When we stayed at the Red Tree House in Mexico City, we talked with many people about the relative merits of Oaxaca, Guanajuato, and San Miguel. For us it is no contest. We would choose San Miguel in a heartbeat. Following in no particular order are some of the things that we are going to miss when we leave for home on Thursday.
The jacaranda trees. They have been in full bloom since we arrived on 1/Mar and they are still in full bloom. This is just one of over ten I can see from our roof top terrace. And roof top terraces and courtyards are other things we are going to miss!
The burrows. These two burrows are tied up just down the block from our house. Perhaps the owner had ducked into the nearby gym for a little exercise. Mostly you see burrows in town as part of a wedding procession.
The fountains. This fountain outside of San Francisco church had been decorated for a wedding. The water in the fountain is covered with white petals. Fountains with floating red rose petals are very popular around town.
The churros and hot chocolate. A churro is similar to a long, sugared donut. We live only a few blocks from the favorite churro restaurant in town. This is the lineup to get into the restaurant on a recent holiday weekend. It is so popular that we have yet to get in this month.
The garbage collection system. Three times a week a man comes down our street ringing a gong to announce that the garbage truck will soon be here. People bring their garbage down to the street and chat until the truck arrives. They then hand the garbage up to a man in the truck and he passes it on to the sorters in the truck who divide it up into recyclables and garbage. There are at least four people riding in the truck. This picture was taken from our roof terrace.The entertainment. There seems to be non stop entertainment in town. There is first class chamber music most weekends in winter. We have heard live folk, jazz, new age, country, and popular music. We have seen a one man play. We have seen a program of ten plays of ten minutes each. We have attended lectures and movies. This event is the garden party held at a private house at the end of the chamber music season. The performers were a brass quintet from Western Carolina University.The parades and fiestas. This was a parade we had no idea was going to occur. It went down the street next to ours and appears to be another Saint Joseph’s Day Parade about a week late. You may recognize the person in the front of the picture. He is also a very popular subject for piñatas. I would guess that ten to twenty percent of the expats in town are wearing anti Trump buttons.The margaritas and mojitos. Susan needed two hands to lift this margarita at another wonderful restaurant we discovered. This one is family run in a beautiful house away from the tourist area. There are so many good restaurants that we are not going to be able to get to all the ones we wanted to visit despite being here four weeks and only eating dinner home four times.You have to love a city that lets a tree limb come through the brick wall instead of cutting it off.
The doors and windows. This door is outlined with real flowers. We suspect it was done as part of a wedding reception.The wedding processions. San Miguel is home to 500 to 600 destination weddings each year. Since most of these are on the weekend, it means you don’t have to wait long to see one if you go to the Jardin on the weekend. Most involve a burrow, giant bride and groom dancing puppets and a mariachi band.The colorful Spanish Colonial streets.The buildings. If we do ultimately buy a house here, we are going to paint it this blue color.Old and New Friends. This has to be the best place in the world to make friends. We met Susan and Peter from Ottawa, Canada through playing bridge. The picture was taken with my iPod and I am still learning to hold it so my fat finger doesn’t get over the lens. Sorry Peter!
Thanks to all of you for following our adventures this winter. And a special thanks to all of you who have taken the time to comment. Our quest for new experiences will resume this summer with a Baltic cruise, a week in Provence that we hope will coincide with the lavender bloom, a self piloted boat trip on the Canal du Midi in France with friends from Pawleys Island, and time in Vienna. We hope you will join us.