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The Business of Mary

Whether visiting or living in San Miguel de Allende it is important to know the basics of Mary, Jesus’ Mom, the most popular Jewish woman in town that stares down at you from nearly every street corner. Plus being a graduate of Mary 101 will …

The Allure of Cobblestones

Often on tours I talk of St. Theresa who wrote frequently about being one with God.  When one with God, St. Theresa would levitate and have orgasms, known as her ecstasies.  If you ride a city bus to the mall, you’ll notice a life-sized image …

Valle de Maiz Tour and Festival

Valle De Maiz is one of San Miguel’s oldest neighborhoods and has strong indigenous roots. The festival honors the Holy Cross and goes on for days reflecting when the Spanish gave three days off work to the indigenous Otomis and Chichimecas in late May. It’s …

Senior Blues

The U.S. Surgeon General released an advisory today calling attention to the public health crisis of loneliness, isolation, and lack of connection.  The report cites half of adults experience loneliness daily increasing the risk for premature death on par with the same levels as smoking …

The Eternally Chewy Candy

To not be approached by a child selling little packs of Chiclets gum while in the jardin is unheard of.  But where did this gum come from and how is it so popular? The Chiclets name is derived from the Spanish word “chicle“, derived from the …

Kitty was Right, About Jamie Lee of all Things!

You have to be a baby brother to know how painful it is to write ‘they were right’ about an older sibling.  I’ve spent a lifetime making fun of each one of them to compensate for being the youngest and weakest for far too long. …

Valentine Kiss Me Tour

Enjoy learning how locals, past and present, experienced love and romance with your sweeties! Learn about the: Priest that fathered both the nation and several children Hollywood movie star’s obsession with his mother Last minute cancellation of a wedding to be a bride of Christ …

Bothering Jesus

When I moved to the Deep South not only did I enjoy the Low County breezes complete with peach-sized mosquitoes, but I was amazed how everyone had a personal relationship with Jesus. For the indigenous of San Miguel, as well as anyone who went to …

Our Pyramids’ Murky Past

From a distance, the gray, volcanic rock pyramids and their stone walls held together by the sticky juice in nopales look rather good for being 1,500 years old. Located in Cañada de La Virgen (The Valley of the Virgin), an area 30 miles outside the …

Haunting Fountains

San Miguel has had many names from San Miguel de los Chichimecas (for the indigenous that were living here) to the present San Miguel de Allende (for the Revolutionary hometown hero, Ignacio Allende).  Due to their constant presence both in homes and on the streets, …