Changing Latitudes Changing Attitudes……..leave your gringoness at home
Only a good buddy or an insomniac would offer to drive you to the airport at 4:30 a.m. Salut! to Alan Guilbualt, not the latter. Arrived in Seattle at 6:40 a.m. only to find we needed to get rerouted, which meant hanging out in the airport for 4 hours before out flight to Dallas and then on to Leon, north of Mexico City. We arrived in Leon to be greeted much to our delight by our luggage and Alfredo, our driver to San Miguel. It’s a 2-hour drive from Leon to San Miguel with the road going up to about 7,000 feet before dropping into San Miguel at 6,000 ft arriving at about 11:30 p.m. but there is a 2 hour time change.
Fortunately, Alfredo was born just up the street so had an idea of where our apartment in an old colonial home was. The street was built for donkeys and horses, was steep and cobblestone and only slightly wider than the SUV. Alfredo had to fold in his mirrors to drive down the road. Appears this is not unusual for SM.
Our new home is on the third floor of a step walk-up. Quite comfortable and now warm since Fred turned on the gas fireplace. The temperature in SM is quite cool in the evening and morning, polar-fleece required, lovely and warm in the afternoon. The rooftop has a wonderful succulent garden and views over SM and the surrounding valley.
This a.m. we headed down the street to find some ranchos huervos and afterwards happened across a walking tour of the historic area lead by an excellent guide from Texas. He has been living in SM for a number of years and the fee goes to support local children requiring medical care After thinking we had a better sense of the town we headed off in search of largest grocery store Mega (think Mexican Wal Mart like) and wandered about, uphill and down until we finally caved in and hailed a taxi to take us to the large, modern grocery store.
After a great meal, good wine and lovely sunset we are resting comfortably planning tomorrows adventure….