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).
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
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
My grocery store of choice right across the street from volunteer house, had anything I might need
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
And in the evening I always went back to the volunteer house to enjoy sunsets up on the 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 angeline.am starting along about Tuesday when I arrive there.
Hasta entonces and Aloha