The past three days have been spectacular. The first thing I did on arrival was drop off the bags at the apartment and go directly to La Dama. Fernando and I danced until 4 in the morning. We would have stayed longer, but a huge crowd ushered in around 3:30 and there was no room for dancing. In fact, it was getting a little surreal. At one time I looked down, and saw a little white dog darting between the feet on the dance floor.
The days here have been truly dream-like. Everyday around sundown, there are hundreds of birds singing in the trees. It´s wonderful. And like magic, they all fly away as soon as the sun sets, and then you can hear the dogs and the bands.
There are many bands this time of year. Christmas is a month long event in Mexico. Every night, there is a cause for celebration. Two nights ago, a band played in the square near our place. They were celebrating the Saint assigned to that square. Last night, a celebration and parade started at midnight in honor of the Virgin de Guadalupe. Today is Her day and the whole town is out. The little ones are dressed as pìlgrims and folks are carrying around baskets of fruit, vegetables, or eggs to offer as a gift to the Virgin. On the news this morning, I saw that many walk for days (in some case, they crawl, or carry huge backpacks filled with heavy weights) to the Nacional Basílica de Guadalupe where they spend the night on the floor and worship today.
Finally, the image up top is of the Magician of the major arcana in Tarot. I was blown away by the exhibition of the Major Arcana that has recently opened at the University of Guanajuato. The paintings are inspired by the people and the geography here in Guanajuato. They are absolutely haunting. You can see all the cards at the artist´s website, http://www.lamberttarot.com/