San Miguel - In the Middle and Heart of Mexico....

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

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Flag of Mexico  , Guanajuato,
Friday, April 19, 2013

Mis Estimados, Compadres,
Amigos, Amigas,... Compaņeros y Compaņeras:

The BBC ranks San Miguel as one of the 5 most artistic cities in the World....

Ranking of Most Artistic Cities in the World:
1. Berlin, Germany
2. Basel, Switzerland
3. Hong Kong, China
4. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
5. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Go to this link to read about it - San Miguel is the last one, number 5, on page 3.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
San Miguel, located about 300km north of Mexico City, attracts US retirees, hippies, snowbirds, artists, painters and sculptors to its spicy-coloured, 17th- and 18th-century Colonial architecture and temperate climate. The city is a Unesco World Heritage Site; has a number of art schools, including the Instituto Allende which was founded by American Stirling Dickinson in the 1940s; and numerous galleries clustered along the historic town centre’s cobblestone streets showcase everything from traditional Mexican folk art to contemporary photography and sculpture.“We have a lively arts scene, plus film and music festivals and a vital international community,” said Joanie Barcal, owner of Allende Properties estate agents. The market has rebounded in the past six months after the US and Mexico national elections and increased Mexican investment. The Historic Centro, with its colonial houses, is the most desirable area to be in, but also the most expensive, so nearby neighbourhoods such as popular Guadiana, neighbouring Ojo de Agua, colonial San Antonio and quiet Guadalupe are also very sought after. “The range of prices is quite broad in these neighbourhoods and can go from $150,000 to $1 million or higher,” explained Barcal. A one-bedroom apartment rents for around $500 a month.

Note: I pay about $500 a month for a fully furnished, two-bedroom, with balcony apartment,
that includes electrical power, cable TV, wireless internet, and weekly maid service in colonia San Antonio - a 10 minute walk to Centro and a 5 minute walk to the restaurant and bar district..
They are constantly having art gallery tours here - they had an art gallery tour in my neighborhood recently (colonia San Antoniio) and there was more than 20 art galleries in the walking tour,
and that did not include all of the art galleries in the colonia - only the ones that participated - which was about half of them...They are not art galleries as we would know them in Canada and Ottawa.. They were just places where the artists lived and put their art out for display during the Art Gallery Tour..\
I wonder how they can all make a living selling their art......
There is an Art Complex in the other end of town (Aurora Frabica) that has more than 50 art galleries in it - high end art gallaries as we would know them in Canada and Mexico...
Many very wealthy Mexicans come to San Miguel to visit and many very wealthy Mexicans own holiday houses in San Miguel, the Mexican version of our cottages... The Mexican Drug Cartel guys like to holiday in San Miguel, a safe city and safe haven for them, as long as they behave themselves and do not cause any trouble......
Wealth is not distributed very evenly in Mexico - but there is a very fast growing middle class,
but the very poor just get poorer, and they are over half of the Mexican population....

Most people only care about themselves and their families .....that is life and the way things are......

The well being of a country or a nation depends on the well being of its citizens,
all of its citizens... .

Mexico Dave"The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger". It's about why scoieties with a bigger gap between rich and poor are worse for everyone in them--including the well-off. About how every measure of well-being (including violence) is affecter less by how wealthy a society is than how unequal it is.Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence? Feelings of fear and powerlessness are driving the cycle of violence that surrounds us. To change that, we need to recognize that we need each other to thrive as individuals.
Viva La Mexico
Adios Mis Compadres
y Mis Amigos, Amigas, Compaņeros y Compaņeras:
Senor Mexico Dave

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