In thinking back to my first forays to San Miguel in the late 90's, it was a place to come to "be".
What do I mean by that? Well, it was an architecturally beautiful, quaint cobble stoned village
where one could walk in wonderment at so much visual beauty and color.
As far as wifi, it was dial up. As far as phone service, it was not reliable. As far as TV, there was
one service in town with 99% Mexican channels. Restaurants, not as many as now. Last count I
heard there are 324 restaurants here now. Many were in converted parking lots or courtyards.
Now Wifi is fast and reliable. Phone service is reliable as well. TV we have Shaw (Canadian), DirectTV, and several others. As I mentioned above restaurants abound with all kinds of food and service - everything from Lebanese, Thai, Japanese, American, Mexican. The list is unbelievable.
Many chefs have discovered San Miguel so the cuisine can be high end, gourmet or one can eat
at little hole in the wall places. My favorite.
It used to be when I rented out the guest house there was no wifi. Yes there was a phone. No one cared. People who were coming seventeen years ago were here to get away from being connected.
Even if it was only for a week or two. It is not that way now. Now there is panic if for some reason
they cannot get there smart phone to work. I find it disconcerting.
The greatest thing about Mexico, for me anyway, was to come here - take off my watch - forget about the "other world", the USA and just veg. Hours sitting on the bench in the jardin to people watch or a two hour lunch in a little bistro. Whatever.
Now people come and want to know what there is "to do". There is someone coming in a couple of months who wants to be busy every day of the week they will be here. Tours now abound. A trip to the pyramids outside of town; a trip to the butterfly sanctuaries; cooking classes; horseback riding; hot air balloon rides just to name a few things!
Yes, all these things are now available and to some extent were seventeen years ago, but not in an organized "tour" way. People who come don't know that they can just come here and "be".
I want to say, "Slow down. Take time to see and meet the people. Take time to experience the quiet and the beauty. Take time to savor a cappuccino or a meal or whatever you want to savor. Don't rush. It is all here to experience. Welcome to this beautiful place where you can just "be".