Monday, January 06, 2014

IT began yesterday............

As I looked at the webcam yesterday, I noticed fewer people in the jardin.  Still there were families taking photos in front of the tree with the Parroquia in the background.  However, it was NOT wall to wall people, anymore.

Today when I looked at the webcam before I left the house, I noticed that the fence was no longer around the tree along with all the decorations that had been on the ground. The big mojigangas (large walking creatures with a person inside) were no longer in attendance either.

Progress is being made to return the town to tranquility and serenity.  

The tourists have, for the most part, left.  The kids all return to school tomorrow.  The streets are passable again.  Even the "round about" or glorieta, as we call it, was not backed up with cars trying to circle to exit onto another road.  It has been a "keystone cop" operation for the last three weeks.

Hopefully by this time next year the current administration will have figured out a way to handle all the traffic and people in a different manner so that the quality of life is maintained.

It certainly didn't seem like San Miguel.  It seemed more like Grand Central Station this season.

IF you want to keep up with the shenanigans of San Miguel or just to see all that goes on from dawn to dark, from the comfort of wherever you are,  just put Live Webcam in San Miguel de Allende in your Search Engine.  The website will come up. You can bookmark it and watch in amazement at the pigeons and the people along with all the other activities that make life in Mexico so surreal.

17 comments:

Babs said...

I was SO wrong! I just looked at the webcam and it is FULL of children and people with baloons, the THREE Kings and stuff being handed out! Darn, had I only known, I would have been down there!
Check the webcam.......

gringosuelto said...

I'd imagine that it's not too late. Well, pushing a bit late, but I guess that depends on your willingness to hike back up the hill in the dark.

Saludos,

Kim G
El Granada, CA
From which we return to Boston and the Snow Queen tomorrow.

Babs said...

I was just watching the activities again on the webcam. I'm mesmerized by the patience of the children; the parents holding hands to prevent adults from getting in with the kids;
all of the children holding balloons which appear to be color coded by age; and the people on the trucks orderly handing the bags of items off the back! WELL organized. I can see it better from above then if I were there.
Kim, I hate that you're heading back to Boston tomorrow....good luck with that!

gringosuelto said...

Thanks. I have mixed feelings. I'm looking forward to being in my own house again, sleeping in my own bed. But it also means a return to the normal routine, work, etc. I also need to go see my doctor for something, which isn't serious, but probably the next tope keeping me from my road trip. That and the fact that it's probably impossible now to escape the Northeast via highway without risking getting caught in another snowstorm.

Saludos!

Babs said...

Geez Kim, after seeing the news tonight and the mess in Boston, I can't imagine that you'll even be able to get there til the end of the week!
Stay warm, stay safe and take it one day at a time. Mexico isn't going anywhere......we'll be here when you get here, always! Hopefully.

gringosuelto said...

I have to pass through Minneapolis, which is -15°F now. Yikes! The coldest I've ever experienced in Boston was about +3°F. But MSP is clear, and so is Boston, so I should be ok until I have to wait for the bus outside in Boston. Fortunately, I did think ahead, so I have gloves, and a nice down jacket and a hat.

Saludos!

Kim G
El Granada, CA
Where even thinking about the weather in Boston is giving us chills.

Steve Cotton said...

Guess which two guys sat down beside me at breakfast this morning?

Calypso said...

We are slowly getting our community back from the throng of tourists. We give way to them on Christmas and Easter - the rest of the time it is OURS!

Marjory Hellman said...

Bbs

I have been following your blog for months...and love it! I am returning to Mexico in a few weeks...first Barra (we have an apartment there), then to Ajijic where we have rented a casita. Will be doing a road trip to SMA and happy to hear that the throngs have subsided. Advise me please, if you were spending 3 days in SMA what are "musts"? Want to do a bit of sightseeing, some good food, art and perhaps a museo. Your thoughts....and perhaps we can meet for lunch if you are in town in mid-March? Regards, Mimi Hellman

Marjory Hellman said...

Forgive me Bbs, I meant Babs of course!

Mimi

Babs said...

Kim, I hope you make it to Boston! Going through Minn does not sound good.....

Babs said...

Steve - You must have been eating breakfast at Rooster's! They love that place.

Babs said...

Hi Mimi= Walking the streets, soaking in the architecture and the views is magnificent. We aren't a town that has museums, rather we have 32 churches to enjoy the architecture. There is a mask museum up the hill and a toy museum.
Buy the ATencion newspaper from the paper lady adjacent to the jardin and you'll find all the places you want to go and all the restaurants you'll want to eat at. We have 234 restaurants, most good. There is a Walking Tour on Monday mornings at 9:30 that leaves from the jardin. It benefits a charity and the guides are knowledgeable. The Aurora is a former factory turned into a zillion art galleries. Worth walking or taking a cab to.
I have no idea if I'll be here in March - just contact me nearer the time and we'll see.
Thanks for commenting. Have fun in Barra. Do you ever rent out your apartment?

Marjory Hellman said...

Thanks Babs....we are staying in centro on de Jesus, plan to walk everywhere and just breathe in the sites. Are we close to the jardin you reference? Will be in touch as our plans/dates gel. Regards, Mimi

Babs said...

Mimi, you'll be less then 2 blocks from the jardin and in close proximity to everything......

Unknown said...

The Monday walking tour is a worthwhile investment of your time.

Unknown said...

The Monday walking tour is a worthwhile investment of your time.