The Sunday Traveler ~ In The Hood in San Miguel de Allende



The Sunday Traveler has given you the tour of most of the tourist areas of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; now in my closing post on The Sunday Traveler in San Miguel series, I will show you around the neighborhood I lived in for the month I was there volunteering at Casa de Los Angeles. Casa was out in the Colonia Santa Julia (San Miguel is divided up into little colonias/districts or neighborhoods that distinguish one from another in this sprawling town. You can give a cab driver an address, but if you tell him the colonia it goes much better in getting you where you want to go. The daycare center of Casa de Los Angeles and the volunteer house are out where the “real” people live in San Miguel, not a tourist to be seen.

From the rooftop of the volunteer house, San Miguel was laid out at my feet


Some of the photos I’ll show you here were taken from this vantage point with the zoom on my camera, and others are at street level as I wandered around the colonia just to take photos, or out to get food or catch the bus into the center of town (tourist areas).

from casa rooftop

The view from the rooftop gave me a little peek into other rooftops and neighborhood yards. A view of the everyday lives in San Miguel on the streets around me

from the roof

the bus into town

And the roof dog (that’s a “thing” in Mexico)


And then after a few mornings I was on a mission to find my alarm clock that went off punctually every morning around 0500…I finally found him in a neighbor’s yard a few houses over


I was grateful to be out in a colonia and experiencing the real San Miguel. The next photos were taken out in front of the volunteer house and down the street a few blocks

bus approaching

My grocery store of choice right across the street from volunteer house, had anything I might need

tiendita across house

On the days I decided to walk into town instead of take the bus I always met friendly people, and just join in the daily lives of those living in Colonia Santa Julia

walk into town





smahood9And in the evening I always went back to the volunteer house to enjoy sunsets up on the roof

sunset on casa roof

The month long experience in San Miguel de Allende has been a highlight of my life. One just has to go out and travel to experience more of life.

I’ll leave everyone off here in Mexico for now, and will return in a few weeks from another part of the world I’ll be visiting for a couple of weeks. Molokai on the horizon. You’ll be able to follow photos I’ll post from Molokai on Instagram at starting along about Tuesday when I arrive there.

Hasta entonces and Aloha



About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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22 Responses to The Sunday Traveler ~ In The Hood in San Miguel de Allende

  1. Great travelogue and the photography just blows me over.


  2. Lovely story and colorful photos. Always exciting for me to travel in ole’ Mexico.
    Thanks for these wonderful times. Looking forward to your next adventures Angeline


  3. Vinny Idol says:

    Your story telling is great. The photos are very scenic. San Miguel’s architecture kind of reminds me of the oakland hills. They have such colorful buildings here. And that dog looks so


  4. I look like your are exploring the world. The streets of San Miguel looks very Latin American with all the wires and the rainbow of colours. Lovely photos.


  5. okotoenigma says:

    I’ve heard about San Miguel; and I’ve seen it in a movie. But your pictures really help a lot; giving an insight and showing everything. I love Mexico and I hope I can go there someday. Thanks for the post.


  6. Ruth says:

    Always good to travel along with you. Loved your colorful photos.


  7. lexklein says:

    It looks like a nice, slow place to settle in for a while!


  8. David says:

    I was just going through my Guanajuato photos again yesterday. Its amazing how familiar some of your photos are! We made a day trip over to San Miguel this last spring but only wandered around the center of town. The grid was “disorienting” compared to the wandering streets of GTO 🙂


  9. freddiegeorgia says:

    What a great adventure! I always loved staying in neighborhoods when traveling. Especially Cuba.

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