I thought I'd give a quick update of my trips.
It started off with a short trip to Abu Dhabi to see Madonna.
The concert was excellent though she did take a long time to come out on stage. Still, I couldn't have asked for a better spot in the stadium - just 3-4 people away from her. Most of her songs were from the new MDNA collection though she did play some classic favorites like Papa Don't Preach, Like a Prayer, Vogue ... I was absolutely thrilled. (Couldn't get the lighting right with the pix - plus I was too excited jumping up and down/signing to really take pix!)
That day overall was exhausting ... D & I worked out in the hotel gym (almost 2 hours) - some weights and I did Week 2 Day 1 of C25K. Compared to Day 3 of Week 1, I struggled quite a bit, but still, I got through it.
We stood for 6 hours at the concert and then walked back to the hotel which was 2 km away. We were utterly exhausted by the end of the night! Still, it was absolutely worth it :)
On to Mexico!! A lot of my time was spent at the conference, but I had the evenings free plus an hour or two in the afternoon to explore. Everybody was so incredibly friendly - I absolutely loved it! I can't wait to go back and visit more cities.
I stayed at one of the most charming hotels I've ever been to - it's called El Meson de Los Poetas. It was a very simple hotel, but full of character. Each room was named and designed after a famous poet. I was thrilled to be in Pablo Neruda's room because he's one of my favorite poets :)
The hotel had several nooks and crannies as well as lots and lots of stairs!
That's me at the top of the main staircase ...
I really found the sights, smells, and sounds of Guanajuato enchanting. The people were so friendly. I've never studied Spanish, but I knew enough to get by, and I always found the reaction of the locals to be even warmer when they heard me attempting to speak their language (although many of them were first surprised when I told them I wasn't Mexican).
It was a short but fabulous trip!
I definitely foresee another visit in the future.