San Miguel, Mexico

Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2017

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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

I was laying in bed the other night thinking about how pleased that I was with my balcony....
And I was thinking about why was I so pleased with my balcony...
One reason was that it was off of my bedroom and it has a glass door that goes onto the balcony,
which lets in a lot of light.. And beside the glass door there are two door sized windows that look out onto the balcony. And in the other wall there is another window - so there is a lot of natural light in the bedroom. And most of my awake time in my apartment is spent in my bedroom....
Than I realized that my balcony is not a balcony - it is a terrace....
A terrace is different than a balcony.
A balcony juts out off of a balcony and is more exposed and is not really part of the apartment,
it is sort of an add on.
A terrace is part of the building and it does not jut out from the building, it is part of the building..
The floor of the terrace is part of the floor of the apartment and part of the floor of the bedroom
in this case and it is in effect part of the floor space of the apartment and bedroom that happens to be outside. The Terrace outside out of my bedroom is enclosed by a one foot wide wall that
is about waist high that has a two ft. shelf/ledge on it that gives me privacy when I am on the terrace. A stone/concrete/cement wall surrounding the terrace is a common feature on terraces in Mexico... Mexicans like their privacy.....What I like about it is that I can walk out of my bedroom onto my terrace and am in effect outside and I like to be outside in Mexico in the beautiful weather that they have here - I enjoy being outside here. If I am sitting on my terrace I have privacy.
If I feel like standing or leaning on the wall/ledge of the terrace, I can look down at the people on the street walking by - sometimes I know the people walking by and wave to them, sometimes i wave to people that I do not know and they wave back... The street that I am on is not a commercial street, but it is a through street that has a fair amount of foot traffic and I do enjoy just standing on my terrace watching the people go by.....

Just a link to a blog on Mexico that I thought I would include in this travelogue blog....
16 Positive Things About Mexico (and I’m only getting started!)

Reading the comments at the end might be interesting for some people...
What the comments at the end of this blog indicate to me is - "it is all about attitude
how you perceive and see things" -- as some of the comments are negative - their facts
are accurate, but they see and interpret the facts in a negative way and not a positive way.......  

A newspaper man in San Miguel died last week..
He had been selling newspapers in the Jardin, the central plaza, of San Miguel
for 30 years. He was 52 when he died. Do the math. He had been selling newspapers
in the Jardin since he was 22 years old. He took over this newspaper business from his father,
who had, had a newspaper route - but instead of doing the newspaper route - he sold newspapers in the Jardin. He was a character - as wide as he was tall - black bushy beard and long black hair.
He looked more Spanish than Mexican.. Everyone knew him - nobody knew his name... he was called Tambula - a Spanish word referring to his size - his name was Bernabe Gonzalez Silva..
He was a San Miguel fixture....
He was the feature article in all of the local San Miguel newspapers last week..
He was married and had 4 children...
He made about one peso profit per newspaper sold and he sold about 100 newspapers per day .
He made about 100 peso's per day - that is about $8 per day....
I often spend that much on a meal in a restaurant here in San Miguel...

There are about 6 shoeshine men in the Jardin - men in their 50's and 60's.
They charge 10 peso's (80 cents) for a shoeshine and they have expenses - shoe polish,
spray on dye, sealer wax, some kind of very shiny spray on finisher......
My shoeshine guy is Juan - shining shoes is not a job for him - it is a profession......
A very proud Mexican..... 

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