In late 2003 I spent 6 weeks living and painting in Guanajuato City, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. Situated on the Eastern edge of the Sierra Madre mountains, this perfectly preserved Spanish Colonial town is home to some wonderful examples of 17th Century European architecture. I was struck immediately by the contrast between the opulent nature of these buildings, and the seemingly normal and everyday lifestyle of the inhabitants. Many of the buildings in Guanajuato are in ruins, this may not make them uninhabitable. The rainy season would be a challenge in this place however!