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PLEASING PLAYA DEL CARMEN

February 6, 2019

Almost a week ago we headed out from our lovely home in San Miguel de Allende to hot weather, palm trees, blue water and the white sand of the Yucatan. First stop in our two month vacay is Playa Del Carmen, where we still have another two days before continuing on to stop number two, Tulum. 

We had decided months ago to fly from Queretero to Cancun nonstop on Volaris. Only an hour away from San Miguel, Queretero is easy to get to using the door-to-airport BajioGo shuttle ($24 pp). We would not suggest taking the bus to Queretero and then taxi from there as the airport is a ways out. This was our first time at the Queretero airport and although small, it seemed slightly chaotic. The flight was full so there was a long line started before we got there and since there were several big family/groups and only two attendants at the counter things went slow. Still, the price was right and we are going to be heading off on our first huge trip as a couple, 6 months in Asia at the end of next year, so we needed the practice in patience.  Continue Reading…

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OUR SOCIAL LIFE IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

January 30, 2019

When Glenn retired in December 2017 and we moved to San Miguel in April 2018 we thought perhaps our social life would improve. Little prepared were we for the explosion!! Since we have arrived in San Miguel de Allende we have met a multitude of tremendous people, all interesting, vibrant and individual and each with their own story to tell. 

We have been lucky to meet many through our blog, which we didn’t expect but are thrilled that it has happened. Just about every week we have someone who is coming to visit or thinking of moving to San Miguel contact us asking if they can buy us a coffee and pick our brains while they are here. And we love it. Not every contact has turned out to be great friends, but every meeting is a nice opportunity to have an interesting conversation and find out about someone new and their story.  Continue Reading…

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OFF TO SUN, SAND, RUINS AND HUMIDITY IN THE YUCATAN

January 26, 2019

Last Wednesday a big group of our friends joined us for a get together at Luna before we head off to the Yucatan for 2 months at the end of this month. It was a lovely evening of good cheer with a stunning San Miguel sunset!!

It will be very strange to be away from San Miguel de Allende and all of our friends for so long. We have gotten used to our routines and participating in the happenings of the town and have absolutely loved our time here!! We have just looked at the new Atencion and there are so many upcoming events we would love to check out that we will miss and we are already making to-do plans for when we return. BUT, we are really looking forward to getting on the road for a bit and exploring the Yucatan, hanging out at beach cafes, doing a bit of shopping, swimming in cenotes, watching sunsets, checking out ruins and listening to music in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Valladolid, Merida, Uxmal and Campeche. We have a very full 2 months planned!!  Continue Reading…

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A ENCHILADA/SALSA VERDE COOKING “CLASS” WITH MARGARITAS!!!!! NOW THAT IS THE WAY TO DO IT!!!

January 12, 2019

Yesterday was a perfect example of why we moved to Mexico and San Miguel de Allende!! 

In November we gave a brunch for some friends at our house in Colonia San Antonio and had our extraordinary housekeeper/manager, who is an amazing cook, make chilaquiles with salsa verde for us. Of course we plied her with mimosas, which she had never had before and loved at first sip, while she cooked and corrected our Spanish. It was a lovely, jolly time. The consensus was in that she made the best salsa verde we had ever had and a decision was made to have her do a cooking “class” one day before we leave this house for the Yucatan.  Continue Reading…

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FELIZ ANO NUEVO!!!! 2019

January 2, 2019

2am!!! That is when we were walking home from the most amazing New Years Eve celebration ever!! Would we do this in Oakland? No Way!! But the streets here were filled with people in high spirits after an evening of good cheer, music and fireworks. Once again, the Jardin had a police presence but it was mellow and unobtrusive. There were no fights, instead there were families, couples and groups of Mexicans and Expats ringing in the New Year and having an all around good time. The Jardin was packed as everyone was listening to a huge orchestra and some great singers. Oldies but goodies were being broadcasted across the square with everyone joining in the sing along. It was a lot of fun!! As the hour struck the Parroquia became a sound and light display that was quite marvelous. And afterwards the sky exploded with truly fabulous fireworks. San Miguel de Allende knows how to do New Years Eve right!!!  Continue Reading…

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A TRIP DOWN TO MEXICO CITY

December 5, 2018

Our friend Volker came to visit us in November and we decided to spend the last days of his visit in Mexico City since he had not been there before. Glenn and my last visit was in 2015 so we were interested in any changes that might have happened since then and we were looking forward to going to some of the sights we did not get to at that time. 

We made reservations for the ETN bus online for San Miguel to Mexico City Norte, paying with PayPal which makes things so easy. When checking in we just showed the reservation information on our phone. We expected it to cost about $30 each way per person but because of my INAPAM card (for those 60 years and older) the entire round trip for the both of us was only $77USD. Such the bargain!! We chose ETN because the buses are comfortable with the 3 across seating and we like the upstairs front seats on the long drive. Primera Plus seems to be about the same in price and takes between 3 1/2 – 4 hours depending on the departure time but they are 4 across. Since we couldn’t check in to our AirBnb till the afternoon we figured saving a bit of bus time didn’t really matter too much and we opted for comfort. Bring a jacket though since they blare the air-con. We left on a Sunday so the traffic wasn’t too bad going to Mexico City Norte. Glenn and I came back on a Friday however and the traffic was horrendous!! Never again will we travel on Friday when everyone is coming from Mexico City to San Miguel to spend a nice weekend.  Continue Reading…

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HAVE WE WHET YOUR WHISTLE? IS A MOVE SOUTH IN YOUR FUTURE?

November 19, 2018

If you have stubbled upon our blog, and our experiences have whet your whistle, putting the thought of a move south of the border into your head, here are a few resources that we found that helped us with our planning and daydreaming and a few thoughts that may help with your research. 

BOOKS TO READ

I read a lot and I love first person accounts of experiences, especially with regards to Travel. So when we decided to move to San Miguel I tried to read all the books about this beautiful town that I could get my hands on. I didn’t concentrate on travel guides since I find more up-to-date information available on TripAdvisor or even YELP. Here are some suggestions that are more interesting and are available through amazon.com. (If you plan on buying some please try to use the link as we will get a small stipend for leading you to them.) 

Living In San Miguel: The Heart of the Matter by John Scherber

San Miguel de Allende: A Place in the Heart by John Scherber

Expat Life: At Home in San Miguel de Allende by John Scherber

On Mexican Time: A New Life in San Miguel by Tony Cohan

This is Mexico Carol M. Merchasin 

Behind the Doors of San Miguel de Allende by Robert De Gast 

Mexico, A Love Story: Women Write about the Mexican Experience

Solamente en San Miguel Volume II, A Literary Celebration

Solemente en San Miguel Volume III, A Literary Collection

Tying Loose Ends in Mexico; Essays and Images from San Miguel de Allende by Peggy Stevens Falkenstein

Move to Mexico Bible by Sonia Diaz, Beverley Wood

Greater Than A Tourist San Miguel de Allende: 50 Travel Tips From A Local by Tom Peterson

Our Spanish teacher Regina Giampaoli just put out a guide Easy Guide To Spanish Verbs: Present Tense that you may want to take a look at.

We bought a Kindle on Amazon right before coming down here which was one of the best buys ever. We can use our library card number from the States to access our library on Overdrive and borrow books to read on the it. We also use Amazon Prime reading and Amazon has a Kindle Unlimited program with for a small monthly fee.  There is a very good Biblioteca in San Miguel to get both Spanish and English books from.

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OUR EXPERIENCES WITH MEDICAL CARE IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

November 14, 2018

We have been in San Miguel for 7 months now and have only had to deal with medical care with regard to a few doctors visits, some blood tests, immunizations and buying prescriptions so far. And all of that has gone pretty easy. 

When we received our Temporary Resident cards we applied, with Sonia’s help, for Seguro Popular. This is the Mexican Public Health Insurance and it’s coverage is pretty extensive. This is set up for unemployed Mexicans but because we are Residents we were able to access it. The cost is based on a sliding scale and with our income level and ages we only paid $473USD total for a three year coverage that included both of us. We do not have to worry about pre-existing conditions as they are covered and we do not have a co-pay. We have not yet delved into using it as we have a wonderful private doctor, Dr. Leslie Flores, who we have been seeing. But we are probably going to go in to our assigned clinic and start the process once the Thanksgiving holidays are over and our guests have departed. Part of the reason for this is that I am Bipolar 1 and ADHD and we are finding out that medications are extremely expensive and difficult to find. (Geodon is $180USD for 28 capsules, Dexedrine can’t be found at all and Strattera is $100USD for 28 too, but we found Ritalin 10mg for $25.) Apparently Seguro Popular covers diagnosis and treatment of Mental Health conditions along with about 90% of medical issues. We may find that they too have a problem actually getting the meds but figure we will try and see what happens. We have also put off going in because it seems from what we have heard to be a real pain in the tush. But if it saves us thousands of dollars a year then I think a few hours of inconvenience is a good trade-off. We will keep you informed as to the outcome. 

For some great information about moving to Mexico, including medical, check out Sonia’s new book Move To Mexico Bible available at Amazon.com

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