Saturday, January 25, 2014
The "Gringo" Bench in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Rather then seeing a congregation of gringos as a negative, on the cold days, we are just glad to see everyone out of their cold houses and sunning in the jardin. Conversations start, sometimes friendships are made, and even a lunch bunch or two is formed. What's wrong with that? Typically one doesn't see that many ex-pats around town, except when the weather is cold and we all head for that one spot.
I don't remember who took this photo. I recognize quite a few of these former and current residents along with a few "snow birds",
I was reminded of this photo today because I can assure you that, with the abominable weather up north, the influx of snowbirds is in full force.
Walking into the organic market today to buy fresh quiche from the French woman and asparagus, if I could find any (didn't), I was truly astounded at how crowded it was with no one that I knew. It was evident from the conversations surrounding me that they were visitors enjoying an experience. The organic market is that and more.
Next I walked to a Fair of "Made in San Miguel" items. Wholesalers, supposedly, who were exhibiting their goods. Since I used to export, I wanted to see what would be there. No photos were taken but I did see some unique, but extremely pricey for Mexico, items. Of course the visitors don't know that and were buying items as fast as they could. Good, our economy is happy to oblige.
So, from now til the end of April, the snowbirds, from wherever, will be hanging out here enjoying the weather, the food and the ability to walk everywhere in a safe and visually beautiful environment.
We welcome everyone. The only downside is the amount of traffic - many vehicles with Alaska and points north for license plates!
Happily, I can always escape up the hill to my Casa Tranquilo where the only sound is birds singing and the burro down the hill braying. Happy days.........