Blogs from San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, North America - page 10

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Hello friends, Sorry I have not written in such a long time. I could not get access to this page for a week or so. I have to go to class at 5pm, so I´ll have to write more later. Here´s the beginning... My mother has come and gone already. How time flies! We had a fabulous time together. Lots of quality time. Now I´m trying to concentrate on my Spanish and on meeting new people for my last 3 weeks here. Soon I´ll be telling you about my new host home. They are a wonderful family and remind me of my friends in Panama. I especially love how my Senor likes to give me lectures about Mexico. It´s great practice for me! However I notice my new Senora, Marina, and host brother, Diego, rolling their ... read more


Ok guys, My last entry must have been really boring because nobody commented on it. I agree. I just reread it, and it IS really boring. I'll try to spice things up a bit. So this weekend there's a film festival in San Miguel and all of the shows are free to the public! The name of the festival is Expresion en Corto which pretty much sums it up. The films are all very short and it's all about expression and giving struggling filmmakers a place to show their work. On Saturday, I went with my other two housemates to Teatro Angela Peralta (the major theater in town) to see the documentary ¨Lost and Found in Mexico¨by Caren Cross. (Who, incidentally, we met the night before because her daughter runs a summer art camp for Amercian ... read more


We arrived in San Miguel de Allende on Sunday, 1 July 2007, and heaved a great sigh of relief. Before I get into anything let me tell you about the busses. The bus stations in San Luis de Potosi, Queretoro and San Miguel are very organized and clean. There are first class (these are the express which don't stop, get there faster and cost a bit more, they have TV showing, a/c and a toilet in the back), very comfortable and clean; and second class busses (which stop everywhere), have no a/c but are still okay. Both Upon entering you see all the counters for the different bus lines (and there are many). They have their schedules and prices on the boards behind them. We went there on Saturday to get our tickets but the ... read more
Paroqia Church
Jardin
Our Apartment


Howdy y'all! Boy does it feel good to be able to say that. Actually, the language aspect of the trip has not been that hard. People really do speak English here in San Miguel de Allende. My family speaks some English depending on who you talk to. Most of my host siblings speak English. There is Verona age 30, Cecilia age 25, Demetrio age 16, and Jone or Yone (?) age 11. My parents are very accomodating although there are clearly differences in communication. For example my host mother, Adella, is very blunt- she definitely gets right to the point. But she also has a softer side. My host father is rather friendly and I think he knows English but he speaks to us in Spanish. Verona, the eldest daughter, has a one year old named ... read more


For this entry, I thought it would be a nice break to just be visually stimulated. Feel free to read the captions along with the photos or just view the photos. ENJOY...we sure did!!!... read more
San Miguel de Allende
One Never Knows What is Behind a Closed Door!
Our Hotel in San Miguel de Allende


Mexico Trip 2007 Elizabeth MeekerSo, you're probably wondering why I wrote an entry more than two weeks before I left for Mexico. I'm just that excited!!! Apparently San Miguel de Allende is a hot spot right now. I've mentioned my trip to a couple of people and it's amazing all the connections I've found to SMA. My friend Doctor Wes told me about the program and I went with it. Never been there. Don't know anybody. It looks beautiful from the pictures I've seen on the internet. I really can't figure out where I got the courage to do this. I have to thank my brother. And Tia, for her absolute enthusiasm and encouragement. Everyone has been supportive, and I'm very grateful. I almost feel crazy for leaving all you wonderful family and friends behind! So ... read more


Hola All, For me to get out of my daily routine has been a wonderful experience. It really makes you pay attention to every detail when every street is new and every chance meeting an opportunity for a new friend. Finding a favorite bakery and restaurant was a lot of hard work but I persevered! I love La Grotta a lovely little Italian restaurant that plays live Jazz. It has the best pizza I’ve ever tasted. Gerard the owner makes a wonderful cheese cake too. He can speak very good English and often has a story to share with me. His wife owns a clothes boutique and they both teach the Tango on Friday night. I´ve also gone over the moon for the Mexican hot chocolate & fresh baked churros at a wonderful little café. The ... read more


Semana Santa (holy week) On Good Friday locals and visitors crowded the streets of the procession route to watch the reenactment of the solemn occasion of the Holy Burial. 2000 people participated in the processional. An 18th century life size figure of the Virgin of Solitude and the figure of Jesus of Nazarene were the main but certainly not only old statues and figures from principal churches. The crowd was absolutely quite throughout the three hours it was spectacular. Uniformed Roman soldiers, young girls dressed in white as angels, women with black lace mantillas and black suited pallbearers…accompany carved statues of archangels. On Sunday they had a paper Mache live size Judas which they ceremoniously exploded! I hope to down load some pictures. In San Miquel de Allende (SMA) they boast 300 churches. This means at ... read more


We headed out of Mexico City and took a 5 hour bus journey to San Miguel De Allende. It’s a very, very pretty little town with cobblestone streets, glorious tree lined plazas and Spanish architectural styled buildings…. It reminded me of Totnes in a way due to its quaint streets and its full with artistically inclined culture vultures (painting classes in the square and Mariachi’s playing when the sun goes down). My stomach finally calmed down here and we found a very reasonable hotel to stay in… Not got much to report about this place. Very pretty but not a great deal to do - the main draw is in the evening when afore mentioned Mariachi’s play in the main town plaza and all the locals come out and people watch or walk around and around ... read more
Churchio - San Miguel De Allende
Paradise - Puerto Vallarta
View From Hotel Bathroom - Puerto Vallarta


The sun was fading fast when I finally arrived at my 17th century colonial apartment. The lady that I’ve come to know as Vera the housekeeper answered the door. She immediately starting speaking to me in Spanish - I told her I didn’t understand but this did not deter her. She went on and on showing me where I had access to and how things worked. Some of it I understood. She then summoned the senorita of the house Georgia. I was taken into a room at the back of the house to wait. Apparently electricity is expensive as it was completely dark in the house. I was surrounded by heads. Many paintings filled the walls. They were paintings of heads both male and female - portraits of a type that were popular in Paris in ... read more




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