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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, is located in central Mexico. It a colonial city nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains with a magic all its own. Here you can stroll along stone sidewalks, spend hours reading in the courtyard of a small café, enjoy an afternoon in the central plaza gazing at the the children playing around the Parroquia, or perusing the local artisan shops or fine art galleries. At the risk of sounding like a travel brochure, I simply want to share my enthusiasm for this wonderful place and convey a bit of the local flavor.

This multilingual cosmopolitan city was named a World Heritage Site by UNICEF in 2008. There are interesting cultural activities taking place here every month. Everything from the traditional Posadas to Chamber Music and Opera Recitals. San Miguel de Allende is home to over 140,000 people, many of whom are foreign nationals. It is estimated that about 10% are ex-patriate Americans (which now includes me).
A typical street in SMA Centro
People looking at the altars setup between the Jardin and the Parroquia for the Day of the Dead (Nov. 1, 2008).
The Mojigangas (larger than life puppets) dancing on the streets, in front of the Jardin on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31, 2008).
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SMA Parroquia
Below you’ll find a couple of very short videos (sorry, no sound).
A typical street in Centro.