Monday, January 26, 2009

It's a small world after all

David and I were sitting on our rooftop terrace this afternoon, taking pictures like this,

And this,When a woman living on the 3rd floor walked out and struck up a conversation with us. Turns out she's from Olympia, Washington, and decided to move out here with her husband and son to live for a year. Her other two kids flew down to spend Christmas in San Miguel, and she still owns a house back in the states. She looks tan, happy, and vibrant. What a dream to pack up and live in a foreign country for a year, especially a gem like this place.
It's been in the 70's and low 80's this entire trip, which to me is perfection, and to David too. It's so nice to not have to worry about chores, work, bills, and just bask in the warm, fresh mountain air. There isn't a trace of fog in San Miguel de Allende, which is a mile high, like Denver.


Today we woke up and had coffee on the rooftop terrace, then took a walk into downtown. You never know what you'll see each morning. I think the owner of these burros was trying to get us to give him money for this picture. We pretended not to understand.
The colors here are so vibrant, that I even find beauty in the dilapidated walls.
We found a little Mercado today, and walked through the lines of stalls. Some Mexican woman sat at low tables selling cactus and cilantro. Others display beautiful art - dishes, paintings, lamps. The Mercado was like a maze, every which way we looked we found another path to go down.

We spent a lot of the day shopping, browsing in stores, and eating and drinking beer. It's been all so relaxing, and have I mentioned how much I love the sun?

8 comments:

Paula said...

SO COOL!!!!! :-) And oh yeah, can't wait to see what the sun feels like once more (I only have 4 or so months left to find out.)

Colleen said...

Just seeing your pictures makes me feel warm as I bundle up in -5 degree temperatures. Brrrrr!

Travis said...

seriously, what a magical town...I had no idea inland Mexico could be that beautiful!

McJumpguez said...

Oh, inland Mexico is all I know, its fantastic! Guanajuato City was made into a maze, European style, to keep enemies out. It's so beautiful.
When we were in Guadalajara, Isaiah and felt the same way: carefree and so happy. We didn't have to worry about money, jobs etc. You guys look great!

Dan-Eric Slocum said...

Kristin. It just about kills me to look at this set of photos because I see your Kindle. I left mine on a British Airline flight. It had to have been stolen IMMEDIATELY after I got off the plane, because I reported it and they said they found my JOURNAL, but NOT my Kindle-- and no other employees or passengers had *allegedly* been on that plane. I'm Heartsick. The good news is-- all the books you buy stay in a digital locker. So eventually, if I get another Kindle I can download all my books. I'm sad. But happy you're having a great trip!!

Kristin said...

Oh Eric that's TERRIBLE! I love my Kindle and I can't imagine not having it. I can't believe someone stole yours so quickly. Just reading that makes me sad! I hope you are able to get another one at some point.

Lisa said...

Oh NO! I know how much Eric loves his Kindle. That's terrible!!!

Kristin, your photos are beautiful, and I wish I was there with you. But one question....WHERE is your HAT??? That sun will do a real number on that fair skin of yours...

My verification word, by the way is: "unesskin"

Kristin said...

Lisa, I definately want to buy a hat, I've been looking at them. But I haven't gotten burned or even tan here yet, weirdly enough. I wear SPF 15 every day, and most of the streets have a shady side we walk down.