Sunday, August 14, 2011

Carpe Diem

Taking It In
San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mx

It's been a year since I last set foot in San Miguel de Allende. It's a place that I enjoy for a myriad of reasons. San Miguel for me is a transcendental place. An oasis in the high desert for all of my senses. It provides me the fortune of not thinking and simply enjoying everything and everyone around me.

Whether I am sitting at the plaza waiting for the church bells to ring or for passersby to join me underneath the full shade of ficus trees, I feel at home. I take it all in the simple joy of watching life. The mornings I find full of the awakening sounds of street sweepers, cooing pigeons, and the aroma of coffee in the square. Usually, I find a spot in a nearby cafe, sit and gaze while I sip infinite amounts of coffee.  I repeat the ritual every day as long as I am there as if it were mass.

Sitting is not the best activity in San Miguel but it deafens the noises I have grown accustomed to north of the border. The best activity is simply walking. Walking is the preferred mode of transportation. You actually get to see more on foot. Each street has special surprises. San Miguel is a place to keep your eyes wide open. You don't want to miss anything at any time. The treasures are available everywhere.

1 comment:

  1. Ah yes Al very lovely and peacefully stated!
    I just went back there for a moment through your words. Thank you for that.


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