XXMeeting people I know in San Miguel...
Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
87Trip End Dec 31, 2014
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Amigos y Compaņeros
When I walk to Centro from my place in San Miguel, a 20 minute walk there, up hill
and walk back from Centro to my place in San Miguel, a 10 minute walk back, down hill;
I almost always meet people that I know,
and stop to talk to, sometimes 3 or 4 different people.
I know a lot of people in San Miguel
and it is a small community in many ways.
The English speaking community in San Miguel
is estimated to be about 10,000 English speaking people.
And most/many of them hangout in the same places.
The Jardin, the central plaza, is a big hangout
for the English speaking people in San Miguel,
and Mexicans too.... But there are many more and other English Speaking hangouts
in San Miguel - the outdoor Organic Market is a big weekly socializing event and place,
numerous restaurants where the English Speaking people eat
- The Monet, The Texas Longhorn Smokehouse, The Hecho en Mexico, etc.
There is another plaza, that is about two or three blocks away from the Central Plaza,
the Zocola, that is more Mexican and has fewer or less English there... (like maybe none)... ... .....
This is one of the many things that I like about San Miguel - always meeting people
that I know, wherever I go in San Miguel
and being known by the people in the places that I do go to,
like the restaurants, the stores, the biblioteca, etc...
Also there is a Mexican custom to greet people that you pass on the street, even if you do not know them - with a Buenos Dias, Buenas Tardes, Buenas Noches - depending on the time of the day that it is.. I like this custom of greeting people that you pass on the street, even if you do not know them... It some ways, in Mexico, it is considered disrespectful to ignore the existence or presence of another person.. .
When I am in Ottawa, most or a lot of my life is in and centers around Vanier,
a community of 20,000 or 30,000 people ..
It is a little bit like San Miguel, but not quite the same..
I get to know some of the people in the community of Vanier
and some of them get to know me,
but it is not the same as in San Miguel..
In San Miguel there is a little bit of the underlying feeling that
there is us (the English speaking people), and
there is them (the Mexicans).. the there is US and THEM feeling....
Some of the people, strangers, that talk to me in Vanier
are hookers trying to bum cigarettes off of me
or wanting a lite for their cigarette or wanting to know if I have any dope to sell.
I think that they are just using it as a conversational ice breaker
to see if I am interested in their services or maybe want me to be their pimp..
Vanier is a little bit of a seedy place,
that has a large French and a large native community,
and is know for its crime... That is what I like about Vanier,
it has character and it is a little bit kinky...
- a little bit like San Miguel,
but not the same....
I am not interested in their services..
I might be interested in being their pimp
if I did not have to beat-up on people,
I do not like beating-up people...
And they are mixed up in and messed up with drugs,
which I do not want any part of and am not interested in...
I have not seen any hookers in San Miguel, but I know that they are there...
San Miguel is a big tourist destination for Mexicans,
and where there is men, there is business....
Real Estate Sales in San Miguel - most of the houses being bought in San Miguel now
are being bought by Rich Mexicans (usually from Mexico City) and/or Canadians,
In San Miguel, I have a sense of freedom that I do not have in Ottawa.
It is like when you go on holidays or a vacation - you leave all of your stuff behind you
when and while you are on holidays or a vacation - or at least I do and have...
I have heard that now, many people do not leave it behind them
- they continue their texting, emailing and twittering just like they are still back there..
When I am here, I do not think about there, and
When I am there, I do not think about here.
Maybe that is where my sense of freedom comes from..
It is psychological I am sure...
I also find it very stimulating being in San Miguel
because of the people that are here in San Miguel.
They are people that have lived in many different places
and have been to many different places
and have done many different things in their lives.
They are people that like doing things and getting things done, creative, interesting people....
And sometimes very difficult people to get along with....
And many, maybe even most of them, are retired and about the same age as me....
San Miguel is definitely a very dynamic and creative place
that I like that very much and really relate to it.......
I am very active and involved in the San Miguel's English community,
so a lot of the people that I know in San Miguel are also very involved
in San Miguel's English Speaking Community - there may only be a few hundred people
out of the English speaking community of about 10,000 people that are really
actively involved in the San Miguel's English speaking community...
And like me, these people are people that are out and about a lot around San Miguel
so that is why I meet and/or run into a lot of people that I know on the streets of San Miguel... ..
When I got back to San Miguel, I went into an Ice Cream Parlour that I often frequent.
When I went into the Ice Cream Parlour (which I had not been to for at least 6 months)
they asked me if I wanted my regular, a pistachio ice cream, which is what I always get there.
Similar incidents have occurred in other places with me in San Miguel...
It is these little things that happen, that really make me feel like I am part of the San Miguel Community.. San Miguel is small town Mexico - not tourist resort Mexico, not big city Mexico,
not border town Mexico.... And it may be my over active imagination, but I think that the Mexicans in San Miguel really like me.....
Viva La Mexico
Adios Mis Compadres, Mis Amigos y Mis Compaņeros.
Senor Mexico Dave.