My Life in San Miguel

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I’ve lived in San Miguel for a month. Some might argue that a month is not long enough to have a life anywhere.


‘ ” ” ” ” ” ” ‘‘ ‘‘ ” ” ” ‘animas-8-sma‘ ” ” ” ” ” ” ‘‘ ‘‘ ” ” ” ‘calle-animas-smaHome is a feeling, a sense of being. Like a tortoise, I take home with me wherever I go. La calle Animas 8, is home in San Miguel where I live in a small one room studio apartment. The apartment is furnished, including linens, kitchen equipped for basic cooking, and maid service four days a week. My neighborhood offers everything I need: pasteleria (pastry shop), tiendas de conveniencia (convenience store), lavandería (laundry), tortilleria, newsstand, restaurants, and cafes. A mercado at the far end of the street offers an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit. I especially like the mangos, platinos, and the bags of mixed chopped vegetables that I use to make a hearty soup.


‘ ” ” ” ” ” ” ‘‘ ‘‘ ” ” ” ‘door-sma‘ ” ” ” ” ” ” ‘‘ ‘‘ ” ” ” ‘knocker‘ ” ” ” ” ” ” ‘‘ ‘‘ ” ” ” ‘pieta-sma‘ ” ” ” ” ” ” ‘‘ ‘‘ ” ” ” ‘colors-smaEvery day I venture beyond my neighborhood to explore different areas of the city. I have two rules for sightseeing: Rule 1, ABC (Always Bring Camera); Rule 2, ABN (Always Bring Notebook) (and pen)).

San Miguel is a feast for the eyes. The buildings lining the streets are a riot of colors. Battered to ornate doors with simple to ornate doorknockers and fittings conceal mysterious worlds and secret gardens. That it is possible to frame a photograph in nearly every direction may explain the more than 1,600 photographs I’ve shot.

Getting around San Miguel is easy. Walking is the best, though caution is advised owing to the cobblestone streets, slippery paving stones, and narrow sidewalks.

Mid-morning, I stop for a coffee break at one of San Miguel’s many cafes. While I sip my coffee, I make notes about the route I took and my impressions of what I observed.


‘ ” ” ” ” ” ” ‘‘ ‘‘ ” ” ” ‘SectionsEd-SMHLast Sunday evening, Annis, Judy, and I sat in the open-air Luna Bar atop the luxurious Rosewood Hotel where we came to watch the sunset as we enjoyed tapas. For dessert we treated ourselves to crispy churros that we dipped into a luscious warm chocolate sauce. The churros and chocolate sauce euphoria was enhanced by the rising of an almost-full moon. “Algo mas? (Something more?)” our server asked.

Una cuchara, por favor (A spoon, please),” I said. There was more chocolate sauce than churros.

Like that luscious warm chocolate sauce, there is more San Miguel than there is time. My adventure ends very early tomorrow morning when the shuttle arrives to transfer us to the airport in León for the return flight to Los Angeles. I have packed memories of the charm and the magic of San Miguel, the wonderful new friends I’ve made, and reservations for next year. I’ll be back.


0 thoughts on “My Life in San Miguel

  1. Marie Parks

    Well, mi amigo, it’s a toss-up. I want you to come home so we can visit in person, but I want you to stay longer so I can read more wonderful accounts of your adventures through the streets of SMA. I just love how you incorporate fotos.

    Quiero que tu y Annis vengan a mi casa otra vez en marzo. Me pueden contar en español de las aventuras que han tenido. ¿Han podido practicar su español?

    Te llamaré en marzo antes de nuestra clase.

    Con cariño,

  2. Annis

    Beautiful post, Dennis, and a perfect portrayal of our San Miguel home and lives (yes, lives). Loved the photos, too.
    And, I’m so excited that you’re returning next year.

  3. Karen

    What a wonderful adventure you have had! I would not have expected any less from you. And, I am glad you will be home soon as well!
    Love Karen

  4. Cathy P

    Oh, how I would love to go next year! You have created it as a place so enticing though your words and photos. I could be the new Judy or Annis. Maybe I could learn to write as beautifully as you if I attend a writer’s workshop. I have enjoyed your posts. Thank you and see you soon.


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