XX-More About Xmas in San Miguel, Mexico..........

Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Monday, January 6, 2014

Mis Estimados Compadres,
Amigos y Compaņeros.


 

 
David singing Xmas Carols in the San Miguel, Town Square/Principal Plaza/Zocola/Jardin,
on Xmas Eve, with $$$$Billionaire Music impresario, John Dimon...
$$$$Billionaire Music impresario, John Dimon, said that he has never heard a singing voice like David's before... We sang a lot of really great songs: "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer", "Jingle Bells", "Here Comes Santa Claus Down Santa Claus Lane", "I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus",
I only really liked the songs about Santa Claus and about Rudolph, "The Red Nose Reindeer", because the other reindeer were so mean to him.... 

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There is nothing as exhilarating as being in the bull ring with a bull on New Year's eve...
Things did not work out all that well for the bull....

Xmas Holidays in San Miguel are about 4 weeks long...
They start on about December 06, with the celebration of the "Immaculate Conception"
and December 09, with the celebration of the "Posada"
And the holidays end on January 06, with the Epiphany, and "The Three Kings", some times referred to as "Little Xmas" - when the kids get their Xmas Presents from the Three Kings..
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During this time period, the Xmas Holidays, San Miguel is flooded with Mexican tourists from all over Mexico. This is because their kids are out of school and they are free to travel and also because San Miguel has become a very popular tourist destination with Mexicans...
There also seemed to be a lot of very big weddings (Mexican) during the Xmas holidays..
San Miguel is a favourite place for weddings and honeymoons in Mexico - sort of like Niagara Falls is in Canada - and December seems to be a favourite month to get married in Mexico.. 
The streets are jammed with traffic, the restaurants are jammed packed with out-of-towners, sometimes with lineups waiting to get into the restaurants.. It is horrible, it is terrible!!!!..
According to the local TV News Station - there was a 100% hotel occupancy in San Miguel during the Xmas holidays.

Note: I watch the local San Miguel TV news station, which is in Spanish.
So I am making some progress in learning Spanish, to read it, to speak it, to understand it.
I am not there yet, but I am starting to make some progress....

Last year, 2012, I came to San Miguel on December 04.
The Toronto to Mexico City flight was almost completely filled with Mexicans...
I could not understand why so many Mexican would be going to Mexico on December 04.
Now I understand - they were going back to Mexico, to be in Mexico for the start
of the Xmas Holidays on December 06.... . .

I think that San Miguel would be a lot nicer place if they banned the tourists from San Miguel. 
I am getting sick and tired of all of the out of towners coming into San Miguel and flooding the place with their presence...But on January 07, it will be all over and all of the out-of-towners will leave and things will be better in San Miguel, without all of those out-of-towners being
around anymore..      

I still find the San Miguel bus system very interesting. The buses are owned by the bus drivers who contract out with the city to service certain specific routes, providing service at certain specific times on the bus routes.... It is like the taxi cab ownership in Ottawa.. Apparently, it does not cost the city anything to provide the bus service that is available in San Miguel..
I think that the bus service in San Miguel is very good... And bus fare is 5 peso's (40 cents)..
I think that bus driver ownership provides a different nuance to the bus service that the unionized, salaried bus drivers of the Ottawa buses does not have... Buses in San Miguel will stop for you if you are between bus stops and you flag them down - the bus drivers seem to let their relatives and friends on free... and buskers and sales people hocking various goods..
The San Miguel bus drivers always, almost always, are accompanied by a friend or relative to keep them company while they are driving...

 I think that the bus service in San Miguel is very good.  - but some people complain about the buses - I am not sure what they are complaining about - maybe it is because the buses are not well maintained and are quite shabby - but this is something that does not concern or bother me.. 

 Now that I think about it, I think that I am usually the only Gringo on the bus - I am usually pretty oblivious to the other people on the bus because I am looking out the window to see where we are and where we are going and to make sure that I do not miss my bus stop and trying to read all of the espanol signs that are on the streets.. a Gringo on the bus may be a little bit of a novelty for the Mexicans.. Middle class and wealthy Mexicans do not use the bus system because they consider it lower class and beneath them, and they would find it very humiliating and demeaning to use a public bus.. 

There are a lot of taxi cabs in San Miguel, millions, well maybe not millions,
thousands, well maybe not thousands, maybe 100's...
But often, it seems that 1/4 or 1/3 of the cars on the streets are taxi cabs.
There are no taxi cab fare meters.
The price/cost of a taxi cab fare in San Miguel is 30 peso's ($2.40).
That is why middle class and wealthy Mexicans do not take the buses,
and maybe why most Gringo's do not take the buses.
I am too cheap to take taxi's most of the time... 
And I enjoy riding on the buses with the Mexicans, I am a man of the people...

I do take a taxi from the big grocery store, the Mega, to my place,
about once a week when I make my major grocery purchases...
I have decided that it is worth the 30 peso's ($2.40) to avoid the long walk
and struggle home (about 2 kilometers) through the streets of San Miguel
with heavy bags of groceries...

In San Miguel, if a taxi cab driver receives 3 phoned in complaints from pedestrians,
they can lose their license (often laws and regulation and rules are not enforced in Mexico, for various reasons). The San Miguel taxi drivers are very courteous to pedestrians,
stopping to let you cross the street if they see you standing there.
I do not know for sure if that is just  their nature - or it is the threat of the 3 phoned in pedestrian complaints that is the reason for the San Miguel taxi driver's courteous behavior - San Miguel drivers in general tend to be very patient and courteous drivers - they have to be because of the very narrow streets and many delays that result from that - and San Miguel is small town friendly...        .

I enjoy writing this travelogue, and I write it mainly for myself,
not for my gentle travelogue readers...
Writing it makes me more aware of what is going on around me in my environment
and what I am doing, and it gets me thinking about things that are going on around me
here in San Miguel... However, when I start thinking about what is going on around me
and I get onto a train of thought, then I have a tendency to go off on tangents
on this travelogue blog... But then I think so what - I am writing this travelogue blog for myself,
not for my gentle travelogue readers  - so be it.   AMEN..      ..

Viva La Mexico
Adios Mis Compadres, Mis Amigos y Compaņeros.
Senor Mexico Dave
 
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