Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

"Mexico celebrates a yearly tradition called Day of the Dead during the last days of October and the first days of November.  As in many Latin American countries, Mexico commemorates the Day of the Dead or All Souls' Day on November 2nd.  The legacy of past civilizations is graphically manifested on this occasion through people's beliefs that death is a transition from one life to another in different levels where communication exists between the living and the dead.  This communication takes place once a year throughout the country.  The Day of the Dead…Read more …
Silence

Silence

Casa Karmina seems empty without Donna & Cheryl here to laugh and plan our day's adventure.  Baggans misses Cheryl holding up the squirt bottle to "threaten" her if she nips.  Pooh Bear wants to know where her walk-to-the-park-buddy is....and I'm busying reviewing verb cards for my tutoring sessions.  And so we're settling into our non-routine life in San Miguel de Allende....waiting for our next visitor....anticipating the next unplanned adventure.  After the late night chats and giggles over stories of our past escapades,  silence seems louder than the jostling on the streets. in these…Read more …
Mis Viejas Amigas

Mis Viejas Amigas

Defying news reports of death and drugs south of the border, friends continue to visit me in San Miguel de Allende.  Probably has something to do with "our" generation.  Risk takers.  Fun seekers.  Reconstructed hippies.  Friends taking the fast lane...not the check out lane.  JUST SAYING NO to age-limiting laments, they walk, run and saunter on down the road to the next adventure.  Laughing.  Loving.  Cheering.  Consoling.  Remembering. Two long-time friends, Donna [NCHS] and Cheryl [WWC] visited me for almost 3 weeks.  Together we explored every street in San Miguel, took every tour…Read more …
Estoy Aqui!

Estoy Aqui!

Three months in San Miguel de Allende have whizzed by at the speed of light.  Three months left.  So much to do...so little time...PERO...more adventures wait. Some random thoughts that flitted around my head as I sat in the Jardin today.... ESTOY AQUI! I'm here Between somewhere And nowhere On my way to Anywhere Thinking Pondering Reflecting Roaming the highways Of my mind I'm here Between somewhere And nowhere Taking mental pit stops Snapshots too Of yesterday I'm here Between somewhere And nowhere Hung up in detours On the the road To anywhere Marking time…Read more …
Escultura de Arcilla

Escultura de Arcilla

"So much to do, so little time" is my refrain while I enjoy all that is offered in San Miguel de Allende.  Last week really bumped up my juggling act a notch or two.  The Spanish class, STORY TELLING, stretched me with loads of homework each night AND I had a four hour sculpture class each day! Oh pero...que divertido!  Sharon, the artist-sculptor-instructor has lived in San Miguel de Allende for many years.  She seems to know every one in San Miguel...made for very interesting conversation as we sculpted.  Her studio is filled…Read more …
Green San Miguel: Organic Farmers’ Market

Green San Miguel: Organic Farmers’ Market

Saturday I visited the Organic Farmers' Market on Ancha de San Antonio.  It's just around the corner from Casa Karmina.  This was my first visit.  The market was filled with music, kids playing and folks selling & buying organic produce, artisan breads & cheeses, natural beauty products, organic coffee, organic meats and traditional handcrafts.  After a taste test, I bought tomato soup and sourdough bread.  Saturday marked the Market's 1st Anniversary Celebration.  The vision of TIANGUIS ORGANICO is to provide healthy organic products from local sources.  The San Miguel de Allende market is…Read more …
Mask Museum in San Miguel de Allende

Mask Museum in San Miguel de Allende

"Perhaps no object reflects the true nature of Mexican indigenous culture, ceremony and spiritual complexity like the Mexican dance mask.  Masked festivals dating back to pre-Hispanic time have played an important role in the social and religious life of Mexicans to this day.  Bill LeVasseur, founder and curator of LA OTRA CARA DE MEXICO, a wonderful Mask Museum here in San Miguel shares the evolution of masking in pre-history, the use of masks in Mesoamerica before the conquest, and the dramatic changes of masked ceremonies as a result of the movement to evangelize…Read more …
Sunday Morning San Miguel

Sunday Morning San Miguel

Now this rooster is not from San Miguel.  He's my neighbor's visiting rooster who used to dig in my garden.  Cute.  Not the every-day-garden-variety of rooster.  He's way too fancy, but a rooster nonetheless and one who joins the daily chorus of crowing in the mornings outside my window in Polk County, NC.  I just wanted you to know that I wake up every morning to a rooster chorale.  So, the Sunday Morning San Miguel chorus is just a different tune...until this morning.  The clanging of church bells, crowing of roosters, and popping…Read more …
It’s A Small World

It’s A Small World

A recent encounter in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico at the Warren Hardy Spanish School [visit www.warrenhardy.com ] amplifies the phrase "it's a small world."  Last week friends visited me here in San Miguel.  Their home is Spartanburg, SC.  I invited them to come to class to hear Warren talk about "What Mexicans Want."   In his talk, Warren shares insights about the values of Mexicans and Americans.  I thought they would be interested in his point of view.  After introductions, Tuli told them there were others from SC taking classes.  Did they know Marshall…Read more …
TA DA! Mi Tapete Esta Hecho!

TA DA! Mi Tapete Esta Hecho!

Instructor:  Sr. Jimenez, Instituto Allende San Miguel de Allende, Mexico  8.3.2011 Amazing!  I finally finished mi tapete...  with lots of help from a very patient maestro and lots of encouragement from fellow weavers.  Now, on to my next project....clay sculpture.  I'll keep you posted on my progress. Posted by Paulette Carter at 8/5/2011 11:28 PM  Read more …