Daily Archives: September 20, 2008

My thoughts on San Miguel Allende

Here I am at the back door to Casitia de las flores on my way to explore San Miguel.

Here are a few of my thoughts about San Miguel. My reason for coming is two fold; one this is an important historical place in Mexico and gives some life to Mexican history anyone interested Mexico should visit, two I am looking for a place to live in Mexico and after reading about SMA I thought maybe it was for me too.

First off, when reading about SMA I got the impression that it was a small town that was growing, it isn’t, it is a small city that is growing with the central portions protected from development to preserve the historical places and protect the traditions of the Mexican people.

Within this city is a modern society that has all the noise, problems and motor traffic that comes with it, then add in thousands of tourists and expats from all over the world and you have a crowded, expensive. urban setting. There is a lot to do here and some of it is inexpensive, finding it takes a bit of persistence and I am sure with time one would be aware of where to look for those inexpensive events.

The number of English speaking people from north of the border has a major effect here in SMA. English speaking assistance is available and makes it easier for the non Spanish speaking tourist in tourist areas of the city.

My first impressions of the expat community are not favorable, to me they seem cold, unhappy, and closed off to all but their own, if the don’t know you they won’t acknowledge you. They remind me of the same kind of folks I have met in other places like Martha’s Vineyard, all of Cape Cod, and various destinations in Sonoma California, etc. to much money not enough manners or sense.

Of course my opinion is based on only a few first impressions and you have to consider my working class background. For what it is worth I wouldn’t live here. I am sure there are lots of lovely expats who live here and are a credit to themselves and their adopted city, just that the snobs and ill mannered expats stand out more, they also get my dander up.

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Day two of our trip to SMA

Here I am on the hill over looking San Miguel

A parade

Pretty dresses

View of the city

A view from the hill of the city showing the church and
in the for ground almost to the bottom the edge of the bull ring.

On day two we got up early and got ready for the day and fortified with a cup of tea and prepackaged donut we headed down the hill towards the main thoroughfare. Instead of walking in the same direction we did yesterday, when got to the main street we went in the other direction. Just as we were about to give up and turn around we saw MEGA which is a large grocery and dry goods store we had read about. This store is a modern, clean, well organized business. Except for the obvious language differences on the products and signs one would think you were north of the border. I think it is better than some stores NOB.

We trekked back to Casita de las flores our B&B and after a short rest we went to lunch at a local restaurant and for about $4.50 each we had a hearty lunch and soft drink; I had chicken enchiladas with rice, and vegetables Samantha had something similar with a sauce on hers.

After lunch we proceeded down town by foot and found the tourist office that gave us directions the ticket seller for the local trolley tour. The trolley tour was very informative and does give a lot of information and an idea of where things of interest are located.

After the tour we started walking about and ended up at Mama Mia’s restaurant and bar where we had drinks and a pizza. After leaving Mamma’s we came upon a parade; some of the people parading looked like clowns one was juggling fire sticks and there were dancers in typical Mexican dresses. We never found out why they were parading.

We called it a day and walked back to the B&B to spend the night.

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