San Miguel de Allende has been my home for several weeks, more like a home away from home. It’s also a home away from home for the estimated 12000 gringos who call this town home. There’s a huge ex-pat population living here. For the most part they are retirees from the two countries north of Mexico. For many they can live a great lifestyle here much cheaper than their home town of, lets say, New York.
I’ve been rather busy in recent weeks. I spent a lot of time updating this long neglected blog. I recently ran out of space on the free WordPress.com site and upgraded (at a cost) to my very own self managed site. It came with a steep learning curve and many frustrating hours of back and forth emailing with tech support. But now I have a website I can truly call my own, I’m very proud of it.
I also spent many hours reading, writing and learning. I’m learning how to be a better writer and a better photographer. It’s a somewhat steep learning curve but I have a story to both show and tell.
Here is a short list of some of the amazing experiences I had in San Miguel de Allende:
- I tried Michelada for the first time. It’s a Mexican alcoholic drink that combines beer with fruits (in my case Mangos), herbs, spices, peppers and chili.
- Watched the street parade to celebrate the Mexican War of Independence. Many Police, Military, school groups and local organisations took part. Miguel Hidalgo (the town was named in his honour) was instrumental in the cause.
- I hung out with a large group of the ex-pat community watching the Superbowl in one of the many luxury homes that can be found in San Miguel.
- Walked the streets, drank beer and dined in many different locations with the wonderful company of a local lady.
- Joined a local cycling group on a cycle trip to Nevada de Toluca.
- Joined local cyclists on an off road adventure to the nearby town of Dolores Hidalgo.
- Visited one of the many museums, which is free on Sunday.
- Walked the streets alone in the middle of the night. It’s a very safe town.
- Ate so much great Mexican street food that I think I’ve finally put on a bit of weight.
- Walked into some of the most expensive hotels in town. Just because I could and I wanted to see how the other half live.
- Took a bus to nearby Guanajuato to look around and catch up with some cycling buddies, Gareth and Jean, who were there.
- Looked at the inflated prices of real estate in this town and thought it was a very expensive town to buy a house.
- I jokingly refer to this town as Saint Mikes or Gringolandia to anyone that would listen.
San Miguel de Allende has grown on me but for the next couple of months I have some ambitious cycling routes planned through Mexico and Cuba. That’s right Cuba. I’ll be heading there shortly and just quietly I’m looking forward to it. But first I’ll be heading to the remote areas of the Sierra Gorda and Huasteca region. I will be teaming up with Gareth, Jean and s multitude of locals to venture off the beaten path in weeks to come. Stay tuned.
So this will be the last of my non adventurous blog posts.
In the meantime, take a look at the photographic beauty of San Miguel de Allende, or as I call it, Saint Mikes or Gringolandia. Can you see why so many gringos would want to live here?