Despite the near-perfect climate at 6,200 ft elevation, the fact that San Miguel de Allende has such a large expat community can be mostly attributed to the arts. If the Parroquia and Jardin are the heart of the city, the Instituto Allende is the creative right brain. Continue reading
It was my sixth or seventh trip to San Miguel de Allende. I’ve lost count of the visits there spanning from two weeks to two months since 2007. My brother Don first broke the news that he had read about this mountain town / artist community that some gringos consider utopia in old Colonial Mexico, so he was driving his Toyota Land Cruiser down from Texas for a month to check it out. He had received a book for Christmas, Tony Cohan’s On Mexican Time, a book that would prompt a permanent paradigm shift for us both about our neighbors to the south. Continue reading
From Thanksgiving amidst the red rocks of the great Southwest to the Jardin at midnight in San Miguel de Allende in one blog post, I have some ‘splainin’ to do. One of my intentions after retiring was to finally get the blog into “real time,” and we see how that has gone. I can’t seem to get caught up, no matter how hard I try. Do I dare make this a resolution? Continue reading
How do you spell fear? Me personally? I spell it “D.E.N.T.I.S.T!!”
Throughout all my travels to date, the scariest experience I have had was trying to color my hair in India. I can now update that to reflect “having a toothache in Mexico!” Continue reading
This being a repeat visit to San Miguel de Allende, I set my intentions to make some new discoveries this year. In a town this small, that is not so easy after four or five visits. Or so I thought…. Continue reading
The internet is such a blessing and a curse. I can’t bear to think back on how hard it was to make travel arrangements back in the “olden days” before the likes of Trip Advisor, Frommers, and a few dozen blogger opinions on every destination under the UN. As an ex-travel agent, I have no desire to return to the days of the OAG and waiting on hold for the airlines while hand-writing tickets.
However, the speed at which popular travel destinations can now become “too popular” can certainly kill a good “discovery buzz” in a hurry. Continue reading
Off and on for the past several years, some faction of my family has made a trek to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to celebrate the holiday season. This year, my brother Don and I planned to start the new year right by spending the month of January across the border in our “home away from home.” Eager to outrun the dropping mercury, Continue reading
I made a fast, less than graceful exit from San Miguel….
We had decided to leave on the first available bus early Saturday morning in order to maximize my two weeks of vacation. The taxi would pick us up at 6:15am for the 7:00am bus bound for Oaxaca. Continue reading
When one is house sitting, there’s a fine line in knowing how to behave like guests versus “making oneself at home.” Is it still acceptable protocol to treat the house as your own, as long as you do so respectfully? Continue reading
I always figure a good way to judge the historical beauty and cultural richness of a destination is to check the UNESCO World Heritage Listing. At 31 sites, Mexico has more than most, but for good reason.
Whenever I tell my friends I am vacationing in Mexico, I usually get comments like “Which coast?” or “Just throw in a swimsuit, some sunscreen, and a pair of flip flops, and that’s all you need, right?” It is such a pity that as Mexico’s closest neighbor, US citizens probably have the least amount of knowledge of all that the country has to offer. Thankfully, UNESCO has not taken the same “sun-centric” view.