Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Goodbye Los Angeles, hello San Miguel de Allende

When breakfast is included at budget hotels, I usually don't expect much. Maybe some muffins, weak coffee and some stuff from Costco. Well at the LAX Travelodge, breakfast was simple but very good. Delicious sausages, hard boiled eggs, toast, waffles, good coffee and yoghurt were on offer. As well as an excellent assortment of juices.

Breaky done, back to the room, re-sort through our stuff and straighten out the suitcases. Then off on a walk along Century street just get some FitBit steps in and relax in our room getting up to date with all our contacts.

Check out time came soon and we boarded the shuttle to terminal eight for our flight to Léon, Mexico. After all the checking in mayhem, we settled into the "Engine Co. No. 28" restaurant for lunch. Great place, good burgers and salads etc.

Once on the plane the realization that this is a three month thing slowly trickled into my head. How amazing, to be so lucky that we can do something like this. The flight was uneventful and over quickly, nearly three hours. Arrivals at Léon was a breeze, and we found the driver, holding up a sign with four names on it, one of them was ours... We waited awhile for other passengers to clear and we hit the road. By now it was fully dark, but the driver knew every speed bump. Once in lower San Miguel we were transferred to a taxi for the final leg to the house, this is faster because the first vehicle was too big for the narrow streets. Finally, at 11:15 we rang the door bell of our Mexican casa. Barbara greeted us at the gate and showed us our home for the winter.

Some 20 minutes later we were in bed... Shelagh said that it felt like dipping our toes into the NEW rest of our lives. I had a good sleep, but Shelagh had race-mind. Tonight she will sleep, she will be too tired!

Up at 07:30 and we were showered and ready to hit the street by 09:30. Out the gate and took off for the prize plaza in town known as "el Jardin". I have a little map in my pocket courtesy of our host and it led us along the way without any problems. Once in el Jardin we found a bank and pulled a bunch of pesos from the machine. Then enjoyed the plaza for a while and looked around at all the restaurants and coffee shops. We continued on our walk to the major grocery store in town called Mega. You feel just like you're at home, anything you need is available. We spent about 1400 Pesos on food, beer and wine. Needless to say we hopped into a taxi conveniently parked at the store with a nice man who will load your shopping into the trunk.

He drove the perimeter road around town back to our neighbourhood and dropped us off at the gate for 45 Pesos. Shelagh got to work on the fruits and veggies, to sanitize them in a bath of disinfectant, a few drops of iodine into a sink full of water and everything gets a bath for ten minutes, and then it's good to eat. Once that was done I cooked up a large batch of chicken quesadillas for lunch and future meals.

Now a leisurely afternoon on the roof deck, in the warm sunshine with a cool cervesa. This life sucks not!

Stay tuned for more...

 

13 comments:

  1. .........perfecto!!!!

    Congrats - you may landed the deal of the century!!

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  2. Love the photos! Looks amazing! You must be looking forward to much exploring...I would be! Whats the temperatures like? Cheers you guys!!

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    1. The temps are in the high teens to low twenties in the shade. Perfect for walking through the cobblestone streets.

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  3. What a beautiful place with all the colours inside and outside and on the market, enjoy!

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  4. Almost forgot - don't forget to check out the café, Churros and Chocolate, just off the main square and the restaurant next to the Parroquia called Posadito.....

    Can hardly wait until you have time for a bus trip to Guanajuato!!!

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  5. looks nice Pete, love the artwork so colorful.

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  6. I love quesadillas! Nice place guys!

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  7. The house you're living in looks terrific! Loads of charm and colour. How are your Spanish lessons coming along?

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    1. Hello unknown,

      I spoke Spanish in my childhood, many years ago. Funny thing, after just two days here it's all coming back to me. I ordered our lunch in Spanish and the waiter was quite impressed.

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  8. So good you are enjoying yourselves. Nice house

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  9. Looks like you are settling right in. Love the house!

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  10. So glad to see you there and in such a wonderful home.

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