Dell computer and 2 Mac’s, and the Computers LabB11 had 30 Dell Computers and a Projector; this classrooms designed for the students. In B11 they can go to take their class, and in the computer center they can go to do work, homework, check email, use Facebook but they can play video games in the computers. The computers have access to broad band internet.

LobbyCECYC: is a building designated for events like monthly announcements, plays, conferences and more. It has grades where students can sit and a very big area that can be used for a lot of things.



CASA: is where students, teachers, parents and all the people can go to ask CASAhelp for questions, problems related with payments, scholarships and all related with  administrative issues.




EstacionamientoParking: is designated for the students, teachers and visitors cars.



Stay Room: in this room students can join to do homework, projects, study,Sala de estudio talk and more. This room has work tables and comfortable chairs for the use of the students. Also it has comfortable sofas that students can use to take a breath and also they can sleep.


HPIM3119Cafeteria: in the cafeteria is where students can have breakfast. In the cafeteria there is a menu with accessible prices. They have fruit, eggs, sandwiches, drinks, chips, soda, candies. There are tables and chairs and a table with sauces and some ingredients for the food.


Esplanade: This is a meeting point,In this place students can make events Explanadaand special activities. It is a big open area where students can meet.



LabLaboratory: here is where students come to take theyr chemistry class, the laboratory had a board and a computer, 6 work tables with water, air and LP gas. The classroom had several instruments to make practices like a smoke chimney, refrigerator and high performance ovens; also here students can found elements and substances to help them to make his practices.

Library: the library is where the students can go to search information, and Libraryto make finding a book more easy there is a online database where you can search the book and then locate it. The library has chairs and tables, where students can do home work or read a book.



SportsSport facilities: the Tec Campus Irapuato had a professional soccer field, a volleyball field, 3 tennis fields. It also has a gym and showers when students after doing exercise can take a shower.