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TGIF #21

Friday, March 5th, 2010

planter heads

Planter Heads

I’m not sure about the state of the internet out on the farm, so I’m writing this on Thurs. Let’s just stipulate that the plane landed in Dulles as planned & I was picked up by friends & ferried to the farm uneventfully, at about midnight Eastern time.

Here are some things I’ve collected for you this week:

From SeaTac Airport

Thursday, March 4th, 2010
PCC

PCC- Cliff Bar headquarters

It seems like I just landed in SeaTac & here I am again, leaving. Had a great time connecting with my sons & DIL-to-be & a few other of my special people. I sure didn’t get to see everyone that I wanted to on such a short trip, but I’ll be back, probably by mid-April, to stay longer this time.

What did I do to re-acclimate to the US after 3 months in Mexico? Well, the first stop was PCC, where I replenished my stock of Clif Bars. Next time, I will bring a suitcase packed with Clif Bars, (apricot & oatmeal/raisin, thank you. Maybe some carrot cake ones.) Because when you’re a flaming nomad, you never quite know what or when the next meal will be. (more…)

Last day in San Miguel de Allende!

Sunday, February 28th, 2010
Parroquia by night

Parroquia by night

Until recently, I hadn’t been out much at night. What a revelation! The whole town changes. Last night I met a friend down @ the jardin, with the Parroquia lit up and anchoring the festivities. Centro was crowded, although it wasn’t any special fiesta. There were all kinds of food stands, fireworks, kids with balloons, couples strolling. Some vaqueros  had ridden their horses into town and were twitching their lariats and giving rides to friends.

We sat and watched for a while, then did a paseo around the square and headed down some side streets where vendors set up in the evenings. There are stands that sell tacos, elotes (corn on the cob, w/mayo & chile/limon), & steamed fresh chickpeas. We also found a little outdoor bookfair with books in Spanish ranging from coloring books to the Tibetan book of the dead. On that little square, there was African music playing.

Today my plan (loose plan, of course) is to meet a friend @ the jardin, do a little shopping & get some American cash @ the ATM, have one last bowl of posole. Then meet another friend @ Posadita’s little rooftop bar for drinks & goodbyes. Then one more evening w/a dear friend, and home to the casita to rest for the trip tomorrow.

What’s really funny is that I’m starting to realize how coddled I’ve been in MX. Maybe that’s why I like it so much? For the last three months I haven’t:

  • cooked- I basically assemble things from food stands
  • washed my own clothes- Sr Carlos does that
  • driven- taxis are cheap and omnipresent (well, usually.)

I do still chew my own food. (In fact I had 2 fabulous mangoes for breakfast today!)

Further plans (such as they are): Flying to Seattle tomorrow via Houston. Seeing the kids (YAY!) & dropping stuff @ storage in PT. Thurs fly to DC & drive to the farm. Plans are vague after that, but I’ll probably be in the Seattle area by mid-April.

Hasta la vista!

TGIF #20

Saturday, February 27th, 2010
suitcases

Packing Day by nep

This was my last Fri in San Miguel de Allende- for this trip anyway. So Friday was spent saying goodbye to many of the wonderful friends I’ve made here this winter. San Miguel is one of those magical places that just draws exceptional people. I feel very fortunate to have met so many of them.

Today I’m dragging out the suitcases for a test pack. If there’s any room left over, I can still go shopping 😉 Somehow, I don’t think that will be the result, however.

I thought I’d tried a good cross-section of market food, but last night was introduced to the seafood counter @ Ignacio Ramirez market. OMG. Seafood cocktails here are made with a sauce more like thinned catsup, but it’s very spicy. I had octopus & shrimp, topped with slices of avocado. I could live on these, except I need to save room for posole, green enchiladas, chicharrones… Yes, all I do is eat, and think about what I’ll eat next.

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