Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Sepulveda's Trip to Pachuca, MEJICO!!

I went to Pachuca, Hidalgo last November to teach an intensive Digital Illustration course at the University of CENHIES; I was only there for six days, but I had a Blast!, the students were great, they loved the course, and they actually were really good learning what I taught; We even partied together and I got to meet a lot of great places around the area.

I took this first photograph in downtown Pachuca the first day I was there, it's supposed to be a version of Big Ben in London, from what I learned the state of Higalgo's history has some English heritage that dates back to the days it was founded. Later on in the night I also got to visit some of the nightclubs there and I have to say, the girls are very friendly there!


Here I am at the computer lab where I was teaching the course. Yup, that's me in the middle being all serious and professional; As you can see, all of the students were very interested in learning and this was "not" propped up for the photo. Actually all the students were second and third year graphic design students, so they were very proficient in Photoshop and Illustrator , which made the course a lot easier for them, and to me because I didn't have to go over the basics of the programs.




The course was an intensive five days, four hours a day, and this on top of the classes the students were taking during the day so I have to congratulate them for making the sacrifice.
Something I was not expecting was the certificate we all got, me for teaching the course, and the students for finishing it.


One of the students happened to have his camera ready, so he took pictures of each of the students getting their own certificate, I only posted three of them though, or this would be a very big post if I put a photo of each one!, and besides, the pics below of the after graduation ceremony are a lot better!.















This is what happens when you get too exited about graduating from an intensive 20 hours in one week on top of regular classes course on Digital Illustration with Victor Sepulveda.
After the Certificate ceremony, we all got together to celebrate the end of the course, at first we had some Tacos de Asada with Guacamole, but after getting our fill, we moved on to the "beverages" .

Which comes to show the benefits of being the Teacher, look at the size of my bottle!, it's a "Sol Brava" and that thing has a kick! I had never heard of it, so the guys brought me a couple to "taste", and this on top of what I had been drinking before, so as you can see on the last pic, we ended up very "Happy".


    And here we are close to the end of our little celebration, these kids were great to hang around with, and eventhough I was only there for a few days I had an amazing time with them, I still keep in contact with some of them through the internet, and I've seen a couple of projects they've done using the techniques I showed them.


Real Del Monte
My cousin Osvaldo picked me up from Pachuca on a Saturday morning to take me on a road trip all day, we visited Real del Monte, Mineral del Chico, Omitlan, and a couple of other little towns that I don't remember the names; At the end of the day we drove back to Texcoco, which is only about an hour and a half from Pachuca.


This photo is a little town on the top of a hill, it is called Real del Monte, and it is located about half an hour from Pachuca. We had Breakfast there and walked around for a bit. Afterwards we drove to a couple of towns close by.


Omitlan
That little town down there is called Omitlan, Hidalgo. we stopped on the side of the road on a lookout point to take this photo and then drove dowh through the town. We drove through the little town and
it was so quiet I think we encountered about four other cars. We did not plan to go there but from Real del Monte, we were supposed to go uphill to Mineral del Chico, instead we headed downhill and ended up in Omitlan, which was not time wasted... we were on a road trip after all.




This is at the top of the mountain in Mineral del Chico, it's a little town well hidden in the mountains and very cold. I love the picture of the left because of the winding road surrounded by trees, and more trees! and when we got to the top, we could appreciate the whole view, with no buildings anywhere near.
Here is the end of the trip, well, the Pachuca trip at least, I still traveled about two more months through the country afterwards, but I didn't go back to Pachuca. This is a picture I took from the Highway on our way to Texcoco, Mexico; That in the center is: La Piramide del Sol, the Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacan and on the right of it, La Piramide de la Luna.

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