San Miguel de Allende

ZANDUNGA, LETTING IT LOOSE IN THE DESERT WITH GIL GUTIERREZ!!!

April 18, 2018

Last Thursday Glenn was doing his tai chi in Parque Juarez and I was sitting on a bench nearby. There was a couple from Berkeley sitting two benches over talking to their son on the phone. After the conversation ended they apologized if they were too loud. At which I mentioned that the son had a decision to make and I hoped it worked out. We all laughed at that and struck up a conversation as you do in San Miguel. During the conversation they mentioned that the past Sunday they had just seen a fabulous concert out in the desert at a place called Zandunga. And that we really should make it out on the coming Sunday because that was the last concert until July. We are so glad that they told us about this and where to get tickets as it was a wonderful experience!! And one we will do again when they return.  Continue Reading…

San Miguel de Allende

DID WE MENTION OUR FABULOUS HOUSE?

April 17, 2018

When we put our notice on the Yahoo Groups San Miguel Renter’s Forum, Sher and Garry Davidson were the first people who contacted us right away. We are now so happy that they did. Sher sent over the link to their AirBnb listing so we could get an idea of what the house looked like and we immediately loved it. BUT, we were a bit unsure of it because of the location which we felt was a little further west than we wanted and we really couldn’t find it on Google Maps. Sher explained to us where it was and eased our concerns and we got sold on it. It helped that it was very much within our budget and included all utilities.  Continue Reading…

San Miguel de Allende

THE SAGA OF THE SURGE PROTECTOR

April 17, 2018

A few days ago, right after our move here, we needed to find a surge protector as there are not many outlets in the house and we have all of our gadgets, computers, etc. 

As we were walking back home towards Ancha de San Antonio on Zacateros we found a store that sells just about everything. Low and behold there were 2 new surge protectors in a locked case near the front of the store. Score! It looked like the price was $13USD which we thought was expensive but we needed it, so oh well. Now we just had to buy it. And boy did that start a long, weird, exhausting process.  Continue Reading…

All of Mexico, Retirement Days, San Miguel de Allende

WE LOVE SAN MIGUEL, OR SHOULD I SAY THE SOUTHERN BERKELEY

April 13, 2018

We have been here 4 days and are already saying to ourselves why didn’t we do this years ago!! We absolutely love the house, it is especially nice to have our morning coffee on the back patio looking at all the hummingbirds and listening to the fountain. We see hummingbirds when we first wake up in the morning as you can see them flitting about from our bed which looks on to the upper terrace. We are both sleeping great and are waking up when the sun shines through the semi-sheer curtains. It is a natural way to begin the day, and we love it. I am no longer waking up in the morning and having coffee then going back to bed for a couple more hours. I feel healthier here. The house is bright and sunny with big windows in just about every room. We leave the doors open whenever we are home until the evening starts and then we close them because of possible mosquitos. Glenn has found the two patios at home are great places to start the day with his tai chi practice. We have also returned to our favorite park of the past, Parque Juarez, which is another place so conducive to his tai chi. It is so mellow with all the birds, plants, walkways and fountains. We have never been this relaxed. Continue Reading…

All of Mexico, Retirement Days, San Miguel de Allende

WHO FARTED IN THE CABIN? AND OUR FIRST DAY IN WONDERFUL MEXICO!!

April 11, 2018

This is a bit belated being written as I just didn’t have the energy to do it after our long trip yesterday. So now we are sitting in our wonderful house about to cook dinner as a raging thunder and lightening storm crashes over our heads. Certainly one thing that I definitely remember from past trips. They are spectacular!!! And for this one we just barely made it back into the house before it all started tumbling down. But now we are safe and dry and having a great time listening to the show above us.

Now, in hindsight we will regale you with our trip from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende yesterday. We arrived pretty much on time after an uneventful flight. We had seats next to each other and were so glad we weren’t in economy as the flight was jam-packed. We still weren’t able to sleep as we were pretty wired but we did close our eyes a bit.  Continue Reading…

All of Mexico, Retirement Days, San Miguel de Allende, USA

UP, UP AND AWAY!!!!!

April 9, 2018

Today is departure day!!! Two years ago we had a huge dream of living the life of an expat and moving to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Many revisions of that plan have been made and remade and today we see the results of all that planning and the stress that went with it. We are actually very proud of ourselves for setting a big goal, maintaining our focus, riding out the ups and downs and bending to new circumstances, all the while maintaining a sense of humor, to bring everything to fruition.  Continue Reading…

All of Mexico, Retirement Days, San Miguel de Allende, USA

WE’RE LEAVING ON A JET PLANE, DON’T KNOW WHEN WE’LL BE BACK AGAIN!!

April 8, 2018

Hooraay!!!!!!  We FINALLY got the ok from our financial advisor to head out as everything is finalized. We booked our flights late Friday night (the Internet was down for a good portion of the day much to our chagrin) for Monday April 9th at 11:00 pm departure out of San Francisco to Mexico City. We booked in First Class/Business Class (depending on who you look at Aeromexico or Delta as they code-share) because we need the extra baggage allowance it provides. We get one bag free and only need to pay extra for one of our other 2 bags this way instead of an extra two. So the price really isn’t that much of a difference in the end. The flight prices did go up a bit from what we budgeted initially ($517 o/w instead of $451) since we didn’t have the 7 day advance but hey, whatever works when you need it to. We are just ready to be out of limbo, start our new lives, unpack in our fabulous rental and RELAX! Continue Reading…

All of Mexico, Retirement Days, San Miguel de Allende

WE FOUND A HOUSE (AND FRIENDS) IN SAN MIGUEL! AND IT IS STUNNING

April 4, 2018

We had been looking through the AirBnb listings along with other companies to try and find a place we could call our own in San Miguel de Allende when we descended into our new home town. We found some but they were not available for our dates, or were a bit more pricey than we could afford. In the past months I have had my name on the SMA Civil List and the SMA Renters Forum from Yahoo Groups. In between a bit of whining from some people, that I just ignore, is some very good information about making your way around the town, the happenings going on and all the connections you need to get started in your new life there. I can find info on dentists and doctors, Spanish lessons, cooking classes, events in town, gallery openings and concerts etc. It has certainly been helpful.

For finding a house to rent we put in a really nice notice on the Renters Forum about who we were, our backgrounds, interests, a mention of our blog so people can read even more about us, and of course a list of what we are looking for for a rental. Preferably long term, but we could start with something shorter if it was the right place. We got so many responses right away! And corresponded with some really nice people.  Continue Reading…

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VISAS FOR SUNSHINE AND SANGRIAS IN OUR HOT LITTLE HANDS!!!

April 4, 2018

We got our Temporary Resident Visas on the 26th of March at the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, CA and we are so excited about that!! We worked with a really lovely woman at the Consulate, but I forgot her name. We also talked to her the first time we went in in December. She works at counter #11 though for visas and if you get the pleasure of working with her it will make the process easy. But really, everyone there was very nice and helpful. The longest part of the whole day was just the waiting.

The actual processing was easy. We had to bring 2 copies of our bank statements showing either $20,000 or more average balance in our savings account for the past year or a pension or income of $1,100 or more in our checking for the each of the past 6 months. We also had to bring 2 specific passport photos each and a completed application for our Temporary Resident Visa. You can find the Sacramento Consulate website here. Continue Reading…