San Miguel de Allende


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. 

As we were descending into MEX we both turned to each other with that inquisitive look on our face accusing the other of doing a “boofer” (at least that is how we are spelling it) !! We then realized that the fragrancy was coming from outside of the cabin and was in the air. We have heard about the air pollution in Mexico City but did not experience it quite so much the last time we were here in 2015.  Although it was very evident in Puebla, nearby Mexico City then. So just beware. And go to Mexico City anyway, it is such a great place to visit! There is so much to do and it is beautiful, clean and safe. We will be going down there often and we may be joining our friends Mindy and Kadek there in May.

We had scheduled a shuttle van to meet our flight when it landed at 5:15am once we got out of customs. We thought he may have to wait a while before we got out of the terminal depending on how many people just landed with us. But this was the easiest customs we had ever gone through! Once we got to the counter it took literally 3 minutes to get stamped correctly. Since we came in on a Temporary Resident Visa we expected more time to be needed. But he just stamped it “Canje” for 30 days, I kind of clapped and he gave me a grin and said WELCOME!! And then we were off to find our bags. That too was easy enough and didn’t take long. We were a bit worried that we would get pulled aside because we had several electronic items and some medications that we thought we had to declare but they just let us walk though with nothing to declare and we were on our merry little way. Then came the waiting. Due to the horrible traffic situation in Mexico City we had to wait about 2 hours for our driver and the van to arrive. At least that gave us enough time to get a coffee at Starbucks (they are everywhere) and some water and then to go sit down on the steps of the meeting area. Antonio finally arrived and we were off. Never are we going to travel with this much stuff again! But we really won’t have to. When off doing our future traveling it is going to be one bag each, preferably the smallest from now on.

The ride up to San Miguel was pretty easy, a bit boring and long. We made one quick rest stop to go to the bathroom, back to the land of no toilet seats. Then got some coffee and moved on. The highlight there was the display with animals made out of ice cream. Very random!!

Finally arriving into San Miguel de Allende we headed for our new house for the next 6 months. We had thought we would start off staying just till the end of May, but once we walked in it just felt like home. And we immediately decided to stay the full time until the owners come home in October. It is a little slice of paradise. So great! Very comfortable and colorful and everything is fabulous. Just like the photos. Love the 2 patios and the terrace off the Master. The kitchen is large enough to really let our inner chefs out, and I promise I will start to cook again. What do I have to lose? No one is looking to see if I blow something once in awhile. There was a little welcoming committee of some cucarachas but that is to be expected as the property is close to a field and there are a lot of doors and windows to the house and no one has been here for a while. Not to worry, as long as we don’t see scorpions we are fine. Glenn had them awful when he lived in another hilly area of San Miguel in 2005.

Benjamin, Sher and Gary’s house manager, met us when we arrived and he is very personable and helpful. We really like him. He gave us a lot of good information and told us to call if we need anything. But he is an extremely busy guy so we hope to do well on our own. It seems pretty easy. And we will get used to everything. After dragging all of the huge suitcases up the staircase to the second floor we once again swore, this is it. That is until we have to move again in October. But that we will do in phases. Settling in a bit made us hungry and so we headed of to Hecho en Mexico a good little restaurant with a nice patio on the main street several blocks from us. We used to come here often. Our house is a bit off the beaten path and we thought that might worry us initially. But we have found out that it is actually nice because we don’t have the loud traffic noise going on and it is really quiet at night. It is a little walk to get where everything starts but we find that it forces us to walk a lot and we do want to get back to those infamous 10,000 steps a day, yes, we haven’t seen those since Albany!! And hopefully we will lose all the weight we have gained this year.

By the time we left Hecho last night we were both feeling a bit off. I was getting dizzy from all the activity of the day. And Glenn was really dragging himself home. We made it home in time to miss being outdoors for last nights performance of the thunder and lightning show. We both took much needed showers and crawled into bed. My meds were really working overdrive and hit me hard so I was ready to flop into bed and I don’t think I moved much all night. We both fell asleep knowing that our decision was a fabulous one. And we can’t wait to see what the rest of our life brings.

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