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General News · 31st January 2012
Richard & Carol Trueman
Snowbirds Go South Part 5-F
San Miguel is a beautiful experience. An old colonial city with lots to see and do, a peaceful blend of gringos and mexicans; and reasonable prices for all.

We have been to look-outs, hot springs, and free evening concerts. Besides the look-out at the end of the canyon mentioned in our last blog, we taxi-ed to another and hiked to third for spectacular views.

Friday, we took a taxi twenty minutes north of the town to a natural hot springs “park”, La Gruta. There were many swimming pools of 100 degree F water but the best experience was a narrow entrance, a 30 foot long walk in waist high water through a tunnel and into a domed dark cave with gushing hot water. We lolled in the sun and had drinks and lunch to complete the day.

Saturday morning, the large local park, Jardin de Juarez, was filled with a hundred stalls with vendors selling plants and pots for local land owner’s gardens. It seems they stay here for weeks. In the evening, the constructed stage hosted indigenous dancers from all over Mexico. Carol and I found the performances very moving, symbolic, sensual, proud and humorous!

In the middle of this same day, we attended a fund raiser Chili Cook-off and faire. It was held in the grounds of the biggest hotel in San Miguel, Hotel Real de Minas. There were 45 booths of chili for you to sample and afterwards we watched a rodeo where horsemen competed in the ability to round-up cattle.

Gawd! Did I mention we also went to the late morning Organic Market; bought some lettuce, cilantro, and some great multigrain bread with a hard crust!

FYI the weather tally for January: 28 days sunny, 3 days cloudy with showers.

But now with sadness we leave SMA and venture to Guanajuato (Wanna-hwatto) for two weeks. (1 hour and 10 minutes by first class bus, $7.50 each.)

Included in the click-to-advance slide show link below are are also pictures of our new digs.