Saturday, November 12, 2011
San Miguel Travel Journal -- Part Two
Here is the second half of my travel journal from my September visit to San Miguel de Allende. It was a fantastic trip and I enjoyed reliving my experiences there by photographing the pages of my journal.
The most frequent questions people ask is, "Isn't it hard to do all this while you are traveling?" and the answer is YES! It is!...sometimes. I try to do something for each day, even if it is just a list of things I want to write about later, or the ephemera that I collect being sorted and culled. I am too tired, some nights, to work on the journal, but I try very, very hard to keep pretty current with it as I have found that when I try and write it up after returning home the immediacy is lost---it seems flat. I am always, always glad that I have taken the time to do a good job journaling when I get home.
Yes, I do reread my journals and I find it is a great way to be able to find the name of that restaurant or of that nice man who was such a good guide/painter/shop owner/whatever.
I often incorporate purchased postcards into the travel journals. I can use them to add writing space, if needed, and sometimes a postcard will have that perfect photo (that I didn't manage to take) or some historical figure or place that I want to be sure to remember. They are very inexpensive mementos.
The self portrait of Diego Rivera on the page above was purchased at the Diego Rivera museum in Guanajuato. The museum is located in the house in which he grew up. I like having that memento from my visit to the museum.
(Does anyone else wonder at what sort of personal charisma Diego Rivera must have had? I mean, frankly, he's not my idea of a "hottie" but he was truly a real ladies man and was certainly a hot item in his time. Go figure.)
I covered the back cover of the journal with milagros I purchased while on the trip after I returned home.