The Sunday Traveler was in San Miguel de Allende for a month in March with the primary goal of providing volunteer assistance at a day care center for low-income moms, Casa de Los Angeles. The weekdays were filled with helping the teachers care for kids, with the wonderful bonus of meeting the moms and grandmothers who came to leave off the children and pick them up at day’s end. This grandmother caught my eye. I’ll be posting more in future about the kids there. But for today, here are those promised photos mostly caught on the fly as I wandered through different areas of San Miguel in my free hours and days. Photos of the people who I spoke to and who agreed to being photographed, or those caught in passing.
Keeping an eye on things in town
In the mercado (market), carving and slicing a papaya
The street food vendors made delicious gorditas (fat little tortillas stuffed with different things)
It seemed that everyone did something to help not only themselves, but the community and the tourists
The following two photos were a coup; two indigenous women who agreed to photos when they usually do not want a photo taken of themselves. The first woman was from a group selling dolls in the jardin (main plaza/garden) who were almost all extremely firm about no photos of themselves. In my first day in town, one of the doll sellers saw me pointing my camera at her from afar, and came over and told me in no uncertain terms NO picture; I assured her I had not taken it, and would not. I always asked after that and was usually refused. I think you can tell from this first woman’s pose that she seemed resigned, anything to make a sale. I did buy a doll from her.
The next woman, younger (I think) seemed shy, but relaxed
The downtown area on Saturdays were wedding central at the Parroquia, San Miguel Arcangel, and surrounding churches. Walking into the Parroquia one Saturday to witness one wedding was astounding with what sounded like a full symphony in the church choir loft. Most of my photos were limited to outdoors
San Miguel is definitely a town for some wonderful people watching
This little girl was seen at a parade in town put on by all the preschools in San Miguel
All in all, some of the faces of the wonderful people in San Miguel de Allende
The Traveler will be back next Sunday to introduce you to some of the kids of Casa de Los Angeles