San Miguel - Where Old Americans Go To Die
Trip Start Jun 11, 2005
33Trip End Sep 01, 2005
I arrived in San Miguel on Saturday evening. I had an immediate distaste for the town, but I think that's just because I enjoyed Guanajuato so much. But I tried to keep an open mind and it's turned out to be a pretty cool place
So, to explain the title of this entry... San Miguel is an ex-pat community. There are lots of Americans here. Now, I don't know this because I've seen them. I've managed to avoid that. The town itself tells the story. Of course, the old churches are still there. The plazas and gardens are all around. The street vendors still sell anything and everything. But there are a few things that not every Mexican town has. Standing out the most are the funeral parlors with these gorgeous caskets (is that the PC word?). You glance in some nondescript door and see them stacked wall to wall, floor to ceiling. They seem terribly out of place. They're nicer than most houses and cars here. Maybe they let poor people sleep in them at night.
Now every Mexican town has lots of pharmacies, but I think San Miguel probably has more. To go along with this they have rehab clinics (injury not alcohol), cane shops, wheelchair stores, lots of arts and crafts and fancy cafes
I found a school here. The price isn't bad and the people seem relatively nice and helpful. I also found an apartment. It's like a little house: living area, bedroom, kitchen, fully furnished. Plus the woman said they clean it for me, pay all the bills, and even do my laundry. It set me back $240 for the month. Take that Manhattan.
Now for a quick photo commentary. The Sunday after I arrived was a fiesta day. It was the Fiesta de Los Locos. I don't think it really celebrates anything. It's kind of a Halloween parade. They throw lots of candy. Everyone seems happy. They also made a special effort to offend as many cultures as possible. It was nice. Apparently, it's still okay to dress in black face in Mexico. One truck had a man dressed as Aunt Jamima (I've never had to write that before
And maybe it doesn't in the pictures, but I think the church looks a little like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Right? Anyone? The story goes that the architect didn't have any training, so he just studied post cards of gothic churches from Europe and copied them. True? No idea. Interesting? Almost.
So I found a school and an apartment. Things are falling into place. Of course, for some reason my ATM card for one of my accounts doesn't work, so I may not be able to pay for either of those things. Only time will tell. For now, I'm taking off for a few days. I start school on Monday, so I think I'm going to the east coast of Mexico until Sunday. I will, of course, let you know. Cheers.