Time flies! My trip is nearly over!

Templo y Convento de la Santa Cruz

Two months have flown by.  As I near the day of my return flight, different thoughts and focus move in.

For example, I won’t wonder which dial in the shower to turn for hot water and if there is really “hot” water!  No more wastebaskets by the toilet for used paper.  I can drink any water I want!

No more groups of “penguino” tourist, traveling in a pack, following the one with the sign or umbrella.

Fewer smiling responsive faces!  And leaving the hostal, a walk in any direction is immediately interesting, block after block.  Not so at home.

No more taco stands where people serve awesome inexpensive food and remember me after my first visit.

Driving a car for the first time in two months!  

Artistry and color is everywhere here!  The photo above is of workmen covering the church spire with fresh mosaic by hand.  Sidewalk repair, manual.  Highway construction, manual.  Primary attitude involved:  patience!

No more pesos and mental conversion.  And everything will cost much, much more.  I’ll miss the taste of fresh avocado’s and tomato’s and salsa’s made fresh daily.

It’s been a great adventure!

My medicinal limpia in Cuajimoloyas

Highlights of my two months!

Simple loving people!  I stopped on a sidewalk to wait for a man with a walker coming up the drive.  He gave me the biggest smile as he said thank you!  I patted him on the shoulder reminding him “cuidarse”, be safe, take care.  His entire family thanked me.  

Gentler life here.  

Visiting new places has been awesome!  My first trip into any part of Mexico was to the Baja 34 years ago.  Since then, I’ve been many times to different places.

Lots of changes but one thing has remained the same, the people here are “muy amable”, very friendly.  Of course some of that is because I am and it reflects back to me.

Hot springs, mountains, colorful villages, largest pyramid ever built in the world, beaches of Oaxaca, cold highlands of Sierra del Norte, sampling new Mezcal’s and eating new foods.  Simply awesome!

Seeing old friends, meeting new ones, having rich genuine conversation, talking about what purposeful and meaningful living is, listening to stories, encouraging and being encourages, the human part of travel is the most nourishing for me!

 

 

Highlights of my two months!

Priorities! Find what is important and do it!

The most common question here is “are you solo”???  This is a very family based culture so it’s strange to locals seeing someone traveling by themselves.  However, I am in very good company!

I continue to meet two or three or four people traveling together who don’t every appear to talk with anyone else!?  

I talk to everyone!  The men at the street taco stand last night look up, recognized me and welcomed me back.  Alone but connected!

Over and over that happens!  

And how do I travel?  I choose to!  Live shows up to support whatever your intention is.  

In one conversation in Spanish and English, a friend was explaining how he started his company.  They had a vision about a running experience.  So they put a few friends together and created an experience.  They made video of the experience.  The response on YouTube was shocking.  Financing followed.  More people wanted to be involved and things grew from thee.  They have run in Bolivia, Peru and are headed to Israel.

How?  What was important to helping that happen.  He started explaining a concept from a book that is helpful and I realized what he was talking about.  It is the most common book people refer to when I’m traveling around the world.

In “The Alchemist”, he writes essentially that the entire Universe conspires to help make your dreams come true!  Stay clear on your dreams, stay out of the way, be receptive and watch what happens.  That’s how his dream turn into reality.  That’s how I travel!

I found the authors website with “Ten Powerful Life Lessons from The Alchemist”.  Click the link to visit.

Awesome!  Make yours an awesome life!

Keep dreaming!!!

Slow-blur mode! Changes come quickly. Wow!

Teh Tarik: pulled tea.

Just a few months ago…REALLY???  I was out before sunrise in Bagan, on a rented e-bike, looking for spots to photograph temples.  

Ziiiippppp forward!!!  Now I am in Queretaro!  Two months have flown by.  I’m heading home in seven days.  And have chosen experiences I want to savor with my time left! 

Last week, I spent five days in the Sierra del Norte of Oaxaca.  Cold, peaceful, mountainous, gorgeous and quiet!  He cold was a moment to moment challenge.  I changed rooms three times in one day, the final change in another village! 

Early morning breakfast, waiting on side of the road for a ride.  Suddenly on a direct shuttle bus to Oaxaca.  Two days in a now familiar hostal and city!  And then travel!

Woke Sunday morning to start travel at 5:00 am.  Uber, bus, change buses in Puebla, another Uber.  At 5:00 pm, back in Queretaro!   Suddenly, I’m back in Jirafa Hostel in Queretaro in a peaceful and quiet village! 

In hindsight, it is a bit of a blur!

Life lived or passed through!

Does time fly by or is it savored, moment by moment?!  That’s what I’m wondering this morning as I sip a good coffee here in Apothecarvis cafe!  

This trip is suddenly nearly over!  While it feels like it went fast, I have so many genuine moments of connecting with others and unique experiences here.  

The object is to maintain that awareness back in a very different culture back in the USA!  

I don’t suppose any of you have moments where you suddenly feel like you have rushed through the past days or weeks or months, uncertain of where you were when they were happening?

Stay present, slow down and savor!

Warmth and WiFi, an update from Oaxaca

Sunset view.

After about 12 days in Oaxaca following dozens of processions, street music and dancing and cemetery visits, I was ready for a break!  And, feeling better after the bout with dengue, my taste buds returned and my energy grew, I was ready for travel!

Before leaving Oaxaca

Once more, what an amazing experience being in Oaxaca for Dia de Los Muertos!  Stunning, heart felt, lovely, inspiring and engaging.  Music, spontaneous processions, dancing in the street, street events and markets…the city certainly came to LIFE to celebrate the cycle of life!

Crowds so packed, it was difficult to move!

Regret or fulfillment?  Everyone lives with a little of both and hopefully, much more of the fulfillment!  I’ve mentioned this article to many people so here’s a link for you.  

Bonnie Ware was a palliative care nurse who had many conversations with people on the verge of dying.  She wrote about the “top five regrets of dying”. (click to visit the article).   My thought is to use those regrets that emerge in the final moments of living to live more fully starting NOW!

Why not!!! 

Below are photo’s of the activity before I left Oaxaca.

And then, peace and quiet!

Last year, I read about the Pueblos Mancomunados.  Here’s a good blog post describing the communities:  Pueblos Mancomunados.

I walked to where the buses were to be and was met with blank stares!  A tourist office in the city explained more clearly how the process worked.  The next morning, I headed off with my light pack having stored anything not essential.  Any bus heading to Tule or Mitla would drop me at the moment.

My bus had an accident as the assistant got his foot stuck at one stop under the front tire!  

Everyone left the bus.  I walked a few stops where a collective taxi with one seat carried me onward.  At the monument, he directed me across the highway to a road leading into the mountains!  

Even with my map, they didn’t know what I wanted.  A third driver joined us and explained to my driver!  Six people packed into a small Toyota and off we went!  

At a gravel road on the side of the highway, the taxi stopped and pointed saying “mixta”.  That is a pickup with benches in the back.  I sat with my pack waiting.  There was literally NO traffic.  As I was watching for traffic from uphill, a van turned onto the road from the other direction.

It was an empty tourist van.  I asked the driver if he was going to Lachatao?  Yes!  He was picking up runners!  No charge for the ride!  Off we went!  

And I loved that little village with it’s community restaurant and extremely friendly people!

Some of my views and experiences from there are in these photo’s.

Cuajimaloya, my next stop!

It was clear to me I wanted to visit two places.  The only way to get to Cuajimaloya was private transport.  My room was $650 pesos.  Transport was $600 pesos.  There were no ATM’s so I hoped I had brought enough money.

The drive through the mountains was amazing!  Gorgeous!  Lots of plant varieties.  Bromeliads growing on pine trees with mushrooms sprouting below!  

Once at the tourist office, I had an option of hotel room ($200) or cabaña ($600).  In the time it took to look at the hotel room, they rented the last cabaña.  Full, for the next three nights!  Hotel room it is!

Lovely village.  Very high at over 3,200 meters (10,500 feet).  Cold and windy.  I had plenty of warm clothing but would have loved my windbreaker!  I bought several candles which helped keep my tiny room warm in the evening to read.  Plenty of blankets but very cold for any necessary bathroom visit!  Brrrrr!

Some views follow.

Interesting experiences in Cuajimoloyas.

Notice the note in the bottom right corner of the sign above.  I saw “Limpia Medicinal” and was very interested.  It is, for lack of better way of explaining, a traditional method for cleansing the energy field around and in the body.  I have experienced those several times and always felt lighter after!  This one cost $200 pesos and was a traditional Zapotec method.  I jumped on the opportunity!  

She used plants and herbs to cleanse my body and energy field.  Then, she placed them on the floor under my feet and proceeded to cleans energy using an egg.  When she finished, the plants under my feet had turned black!  She broke the egg into a small glass of water and looked at the bubbles and images that formed explaining what was removed.  And, she told me how it affected my body!  

Awesome!  I felt lighter, my head clear and my shoulders more flexible.

Room confusion!?!?

I was quite comfortable at night in a warm bed but it was freezing outside and windy.  The hotel room was “ok” but I wanted to move to a cabaña!  

After breakfast, she told me there was on available for one night.  At 9:00 am, I paid for my new cabaña and waited for it to be ready.  Around 1:00, she told me it was ready and a truck drove me up.  

Where I was "supposed" to be staying.
Sunset view from my "almost" room.

Happy to have a fire keeping me warm, I went back to have another Limpia.  It was walking distance!  This time was much simpler.  My headache went away and everything was clearer.

After that, I had dinner and waited for them to come light the fire  to my chiminea.  A knock at the door and I was greeted by two people with walky-talkies explaining something in Spanish?  It was 6:00 in the evening.  

They returned with someone who spoke English.  They had double booked the room.  People who had reserved it a month ago arrived with no place to go.  Would I be willing to go to the hotel, they would refund my money and give me a free night!?  Please!

I told them that if I didn’t have a chiminea and Cabaña, I would have gone back to Oaxaca.  They offered to drive me to the next village for a cabaña with chiminea!

The 20 minute drive wasn’t!  The cabaña was a long walk in the dark up a steep hill.  And it was very quiet and lovely and….cold!

That night, I remember how perfectly clear the sky and all the stars were!!!!  Amazing!

I sat by my fire reading.  During the night, it was so cold I kept my head ducked under blankets so didn’t sleep particularly well!

Things are always working out for me!

The next morning, I woke early!  So, I braved the cold bathroom and cold water hoping the shower would be hot!  It was indeed!  Steamy!

Checking out at the office at 8:00, I asked them about transport to Oaxaca?  A short walk brought me to the restaurant and breakfast which was inexpensive and excellent.  

The lady there told me to wait by the road for a mixta or shared taxi.  The bus came at 11:30 if I wanted to wait?

A taxi approached and waved me off, they were full.  Twenty minutes later another taxi waved me off.  Now, nearing 9:00, I simply relaxed because things ARE always working out for me.  

A van came around the corner and flashed lights at me.  They had one seat left, in front, the most comfortable place for a big guy to sit.  Not only were they direct to Oaxaca, they dropped me a block from the street with my hostel.

Even though I was hours early, my room was ready!  Awesome!

What a contrast from the morning to the evening.  Morning, I could see my breath in the cold.  In the evening, I was walking around in shorts, flip flops and t-shirt!

And that’s the most recent adventure.  Tomorrow, I’m off on about 9 hours of travel.  Ciao!

Oaxaca Progression and Final Day!

First, it was the small neighborhood processions. Music, giant Alebrije’s, mezcal, dancing, more music and, of course, fireworks!

This local parade went right below the terraza outside my room!  It was the first sign that festivities were kicking off!

Fast Forward!

Fast forward to the three nights around Dis de Los Muertos.  Crowds everywhere.  Packed, shoulder to shoulder, everyone moving to the beat of the music and very lively!  Often, groups collided in the street as one spit off to another direction.  Last night, I could barely move!  I walked nearly 3 miles through the events!

Tonight, the last night!

I am heading out shortly.  Tonight is the last night!  And I’m just about at the end of my stamina.  That is, until I get near the vibrant and celebratory energy of the crowds.  Then, i simply lose track of time!  I’ll head off to a new neighborhood tonight, wander my way back through familiar areas and end up at the Zocolo.  Such an awesome experience!

Dia de Los Muertos Update from Oaxaca

Artist putting finishing touches on wall mural in Xoxocotlan.  Amazing wall art everywhere!  Music!  Procession!  Dancing!  Families in the cemetery all night talking, eating, drinking and remembering.  What an awesome experience!

Suddenly, it dawned on me how much I experienced since yesterday morning?!?!

 

 

A few photo's of Dia de Muertos activities here!

The sun is setting.  It’s Friday night, November 1st when the spirits of children return.  I’m heading out to listen and follow the music.  Several concerts are going on and the cemetery at Xoxomilco is having an event.  It’s a little over a mile walk.  I’m slowly heading up that way and seeing what I discover along the way.

Here are a few photo’s from processions I’ve seen and other street life during this event here!

More later!

This is the first time I’ve been able to write and add something here in nearly three weeks.  Still having trouble with my website but, this is something!  

More later!  I’m off to explore!

Guanajuato! Awesome people! Lots of color, great food & coffee, perfect climate and “Life”!

What a great weekend in Guanajuato!  There are a lot of tourist here but they are mostly Mexican.  People are friendly.  There is a lot going on.  Lovely food everywhere.  Easy walking wherever I want to go.  Comfortable large bed.  Hot water for shower.  And really good coffee.  What more could I ask for.  Oh, the weather is perfect as well, can’t forget about that!

Loads of color!

I heard during my tour yesterday that San Miguel de Allende is only allowed three colors for their homes.  Here, that clearly is not the case.

Every pueblo I have visited has been great.  Each has unique qualities and each has served me well.  In Guanajuato, it’s easy to walk everywhere.  Of course, it is hilly so be prepared for that.  

I started out wandering out of the hostel, taking a right, walking up hill and then discovering a series of stairs going up and up.  My sense was that it would be difficult for me to get lost as I could just walk down hill and find my way.

Sure enough, I came out beside a church.  Walking downhill on these little cobblestone streets, around a corner, through a tight alley and there was the hostel.

Nights are cool.  Days warm up but haven’t gotten hot for me.  Lots of blue sky.  Friendly people every (maybe because I am).  

During the daytime, the colors of the houses really comes out!  

 

Walking history and food tour

I got to have lunch with my friend Tim Leffel whom I’ve met via the internet.  He wrote a book on living abroad for half the cost which I got through a program I participated in.  He recommended a walking tour with the company he started.  It was amazing!

Our guide, Laura, was perfect!  Not too much information, adjusted the flow to the group (two of us) and had very interesting knowledge about the hostry and the food!

Walking, eating, learning, sipping coffee, eating more, learning some more, perfect plan for me!  If you get to Guanajuato or know people coming here, I highly recommend it!  Mexico Street Food Tours.

Today, I walked up to the area Laura recommended, sampling food again from the places we visited yesterday!  It was not particularly early for me but things seemed to only be getting started around 9:00.  But when I came back, it was packed!!!

Coffee anyone?

Once again, I’ve been blessed to find good coffee.  A place was recommended to me.  I found it and was sitting there sipping a cortado when I heard someone call out “Larry”.  Curious to see who would respond, I looked to see Tim standing on the steps.  This is where he buys his coffee!  I’ve been to a couple other places but this is the best for espresso drinks for me!  They texture really good milk and the espresso is excellent!

The shop:  Cafe Tal.  The translation wasn’t working when I visited but you can get an idea of their professionalism. 

Friendly people!

It is rather amazing how seldom I see people walking around glued to their phones!  If they are on the phone, they are using it as a phone!  That is a bit different for younger people but they are hooked up to music.

I don’t know what this culture is thinking!?  They ACTUALLY like connecting with each other!  Me included!  I stopped for a man on crutches trying to navigate a drive to the sidewalk.  He wobbled a bit and I placed my hand on his back for support.  The entire family demonstrated deep appreciation!  

WOW!  I really miss that depth of connection when I’m in the US.  This morning, I walked into a hostel I saw while walking up to the parque.  It looked new, was in a quiet neighborhood and I thought it might be a great place to chill for another day or two.  I spoke to the woman working there while about 8 or 9 people were sitting at the table.  As she asked me to follow her up to look at the rooms, a man at the table and said to me in English, “You speak very good Spanish!  Good for you!”

When I came back down, we talked more.  He’s a dentist in Los Cabos.  As we talked, I shared some thoughts about how much Mexico has changed in the last 30 years since my first trip.  However, I said that the people are just as warm and friendly, that hasn’t changed!

He pointed to the end of the table to a woman who had spoken to me earlier.  She is his wife.  In Mexico, dentist really want to build connection and relationship with the people who come into their office.  That woman was a patient and now is his wife!  He expressed dismay that connection in the US is often surrendered in the interest of making more money.  I told him that is often true but I’m grateful for the dentist I work with!  His office is great and I feel connected with him!

In this culture, people touch each other!  Husband and wife, son and daughter, daughter and father, etc.  That behavior is normal!  Often, I’ve seen three people walking arm in arm down the street.  Sadly, we have lost that in the US!

Night time beauty

Up and down, up some more.

I’ve walked up and down the hills here watching colors change and looking for photo opportunities.  From the top of the hostel and the hills, I’ve seen lots of color.  Here are a few of the photo’s I’ve captured.

The Beatles and Bob Marley were on to something!

What the world needs now is LOVE.  

Caring about people.  Smiling!  Being friendly.  I realize that I do that every day when traveling.  And that is the energy that comes back to me.  Friends and friends of friends have often asked me if “such and such” place is safe.

What I’ve come to be clear about is, it’s really up to you!

If you are stern looking, suspicious, avoid eye contact, are generally unfriendly, for what reason would anyone want to approach you?  But if you smile, make eye contact and say hello, that is the energy you put out so it’s the energy you get back.

By all means, do follow your gut!  I’ve started walking down streets that didn’t feel safe so avoided them.  I had friends ripped off outside a club in Vietnam.  The joked about it happening because they were temporarily stupid.  Warnings abound about the scams and pick pockets awaiting any tourist leaving late and even partially inebriated!  They didn’t pay attention, took their camera and had their picket picked.  Fortunately, it wasn’t a great camera and they only had a little money.  But it was a lesson and they will be more alert next time!

Today, I saw this story about a neighborhood taking back their community in Chicago.  Same idea!  Click here if you are interested in learning about what they are doing to grow their community, click!

A direct link to them:  I grow Chicago!

For an inspiring version of “One Love” from the “Playing for Change” project using artist all over the world, click here for the video:  One Love.

Ciao!

Serendipity and Nature!

Right place, right tine and magic happens.

Travel is full of unpredictable experiences!  For example, until you visit the Museo Nacional de Anthropologia in Mexico City, you have NO idea how overwhelming it can be!

So you have to adjust!  And often that comes in the experience itself!

Similarly, travel planning requires an overview for me!  And then, it’s crucial to let go and flow.

When I arrived in San Miguel or when I read about it, I never heard of a botanical garden.  

It occurred at the perfect moment.  Travel is best for me when there is a balance.  Balance dormitory stays and meeting lots of new people getting a private room and some inner quiet.  Balance between the excitement of exploring cities and their history with time in nature breathing fresh air and walking slowly!

Otherwise, I get exhausted and out of balance!

Listening required!

I’m practicing some form of qigong and meditation every day.  Connecting to inner quiet is as important as breathing and eating to me.

From that place, I listen!  Making plans can be mental.  Feeling is kinesthetic.  The moment I heard about the gardens, something inside me resonated.  I made plans to go that afternoon.  And I was amazed the the dimension of the place!  It was HUGE!  I walked for several hours!

Peaceful, quiet and fresh, a lovely walking meditation!

Learn more about it here.

Rescued plants here might be extinct otherwise.

Stop running, listen for balance!

Surprising or normal??   Busy, busy, busy, doing and doing.  No space for magic?  Sad life!

I overheard a conversation yesterday at a coffee shop about sales.  They were talking about competition, winning and losing, increasing sales, who would like it, how to introduce the two options (giving an artificial feeling of choice).  That sort of approach requires CONSTANT attention and energy.  There is little to no connection to internal motivation or bringing out the best in people!

And there wasn’t a word spoken about why they do what they do or what they love about it?  Being busy, pushing to make things happen, trying to control things is exhausting!

Human “doings”.  I prefer human “being”!

In my world, serendipity happens so often, I’ve come to feel surprised when it IS NOT happening.  I love living in a world where it is normal rather than a rare!  And where I know it is up to me! 

Yesterday morning, I found a place near my hostel for breakfast and met a lovely couple from outside Toronto who just moved to San Miguel de Allende.  They make their own coffee’s and have a 20-year-old La Marzocco they are getting wired into their home!  Coffee talk for me, perfect!  Really nice people!  Then the owner of the restaurant talked with me and asked me what I did?  As I told him he wanted to know if I was speaking in San Miguel?  Why Not?  Next time, I want to hear you.

With a little extra time, I walked to Ki’bok coffee for one last peaceful moment on their roof top with a great coffee.  As I mentioned where I was going, I received a written note of two lovely small villages outside Puebla to visit!  Awesome!  (PS…Ki’bok was included in this National Geographic story!)

Packed, I headed off walking to the bus station.  Arriving early, they put me on the bus leaving in five minutes!

In Guanajuato, I had no idea how to get all the way into the central area to my hostel.  First, I needed the bathroom.  Lacking change, I put in 10 pesos.  

Through the turnstile, a man approached saying something about “cambio”?  The machine gave me change!!  I had no idea?!?

Curious for my future schedule, I asked him if there was a bus from here to Puebla.  He heard “pueblo” and guided me outside to a spot a few steps away where a bus was arriving.  It will take me to the central area for $15 pesos, less than a dollar.

And on, and on and on….

Stay present and keep listening!  Magic happens!

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Filling in San Miguel de Allende blanks!

La Gruta Pool

Listening!  So important in every moment of life.  I had at least three or four people tell me about La Gruta and that I should visit there.  Advice was different from each but, I listened, went early and had a lovely morning soaking in the hot springs!  

There is a SPA there!  And a temazcal!  If you are interested in seeing their photo’s and reading about it, click here!

Walking onward young man!

Whether it’s a factor of wealth or something else, I was surprised by responses from people around the idea of walking.

People told me it was very far to walk to Atotonilco from La Gruta.  My taxi driver pointed out the road when we went by.  He said it was a very easy and nice walk.  When I told the guys at the hostal that I had walked.  “YOU WALKED” all the way?!!!  In flip flops!?!?!?  It was a short, quiet, natural 15 minute walk.  Once upon a time, walking was a normal mode of transportation in Mexico!  

Having done NO research, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got to Atotonilco.  My friend Bonnie gave me some great tips…Thank you!  

The chapel was simply amazing.  It is referred to as the Sistine Chapel of Mexico.  And once inside, the reason was clear!  I got a little light headed from looking up!!

Read about it here.

Below are a few views.   See, amazing really!

Lunch and luck!

I checked and no Uber worked in the area.  There were occasional taxi’s at La Gruta and I saw one in the village.  

Hungry, I went to the Mama Mia’s pizza place Bonnie recommended.  It was sensational!  And the environment…tranquil and nourishing!

Below are a few photo’s.

Leaving, I stopped at to talk with the attendant at the gate.  Thinking I would walk all the way back to the highway to find a taxi or bus, he told me there was a bus in the village!  Just a 5 minute walk to the store.  And the bus came in 20 minutes.  Perfect!

 

Here’s a link to information on Mama Mia’s.  You can translate it.  Click here!

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Bon Voyage San Miguel de Allende!

Short story as I’m packing, it’s late and I leave in the morning.

Absolutely stunning morning here!  Perfect! Not hot and not cold. No wind.  Not raining!  And very few people at the hot springs when I arrived.

Travel options

There have been times when I have had to follow a budget and go as inexpensively as possible.  And then times where I don’t feel I need to watch every penny.

I’m not “penny watching” extremely on this trip.  I could have stayed in the dorm for $11 but opted for the private room for $17.

Since I wanted to get an early start, I used Uber to get to the hot springs.  And of course I would get a man who lived in Aurora, Colorado for a while!  Cost of transportation was $115 pesos…or just under $6 US.  

I had a cup of coffee there that cost half that.  I walked to Atotonilco from there, saw the church often referred to as “the Sistine Chapel” of Mexico.  Amazing!

From there, I walked out of town to Mama Mia’s for lunch.  It’s in the country and I was the only guest.  So peaceful and quiet!

Coming back, I waited in town for the bus which cost $15 pesos, less than $1 US.  

Below, one photo from the church there.

Got back, picked up laundry, rested for a bit and then headed out again with my camera!

And now, it’s late, off to bed.  One final morning here and then I’ll be exploring Guanajuato!  

I will post some links for places I visited here for those of you who would like reading more about these places. 

Ciao!

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First evening without rain in San Miguel de Allende!

I walked…and walked….and walked some more today!  Left around 10:00, had breakfast with Barbara and Thelma then walked to the top of Parque El Chorro.  Lots of steps up and up!

Started my day at Ki’bok coffee!  Photo below.  Anyone care to join me???

Back at 5:00, then an evening walk

Back at the hostel, I dropped off laundry around the corner and headed off with my camera for an evening walk.  It’s the first evening here without rain and the color and light was spectacular.

My area:  hostel one block from the plaza.  Cost for single room per night, $17.50.  Laundry will be ready tomorrow:  $2.25.  Pozole and a beer for dinner:  $6.50.  Uber ride to the hot springs tomorrow:  $3.00.  Affordable:  quite!

 

I'm pooped, here is a brief glimpse!

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