San Miguel de Allende 2013

Published Date Author: , January 1st, 2013

Happy New Year everyone.  Here we are beginning a New Year and I am beginning a new blog from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where I live and work.   San Miguel sits on a high plateau in the center of Mexico about 3 1/2 hours North of Mexico City.  Did you know that Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world, legalized same sex marriage over a year ago.  All other states in Mexico are also now required to recognize these marriages.  I’m not yet sure what this means other than the fact that this is a liberal, forward moving country recognizing the rights of others.  So, that said, San Miguel itself is a picture of this open mindedness.

San Miguel is a small, colonial town of about 100,000 population.  Fairly narrow cobble stone streets lined with Spanish colonial buildings harks back to it’s 17th – 18th century origins.  Well, 18th century origins as far as the Spaniards are concerned.  Different indigenous peoples were here long before the colonizers arrived, the evidence of them is a wonderful newly opened archeological site just outside of San Miguel, Virgin de la Canada.

We have become a major tourist destination, one of the top 10 in the world according to some travel polsters.  When I first came here to start my bed and breakfast in 2003, the majority of tourists were North Americans and a smattering of Europeans.  However, over the last several years following our becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Mexicans tourist have discovered us.  The beautiful people from Mexico City, Queretaro, Leon, Guadalajara and other cities fill the streets on Fridays and Saturdays.  The main square or Jardin, as it is called, is a lively center for music, dance, strolling and people watching.  On holidays, and the Mexicans love their holidays, any excuse for a fiesta, there will be fireworks, parades, church bells ringing and indigenous dancers bedecked in loin cloths and feathers.  In the evenings, the Jardin is filled with mariachis who for a few pesos will sing the song of your choice.

San Miguel really represents all of Mexico.  Fabrics from Oaxaca and Chiapas, ceramics from Puebla, Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato and the North, regional foods and folk art.  We have also been listed as second only to Mexico City for our food and restaurants.  I am a foodie so will be writing about the cuisine here and also giving an occasional recipe.DSCF0803

So, here I’ve given you a taste of this wonderful colonial town.  Look for more as I continue to post.

Robert Waters is a guest blogger who runs his bed and breakfast, Susurro, in the Colonial Center of San Miguel, Mexico.



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joe de cola - Gravatar joe de cola said on January 14, 2013, 9:21 am:

SO good to hear from Robert about the charms of our favorite town in Mexico. It is an amazing little place, and the blend of expats, old mexico and the a new influx of mexicans from elsewhere who are seeking a safe, beautiful and high cultured town is unique. The outgoing president of Mexico, Calderon, has just bought a townhouse in town and a rancho on the outskirts.
Robert’s B&B is gorgeous.

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