Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Last of Mexico...

I forgot to share... while we were in Puebla, and gma and gpa were watching Santi for the day, this is what they spent most of their time doing: riding on the train at the mall! Isa stayed home for this, and uncle Carlos took the pictures. 10 points to grandpa Humberto for getting on that train with him - while allllll the world watches haha. I did it, too, with Edu and Santi, a few days prior, and goodness me, you really have to put aside what people think about you. Because everyone in the mall basically stares at you, more so because the train conductor rings the train bell and toots the horn numerous times throughout the ride. Embarrassing? No way, all the for the smile we see on Santi's face - worth it, so worth it.

Pablo bought a GoPro camera (Google it, they're awesome!) and here are some really cool snapshots from it. Cristina, his fiance, is planning on using it to take video footage of the weddings they attend, while Pablo takes pictures. So they were testing it out the weeks we were in Mexico, and learning all about how to take a decent shot, how to record video, and all that jazz. I love the "Fish eye" effect it gives to pictures. And as you can see, it works a lot better in natural light.

And here are the family pictures from our last day together... I love the joy I captured on Pablo and Carlos' faces with their little James! Priceless happiness.

Another tip for child photography is this: tickle the madness out of your baby while maintaining a calm pose, and you're guaranteed a grin!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Puebla: Biblioteca Palafoxiana

The Palafoxiana Library, founded in 1646 by a bishop named Juan. The end! No, that's not the end. For a detailed description of the library's history, you can read this translated Wikipedia page. It was amazing, I never thought I would be at all interested in an old library - but I guess the interest came about because this isn't just an "old library" this library is outstanding. It contains over 45,000 books in Latin, Greek, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, English, German and Portuguese. It was open to the public for people to read and enjoy, but 30 years ago they took away that privilege because of vandalism - books being stolen, pages torn, graffiti, etc. The first two floors held shelves of books "about God" we were told, and the third floor contains books on Humanity, History, Literature and Geography.

The wheel toward the end is where you could prop up numerous books at a time and read more than one book, as you pleased. Whether it be for studying, comparison, or just their version of the internet (can you say, "open in new Tab"?). The doors and frame above were amazing in that they were one piece - like a puzzle. No nails, glue, binding of any type, just wood carved beautifully and fit snug as a bug in a rug (my mom would say).