There is so much to share with all of you…sorry for the extreme delay, but life here in Guanajuato and particularly in the Buen Pastor and my part of this city has been tremendously hectic. So with that I have comprised a few short blogs to fill you in on what we have been up to.
First of all, after I returned to Guanajuato in mid January from an incredible short trip to Guatamala and San Cristobal, Chiapas, I was paid a visit from my dad. We have a long history of arguing politics and soccer, listening to good public radio and working amicably on home-improvement projects. I was overwhelmed by the dankness and cluttered state that the studio was in upon returning and so a threw out the idea of painting and fancying up the place a bit together. It was his vacation and I realized that it isn’t the way most people envision spending their time off…but my dad isn’t most people. He got ridiculously excited about the prospect and we went almost immediately to buy paint and cleaning supplies.
At the same time, some friends of mine were passing through on their return to Calgary from Argentina! Mick and Ula flew over from their home, Australia, bought a conversion van in Canada and proceeded to drive all the way down and back. The two of them were here exactly a year before when I was just planting the seeds of eStudio 473. They had been following the blog and were itching to see the place and try to help out in whatever way they could in such a short span of time. So, they employed their rock-climbing agility and lack of fear of hieghts to take on the incredible task of cleaning the windows. It took no less than 4 hours to complete this horrendous feat and upon completion I think they beamed as much as the glass did in appreciation for their labor. It was great to have so much enthusiasm and so much assistance in this job. In the end, the oldest girls helped to paint the “bubbles” and the to create the funky chalkboards at the front of the room.