• Glenn Wilson
    February 13, 2020
    This is the video of the town hall event held on January 24, 2020 by the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in San Miguel de Allende.

    If anyone has any questions, you can contact the U.S. Consular Agency in SMA at . Greg Moore is our local U.S. Consular Agent in SMA.

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  • Signe Hammer
    February 6, 2020
    Only Connect: Ancient Mexico and its North American Heirs
    By Signe Hammer

    How are the legendary civilizations of ancient Mexico connected to their North American descendants? Join PEN on Tuesday, Feb 18, at 6:30 PM in the second-floor auditorium of the Bellas Artes to hear Texas writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker John Philip Santos discuss this profound question in “Ancestral Journeys to Now: Searching for Our Connections to Ancient Mexico”

    “The last fifty years,” Santos says, “have been a golden age in Mexican archaeology.” Excavations at Mayan, Teotihuacan, Toltec, Chichimeca and Aztec sites “have immeasurably advanced our understanding of ancient Mexico. Other developments have provided a kind of ‘Rosetta Stone’ of the mythic imagination shared by many of the indigenous peoples of pre-contact Mexico.”

    Santos will “explore how these discoveries, and the work of scholars, archaeologists and creatives in Mexico and the United States, help us to illuminate the profound connections between ancient Mexico and the Mexican(x) now—and what these connections may reveal about our future.”

    Santos’s two memoirs, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation (a National Book Award finalist) and The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire, tell the ancestral stories of his family, an American origin story involving Spain, Mexico, and the lands that became South Texas. His book of poems is Songs Older Than Any Known Singer.

    An Emmy-nominated television producer, Santos has produced more than 40 documentaries and news programs for CBS and PBS. His journalism and commentary have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Manchester Guardian and Texas Monthly. 

    Santos, the first Latino Rhodes Scholar, holds degrees from Oxford University and Notre Dame. He is currently University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies in the Honors College at the University of Texas San Antonio. In 2017 he was awarded the Texas Medal for the Arts in Literature.

    San Miguel PEN is a chapter of PEN International, the organization of writers that fights for freedom of expression around the world. The 150-peso admission helps fund local activities and includes a free glass of wine with dinner afterwards at Vivali’s, across the street at Hernandez Macias 66. Tickets at Ticket Central in the Biblioteca or at the door. For more information, visit sanmiguelpen.com.

    San Miguel PEN 2020 Winter Lecture
    John Phillip Santos
    “Ancestral Journeys to Now: Searching for Our Connections to Ancient Mexico”
    Tue, Feb 18, 6:30pm
    In English with Spanish Supertitles
    Bellas Artes Second Floor Auditorium
    Hernandez Macias 75

    150 pesos / People under 25 & Migrants Free

  • Signe Hammer
    February 5, 2020
    Join the Audubon Birdwalk and Great Backyard Bird Count
    By Signe Hammer

    Come help count the world’s birds! Join the Audubon birdwalk on Sunday morning. Or count birds in your own yard or local park anytime today (Friday) through Monday. Or do both!

    Why count? The Great Backyard Bird Count provides an annual snapshot of the worldwide distribution and abundance of birds. Over time (20+ years and counting) these snapshots help scientists who monitor the health of bird populations around the world answer such questions as how climate change is affecting those populations. Their conclusions, in turn, can help us protect these beautiful creatures and the environment we share with them.

    Last year, a record 225,000 people joined the four-day count, reporting a record 6,699 species, more than half the world’s known total. Mexico alone reported 755 different species, well ahead of the US.
    Join the Audubon birdwalk: On Sunday, we’ll walk with leaders Luke Rich, Michael Burns and Signe Hammer along the Rio Laja, near Cieniguita and the bridge to Guanajuato. The varied habitat includes a wooded river trail, farmland with big trees, and open sky for raptors.

    Everyone is welcome to join this birdwalk, from beginners to experienced birders. Adults and children (aged 10 and up, with their parents) alike will enjoy seeing the birds, and many will want to help count them.

    Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a hat. We’ll have our Audubon de México bird guide, Birds of San Miguel—with 81 species commonly found in the San Miguel area—for sale. Our guides carry telescopes so that everyone can see distant birds clearly, and we’ll also have a few pairs of binoculars to lend.

    Carpooling is essential, so if you have a car, please bring it. Plan to arrive at 7:45, as we leave promptly at 8. You'll be back by noon, with new entries for your life list and new birding friends.

    Count birds in your own backyard Friday to Monday, February 14-17. If you are familiar with our local birds, you can count the birds in your own back (or front) yard or local park. Spend as little as 15 minutes or as long as you like on any or all of the four days. To avoid double-counting, try standing in one spot and recording the number of each species you see. Keep a record each time you count—with the date, your start time and total time, your name and your birdwatching-location address. Send your count lists to .

    For more information, visit our website at: http:// www.audubonmexico.org. 

    Audubon Birdwalk and Great Backyard Bird Count
    Sun, Feb 16, 7:45am-Noon
    Meets in front of Instituto Allende
    Ancha de San Antonio 20
    Signe Hammer, 415-111-7638 / +1-917-478-5379
    Members free, non-members 200 pesos or US $10

  • Glenn Wilson
    February 4, 2020
    From a reader via email:

    "I thought you might be interested to know that yesterday my friend and I were mugged near the bridge on Purisima (not far from Estacion).

    The thief ran up behind my friend and ripped her purse out from under her arm. He then ran away into the bamboo bushes and along a path down to the dry riverbed, under the bridge and into some houses on the other side.

    A kind local woman stopped and told us that she knew the man and where he lived. The police arrived and went looking for this man - they too said that they recognized him from the photo which the local woman had taken.

    We are, of course, thankful that we were not hurt in the attack but distressed that my friend has lost all her important cards, phone and money.

    Please warn your readers to be vigilant and suggest, strongly, that women do not carry purses. It is far too great a temptation to desperate locals.

    The thief was wearing a gray hoodie and gray or beige shorts with white trainers."

    Google Maps Approximate Location: near the bridge on Purisima (not far from Estacion).
  • Patricia Boesen
    January 30, 2020
    "COOKING NATURE” Thursday February 20th, 2020 at 6 o’clock
    A spectacular culinary event, a tribute to “Deep Mexico” Based on the natural flavors of the land.
    Cocktails & 6 course dinner with wine pairing Reserve in advance
    $2,300 pesos (tax and service charge included) Ticket for sale, cash or credit sale at LA DOÑA San Francisco 32, Zona Centro Phone: 415 688 3131
    A portion of the dinner proceeds will go to Casa Hogar Corazon Valiente program “Brake An Egg, Hatch An Education”

    1st Course
    La Doña: Traditional rabbit “barbacoa” taco, country “quelites”, smoked salsa and coriander sprouts.
    2nd Course
    Chef Daniel Nates: Zuchini salad, pistachio, sheep cheese, yellow lemon and mint.
    3rd Course
    Chef Daniel Nates: Roast cauliflower, white “mole”, black “mole” and black truffle.
    4th Course
    La Doña: Fish in wild mushroom textures and candied celery bulb.
    5th Course
    Chef Daniel Nates: Loaded rib, pickled “tuétano”, poblano veil and red wine vegetables.
    Palate Cleanser: Corn syrup shaved ice and “xoconostle”.
    La Doña: Chai tea mousse, corn ash “atole” vanilla ice cream and “hoja santa” strudel.
  • Glenn Wilson
    January 29, 2020
    Update: The original post said that Cafe Arab'ella would be open before this event for lunch or a snack. Cafe Arab'ella will NOT be open for this event.

    HOW NOT TO DIE: The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, & Reversing Our Top 15 Killers.
    In this “best-of” compilation of his last four year-in-review presentations, Dr. Greger explains what we can do about the #1 cause of death and disability: our diet.

    Speakers will be on hand to answer questions about the plant based diet and general health issues.

    Shelter Theater will host a 'How Not to Die' event, including the showing of Dr. Greger's full-length presentation on How not to die, including how not to die from:
    • Heart disease,
    • Cancer,
    • COPD—chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases,
    • Strokes,
    • Type 2 diabetes,
    • Kidney failure,
    • Respiratory infections,
    • Suicide,
    • Blood infections,
    • High blood pressure,
    • Parkinson’s disease,
    • Medical errors.

    Do you want to live a long and healthy life? Minimizing, avoiding or reversing the above can be key. Learn how in this entertaining, science-based presentation.

    Feb 16, Sunday, 3 pm at Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4.
    Website | Location on Google Maps

    No advance ticket sales. Requested donation of $100 pesos.

    Cafe Arab'ella will be open starting at 1pm for this event if you want to stop in for something to eat or coffee, etc. She is across the street from Shelter Theater. She has some plant-based and vegan options.
    Due to the death of a close friend, Cafe Arab'ella will NOT be open for this event.

    Who is Dr. Greger and NutritionFacts.org?

    Dr. Greger and NutritionFacts does not sell food, supplements or vitamins and does not accept advertising.
    NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive and thriving.NutritionFacts.org

    Glenn here. Full disclosure: I have been a supporter of NutritionFacts and Dr. Greger for years. I currently volunteer for NutritionFacts reviewing videos for accuracy, based on the underlying scientific studies, before the videos are published.
  • Patricia Boesen
    January 26, 2020
    Opening Event Special Guest and World Premiere
    February 21st 12:00 noon
    Meet Food in Film Festival’s special guest, Chef Daniel Nates from Restaurant Maizal in Puebla.
    2016 S. Pellegrino’s best young chef, and 2019 Food & Wine best chef.
    Chef Daniel Nates presents the World Premiere of his documentary: “Cooking Nature”
    A tribute to deep Mexico. Based on the natural flavors of the land. Chef Daniel Nates will speak about his documentary film and his food philosophy before and after the screening.For more information, please visit foodinfilmsanmiguel.com
    Tickets on sale through www.boletocity.com
  • Glenn Wilson
    January 25, 2020
    The works of the Depressed Pass El Pípila continue. Be careful and follow the signs. Anticipate your transit times.

    Feb 28 update:
    Heavy traffic in the direction of Dolores Hidalgo to Querétaro due to work derived from the work at El Pípila Glorieta, if you go to Celaya it is suggested to take the alternate route 100 meters before the Telcel Center. Drive with caution.

    Alternate routes on Facebook.

    We present the alternate route from the work at El Pípila Glorieta from Querétaro to the San Miguel de Allende Center. Anticipate your transit times and consider alternate routes.

    We present the alternate route from the work at El Pípila Glorieta to Salida a Celaya to Dolores Hidalgo. Anticipate your transit times and consider alternate routes.

    We present the alternate route from the work at El Pípila Glorieta from Dolores Hidalgo to Celaya. Anticipate your transit times and consider alternate routes.

    We present the alternate route around the work at El Pípila Glorieta from Plaza La Luciérnaga to Dolores Hidalgo. Anticipate your transit times and consider alternate routes.

    The Infrastructure and Public Works Department has put together a PDF file for six alternate routes with maps for the overpass work in Glorieta El Pípila.

    Alternate routes (maps below)
    • Via alterna: DOLORES A CELAYA
    • Via alterna: QUERETARO A SMA
    • Via alterna: SALIDA A CELAYA A DOLORES
    • Via alterna: DOLORES A CELAYA
    • Via alterna: QUERETARO A SMA CENTRO
    • Via alterna: CELAYA A QUERETARO

    If you have alternate route suggestions please add them in comments!

    Click the link to download the PDF file Alternate construction routes (16.7 MB PDF).

    Click an image below for larger version.

    For the highest resolution images, click the link to download the PDF file Alternate construction routes (16.7 MB PDF).
  • Lola Cortina
    January 25, 2020

    Our Thematic Evening Fundraising Monthly Cultural & Gourmet Event, will be on ASTROLOGY. Lecture by the professional Astrologer Lola Cortina (Since 1987). Paintings on Zodiacal Cats by Sofie Engstrom von Alten on sale, 10% of profits will go to our earthly cats! Maye Cordova and Jimena Tamayo from Garambullo will prepare a delicious, extraordinary dinner: Spiral Galaxies of vegetables with meteorites of meat balls. Moon phases of goat cheese, potatoes and sweet potatoes with salad. Lavender cake with Stars. Wine and coffee.

    Friday 31st January 2020
    5 to 8 pm
    Aldama 9, Centro, SMA

    $650 pesos


    Advance tickets:
    Garambullo, Animas 46, Centro
    Cafe La Ventana, Sollano 11, Centro
    Buon Forno, Stirling Dickinson 33, Col. San Antonio
    Movie Pocket Theater, Ancha de San Antonio 123, Mercado Sano.

    More info: Lola Cortina 415 101 08 40 and
  • Glenn Wilson
    January 2, 2020
    Happy Introvert Day. Jan 2. From around the twitterverse ...

    Introverts Unite! We're here, we're uncomfortable and we want to go home.

    I'm sorry I didn't answer my phone when you called. I don't use it for that.

    Here is a live view of the #worldintrovertday Parade in New York City!

    Sorry I'm late. I didn't want to come.

    Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.

    Yes, I can work well with others -- if they leave me alone.

    Quiet people have the loudest minds!

    Let's all celebrate -- individually and in silence.

    I am rarely bored alone; I am often bored in groups and crowds...

    How You Can Tell That You're an Introvert
    Introversion is a personality trait characterized by a focus on internal feelings rather than on external sources of stimulation. Introverts and extroverts are often viewed in terms of two extreme opposites, but the truth is that most people lie somewhere in the middle.

    While introverts make up an estimated 25 to 40 percent of the population, there are still many misconceptions about this personality type. It is also important to note that introversion is not the same thing as social anxiety or shyness. Being an introvert does not mean that you are socially anxious or shy.
    How You Can Tell That You're an Introvert

    Barfly. Do you hate people?

    No, but, I seem to feel better when they're not around.

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