Miscellaneous Items About San Miguel

Trip Start Dec 14, 2011
Trip End Jun 10, 2012

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Friday, January 20, 2012

I arrived in San Miguel on December 20,
so today, January 20 is my one month anniversary date for being in and living in San Miguel.....
I really and truly do feel that I am a resident of San Miguel now.
When I am out and about in San Miguel
I am always meeting and greeting people that I know on the streets of San Miguel....

The climate here is very dry, the air here is very dry, it is a desert... I find very dry air to be very comfortable to be in - I never sweat here... But I have noticed that my skin is getting very dry all over my body and my skin is flaking off of me all over my body...

In Mexico, all of the calenders, agenda's, day planners show Monday as the first day of the week and Sunday as the last day of the week, not Sunday being the first day of the week and Saturday being the last day of the week like our calenders do.. Our calender's arrangement has always seemed strange to me - God took 6 days to make everything and on the 7th day he rested. On our calenders that would seem to be Saturday.. But it is Sunday, the first day of the week that we treat as the holy day when God rested after all of his hard work of making ever thing...The Mexicans have it right - they show Monday as the first day of the week and Sunday as the last day of the week, when God rested and so does everyone else now...
I always have and do plan my week on the basis of Monday being the first day of the week and Sunday the last day of the week, which has always made more sense to me...which is the way the Mexicans see it too.
I do not understand why Christians insist on using  a Jewish week type of calender....

Local tourist attractions around here include pyramids about 30 kilometers outside of town,
which are about 2,000 years old, which were only discovered recently...
The pyramids had been completely buried under dirt and were only discovered when digging a foundation for some buildings that were going to go up there, they hit the pyramids buried under the earth. They contacted Mexico City, who sent a team of archeologist's who uncovered the pyramids.
Note: there are thousands of pyramids all over Mexico. This is the furthest North that a pyramid has ever been discovered...

The Monarch Butterflies come to a mountainous refuge and hideout high in the mountains relatively near to San Miguel. To go to the Monarch Butterflies mountainous refuge and hideout high in the mountains is a day trip. It is a three hour bus ride and the last hour on horseback to get to the Monarch Butterflies mountainous refuge and hideout high in the mountains. I am not sure it is worth all of that trouble to see the Monarch Butterflies mountainous refuge and hideout high in the mountains, even though the story of the Monarch Butterfly is a fantastic and unbelievable story. They do say that the scenary on the way to the Monarch Butterflies sancuary is really spectacular..The Monarch butterfly travels 5,000 kilometers from Canada to get to their mountainous refuge and hideout high in the mountains, and they do not do it in flocks like the birds do it, they do it individually and alone by themselves. It is the longest, annual migration by any living creature in the world....Those little small tiny butterflies sure travel long and far, it must be very tiring.
Why don't they just stay in their mountainous refuge and hideout high in the mountains and save themselves all of that time, trouble and effort??????? What is the big attraction in Canada for them?????

There is also some hot water springs just outside of San Miguel. I guess if you do go there, the idea is that you go into the water. Hotsprings are supposed to have some kind of benificial health effects - besides being hot, the water is loaded with minerals, which is supposed to be a good thing....

There is no Federales (the Federal Police) station in San Miguel. Occassionally (maybe 2 or 3 times a month) you see two or three trucks with mounted machine guns manned by the Federales driving through the streets of San Miguel, accompanied by 8 or 10 Federales on each truck, with their automatic rifles at the ready.... and they are wearing black masks to match their black uniforms...What is it with these guys??????  San Miguel has a very low crime rate and apparently it does not have a drug problem.....One story is that the higher-ups in the drug gangs all have places to stay here in San Miguel and they do not want to stir up the shit in the place where they are living, and that San Miguel has been declared a neutral zone by the drug gangs...
Is this true??? - I do not know - I would have to confirm it with members of the drug gangs that are living here in San Miguel  to be sure......And first, I would have to confirm it with them that they really are higher-ups in drug gangs - and require proof of it, just to be sure that they were not just spoofing me...... Even the simplest things can get very complicated if you make them complicated....

Went into my favourite drug store, Guadalajara Pharmacy, the other day. As I went in, four guys dressed all in black and wearing black masks with shot guns at the ready and belts of shotgun shells criss crossing their chests were coming out. I was wondering what was happening, what was going on - apparently it was the bank security guards delivering money to the bank machine in the Pharmacy. If you wanted to rob these guys, you would definitely have to take them out first...
Lise and I saw the same thing on a smaller scale in Cancun when we were there. A uniformed guy, a security guard, with a submachine gun at the ready, surveying the street as money was being put into a bank machine by another security guard with a submachine gun....

Ottawa is starting to seem to be a little bit boring - no one riding around behind mounted machine guns accompanied by 8 or 10 guys with automatic rifles at the ready, all wearing black masks...
No security guards with shot guns at the ready and belts of shot gun shell across their chest wearing black masks...I guess the black masks are in case they shoot someone by mistake or accidently, they cannot be identified as the culprit...If they could be identified as the person who did the shooting, that might inhibit them from shooting people when they were in doubt... Ottawa is starting to seem boring, boring, boring........

Adios Amigo's
Mexico Dave
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Bethanne on

I just have to say I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blogs about your stay in San Miguel. I was asked to put together an itinerary of sorts/travel guide for San Miguel for a college class I am taking and found this very interesting and entertaining. So I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your stories!

(p.s.- after reading about your and others stories and learning more about this place I am highly considering traveling here soon)

burtonx22 on

Thank you fro your comments...

What city are you in??????

Mexico Dave

burtonx22 on

What city are you in Bethanne????

Please feel free to email me diredtly
@ burtonx22222@hotmail.com

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