Lordy! It is hard to do stuff and keep up a blog especially when you have to go out to internet cafes rather than using computers at hostels. There has been a bit of a drought when it comes to in-house computer services. Anyway I am happily ensconced at Any´s Hostel in the suburb of Roma Norte in Mexico City with said computer services. I am sure Noemi is upstairs watching Mexican soap operas. Talking about stairs, that has been the theme of Mexico City, but more about that later in another blog entry.
Well we spent only one day in San Miguel de Allende because it was bound to be over touristy due to the influx of American retirees. The old hippees came here followed by a richer set following the eternal summer. Needless to say it was quite nice despite the annoying old folk.
There was a large art centre set up recently that has a mix of Mexican and international artists hoping to make an income off the ex pats. Some of the art was absolutely terrible but the surroundings were awesome- an old cotton mill used from the early 1800´s to probably the 1950´s or 60´s.
We spent the afternoon walking the streets of the old town- not as colourful as Guanajuato but still pretty.
We then went to this ultra flash hotel (where the retiree´s hang out before selecting a grand house to buy) to view the whole town and have a few margaritas and our first taste of guacamole in Mexico.
It was a little bit cold so the waiters gave us warm wool blankets to stylishly drape around our shoulders.
The sunset was very nice....
and the street tacos were yum! Thanks guys!
The next day I got up super early to have a walk and then catch a taxi to the botanic gardens.
Noemi spent her day looking at contemporary jewellery.
What can I say, it was a cactus and mesquite fiesta...
(Sorry in advance for all the plant shots- there are some animals too)
There was a fire that went through there a few years ago (I am not surprised since it was super dry) but I think it has recovered well.
Also the birds weren´t that abundant apart from ducks, ducks that were scared of humans and flew away every time they saw me. Strange.