Sunday, April 25, 2010

April 25 Daily Life

It is hard to describe why the life here is so wonderful. Probably it is a combination of the beauty and the lifestyle. Wherever I go there are beautiful things to see and photograph. Though I have taken so many photos over the last few years, I always want to take them again. The colors are amazing and because the sky is always blue and mostly clear, the light is devine which is why artists have flocked to San Miguel over the years. The Mexican way of life is more relaxed than it is in the US even though we are busy with many activities of our choice. One difference that is noticable is that in restaurants people linger for hours and no one makes you feel like you should be moving on. The bill is not brought till asked for and so relaxing and enjoying the companyof friends is just part of everyday life. We have many friends here as we have been here before and each week we make new ones. We are getting involved in several volunteer activities which brings more people into our lives. Through our yoga classes we have met so many wonderful friends and of course we have our friends here from Chapel Hill(Barbara & David) that live here now. Our friends from Durham (Bob & Jamie) are not here right now but will return in June.

My big weekly focus is spanish. I am taking private classes and learning the past tense and direct and indirect object pronouns. I find it difficult, but feel progress happening - poco a poco. I enjoy my spanish teacher very much (Rocio). We also go to an "intercambio" which is at the Biblioteca (Library) where people of all levels meet - to learn either English or Spanish. Richard has been doing this for quite a while when here but last week was my first time. I met a lovely woman who is at about the same level as I am and she will be here for the summer to learn English so hopefully we will have many chances to work on our languages together.

Wonder what Richard is doing right now??? Most of you know that we do not have a TV in NC so are used to never watching. Here at Kathie's house (we are housesitting) there is a large screen and he is enjoying watching "Spiderman" in Spanish. I have not heard a peep from him in over an hour other than to answer questions about conjugating verbs in spanish!

Here you will see pictures from the Earth Day celebration at the Botanical Gardens yesterday, a view of the city, and "Tiangus" - the big Tuesday Market.

Monday, April 19, 2010

April 19 Bienvenudos a Mexico

We're back "home" in San Miguel de Allende for the coming year. We've been busy in the last month since our trip in March - mostly renting our house in NC for one year and moving ALL our belongings into our garage. Also last weekend was a wonderful weekend celebration of my father's life at Silver Bay on Lake George, NY with 60 of his friends and family from all times in his life. For me it was a good time to think about his whole life and keep that as a memory instead of the last 1 1/2 year of his life which had been in the forefront of my mind when thinking about him.

We've only been here a few days and already we are immersed in our life. We have reconnected to old friends, made some new ones and are back to our favorite activities - yoga classes, spanish classes, walking miles on cobblestone streets and wonderful meals at home or out with friends. I intend to write in this blog from time to time when there are new and interesting things to share and also to attach some pictures. It is a haven for good photos - each day has something new.

The new sights for us are the blooming Jacaranda trees - beautiful purple flowers everywhere. Since we have not been here at this time of the year we will be seeing different flowers. I have attached a few for you to see.
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Amor a todo, Susanita