I’m just about done responding to email that got piled up from last week. I can usually stay on top of things, but my laptop profile got corrupted and I was without email for a few days. Anyhow, I need a brake from work and wanted to post something about my trip…

I enjoyed Guadalajara and I had a number of good meetings. I attended the book fair and it was cool to see so many different countries represented.

This was my first time visiting Mexico, and I was impressed that my high school level Spanish got me by for the most part (asking directions, ordering food, etc.). I wish I had learnt the language, but it seems tough to do so unless you’re immersed in the culture and language. I spoke to a taxi driver who said that he lived in Los Angeles for 2 years and never had to speak English. I’ve been in San Francisco for 4 years and I’ve never really had to speak Spanish, but I did occasionally need to when living in New York City.

On my way to the airport in Guadalajara I stopped by a street market and took some photos, which I posted on Flickr

I found this one especially amusing: