Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recuerdos de San MIguel de Allende (memories of SMA 2015)

The Jardin is always filled with action: whether it's one of the special celebrations that follow one after the other, or wedding processions, or just the gathering of locals, it's always entertaining and always an affirmation of life

Most important:  the family!

or, of course, just wandering through the streets there are colorful surprises at every turn

 the neighborhood knife sharpener

a sunset drink with friends from Port Townsend
Morning light on my bedroom dresser
An afternoon of reading on the terrace

and my charming casita.   ¡Hasta Luego!

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Funeral and a Wedding in San Miguel

After the somber funeral procession I walked up to the Jardin to find a different kind of ceremony  in progress.

this poor weimaraner was terrified of the tequila-bearing burro!

Friday, March 20, 2015

First Day of Spring Celebrations

Today the spring equinox brings more festivities to the streets of San Miguel.  Walking up to the Jardin this morning I was greeted by hundreds of children marching in costumes representing the abundance of spring:  little farmers, green trees, flowers, birds, bees and animals of every stripe.

When I arrived for my Spanish class I found it had been replaced with a special celebration featuring traditional dancers and refreshments for all
 Miguel, my teacher introducing the dancers
 The concha, or armadillo shell guitar

Notice the eagle feet and head of his headdress

Sunday, March 15, 2015

rain, rain, go away, come again during the rainy season when you're supposed to be here

spent all day yesterday trying to stem the flow of water into my living room, a hopeless task and not interesting............. today I built a fire and stayed close by

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Yet another celebration in San Miguel: Nuestro Señor de la Conquista

The festivities never end.  The latest, Nuestro Señor de la Conquista celebrates Catholicism conquering the indigenous religious beliefs.  It actually demonstrates that the indigenous beliefs have endured, but have incorporated elements of Christianity.  Take a look and see what you think.

 Poor jaguar!

 I hope this little girl doesn't wake up suddenly........yikes!

 That's a crocodile head
 Taking a break from hours of dancing on the stones
 A bird on the head and jugo de jamaica in the hand....................and a codpiece on the ---  bird!
Very pretty dancer massaging her bandaged foot