• How to Get Your Official Vaccination Certificate and Submit Corrections.
    I don't know of any other way to get the certificate corrected. If anyone knows another way or discovers another way, please pass it along.
  • SMA News and Coronavirus Update September 17, 2021
    I walked down to Avenida Guadalupe near Calz. La Luz and Calle Insurgentes at about 9 am (Sept 17). The street is dry and the water in the Arroyo is high but does not appear, to me, to be near flooding.

    I don't know if the water was falling or rising or what additional rain might do.

  • Free online video: “Freeing your Muse: Overcoming Writers’ Block”
    From Dr. Linda Sonna:
    Online writers' workshop - TODAY!

    From Lightness to Laughter: How to Write Funny (Even if you’re not)

    Thursday, September 16, 2021, 2:00-4:00 p.m. CST, $5 USD or 100 pesos

    Register at

    Humorless types & lifelong jokesters alike will learn the craft of lightning, brightening, & writing humorous text. Via the hands-on exercises, they’ll grow a funny bone or hone their current one.

    Comic relief is essential for heightening the drama in works that are
    • Dark (horror & suspense)
    • Tense (action, true crime, & mystery)
    • Sad (stories about abuse, death, & loss)

    Dollops of humor make information-packed articles, essays, textbooks more inviting; they jazz up boring transitional scenes in fiction.

    Writing that elicits smiles, titters, giggles, & guffaws delights readers…not to mention editors, publishers, agents, & contest judges.

    Humor writing is as easy as one-two-three. As easy as do-re-mi. As easy as pie. Or make that: Humor writing is as easy as counting, humming, and bedpan emptying - and is definitely more fun!

    Let the smiles begin!

    Dr. Linda Sonna

    • Check out my free online video presentation, Freeing Your Muse: Overcoming Writers’ Block sponsored by the Indie Authors Project.
    • Read the sample chapters from my Amazon Bestseller, Tortillas & Peanut Butter: True Adventures of an American Mom Turned Mexican Smuggler
    • Please share this announcement with your writer friends.
  • Tibetan Healing with Chai
    Gracias. The location is Calle Aldama 9.

    You can contact Chai directly with questions or to reserve a spot via Whatsapp at +52 552 796 7260.
    "We regret to inform that at the moment ′'La Pulga' will not be able to perform as expected on September 5
    After following the entire Health First Certification procedure and following all events organizing processes, the Town Hall has informed us that at the moment these kinds of events cannot be held. "
    More at La PULGA Flea Market San Miguel. (August 19).
  • SMA News and Coronavirus Update September 3, 2021

    Referring to this? (With different quote from the article added -- google translated)
    Back to school: why the SEP rejected the use of N95 masks in schools.
    The mask with breathing or ventilation valves is not allowed, since the hole in the material could allow saliva droplets to escape and reach other people.

    Neither should N95 mask be used, as its use is reserved for health personnel.
    Infobae (sp) | English.
  • WOW Factor: El Bar Colibri: On the Care and Feeding of Hummingbirds
    Hummingbirds are mesmerizing. Here's an excerpt from a comment and a picture of one we called 'Violet' from a comment about three years ago:

    "Violet continued adding height to the nest after the eggs were laid. So, we can no longer see inside from the terrace. But, there are two little hummingbirds in there that hatched about a week ago. I will get some pictures if I can. If you missed the beginning of this story, see: POD June, POD July 2, and POD July 14."

    And, the rest of Violet's story is sprinkled in throughout this post.
  • Coronavirus Dashboard August 31, 2021
    I wrote a four part series, almost a year ago:
    Understanding Mexico's Covid Statistics with data per capita. The numbers are different now, but the graphs have live links to see current information.

    Since I wrote that the 2020 Census has come out, see:
    Official SMA, GTO and MEX Populations: 2020 Census
    SMA: 174,615
    GTO: 6,166,934
    MEX: 126,014,024

    Cumulative death rates per 100K:
    SMA: 237 / 1.75 = 135
    GTO: 11,701 / 61.67 = 190
    MEX: 258,491 / 1260.14 = 205

    For comparison ...
  • Mexico Pension
    From a reader:
    Good morning, I am commenting about your question about collecting a Mexican pension. I have been a naturalized citizen for many years. I understand that the pension is for naturalized citizens, as well. I think I would be too embarrassed to stand in line to collect what I understand was 500 pesos about 10 years ago.

    My information comes from when I lived in the Lake Chapala area and my friend discovered the pension. At the time, we would have gone to a local bank to collect it. I also met somebody who did collect it. That's my knowledge about it.
  • Don´t Miss!!!! "Woman in the Art"
    For more details see this post about the opening: 14 women exhibit their Art!.
  • How to Get Your Official Vaccination Certificate and Submit Corrections.
    Update Sept 16. I have received a report that CAISES is no longer doing this.

    From Joey Merrifield: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A CURP # THEN, YOU CAN GO TO:
    CAISES/Centro de Salud
    Calle Arco Iris (no number)
    La Lejona 2
    White building/blue trim. They can print you out an official document with Guanajuato State letterhead with all the vaccine info (type of vaccine, lot #, date etc)

    Google Map.

    -- Joey Merrifield
  • Mexico Pension
    I believe this is the location mentioned in the article:
    Francisco José Landeta 8, Infonavit la Luz, 37748 San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
  • Mexico Pension
    I have no personal knowledge of this but this article from Aug 26 has some info:

    Perhaps someone with actual knowledge can chime in? (If you can't or don't want to post a comment you can email me at and I'll update this).
  • Manipura Restaurant
    New hours:
    415 140 0227

    Jaime Nuno 1 B, Guadalupe, 37710 San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
    Google maps
    Facebook Check for latest specials.
  • Food for Thought # 4: Save over 100,000 gallons of water a year?
    My primary goal in publishing posts like this is to provide information so people can make informed choices.

    Sacrifice? Many people gave up smoking. Did they consider living a longer and healthier life a sacrifice? Of course, longer and healthier is on average -- not smoking doesn't keep people from getting hit by a bus.

    Is living a longer and healthier life a 'sacrifice'?

    The Okinawa Diet: Living to 100

    ... the one population that lives even longer than the Okinawa Japanese don’t just eat a 98% meat-free diet, they eat 100% meat-free. The Adventist vegetarians in California, with perhaps the highest life expectancy of any formally described population.

    Adventist vegetarian men and women live to be about 83 and 86, comparable to Okinawan women, but better than Okinawan men. The best of the best were Adventist vegetarians who had healthy lifestyles too, like being exercising nonsmokers, 87 and nearly 90, on average. That’s like 10 to 14 years longer than the general population. Ten to 14 extra years on this Earth from simple lifestyle choices. And, this is happening now, in modern times, whereas Okinawan longevity is now a thing of the past. Okinawa now hosts more than a dozen KFCs.

    NutritionFacts: The Okinawa Diet: Living to 100.

    How Not to Die from Heart Disease

    Dr. Greger: The most likely reason most of our loved ones will die is heart disease. It’s still up to each of us to make our own decisions as to what to eat and how to live—but, we should make these choices consciously, educating ourselves about the predictable consequences of our actions.

    ... the choice isn’t whether or not to eat healthy to prevent heart disease; it’s whether or not you want to reverse the heart disease you likely already have.

    Is that even possible? When researchers took people with heart disease, and put them on the kind of plant-based diet followed by populations that did not get epidemic heart disease, their hope was that it might slow the disease process down—maybe even stop it. But, instead, something miraculous happened.

    The disease started to reverse; to get better. As soon as patients stopped eating artery-clogging diets, their bodies were able to start dissolving some of the plaque away, opening up arteries without drugs, without surgery—suggesting their bodies wanted to heal all along, but were just never given the chance. That improvement in blood flow to the heart muscle itself (on the left) was after just three weeks eating healthy.

    See, plant-based diets aren’t just safer and cheaper. They can work better, because you’re treating the actual cause of the disease.
    How Not to Die from Heart Disease. More #NutritionFacts.
  • Mexperience: Comprehension: ¿Me Entiendes, o Me Explico?
    So, what is a good way to check if what I said, possibly in very bad Spanish, was comprehensible and did I manage to not mangle my intended meaning too badly, without conveying disrespect for the listener?
  • SMA and Mexico: Key Coronavirus Declarations History and Timeline
    August 23, 2021: Determine New Measures For Productive Activities In The Municipality.
    San Miguel de Allende, Gto., August 23, 2021.- Given the increase in infections by Covid-19 in the country and the return of the State Traffic Light for the Reactivation of 'Yellow with Alert' in Guanajuato; Municipal authorities and the health sector held a meeting to establish new measures in the productive activities of the municipality.

    Hotels will be able to operate at 75% of their capacity and must maintain, at all times, sanitary protocols to prevent infections. In restaurants and restaurant-bars, the allowed capacity will be 60% as long as the measures of healthy distance between each table are maintained; they will have to be vacated and closed at 12:00 am (midnight).

    As for weddings, social events and conventions, they may have a capacity of up to 120 people in closed spaces and 200 in open spaces, between attendees and staff; the establishments where these activities are carried out will have to be vacated and closed at 01:00 am.

    The national and patron saint festivities will be held only with the organizers and participants without a public call to avoid crowds; however, they will be transmitted virtually through digital media.

    It should be noted that the application of the QR Code to visitors is still valid, so that they justify their arrival in the city and from a reserved site; Likewise, they must comply with the use of face masks in public spaces, a mandatory measure in the municipality.

    For their part, the authorities of the Ministry of Health urge the population to follow this measure along with constant hand washing, use of antibacterial gel and keep a healthy distance; in the same way, they make a call not to trust oneself even when they have already been vaccinated, since the percentage of immunized people is still low and does not guarantee, so far, collective protection.

    Finally, the supervision of capacity will remain in the different establishments to avoid crowds that put the health of San Miguel at risk.
    SMA Government (sp) | English.
  • SMA News and Coronavirus Update August 19, 2021
    From the article "In total, 21 thousand doses of the Astrazeneca vaccines were given to Sanmiguelenses between the ages of 30-39 on Mon-Wed the week of August 2." That was their first shot.

    "On July 7th I got my first AstraZeneca shot in the 30 to 39 age group."
    The shots administered in early July in SMA were first shots for 40+ year olds.

    "My current understanding is that it would be from 8 to 12 weeks for the second shot. (Normal for AstraZeneca.)"
    Yes, that is schedule.
  • How to Get Your Official Vaccination Certificate and Submit Corrections.
    There are instructions above to
    1. Get your vaccination certificate from a website,
    2. Get your vaccination certificate via Whatsapp,
    3. Submit corrections to your certificate.

    Based on 'texting me back and forth' and 'might be a robot' ... sounds like you were using Whatsapp to get your certificate.

    Did you get your certificate? Was there an error in it?

    From the link above (English translation via google):
    1- Send a message on WhatsApp with the word “Hello” to the number 56-1713-0557 . In response, the chatbot will respond automatically, notifying you that you will receive notifications about your vaccination process by this means, as well as answering your questions about it.

    2- In that same message you will be given the option to download your vaccination certificate, so in that same chat you must write "Certificate".

    3- Next, you will be asked to send your CURP code along with your name (without surnames) and date of birth.

    4- Indicate the vaccine you received and the number of doses; These data can be consulted in the file that you received in the vaccination module.

    5- Finally you will receive a new message with various options; To download your certificate, select number 2, enter your CURP again and voila, you can now download the file that contains your proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

    From the link above (original Spanish):
    1- Envía un mensaje en WhatsApp con la palabra “Hola” al número 56-1713-0557. Como respuesta el chatbot te responderá de forma automática avisándote que por ese medio recibirás notificaciones acerca de tu proceso de vacunación, así como resolver tus dudas al respecto.

    2- En ese mismo mensaje se te dará la opción de descargar tu certificado de vacunación, por lo que en ese mismo chat deberás escribir “Certificado”.

    3- A continuación se te pedirá mandar tu clave CURP junto con tu nombre (sin apellidos) y fecha de nacimiento.

    4- Índica la vacuna que recibiste y el número de dosis; estos datos pueden ser consultados en el expediente que recibiste en el módulo de vacunación.

    5- Por último recibirás un nuevo mensaje con diversas opciones; para descargar tu certificado selecciona la número 2, ingresa de nuevo tu CURP y listo, ya podrás descargar el archivo que contiene tu comprobante de vacunación contra COVID-19.
    Infobae (sp) | English.
  • How to Get Your Official Vaccination Certificate and Submit Corrections.

    "Has anyone else had this issue?" Yes. It seems to be not at all unusual.

    What have you been "trying so many times?"
    "After 30 minutes of texting back and forth today" with whom?
    Did you submit a correction and this is a dialog with them about the correction?
  • How to Get Your Official Vaccination Certificate and Submit Corrections.
    I imagine they are swamped with a massive number of corrections. Some are happening; I have seen reports of people getting corrections. Not ours though (submitted July 6).

    I also don't know if language matters. Do you need to send 'Hola' instead of 'Hello'?
  • SMA News and Coronavirus Update August 13, 2021
    Yes. The common modifiers we see for these stats are 'vaccinated' (meaning at least one shot) versus fully vaccinated, percent of the population versus percent of the adult population, and, in countries where people under 18 can get the shot, percent of the eligible population. Or, sometimes, the percent of the vaccinated population that has been fully vaccinated. These all serve some purpose, but they can all be misused.

    This chart shows the number of fully vaccinated people for GTO by group as of Aug 10. I suspect the numbers are similar for SMA except there has not been second shots for the 30 and 40 year olds in SMA yet. So,
    1,142,718 - 164,723 - 4,347 = 973,648 fully vaccinated excluding 30 and 40 year olds in GTO. As a percent of the population of GTO (about 6 million) that is 16%.

    So, very roughly, 16% of the total SMA population fully vaccinated. Roughly 64% of the SMA population is 20 or older (not the same as 18 or older but 'close enough' for this purpose). 16% / 64% = 25% of the 'adult' population of SMA fully vaccinated.

    See also: Datamexico: SMA.
  • mexpatriate: mexico is a middle class country.
    I agree with Steve that Mexico is not a third-world country, and he does make some good points.

    Mexico is not a poor country. But, Mexico does have a lot of poor people. And being poor here can be different than being poor in the U.S. There is also a lot of wealth here. Carlos Slim and 50 poor Mexicans have an average net worth over one billion dollars.

    Ranks of Mexican poor swell to reach nearly half the population.
    Mexico's poverty rate grew to nearly 44% at the end of last year, government data released on Thursday showed, worsened by an economic slump as the coronavirus pandemic led to steep budget cuts, business closures and layoffs. ...

    The data from development evaluation agency Coneval also showed that extreme poverty over the same period grew from 7% to 8.5% of the population, or nearly 11 million.

    In Mexico, poverty income is defined at about $111 per month for rural residents and $170 for those in urban areas, according to official figures. Extreme poverty covers those earning less than the amount needed to buy basic food requirements, or about $63 monthly in rural areas and $88 for urban residents.

Glenn Wilson

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