San Miguel de Allende: The first time

We just finished up a house sit in San Miguel de Allende (SMA). We were to be there for five days, take a week elsewhere, and then return to San Miguel for a different, much longer sit. Our plans changed a little when our homeowner invited us to attend an event with her the day after she returned. So we ended up in SMA for a week, with only five days between sits.

Our house sit was in such a beautiful home, we felt like we were relaxing at a resort with two cute pups to keep us company.

San Miguel de Allende (SMA) is a smallish town (75,000 people), especially compared to the two cities that we visited previously: Querétaro at 2 million and Mexico City at 8 1/2 million people (22 million in the metro area). It is also an expat haven so, when we did manage to extract ourselves from our peaceful surroundings and head out into el centro historico, we saw and heard many English speakers among the español.

The centro is a bit hilly, at an elevation of 1,900 metres (6,200 feet), and it’s a little warmer there than it was in our previous two weeks, so slow and steady as we wandered about. Since we knew we were returning for three more weeks, we only wandered a little during our first visit.

Though our sit ended after five nights, our homeowner invited us to stay an extra night and attend an event that we otherwise would have known nothing about. She drove us about five kilometres outside of the centro, to an art show grand opening at The Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery. What an eclectic, creative, and crazy place (and those adjectives probably apply to the owners and guests as well).


Querétaro to San Miguel de Allende: We took Primera Plus again, booking it online. The trip took 1 1/2 hours at a cost of $81MXN ($5.60 CAD) each. When we arrived at the terminal, there were plenty of Uber cars available. We used the washrooms and by then they were all gone. We had to wait about 10 minutes for another one to be available to take us the few kilometres to our house sit.

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