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Guadalajara & Tamazula

Thursday, June 18th, 1998

While Bob was on a climbing trip to Nepal, I traveled with friend Patty Gutierrez to Patty’s father’s tiny village of Tamazula de Gordiano south of Guadalajara and on to the beach at Manzanillo.

Over the years, Bob and I have taken several other trips to Guadalajara, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, but this trip was special with Patty along…visiting her paternal home village. We visited a family that had been the cook in Patty’s restaurant in Salem for several years.

Sitting in the small village plaza one night about 11pm a small boy and his brother came up to us selling the proverbial chiclets. What are you doing up so late, Patty scolded him in Spanish. My mom will get mad at us if we don’t sell all our gum today, he said shyly. Hell if you do and hell if you don’t. She bought all the chiclets he had!

Climbing In Nepal

Thursday, June 18th, 1998

Bob climbs mountains in Nepal, including Everest base camp, on two different occasions…in 1998 and in 2000. I’m waiting for him to tell his own story. He likes
layovers in Bangkok especially.

The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous. The seven include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath, and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan. The valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.