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Breakfast at Juan’s cafe

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Juan’s cafe, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

Today after visiting the Library’s Bodega de Sorpresas (kind of a Thurs garage sale fundraiser), I headed across the street to Juan’s Cafe (its real name is Cafe Etc.), one of the other centers of culture in San Miguel.

Rest assured, he’s still offering the full breakfast special: latte, OJ, choice of entrees for 60 pesos and all of the other wonderful things we know and love. I personally credit Sr Juan with saving my sanity in last year’s  unusually rainy cold winter, when all there was to do was hole up in the casita with a dvd. (Or snag a last-minute trip to the beach w/Vagabundos, which I did.)

It’s early enough in the season that Juan actually had a chance to chat as I made my selections & he ground my (fantastico!) Chiapas coffee.

I’d heard this summer about the terrific conversational Spanish classes offered in his side room by Sr Jose Roque. Last year, they were only for advanced Spanish speakers & involved reading accounts from newspapers & conversing- things of that nature.

This yr, there’s also an intermediate group, so I’m going to see if maybe (maybe!) I can keep up with that.

The suggested donation is 30 pesos (which is incredible for a 2 hr lesson), and here’s the schedule:

Advanced: Mon or Fri 10-12 & 12:30-2:30

Intermediate: Wed 10-12

Day of the dead altar

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

IMG_1375, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

So, I did some wandering around in Centro yesterday. As a taxi driver once told me: “Mexico is the fiesta capitol of the world- And San Miguel is the fiesta capitol of Mexico!”
The jardin is surrounded by beautiful altars. More photos here. Most of these are dedicated to historical figures of significance, and many are created by youth groups. The artwork is composed of flower petals, beans & other natural items. Then there are the offerings… everything from beer to fancy pastries. A lot of copal incense is being burned, as well.
Then, there are more personal ones, honoring family members or recently deceased benefactors (as at the library.) And there are stands all over, selling decorations made of frosting and sugar. The majority are chickens with eggs and sheep, although I saw pigs, llamas and little picnic baskets.
At least half of the tourists seem to be Mexicans- the Americans & Canadians are still in short supply. It’s really nice to see Mexican families touring a place of such national significance- this is the birthplace of the revolution just celebrated in Sept.
On Friday, I walked around the n’hood & there were little kids carrying home their art projects. Little decorated graveyards & catrinas (fancy dressed skeletons.) I am reminded- this is a very different culture, and one with a lot to share.
Hasta luego!

TGIF #38

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Tiny Gingerbread Houses from notmartha.com

Are those cute, or what? My wonderful DIL found some gluten-free ginger cookies at Fred Meyer. They were also vegan, so both Javantea & I had a special treat.

It is so terrific to be back in San Miguel de Allende. I’m staying in the same casita for now- Jan 1. I seem to be becoming migratory rather than nomadic 😉

Here are some links for your Friday amusement…

World Air Traffic– see, I’m not the only one on the move!

Shop Etsy by COLOR! (I can waste hours this way. OK, I have wasted hours this way.)

Sushi Madness- Candy sushi or lego sushi? I can’t decide.

Virtual Paintout of San Miguel- What a terrific idea… Using Google street view to “be” wherever you like (some limitations, still.)

Supplies for making your own Day of the Dead decorations!

On my way…

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Just a quick note- I’m on my way to San Miguel de Allende, again. If all goes as planned, I’ll be there about 6 months, until just before Easter.

This time, I know a little more what to expect. But I hope to do more exploring- Mexico is a fabulous country. And definitely need to work more on my Spanish. (Claro que si!)

I do have a Skype number now, so my peeps in the US can reach me via a US phone number. That will make things much easier on all of us, I hope.

I’m going in late Oct to see how Dia de los Muertos is celebrated (let me guess, lots of fireworks.) Here’s an article that I enjoyed about what all happens.

And I want to find out what fruits & veggies there are that I missed last time (more on that later, I’m sure!)

I have to specially thank Forest & Forest of Stuff Away in Port Townsend for moving all my STUFF (yes, there’s still a lot of it, despite all my decluttering) back into storage. They are both fun & efficient, and the bad jokes are free. But I do think I qualify for a frequent flee-er rate @ this point.

Hasta luego!