Happy New Year, direct from the Jardin in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, my winter “home away from home” where my brother Don and I have been coming since 2007. New Years Eve in the Jardin (town square) has become a family tradition of sorts. But this year, I am particularly relieved to usher 2016 out the door. 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
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
My very favorite excursion outside of San Miguel is a trip to La Gruta Hot Springs, a place much more beautiful than the Spanish translation of the English title, “The Grotto.” Continue reading
I always have my own personal list of “must visits” when I am in San Miguel de Allende. Such was the case during my last visit, New Years Eve, 2010. Continue reading
Mercados de Mexico, the Mega to the Mini…
One of our first stops in San Miguel was to stock up at the Mega, a gigantic supermarket where you can buy anything from “breads to treads.” Continue reading