Tag Archives: San Miguel

Magical Surrealism

11 Mar

Magical realism is a genre of literature popular with many Latin American authors including many of my favorite authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende.  I often think that if you haven’t read some of their novels, you can’t really understand Latin America.  They are beautiful, surreal, and bizarre, and yet if you have ever traveled extensively in Latin America, you begin to understand their style and just how real magic can be in this part of the world.

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Authentic Mexican culture in San Miguel

7 Mar

This town reeks of money.  It is literally crawling with retired millionaires trying to “reinvent themselves,” and experience “authentic Mexican culture.”  But even though some of them have been here for 20 years, most of them still don’t speak a word of Spanish.  It’s pretty shocking to me, and makes me a bit ashamed to be an American, but some of my Mexican friends here seem to think that all the money the foreigners bring to the town is good for the local culture and economy.

Meanwhile I have been soaking up all the local culture as best I can, and have done everything from ride four-wheelers around town, to exploring the cobblestone streets, to going to a fancy party in a castle, to watching a fabulous circus in a beautiful old theater.  I can certainly understand the appeal of moving to a beautiful Mexican village in the mountains, but there is no way I can understand why these people make no effort to learn the local language, still buy coffee from Starbucks, and only hang out with other Americans (unless they are friends with their maid or gardener).

San Miguel has been fun and beautiful, but I’m off to Mexico City tomorrow to visit old friends, eat tacos, do some serious salsa dancing, and wander around the city without seeing another gringo all day (something you most certainly cannot do in San Miguel).