Fear And Loathing in San Miguel

1 Sep

San Miguel de Allende is a destination vacation for USers and Mexicans alike. It is near the top of the “Retire to Mexico” list for just about everyone, certainly for our hairdresser in Austin. SMdA is a quaint little colonial town, narrow cobblestone streets winding around beautiful churches, antique shops and artisan markets, nestled in the mountains north of Mexico City. Something that you don’t know until you’ve accidentally found yourself lost in SMdA is that the quaint narrow streets were built for donkey carts, NOT the traffic that clogs due to all those damn turistas and retirees. There are automobiles parked nose to tail along every high walled street with taxis and buses passing slow-moving, truck drawn remulques at unbelievable speeds. Lisa quit breathing when we pulled into town.

We learned so much from this trip of 1800 miles and endless speed bumps (topes). When Google told us that point A to point B would take us five hours, it took more like 8.5 which is quite descriptive of the entire moving to Mexico process. Lisa’s Spanish grew by learning road signs, “No tire la basura” (don’t throw trash). I learned that we should NOT drive for eight hours in Mexican traffic and then look for a hotel where we can park securely and not have to back up a trailer.

Most of all we learned that this has been TOTALLY worth it. We arrived in Bacalar on Friday and have been taking it easy ever since. It feels like we’re on vacation, which of course we are, a permanent vacation.

Snow topped volcano in the rearview mirror.

Snow topped volcano in the rearview mirror.

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day

9 Responses to “Fear And Loathing in San Miguel”

  1. brucekelley September 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Que bueno, Alex, you’ve made it to paradise and with no problemas along the way,


    • afish25 September 6, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      The trip was quite uneventful, gracias a Dios!


  2. Becky September 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Funny you posted when I was just thinking about your adventure this morning. Delighted for update. Be well and of course happy!


    • afish25 September 6, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      Thanks Becky,
      We are having a blast and learning so much. This adventure is really just beginning.


  3. Ellen Heath September 3, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Alex and Lisa, I absolutely love following this blog. Seems like a fabulous journey so far…can’t wait to read your next entry. Alex, you are a talented writer. Keep it up, and thanks!


    • afish25 September 6, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      Thanks Ellen,
      Please pass on the blog info to whoever you think might enjoy. It’s just heating up.


  4. Chuck September 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Hi Alex, Sounds like quite a cool adventure. Are you at your final destination?


    • afish25 September 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

      Yes Chuck, we’ve been in Bacalar two weeks. I also have a facebook page,The Adventures of Dos Tortas, with more pictures and more frequent comments. Check it out if you’re on FB.


      • chuck October 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

        I am, I will.


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