Viva San Miguel de Allende, Mexico!

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

San Miguel church

La Parroquia, the current parish church of San Miguel

Mexico is a colorful country that has a great appeal to American and Canadian expatriates. Like the southern regions of Europe where many northern Europeans retire for the weather and lifestyle, Americans and Canadians seek similar perks from setting up residency in places like Ajijic or San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Since I tend to follow the expats, I have enjoyed those decisions to live outside their own countries. I take care of the beautiful homes and gardens of many expats. San Miguel de Allende is most precious to me. I have spent enough accumulated time there to know lots of people personally. I understand the lay out of the city. I know where the best places are to eat, how to stay safe, and what kinds of entertainment is offered.


San Miguel is a bit like Competa, Spain, in that there is a huge body of English-speaking expats living there. Literally, there is absolutely no pressing need to master the Spanish language. The city accommodates the foreigners who have come there to live. I don’t recommend spending the rest of your life in another country without learning the language, but many do just that, unabashedly.


San Miguel is a walking town. You really don’t need a car. Getting around is pretty easy except for the cobblestone streets which can be uneven at times and slippery when wet. In fact, the locals have lovingly nicknamed San Miguel as The City of Fallen Women. Not because so many have been deflowered there, but because retired women who have gone there to live are famous for slipping on the streets, breaking an arm or a leg. There are a lot of single, older women living in San Miguel who have left their families behind and ventured out on their own to experience a different way of life. Some to the chagrin of their loving families, but most seemingly without regrets of their own.

San Miguel  de Allenderestaurant

Courtyard restaurant


San Miguel is a town of art and artists. Truly, this gorgeous city boasts countless art galleries, art shows, concerts, and festivities. There is no need whatsoever to be bored. Do as little or as much as you like almost every night of the week. You can purchase a weekly paper that lists most of the upcoming events. Want to do some yoga? Join a group. Fancy a little wine tasting and cheese while viewing the artwork of several impressive artists? Well, you can actually spend an evening wandering in and out of numerous art gatherings. Think you might enjoy a performance by a guest musician? Those are ongoing, too. In fact, San Miguel hosts an annual short film festival and a string quartet festival, both of considerable worldwide renown. Plays, guest lecturers, and street festivals are constant happenings. Mariachis, parades, and indigenous rituals offer spice to daily life.

Enjoy the lovely pictures that I have collected of this vibrant city. This is the first in a short series of articles on Mexico.

Art in San Miguel

Mural in San Miguel

Indian girl dressed for patron saint parade

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  1. We chose San Miguel de Allende six years ago for its combination of climate, culture and the basic warmth of its people. I became interested in the process of becoming an expat and wrote a book based on conversations with 32 Americans and Canadians who had also made the move. It’s mainly a way of getting inside their heads. It’s called San Miguel de Allende: A Place in the Heart. Here’s a link to an excerpt on my website:

    • John,
      Thanks for your note. Would you be willing to do an interview with me? I think my readers would enjoy your story and, of course, I would provide links to your book as well. If you are interested, I will prepare around six to eight questions for you to answer. Let me know.


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