Bill and I drove into town last night for dinner. After dinner we walked up to the El Jardin to watch a small parade.
Celebrating Independence Day in SMA is a big deal. According to history, Allende entered SMA and went to Narcisco de la Canal’s home to ask him to hand over the city to the insurgents. De la Canal refused to open the door the first time so Allende went to former city hall building and demanded the Spanish hand over the village. Allende went back to Canal’s home. Allende convinced de la Canal to go back to the city hall building (Consistorial House) with him and demand that the town be given over to them. The insurgents entered SMA and the Spanish agreed to give city hall to Allende, de la Canal and the insurgents. On September 17, 1810, the first city council was formed in SMA.
Bill and I took Juliet into to town today and found El Jardin filled with school children in uniform, marching bands and politicians.
Bill and I went into town on Friday night for the beginning of the Independence celebration. We went to El Jardin and it was packed with people so we went to a little piano bar, Johnny’s, away from the crowd and listened to some live music. It was a fun little place and just a hole-in-the-wall. We stayed until about 10pm and tried to catch a cab, but most of them were full. We finally caught a cab after about 20 minutes and on the way out of town folks were still piling in. It was a fun evening!
This morning Bill and I finally got into el centro. We had breakfast with Barbara (our guardian angel of Mexico) and her friend, Nora. While we were there we met some caballeros preparing for a festival this afternoon. The town is decorated with green, red and white Mexican flags on every street. This weekend is the big celebration so I hope to get some more photos of the festivities.
On our way into town we pass this bed hanging from a tree adjacent to the corn fields. I guess that after someone tends to the corn fields they need a little rest.
When we got home we let the animals out. I got a nice photo of Juliet and a beautiful butterfly that visited our yard.
Well, it’s been quite an adventure. Bill and I drove from Palm Springs to San Miguel de Allende in three days with five animals. Much to our surprise, all the animals did very well on the trip. In fact, they probably did better than we did. We’re still a little tired from the drive, but we’re getting settled into our new place just outside of SMA.
The home we have rented is about four miles south of town and up in the hills. We’re very close to “living off the grid.” We use solar power and rain water. Fortunately, the home is well-equipped and we have internet connection so we’re not completely removed.
We did have one big surprise on our second day here. A 3-foot rattlesnake made it’s way out of the jungle to our front door. Bill hates snakes!!! Thankfully, our caretakers managed to capture the unwelcome guest and take it back up into the jungle. We hope it’s the last we see of it.
Otherwise, it’s been a wonderful adventure and we look forward to discovering our new surroundings. The photos I’ve included in this post are of the view we have from the house and a little welcome visitor sunning himself above the vegetable garden.