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North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende November 21st 2012

It’s 4:15 in the morning and the roosters are crowing. The sun isn’t up so they were probably just awakened by the roosters that were crowing at 2 AM. I think they were awakened by the fireworks that were going off at 1 in the morning. It’s good that the roosters are crowing, because the construction crew that starts at 6:30 needs to get up. The construction guys will never get to sleep in anyway because the gas delivery truck, with its theme song playing at full volume, comes at 6 o’clock. The trash pickup guy will soon be passing through the neighborhood ringing his metal bar to signal that the trash truck is at the end of the block. It’s also time for the vendors to begin preparing their wares that will go on sale ... read more
San Miguel Color
San Miguel Bullfight
San Miguel Bullfight

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende November 9th 2012

After nearly a 4000 mile road trip, we have reached our new home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We left Merida, Mexico for Texas to have our car repaired. It was a drive of almost 1300 miles to repair the windshield, ignition and front end of our trusty (sort of) Saturn. We estimated it would take us about 4 days to get from the Yucatan to Brownsville, Texas. We planned to take the coast road through Veracruz and Tampico, which would have been the shortest route, but at the last minute a friend in Merida said they had a very difficult trip on that road in the past and recommended using a different route. We thought the shortest route would be best for the car, but perhaps if the road was very difficult, it ... read more
Tombstone, AZ
San Miguel Balconies
Parroquia, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende November 2nd 2012

San Miguel was a dream! Our hosts, Eli & Miranda were the most loving, generous and welcoming people. They are long term residents of San Miguel, and know all the best places to see, eat and drink. They live in a gorgeous home which has been tastefully decorated and filled with amazing artworks which tell the story of their life together. It is a truly charming city, cobbled streets, beautiful artisan shops carved into the sides of tuscan hued buildings. You never know when you´re going to stumble upon a place selling some unique treasure. The city is mostly bilingual due to a decent community of ex-pats and a well developed education system. They even have a pet adoption program which makes my heart swell!! It´s so distant from the gritty, raw Mexico of my previous ... read more
Tequila and it's chaser.
Pretty streets
So much food!!

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende October 21st 2012

Last night I had one of the best evenings in recent years, for my community was invited to a Shabbat dinner with new people from Havurah of LA, I made my reservation a day before and could not find fearful place, however, so I could find a place for my two children (Diego and Emiliano) and me, thinking we find Mexican and American community, however, was not so, members were only gringos, and what was my surprise, only Dan Lessner introduce me and in five minutes we were talking to our new friends, like we have much time we met, I felt very special for the welcome, by interaction with other people, and the affection with which we were received was well worth having driven a while to meet them, the food is delicious, the ... read more

After the night before, it was a little difficult to wake up this morning. We had to be at Tec at 9 am to go visit the Querétaro social incubator. Once there, we did a little exercise where each pair presented some information from part of the incubator’s website. Ulysses was my partner and we presented about three of the programs that run there. This was a great way for us all to learn more about exactly what a social incubator is. Then, we heard a presentation from a woman who is one of the beginning entrepreneurs that the incubator supports. She is started a pastry business and participates in classes, business model development, and group meetings at the incubator. She was so lively and passionate about the work she has done at the incubator, and ... read more
Day 4.1
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Saturday, February 25th, 2012 Sometimes people say things and give me no time to rearrange my face. Take last week, for example. I was at a literary event and a woman came up and asked me to sign her book. "Really?" I said. "You can do better than me." "Don't be silly, she insisted. "I'm thoroughly enjoying your story. It's a real page turner." "Oh," I replied, and just out of curiousity asked her, "what page are you on?" "Two," she said brightly, handing me her pen. A similar thing happened at a neighbourhood get-together. A woman I had known for a long time confided that she and her husband were getting a divorce. This came as a surprise since, over the years, I had repeatedly heard her boast about having the "best damn marriage". "We ... read more
san miguel/interesting doorway
san miguel/favourite cafe

Lunes (Monday), 27 Febrero, we left our hilltop home above Guanajuato and headed east to the city that is considered by many to be the crown jewel of colonial Mexican villages - San Miguel de Allende (pronounced ah-YEHN-day). San Miguel is second only in popularity with former American and Canadian residents to the Guadalajara/Lake Chapala area. The population of San Miguel is about 80,000. Expatriate norteamericanos make up about ten percent of the population. We are settled into the small San Miguel RV Park, otherwise known as Weber’s. Our landlord Han’s German grandfather settled here years ago. Han’s dad was an American – born in Nebraska - his mother is Mexican. Dad passed away a few years ago. Mom helps around the park. Hans speaks excellent English. His tiled bathrooms are immaculate, the water is hot ... read more
The church’s impressive facelift was added two hundred years later.  Its original bell was cast in 1732.
There was a quinceaneria just beginning when we stopped by to take pictures. You may be able to see the honoree in the red dress in front of the altar.
Ignacio Allende, from this town, is considered to be the “Father of Mexico”.  He, along with Father Miguel Hidalgo planned the original uprising that led to Mexico’s War of Independence.

This post will be pictorial. It is the only way to share the incredible beauty of the ceremony that we witnessed in San Miguel de Allende. As you heard the drummers , the Concheros (dancers) dressed in prehispanic costumes filled the streets surrounding the Jardin in front of the Parroquia (church). The traditional dancers are honoring the El Señor de La Conquista, a statueof Christ that is housed in the Parroquia that was carried into battle by the friars who came into San Miguel to convert the Chichmeca. The statue is made of corn husks and orchid bulbs. People who enter the Parroqia on this day say 33 prayers, one for each year of Jesus Christs´ life. The groups would enter the square from side streets and several would be performing at the same time. The ... read more
San Miguel 074
San Miguel 076
San Miguel 090

I managed to throw out my back just as we arrived in San Miguel De Allende. Luckily we were at arguably the nicest RV Park in Mexico. It is a small park located at the Tennis Club. The park is located between the clay courts and just to the south of the center of town. Another tight fit, but careful guidance (and a shoehorn), we just made it in. The park is small with space for only 12 units and is very popular. Luckily, Marsha had made reservations for us. Best of all, there was a chiropractor just around the corner. I laid low for the first few days. Between the cobblestone streets, high curbs, uneven sidewalks, and steep hills it was torture to walk. Ed says “you never walk and look and the same time”, ... read more
Paper flowers for sale
Templo de San Fransisco
Thermal Hot Springs

North America » Mexico » Guanajuato » San Miguel de Allende November 3rd 2011

As blog readers, you expect to read all about our adventures in San Miguel de Allende. The town is surprisingly perfect, bearing little resemblance to beachside Mexico and the resort towns that have been attracting tourists for decades. Its scenery is as multi-layered as its inhabitants: a pleasing blend of Mesoamerican, Spanish Colonial and Contemporary. As far as us gringos are concerned, it's a place of endless holidays and fiestas, art and artists everywhere, pure sunny indulgence. But again, there is little I can say that will explain it better than what you are about to see… ... read more
el jardin/san miguel
natalie makes friends easily

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