Have to start with the night before. Fireworks is a common occurrence but last night was quite a show. We can watch it from out bedroom window. Don’t know what the occasion was. Apparently it’s a 3 day long weekend in Mexico here so the town is full of people and very busy. As I write I can hear the music from the park and an enthusiastic crowd. Imagine there will be more fireworks tonight.
Today is our last day in San Miguel and it turned into a lovely one. Our plan was to meet a friend of Gail’s who happened to be down here. We headed off to find a good cup of coffee and then over to Parque Juarez as we thought there was an art show there. Thanks to our limited Spanish, it turned out to be a huge plant sale that filled the park. People were selling everything from succulents to tulips. It was quite an amazing sight.
We met Gail’s friend Arlene and wandered through the Saturday Organic Food market and then over to see where she was staying. Her area is only about a 10 minute walk from the center of town, but we found a significant great of gringos walking around. Apparently walking uphill to our area puts some people off. It was fun to have a visit with Arlene, she is staying with a friend who has rented a lovely 3 bedroom place for 4 months for only $1,500 USD a month.
After saying ‘Goodbye’ to Arlene, Fred tried out yet another bowl of tortilla soup. Think it may be his last for a while. The best was at the 'leftover from the 70’s place with the bull head watching over us', a few days back. The Institute Allende was having a craft & folk art fair which we took in.
Back to the very busy main square (jardine) where 3 mariachi bands took turns performing, hat and balloon sellers wandered about, people ate ice cream and others just sat (like us). A pair of bride and groom characters, 12 feet tall appeared and we watched to see what would happen. Sure enough, it was a wedding procession with a donkey bearing a cradle followed by the real bride and groom, the puppets, a band, and the wedding guests. Looked like fun.
Back up the hill home to watch a beautiful sunset and reflect on our stay here. San Miguel is, no doubt about it, a beautiful town. It’s been interesting chatting to people who have moved here permanently and those who only come for the winter. We have met some out of the ordinary and remarkable people in SM. Although there’s only about 10,000 gringos here in a city of 160,000 they have are a significant presence in town and have built what appears to be a rich and supportive community. We understand the appeal to living here and while it is not something we would do (who would look after the garden?) we certainly recognize and appreciate why people do. We’ll miss the picturesque streets and vibrant lifestyle here but we’re looking forward to arriving in Huatulco and being warm!