Unmaintained Motorcycles, Serendipitous Lodging and My Love Affair with Andre

This entry is part 21 of 34 in the series Latin America Series
10-06-2010 – Guanajuato, Mexico

I sat on a cornerside cafe in Guanajuato, Mexico as the dry, unoiled and loose chains of 50cc motorcycles left a constant *tat* *tat* tattering from contact with the swingarm. The occasional rusty rear drum brake squeak would add to the ambient city sounds. Noises from motorcycles don’t bother me, even though those from cars drive me crazy.

I had surveyed the city a bit on foot and by moto and was going to set out to find a cheap place to stay so I didn’t have to camp on the outskirts again. As I was about the suit up and ride off, a man notices my bike and the map of my route. We got to chatting and it turns out he rents rooms for relatively cheap. Ten minutes later I was parking my bike behind secure gates and carrying my luggage up to my nicely furnished room inside their house. Things always have a way of working themselves out.

Exhausted after a long night weathering a storm in my hammock the previous night.

I spent a couple evenings in Guanajuato. I would often wander around the streets at night while listening to the movie “My Dinner With Andre” (wiki). I had begun the habit of taking movies I love and ripping the audio so I could listen to them while I was riding. It was a great way to pass the time along those lonely stretches of road. It turned out that imagining the moving while listening to the dialog was more enjoyable then actually watching it. This particular movie, “My Dinner With Andre” needs no visuals anyways as it is simply two men sitting down for dinner and talking for two hours. Sounds horrible right? It’s one of my more cherished movies. I scrible a line Andre says that resonates with me, “If you are only living a life of habit, then you’re not really living.”

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  • http://Eazytiger.net tobstar

    Dinner with Andre is amazing and a great choice for an Audio rip, I must do this.

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