After a five-year absence, Judy and I have returned to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It’s our third visit to this place and the people that we love. From the minute we arrived in this charming colonial town northwest of Mexico City, we’ve felt right at home and experienced a kinship.
|On our rooftop patio|
San Miguel has a magical effect on people who visit or decide to live here. It’s about the community – the dual culture with the events and the people of “old Mexico” and others from around the world. There is a compactness, a concentration, of the arts, language, and history within the realm of the beauty and charm of “old Mexico” that transcends nationality.
|Vendors at the gigantic Tuesday Market|
It’s about the friendliness. Myriad opportunities for meeting new people present themselves. We’ve encountered remarkable individuals, Mexican, Norte Americano, and European, with varied careers, experiences, and talents. That we will meet and make new friends is a given. San Miguel is a place where folks come for a visit, fall in love with the town, and make new friends. Then, before returning home, they book their reservations for the following year. Some simply stay.
|View of La Parroquia, down Calle Correro|
As we left a new lunch spot today, we were speaking with Geraldo, the owner, about the United States and Mexico. He told us that his brother lives in California and is married to an American. Then, he said, “We are not just neighbors, we are family.”
Yes, we are charmed by San Miguel. And, I will be sharing more about this incredible part of the world.
‘Place’ is one of the five themes of geography. One aspect of this theme is how a place affects people. Think about what place soothes or stimulates you, or makes you happy to be there. When’s the last time you were there? Or, when might you return? Hasta luego.