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March has been a very busy month for us here in San Miguel. It seems like our adventures rarely slow down for very long and that is something I am grateful for everyday. One of our most amazing adventures was the invitation from our maid, Maria Luz, to come out to her family’s rancho for an afternoon of carnitas. Our friends from the east coast, Aaron and Beth, were visiting at the time, but she said they were welcome to come along too. And so the four of us took a trip with Eleanor, another client of Maria’s, about 45 minutes outside of town to visit a rancho. The ride took longer than we expected and we were instantly shocked just how far Maria travels to get to town to work. She says in total, ... read more
Table at the Rancho
Carnitas
Hombres

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende February 13th 2009

I love Valentine's Day. To me, it is more than just for lovers, but also for friends. I remember in school, sending Candy Grams to all of my friends and hoping that I would get one from a secret admirer. The excitement in my heart lasted the whole day. Here in San Miguel, I can see the school children are going through the same thing. As Ronnie and I walk down the streets, we see many giggling girls with roses and huge balloons from their admirers. Vendors line up outside of the parroquia holding countless sizes and shapes of balloons. Kids run up to him to ask a price, and then run back to the bench in the jardin where their friends wait, giggling shyly for the answer. I was chatting with a trabajador, who was ... read more
Balloons in the Jardin
Which one should I buy her..?
Nude with apples

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende February 5th 2009

Even though it is still chilly here in the mornings and at night...Spring is here in Mexico. Every year at this time, San Miguel celebrates with the Feria de Candelaria. It means "Candle Mass," or the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple and is also for the Virgin of Candelaria. The main park in the city, Parque Juarez, becomes filled with plant and flower vendors from all over Mexico. They fill the park with gorgeous blooms in every bright color you could desire. The basketball court is filled with macetas, or flower pots, from teeny-tiny to HUGE! Aztec dancers welcome the spring with drums while children giggle and play with wheel barrels, hoping to help you to your car or taxi for a tip. I have been wanting plants for our place very ... read more
Flowers for sale
Pretty purples
Aztec Dancers

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende February 2nd 2009

Today was Constitution Day, (observed), so the university was closed. Rosita and I took a bus to San Miguel de Allende. Even though we spent last weekend right nearby on a ranch, we didn't make it to the city proper, so it was a good day to explore. We took a city bus downtown and headed straight for the mercado to try the food. We went to one food stand and shared a beer, then to another where I had a plate of chicken and mole. It was smokier than the mole yesterday, different. We walked through the fruits and veggies, and headed out to walk around the city so I could get an idea of what it was like, with some ice cream. We looked at churches and historic buildings. We stopped in a number ... read more
Rosita
Me

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende January 30th 2009

Our first week here in town came and went like a good tequila. Aside from shopping here and there for various apartment items, we ended up walking to a lot of events we would have otherwise shrugged off. First off, I joined up doing belly dancing again. I did Tribal belly dancing for a short time in college. I saw that there was a dance studio only one block from our place. When I checked out the schedule, I was surprised to see that Tribal belly dancing was taught there twice a week. When I emailed the instructor, she was thrilled to find out that I some experience or even heard of Tribal style. (Tribal belly dancing involves a group of women that follow a leader in an improv. style, where each woman takes turns being ... read more
Belly Dancing Babes
Angela Peralta Theater
The Mexican Beatles!

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North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende January 23rd 2009

It has been a long time since I last published on this blog and I am sorry about that. BUT! With this long break, we have some exciting news: we have a new casita. Let’s back track a little bit. Last week, our great friend Dianne invited us to stay in Casa Luna. One night turned into three turned to one week. Our week in Centro was fantastic. We went to our studio to work during the day, sat on the roof of Casa Luna with beer and guacamole in the afternoons and ate at great restaurants in the evening. We soon started to realize, that we wanted more and more to be in Centro full-time. One night’s dinner at a wonderful Indian restaurant, we shared our feelings with our good friends Macky and Aissa. They ... read more
Don't Forget Me!!
Good-Bye Favorite Gordita Place
Bye Canela...


As always, the whirlwind of holidays have come and gone. The Jardin has been decorated and the flickering Christmas lights are still around the little houses in our colonia. I always dread having to take down the Christmas tree...but it is that time. I think the most amazing thing we saw this holiday was at our little gordita restaurant down the street. We went for breakfast one morning and enjoyed our usual egg and picadillo gorditas and Cafe de Olla. We have become pretty good friends with the family that runs this little business and so while we were eating, the "Papa," said once we were finished, to come into the house. He wanted to show us something. Once we had finished, he escorted us into the sala where a huge nativity scene was set up. ... read more
Our Ornaments
Nativity Scene
The largest poinsetta

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende November 29th 2008

It's my second year of having Thanksgiving away from my family. Last year I was in New Jersey with Ronnie's folks. This year, I am in the middle of Mexico. But to say that I was away from family doesn't feel right either. Last year I was with Ronnie's wonderful family who always treat me like one of their own. This year, I was with my new international family. The magic of the holiday and the feeling of a family that goes beyond blood relations was one of the most powerful emotions I have experienced in my time here. Ronnie and I were invited to go to the annual Thanksgiving Celebration out at Rancho Casa Luna by Dianne. We instantly said yes and asked if we were allowed to invite others. "The more the merrier!" Dianne ... read more
Our Table
Our Mexican Thanksgiving Food!
Pedro, Ronaldo y Julia

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende November 21st 2008

It has been really cold lately here in SMA. Everyone is wearing puffy jackets and scarves, but cold weather never stoped a great Mexican Celebration nor a Parade...(I think in fact nothing can stop them.) Yesterday was the aniversario of the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910. The conflict lasted until around 1920 and many legendary Mexican heroes were involved: Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata, and Francisco I. Madero among others... The memory of the struggle lives on today in a parade in which children dress as revolutionaries with fake mustaches and long braids with ribbon. Last week we had a wonderful visit with Ronnie's folks. We eat, drank and were muy feliz. Their time here went so fast and in a whirlwind of fun and dominoes! All that running around however combined with the chilly ... read more
Women with guns
Que Bonita...
Viva Mexico!

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende November 3rd 2008

Halloween is always tied for me (with Christmas) for favorite holiday of the year….well I really love Thanksgiving too…anyways, Halloween is only kind of celebrated in Mexico. The holiday here is called Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). We bought all the items to make our alter to our loved ones: Marigolds, candles, pan de muerto, sugar skulls and sheep, a cup of water, a plate of salt, paper cut-outs and pictures of our dearly departed. Our alter has been up for the past week, awaiting the night the dead walk among us. Let’s go back a bit though so I can tell you about some of our other adventures. My best girlfriend Kirsten has finally arrived. She has been like a sister to me for over 5 years and I think the two ... read more
Our alter
Shadows on the wall
I can be a little witch sometimes




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