Mayan Adventures

I’ve been thinking about writing about my recent trip to the south of Mexico, but I’m short of words at the moment. I hope these 20 photos speak to you in their own way. Many are available for purchase. I’ll leave links to those that are, but also feel free to of course just take them in.

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Tulum, Mexico

This post is about the beautiful ocean side Mayan ruins of Tulum, Mexico which is located on the Yucatán peninsula. We were in the Yucatan peninsula last March visiting some relatives of my mother. It was my first time in the area and the first time meeting these family members and it was an incredible week.

After visiting Tulum we drove a few miles down the road for some delicious ceviche at El Camello. I highly recommend a visit to Tulum.

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Iguana!

 

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Pre-departure Jitters

I leave for a study abroad trip to Freiburg Germany with the IES:Language and Area Studies program in just a few weeks. I’m a little nervous for the flight and to take all of my classes in German this semester, but I’m more than ready to fly back to Germany for my second trip there.

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Marianplatz in Munich last summer

I’ll be living on the outskirts of town near the Black Forest. Google Maps makes it seem like I’ll also be close to a some sort of small man-made lake, but I guess I’ll find that out for myself soon.

Because my program starts in late February and my last semester ended in early December, I’ve had a lot of time away from school. In December my family and I went to visit relatives in Durango, Mexico and Guanajuato, Mexico. Most mornings we’d go to the park for a walk and to get fresh squeezed juice. I’m a big believer in cactus mixed with orange juice.

A few more photos from our time in Mexico:

Near Monclova, Mexico

Near Monclova, Mexico

Near Zacatecas, Mexico

Near Zacatecas, Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico

Zacatecas, Mexico

Zacatecas, Mexico

After traveling in Mexico, my parents and I visited family friends in Lubbock, Texas. Since then I have been at home with my mom enjoying the beauty of West Virginia and occasional snow.

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I can’t wait to see what my upcoming semester in Germany has in store for me.

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New Painting

I’ve been going to painting classes the last two Saturdays with a local artist that I used to go to before I left for college. He’s a really talented portrait artist and he’s taught me pretty much everything I know about painting. He also is full of lots of funny stories about his exciting artist life that he tells during classes.

Here’s the painting I came out with of my great aunt’s house after two classes:

I love working with Arthur. There are just a lot of times when I’m making a painting and I come to a point where I don’t know how exactly I want to depict something and then I get really flustered and just make lots of bad moves really quickly. But if I’m in a class with Arthur I can just be like, “Arthur, what should I do now?” and he can save me from making the wrong next move or he can see things that need fixed that I wouldn’t be able to see myself.
So my advice to any artists hoping to save themselves from their own wrong turns is to find your own Arthur and then, when you’re on your own, ask, “What Would Arthur Do?”. Or Jim, or Steve. Anyway just don’t hesitate to try to learn from some people who have been doing it longer. I guess this advice can apply to more than just painting. If you think someone knows how to do something better than you and they’re in a position to help you, ask for it.
My own dream with my art is to someday get lots of experience and be someone else’s Arthur, except I’ll be someone’s Adri. Guess I’ll have to keep painting then 😉
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