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Selling our home in Fergus, by Shona

As you likely already know, Norm and I are preparing for a five month backpacking trip through Mexico and Central America with our three kids: Ailsa (10), Mirren (8), and Fraser (5).

We recently sold our home in lovely Fergus, Ontario, Canada, moved our remaining pared-down possessions into storage, and are essentially squatting in Norm's parents' condo in Guelph (they are out east for the summer) until we leave on our trip on December 1st.

We moved to Fergus 10 years ago when Ailsa was only a few weeks old and we had the most wonderful years there living the best of small-town life to its fullest and meeting many fantastic people. We will sadly miss our life in Fergus as we plan to permanently relocate down the road to Guelph following our trip. But we have a bucketful of memories and amazing friendships to keep us strongly connected with that special place.

This blog is intended to keep our family and friends (and our kids' friends!) up-to-date with our travels. 'Salsa Sojourns' seemed an apt title for our family's travel blog. We will be trying our best to 'sojourn' in a few spots along our intended route, rather than whipping around seeing all the sights as we would have done in our previous child-free (comparatively stress-free?) travels. And 'salsa'... well as many of our friends can attest, Norm has an obsession of sorts with perfecting his homemade salsa and we are all (well, maybe not Fraser...) very excited to try new foods and flavours while there. And 'salsa' music? Yes please! And hopefully some mariachi, reggae, calypso and Garifuna punta as well! And who knows, we may even learn to dance the 'salsa'. (Stop laughing). ;-P

So, Salsa Sojourns it is.
We hope you enjoy sharing our adventures!
Shona, Norm, Ailsa, Mirren & Fraser



Posted by Salsa Sojourns 21:35

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You have at least two readers on the shores of Georgian Bay. Gerry McGregor, my brother-in-law who lives in nearby Thornbury, was on the Rotary curling excursion in Scotland with Norm sent me the link. My wife Judith and I will be heading for Mexico in Feb. I am very interested in your interestingly assembled adventure-blog and will follow you as you unravel the multi-facets of Latin America's very complex culture. In what part of Guanajuato are you living? We studied in Gto some years ago & loved it. Have you discovered Truco 7 yet? ....if it still exists. It was a wonderful restaurant near the cathedral below the U of G. I was a Spanish teacher and spent a year wandering Mx, middle America, and S. Am. I am impressed that you use ñ in your writing. We know Mexico very well. The adventure is in self-discovery of course (discovering yourself by yourself) but if there are any REALLY pressing questions I'm available to answer...idioma, cultura, geografía, yerga, gente, sitios, cualquier cosa.

by Leo Girard

Thanks for following Leo! Truco 7 is indeed still there, we had our first meal there by recommendation. We are on Caracol in Centro, just up from Templo San Francisco. We are a 5 minute walk (or less) from Teatro Juarez and Jardin de la Union. There always seems to be something going on nearby!

by Salsa Sojourns

Great location! Sunday afternoon in front of the Teatro Juárez was (and maybe still is) an ongoing "espectacular". Have you run into the University medievally dressed "Tuna" as they sing there way through the streets---usually starting at twilight. You'll frequently pass the Quijote Iconographic Museum. Worth a visit (¡vale la pena!) My hostess in a private home near the baseball stadium is named Rosario Ramos. She was instrumental in the foundation of the museum. If you visit the museum ask if she still visits on occasion. She's a Guanajuato "Dama de Sociedad".

by Leo Girard

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