San Miguel de Allende
This stunner is closer than you think.
I live in one of the most romantic towns in the world, San Miguel de Allende, and I had not had a single date since I arrived 15 years ago. I arrived depressed, hoping to disappear into the life of an expat in Mexico, after closing my beloved independent bookstore in Berkeley and filing for divorce.
Q) How did you and your team select such a diverse and interesting group of TEDx speakers? A) I don't think I will do it
I am the worst secret keeper on the planet and therefore must confess I've been bewitched, beguiled, and bewildered by the magical town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Last week marked the 100th birthday of Jack Parsons, a founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Aerojet-Rocketdyne and the inventor of the solid fuel that put man on the moon. In a display of pure serendipity this week, his widow Cameron, will be honored with the first-ever retrospective of her art at MOCA Pacific Design Center.
It's a jolt to be called 'Ma'am' the first time. And it still sucks the 223rd time. Ouch...a realization nobody needs to be reminded of.
The Cinco de Mayo holiday (celebrated on, as the name suggests, the fifth of May) has its roots in the Mexican state of Puebla
When we first moved to Latin America, back in 2001, our Spanish language skills were minimal. We had what we call 'restaurant and taxi' Spanish, allowing us to get where we were going (usually a restaurant) and order our food once we got there.
Located in central Mexico, San Miguel de Allende has no beaches or blue waters like the Mexican resorts of Cancun, Cozumel, or Los Cabos. And it isn't easy to get to directly from many U.S. or Canadian cities.
We expats and retirees overseas come a long way since the cozy, cafe society of Ajijic in the 1950s.
One of the greatest bits of wisdom I have gained along the way is how essential and precious a long-term bond can be and how much poorer my life would have been without having shared it with my very best friend.
Design features such as local cantera stone, slate gray and metallic accents, an infinity courtyard pool and artwork from cutting-edge Latin artists like Bosco Sodi and Nacho Rodriquez Bach make this hotel a radical departure from the town's typical hacienda-style B&Bs.
My grandparents ended up loving San Miguel so much they bought a home in Mexico and spent twenty years living here six months out of the year.
This "still life" by ROA is in collaboration with MUJAM (The Antique Toy Museum of Mexico City) (photo copyright Roa) "I