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Walking by Colorful Walls in Ajijic, Mexico

Ajijic, Mexico attracts many artists including:

Mexican, Huichol, American, Canadian and French–

to name a few that I met.

The colorful walls throughout the streets make the town extremely aesthetic.

In the video above, I used the colorful walls of Ajijic, Mexico as a backdrop for a 1 minute comical video of my family exploring the streets there.

Touring different regions of Mexico is an alternative way our family has learned about Mexican history, art and culture as part of our homeschooling ‘curriculum’.

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12 Responses to “Walking by Colorful Walls in Ajijic, Mexico”

    • Kristin

      Glad you think it’s funny. Experimented with sound effects to make it so. My eldest produced that Beat.

  1. Annabel

    What a creative way to show the interesting beauty of Ajijic! Loved the beat which added to the experience. Really, I loved it and love the way you present projects that enhance learning! Keep it up.

    • Kristin

      Okay Annabel. No problemo. I will continue to present stories about objects we may learn from.

      I still want to hear about your trip there though.

  2. patricia

    So fun, Kristin! What a neat way to capture all of those amazing walls–much better than a still photo album. I liked how you family was walking in one direction at the beginning, and then they switched. And then D. came in from an unexpected direction. Cool.

    • Kristin

      Hi Tricia,

      Well, I’m glad you liked the short movie and think it’s more fun than an album. But I have to admit that as soon as I got home, I made a photo book too. Let me know if you’d like to see it sometime. It’s 111 pages!

      Being around so much art and color made me elated. I adore Mexican culture and history. I couldn’t help but snap images of it or film snippets.

      With regard to editing:

      I assembled this video in a variety of ways before I landed on this one. It was exercise in linear editing, literally.

  3. Laurie zimmer

    I love it! Fun to see the final product, and how your editing and Otto’s beat enhance it.

    • Kristin

      Hi Laurie,

      Glad you enjoyed it.

      One thing that was difficult about making this video was that your nephew was flipping the birdie in many shots. He didn’t like the fact that I was running ahead and stopping to digitally record our family walking by walls. He called me the ultimate tourist. It wasn’t until I explained the concept behind my images that he was game for it. I had to artfully edit out or speed up those nasty shots. Kids can be stinkers, eh?

  4. nancy

    Kristin this cracked me up! I love the brights walls, but more than that, your daughter’s light-hearted ways of walking past them! What a great way to chronicle a trip:)

    • Kristin

      Oh yes Nancy,

      I was delighted that she was having so much fun working her ‘groove thing’ through the shot from left to right or right to left. Plus her outfit was outlandish and unique, much to her preppy brother’s objections.

      It was great fun.

  5. artisticmilestone

    So fun to watch Kristin :) The walls are so beautiful, love the embossed ones :)

    • Kristin

      Hi artisticmilestone,

      You mentioned that you like the embossed facades.

      The embossed style of walls in Ajijic were numerous. There were mosaic’s as well. I liked the murals painted in an old time technique, fresco. The mural at the beginning of my movie was being painted while we were there. Every day we viewed its progress.

      The vibrant colors of the town attract foreigners,making the place an expat’s utopia. Thankfully the Mexican culture dominates the surrounds of Lake Chapala.

      It only took us 3 hours and 20 minutes to get from our State to that town, but it felt a world apart.


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