Gil Gutiérrez and Friends, Mi Casa Restaurant, San Miguel de Allende
Better than ever, this spring’s lineup at Mi Casa includes Gil Gutiérrez: Guitar, from Oaxaca and now San Miguel, Bob Stern: Violin, from Long Island, New York, Camille Garcia: Accordion, from France and now San Miguel, Ruben Olvera: Bass, from San Miguel, and Kimani Carrazana: Percussion, from Cuba.
Performer in front of the Parroquia, San Miguel de Allende
Last night, while this performer was playing for the evening strollers in the Jardin, this minute Mexican, who could hardly walk, put down his bottle and for the next twenty minutes followed him around enthusiastically imitating every step and whoop, drawing an enormous crowd. Just a typical evening in San Miguel.
Lady and poodle, San MIguel de Allende
A poodle, I guess, but looks more like an invention of Jim Henson. Looking longingly at the Restaurant Pegaso across the street. Waiting for a table?
Quinceañera, Templo de San Francisco, San Miguel de Allende
In many Latin American countries the Quinceañera, celebrated when a girl reaches fifteen, marks the passage to Womanhood. The characteristic ball gown, in Mexico pink seems to have become the favorite, is frequently seen around town. After the Quinceañera Mass a festivity follows usually with a series of carefully choreographed dances at which the Quinceañera, which refers to both the girl and the event, dances with her parents followed by other members of her family which in Mexico can be quite numerous.
iPhone photographer, Jardin, San Miguel de Allende
Everyone visiting San Miguel has to have their photo taken with the towering Parroquia (see two posts below) as a backdrop. This dude does it the right way. Dressed as a cowboy, I guess rolling around in the dirt is all part of the image.
Originally from Canada, Agnes Olive is one of many gifted artists living and working in San Miguel. She has spent many years putting together some extraordinary pieces constructed mainly from found objects, forming them into sculptural works featuring powerfully-featured mystical figures often embedded in, or emerging from, their own mysterious and enigmatic environments. Here she poses with one of a series of her bird’s nests (now our bird’s nest) at her recently-opened exhibit at Gerry Gill’s gallería Relox 46 in San Miguel.
Mojiganga in front of the Parroquia, SMA
A new crop of Mojigangas have appeared this year in San Miguel, this one wandering the Jardin in San Miguel on the Constitution Day weekend holiday.
Looking down Insurgentes past Loreto, San Miguel de Allende
Most gringos avoid street food like the plague, in our opinion it is most often the best meal you can get in San Miguel, and at a very reasonable price. Every evening this group sets up a table at the end of our street, and family dinners soon assemble.
Hole in a wall, San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel is full of holes-in-the-walls, selling anything from Gorditas to underwear. This another kind of hole-in-the-wall, as always, painted rather than repaired.
Fireworks Castillo, San Miguel de Allende
Fireworks are a constant feature of Mexican life (there are some banging away overhead as I write), and the pieces de resistance are always the Castillos, giant towers thirty or so meters high, covered with spinning wheels and crowned with a fiery cap which takes off to fly across the sky and ultimately land several blocks away. As the crown measures a couple of meters across, and the same high, you need to make sure you are not underneath when it lands. In Mexico, no one can sue or get compensation if one lands on their head, as bad luck is still an accepted legal reality. Here a couple of workers make the final connections to tonight’s version celebrating Allende’s Birthday.