The first two days in my life in San Miguel/Mexico

Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
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Flag of Mexico  , Guanajuato,
Thursday, December 6, 2012


Dia Dos - seis (6) de Diciembre, Jueves
Translation:
Day Two - sixth (6th) of December, Thursday

I am attempting to learn Spanish - and am trying to think of numbers, dates, days of the week, months, etc. in Spanish first than translate them into English...

Day two in San Miguel: - Dia dos en San Miguel....
I am adjusting to my new environment in San Miguel:
** Putting the toilet paper in a waste paper basket - not in the toilet..
    Putting toilet paper in the toilet in Mexico is a BIG NO-NO-NO......
**Buying my drinking water - in Ottawa I am a drink the water that comes out of the water tap
   man and type of guy....In Ottawa, I think that it is silly to buy, purchase and pay for drinking water
   when there is perfectly good drinking water that comes out of the water tap FREE.....
   In Mexico, you do not drink the water that comes out of the tap if you want to go on living
   And I do want to go on living for a long time more - I am too young to die......
**Pumping the drinking water out of the 40 litre bottles of drinking water that I buy,
   purchase and pay for when I want a drink of water, when I want to make ice cubes or into a cup
   to use for brushing my teeth...over the last 50 years, I have developed a strong habit
   of brushing my teeth with the water that comes out of a water tap.......
**I am starting to get use to the sirens, horn honking, extremely loud music and other load noises
  that announce the arrival of different door to door delivery vehicles such as water bottle delivery,
  bread delivery, vegetables and other produce deliveries, the ice cream truck, garbage pickup,
  etc., which come around on a regular basis.... 

I have not heard the bomba yet - those are people that set off loud explosions in the middle
of the nite to wake up the Saints  - so that the Saints can hear their prayers....
Maybe someone has shot them - and it is about time that some one has done that....
Or maybe I have been so tired I have just slept right through it......

I do not have to adjust to walking around in my short sleeve shirt, shorts and sandals in the warm, bright sunny days in San Miguel - that does not require any adjusting to....

When I came to San Miguel last year, in December/2011, I had never been to San Miguel before.
I did not know anyone here and I did not know where anything was...like restaurants, where to eat, where to buy groceries, where to get things, nothing, nada, etc.. I did not eat very well for the first 4 or 5 weeks that I was in San Miguel last year...
Now, this year, I know where things are, where the restaurants that I like are, different restaurant specials, where to buy groceries, where to get things, aware of the many different activities that are always going on in San Miguel and I know many people in San Miguel. I am eating very well now in San Miguel.

Yesterday, Wednesday (Miercoles),  I had breakfast in one of my favourite restaurants, the Monet (a Gringo hangout),and chatted with the people there that I recognized and know...
And I had lunch with a group that meets for lunch on Wednesdays on a regular basis..
I met with my landlord, Julia Espinola, a university professor at the Leon University campus
here in San Miguel.

Today, I went to a discussion group, then a funeral of a long time resident of San Miguel and the reception afterwards - which was on the front lawn of the Church - it was a beautiful, sunny day.
Than I went for a walk through downtown San Miguel (it is not a big place), around the central plaza - the Zocola - the Jardin - got a shoe shine - 10 peso's - 80 cents - ran some errands and bought groceries....
I had supper at the "Longhorn Smokehouse", a Texas, good old boys type of place...
I had their Fillet Minuet Steak special, very large steak (too large for me), large baked potato,
and salad for 100 peso's ($8)....It was absolutely delicious......

I am going to have to slow down now, unpack and settle in...
And there is a lot of things that I need to get done now, and want to get done...

Viva Mexico
Viva San Miguel de Allende
Mexico Dave..
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