San Miguel - Tourists

Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2016

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Flag of Mexico  , Guanajuato,
Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mis Estimados Compadres,
Amigos, Amigas, Compañeros y Compañeras:
Now. Here. This . Ahora. Aquí. Esta.

Friday morning, the streets were jammed with humongous tour buses bringing Mexican tourists from Queretaro and Mexico City into little, tiny, small, peaceful, quiet San Miguel...The narrow streets of San Miguel were jammed with cars illegally parked, double parked and the gigantic tour buses trying to get around them and a tsunami of Mexican tourists in private cars hitting San Miguel from Queretaro and Mexico City... And the same thing will be happening Sunday nite as they all leave San Miguel... I would be very happy if they just banned tourists from San Miguel...

I found out why there was so much traffic jammed-up Friday morning. There was a wedding Friday nite by someone from a high mucky muck family in Mexico City....Just as Niagara Falls is a marrying or honeymooning place in Canada (& the USA) - San Miguel is a marrying and/or honeymooning place in Mexico.. - especially for the rich Mexicans... There is a number, numerous, wedding planner businesses in San Miguel.. Anyway, back to the Friday morning traffic jam..
The traffic jam was caused mainly by the 7 or 8 humongous tour buses on the street - probably the tour buses were bringing up the wedding party from Mexico city for the wedding Friday nite...
There were fireworks going off all of last nite (all nite) and there have been fireworks going off all day today (Saturday)...  Met some one today that said that they were at the Botanical Gardens today and there were 2 bus loads of kids from Mexico City at the Botanical Gardens - did not think that they were there in connection with the wedding - I disagree - I think that they probably did come up with the wedding party and touring the San Miguel Botanical Gardens gave them something to do and got them out of the way - and it is a sort of touristy thing to do when you are in San Miguel... I have not mentioned the San Miguel Botanical Gardens before because I am not particularly big on Botanical Gardens .. But some people are very big on them, Botanical Gardens, and get a season's pass and go up there every day - there is a two or three hour daily guided tour of the Botanical Gardens, which I have been on - and it was interesting - but I have no interest in going to the Botanical Gardens on a regular basis.... But it does remind me that there is a lot of things to do in San Miguel, many of which I have already forgotten about or did not know about... For example, there is an astronomical observatory in San Miguel, which is open to the public on some days, which I have never been to...

Mexicans from Mexico City are known in Mexico as Chalangos..
Mexicans in Mexico do not like Chalangos...
Mexicans from Mexico City think that they are superior to other Mexicans..
Mexicans think that Chalangos from Mexico City are arrogant, pompous, pushy, know-it-alls, who think that they are better than and superior to other Mexicans....
I think that I can spot Chalangos in San Miguel now - they are the well dress, arrogant, pompous looking, pushy, aggressive Mexicans...The Chalangos that Mexicans see out side of Mexico City are probably the very rich Mexicans from Mexico city...
It is sort of like and how the people from Toronto in Canada like to think that they are much more sophisticated and better than the country bumpkins that are from the rest of Canada, outside of Toronto.. Canadians do not like Toronto or people from Toronto either - but Canadians have not coined or come up with a derogatory term to describe people from Toronto,,, Yet,,, That I know of....
I am from Ottawa, and people from Ottawa tend to think that they are the center of the Universe, or at least of Canada, and do not give a lot of thought about Toronto - which is know as Hog Town - apparently they use to raise a lot of pigs in Hog Town (Toronto)....... At least they do not call it pig town.....

When I was out and about today I noticed that a street side vendor that I buy stuff from on a regular basis had a lot of blue berries... I decided that I would buy the blue berries later, on my way back home, rather than but them then and have to carry them around for the rest of the day.. On my way back home I went to buy the blue berries - and they were all gone....  I bet that those God Damn Chalangos from Mexico City had bought them all - and people wonder why I want to ban tourists from San Miguel....

The burrows are a common sight on the streets of San Miguel..
The are usually carrying a large heavy load and they do not seem to mind it..
Burrows seem like very contented and serene creatues, 
nothing seems to bother the burrows.....they eat the occassional weed
that they see growing out of the rock roads and sidewalks..
And they seem to be quite content with lives, as beasts of burdens...
Burrow is Spanish for donkey.....

Like many Spanish/Mexican buildings, the English speaking Library (the largest English speaking library in Latin America), the Biblioteca,  is build in a hollow square pattern - with the hollow centre of the square being an open court yard... It strikes me as being Roman in style
- I suspect that most of the Mediterrean Countries use or have an open court yard style of building. It is a very cheap and convenient way of having more living space in your dwelling.... to have your house or building enclose an open courtyard..  The arcitecture might change slightly depending on the amount of rain the area gets. In San Miguel there is nothing that would be damaged by rain in the open courtyards. Stone floors, stone or steel tables and chairs, some potted plants or a flower garden, etc..and because it is in a desert, there is very little rain...
Pictures of the open court yard that is part of the English Speaking Library (Biblioteca) in San Miguel...It is much more pleasant sitting outside as you are are perusing some magazines and books.... The Biblioteca also has a Restaurant (the Santa Anna), a book store, a theatre for movies and plays and talks, and organizes tours... It is a very nice library....

Viva La Mexico
Adios Mis Compadres
y Mis Amigos, Amigas, Compañeros y Compañeras:
Senor Mexico Dave

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