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EL TIANGUIS DE LOS MARTES, OR THE TUESDAY MARKET IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

November 9, 2018

We love a good local market, probably myself more than Glenn when it comes to staying a long time though. Glenn gets tired of all the hecticness of it all but I kind of get off on it. And of course I get to snapping photos non-stop.  We have been to the Tuesday Market twice so far and I am sure we will make it out again. It is not a “gringo market” so it is fun to see a slice of everyday life. The market is fabulous for people watching!! Once again everyone is so nice and friendly and we are finding that the Mexican people have a great sense of humor.  Continue Reading…

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EXCITING, AMAZING, AWESOME, EMOTIONAL AND FANTABULOUS!! OUR FIRST DIA DE LOS MUERTOS 2018, SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

November 9, 2018

We had spent 10 days along the western coast in PV, Sayulita and Bucerias and came home to the wondrous sight of marigolds and Catrinas!!! The town was decorated to the hilt and everyone was in a festive mood. Dia de Los Muertos was days away but it seemed like everyone expected it to descend in a few hours. We had been to a couple of small celebrations in the States and Glenn had been to one in Cholula years ago but nothing prepared us for our first as Mexican Residents.  Continue Reading…

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HALLOWEEN IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

November 5, 2018

Glenn and I have never been a very big Halloween people. There are a couple of parties that I have been to that stand out in my mind but for the most part we avoid the holiday, instead curling up with a bottle of wine and a good movie. BUT, Halloween in San Miguel de Allende was something else entirely. It was an opportunity for “kids” young and old to come out and enjoy themselves in the Jardin, the epicenter of festivities. We didn’t see any of the door-to-door, let me drag along my pillowcase kind of thing. What we saw and participated in was adults with bags of candy trading for photos and a smile in a stunning setting and communal atmosphere. It was like a carnival and we loved seeing how creative everyone got. Of course, being so close to Dia de Los Muertos, there were a multitude of skeletons and Catrinas. If one desired there were tables set up along the streets surrounding the Jardin with artists to paint up your face. We opted out this year as we kind of wanted to suss everything out, but next year a new face will be a must do!! A few shots of tequila might be in order first though!! Continue Reading…

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BUCERIAS AND HURRICANE WILLA

October 31, 2018

Our last days of this 11 day jaunt were spent in Bucerias, between Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita. We were unable to find an UBER in Sayulita to take us there so we resorted to a taxi which was $21USD and only took less than half an hour. We had a great conversation in Spanish with our driver, and even though I am still such a basic beginner,  I could understand most of what was going on. 

We stayed at Aventura Pacifico Hotel which was set up by a former boss of ours (Jim Pilaar) and his brother (Joe). It is a casual and friendly hotel in a really good location, just 2 blocks from the beach on the south side of town and can be booked through booking.com. This is conveniently located near a 24/7 OXXO and a huge grocery store which was great since we had a kitchen and were getting kind of tired of eating out all the time. We liked this part of town more than the northern area as it seemed more residential and quiet. Unfortunately Jim wasn’t in Bucerias, but Joe was and we really enjoyed seeing him. Both are avid traveler’s with ties to the travel industry. Joe still has his adventure trekking company Canadian Himalayan Expeditions. Check them out if you feel an adventure to India, Nepal, Bhutan and so many other destinations coming on.  Continue Reading…

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COLORFUL, FUNKY AND TASTY SAYULITA!!!!

October 28, 2018

We took a super easy UBER from our hotel Rivera Del Rio Boutique Hotel in Puerto Vallarta to the Casa Parota Boutique Hotel in Sayulita for under $30USD for the hour drive. The lush portion from Bucerias to Sayulita was really pretty on a road covered part of the time by a tunnel of trees. We imagined there were critters about and Glenn asked our driver “Hay monjas en los arboles?” at which point the driver made the sign of the cross and laughed!!! Glenn had asked “are there nuns in the trees?'” instead of “Hay monos en los arboles?” or “Are there monkeys in the trees?” Close but no cigar! I think some more Spanish lessons are in order!! Continue Reading…

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SOME TIME ON THE COAST! SIX NIGHTS IN PUERTO VALLARTA

October 27, 2018

We moved to San Miguel in April and have a nice 2 month trip to the Yucatan planned but not until February and March 2019 so we decided to break things up a bit and head over to the coast to visit Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita and Bucerias. (I actually have 4 more posts to write but since we just got back I will go a bit out of order and play catch up to those later). This was a very easy trip and was made more so by the cheap ($110USD RT per person) and short (under an hour) Interjet flight from Leon. We used BajioGo shuttle from/to San Miguel for $21USD per person one way which was also super easy. They will pick you up at your door. Once through baggage claim at the Puerto Vallarta Airport you can easily (since the reps all run up to you or flag you down) find the desk to the pre-arrange taxis into town. Look for the bright yellow cards. The set fare is based on zones. The taxi to our hotel was the equivalent of $18.50USD. Once in town taxis should never cost more than 80 pesos to get around, we learned that the hard way.  Continue Reading…

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LA ALBORADA 2018 AND “THE BLESSING OF THE HORSES”

October 23, 2018

September is definitely a month of Fiestas and Celebrations!! Not only did we have the Independence Day festivities in the middle of the month, but we also had La Alborada which takes place on the weekend closest to September 29th and since this year the 29th was Saturday it started then. It is one of the biggest festivals in San Miguel de Allende, since it is for San Miguel’s Patron Saint, Saint Michael and it is spectacular!!

The weekend before is the “review’ which is kind of a practice session for the following weekend. Of course there was a parade with music and traditional dancers. I can never get tired of them as each time I see them I see new faces painted up and more colorful costumes. Always great for photos!! As I was coming into the garden to wait for the parade Media luna was playing under the portico in front of the Centro Cafe/Bar. That was a very nice treat and they played for quite a while. They should be completing their time in San Miguel at the end of October and we will have to wait until they return again next summer. We have seen them several times over the past months and they are great musicians and great kids. I was sitting at one of the outside tables at the cafe and had 2 extra seats. A lovely couple (Suzanne Woodley and Philip Rostron) sat down with me, as people often do here, and we struck up a great conversation. That is one of the things we love about San Miguel, it is so easy to meet people and that reminds of of our days traveling around the world. You never know who you will meet next. Continue Reading…

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VIVA MEXICO!!!!! OUR MEXICO INDEPENDENCE EXPERIENCE IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

September 18, 2018

Each day we are here we become happier with our move to San Miguel De Allende and Mexico. And this past weekend’s celebration of Mexican Independence Day just brought this feeling further home. Saturday night was an all out party that we just couldn’t miss, even though it went past our bedtime. 

The decorations and merchandise were evident about a week and a half ago as the streets became dressed up for the big event, Independence Day. And I mean BIG event. Everyone got in the mood and we were very proud to call Mexico our new home. Centro was full of color of the red, green and white variety. All the buildings were decked out with flags and shops and restaurants had displays, garlands and banners. Around the Jardin and along the streets were just about every possible merchandised item under the sun to buy to show one’s pride and participation in this annual hoopla.  Continue Reading…

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¿TU HABLAS ESPANOL?

August 26, 2018

I know this is a question that people are wondering about us. In short, No hablo Espanol, para Glenn habla un poco Espanol. Actually, Glenn is way better than me, especially since he did his year long travels through Central and South America in 1990-91. He has retained a lot of it and is remembering even more through practice and exposure. Thank God for that as I would be totally lost when when we go to the Doctor’s office or do anything official. Or even just order our meals, shop in a store, ride in a taxi and all the other daily activities we do. Although I too am learning. My pronunciation is horrendous though and Glenn said one day that listening to me try to speak Spanish is excruciating. LOL!! My goal is to make him take those words back.  Continue Reading…