The Way South

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by rockymountainoyster, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    El Diablo del fin del mundo 12/20/12

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    Burros... burros... el tesoro de Zacatecas...burro con margaritas.


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    Christmas in San Miguel de Allende

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    Sabado en Zocalo, SMA

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    Pastel de flan y chocolate... Dulce y Sabroso!
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  2. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Choc Flan, que bueno!
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  3. miguelito

    miguelito Been here awhile

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    See ya manana at 10:30 to check out Juana's toes. :)
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  4. MikeMike

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    Ace is right, I mentioned this while traveling with the Mystery Rider and his son aka The Enigma, we are all sure it is a hard G like "iguana". But hey, we were just 3 gringos at a very high altitude with low attitude so we started talking about the great road (Weeeeeee! Wait till the Texas crew witness this newly minted stretch...) wii were on. Oui thought it was pretty good.
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  5. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    Oui!
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    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    See ya then.
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  7. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    At this hour of the evening I can highly recommend the mango margs at Hank's (If you don't like the food drink more wine) Bar in SMA... tomorrow morning I may have a different story.
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    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    Sitting in La Terraza Restaurante terraza in San Miguel Allende. It is sunny and a bit cold but a nice place to pass an afternoon in a lovely Mexican city. The street life is busy and joyful. People are passing to and from the cathedral for various ceremonies, there are little girls dressed in what appear to be white first communion dresses, their proud parents well dressed and the children carry little baskets. They are of the age and size of the children in Connecticut and it makes my heart heavy all over again yet I experience the joy of these young children and their families as well. There are a lot of gringos here who know nothing of last week's slaughter of innocents, or of the murders closer to here of four Mennonite women who were killed in a car jacking. I suppose that is the reason some of the expats are here. Just saw the bride... the children were flower girls in her wedding. Life goes on. The world did not end yesterday and the sun has once again begun its inexorable journey north. A couple of giant puppets are walking the plaza. Pix posted above.
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  9. MikeMike

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    As Desmond said to Molly in the marketplace...ooobladi oooblada.:freaky
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  10. miguelito

    miguelito Been here awhile

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    You guys had me going, I started to doubt myself, so I checked with two Mexican friends I was with this afternoon. It's pronounced: Huana-huato, (mas o menos). I am redeemed.
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  11. MikeMike

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    Your Mexican buddies are screwing with you.
    It is pronounced with a hard "G' think "lguana."
    "Gwan" and not "Juan".
    That was why I questioned it at the start, I've never heard anyone here
    pronounce it "juana", ever.
    Now, let's all join hands and say "Xoxocotla".:freaky
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  12. miguelito

    miguelito Been here awhile

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    Well, they are from Queretaro, so maybe they aren't as proficient as you gringos down Veracruz way. :norton
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  13. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    The rule I follow is to pronounce it the way the locals mispronounce it. Works everywhere I travel. "Gua" at the beginning of a word can be pronounced at least three different ways and sometimes varies regionally for the same word. I've mostly heard Guanajuato pronounced with a silent G as the UA diphthong "wah", but occasionally with a hint of hard G.

    Now X is a letter I hear pronounced with more variants than I can count. Largely due to the phonetics of indigenous languages like Nahuatl. MikeMike, how do the Veracruzanos pronounce our favorite convenience store, OXXO? Maybe not like the Chilangos do.

    Someone want to take a shot at Cuautitlán-Izcalli?? Spanish phonetics don't apply to this one either.
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    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Have been corrected recently for emphasizing the 2nd syllable in Queretaro, BTW, although I've never heard people from there pronounce it any other way.
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    Its actually the "mas o menos" that messes everyone up.
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    No matter how you pronounce it... the tunnels are intimidating... the traffic daunting and the two amigos who took me over there just incredible... thanks Miguelito and Mark fo an amazing Sunday of riding, viewing and sampling a bit of the local mezcal... sabroso... feliz navidad a todos.
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    I' ll go with the Televisa, TV Azteca pronunciation, thanks. You can' t trust regional pronunciations, if you did you' d mistake "Madonna" for McDonald' s and que hora son for corazon!
    Anyone for camaron pelao' tal vez un nino Yucateco cabajon?

    xo- xo = sho- sho

    Watch for my new book "500 Best Jokes in Orizaba Nahuatl Dialect" coming out in April.
    Enjoy your totol.
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  18. rockymountainoyster

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    Engaging in dialectical materialism eh Mike.

    There are a lot of dialects here in SMA, mostly Northeastern USA... my Spanish is getting worse... will have to leave soon to get back into Mexico. Seriously though, this is a great place. Christmas here has been just amazing with the mercados filled with traditional foods and all kinds of Christmas decor, flowers, lights, shiny things and religious images. Blessings to all.
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    One of the coldest Christmases/New Years my wife and I ever spent was in SMA. The days were pretty nice but the nights were cold. Still enjoyed the place.
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    :clap :clap :clap
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