• Covid vaccinations in SMA versus traveling to US for same.
    Does anyone know yet how and when those of us expats, 70+ years old with Residente Temporal status will be able to be scheduled for the covid vaccine here in SMA or in QRO? Do we have to be scheduled through a doctor? Will clinics like the La Lejona one, where we got our shots, be administering the covid vaccines?
  • Brief News and Views Oct 23, 2019
    Something needs to be done about the pit bulls in this town. My very peaceful dog was attacked by one while 4 adults were standing around my dog, and between the 4 of us we were barely able to pull the pit off of my dog. Yes, we had to take the dog to the vet because one of his legs was injured. Also yes, the owner was very sorry and repaid me the vet bill. But: very sorry and some money obviously doesn't cut it. I suggest that keeping pit bulls in San Miguel should be prohibited. Look at the face of that young man and the picture of his dog -- that could be you and your dog tomorrow.
  • UPDATED: Did you receive a message from SMAFAQ user evelyn?
    Yeah, I received one too but mercifully wasn't able to open it. This is just another spin on the old Nigerian "please send us $500 and we'll send you millions" or "I'm a prince in exile..." routine that's been around since the internet started.
  • THE culinary event of the year! Silvestre Wild
    Hmm. So, where is the "secret" location?
  • Lose something? Find something?
    Somebody in SMA must be missing an amazingly well-mannered dog. Here's what I observed today at the biblioteca. A man came in with a dog (about 60-70 pounds, red short fur, pointy snout) that he said walked up to him 2 days ago and acted like he was the long last master. The whole time they were at the biblioteca, the dog didn't take his eyes off the guy who had just slung a belt around the dog's neck. The man looked like he didn't have the money, or didn't want to spend the money, on a leash. When the dog walked, the guy didn't even hold the belt/leash: the dog was right next to him, carrying the trailing end of the belt in his mouth, walking like this is what all dogs do. I checked out the dog: about 3 to 5 years old, mellow and very responsive with people,not neutered. When I suggested the dog should be neutered I got the typical male response (I've heard it so often, I have a tough time not exploding): the dog might hate him, the man, for having the vet do the surgery. Those same men usually don't have any problem with having a female dog spayed, even though that's a much more complicated and bloody surgery.
    Anyway - if anybody is missing this great dog, please let me know and i'll keep my eyes open for that man.
  • The brief and tragic life of a dog named Blackie
    That's the sad truth I learned a while back: you can't save them all, human, canine, feline or otherwise. But I've been there too many times. It's tough enough to euthanize a sick, old pet, but to euthanize a healthy animal that has incorrigible behavioral problems is the stuff nightmares are made of. If Blackie had been a person, he would have been in jail a long time ago.
  • I Have 10 USPS flat rate boxes in US need to get to SMA..HELP
    I don't know about transporting your belongings, but Leon is the closest airport to SMA. We usually hire a service to pick us up there and take us to SMA -- charges for that run anywhere from $24/one way (BajioGo shuttle) to $75 (Bestur private driver).
  • Bringing your pet from the U.S. to Mexico
    If you plan to bring your pets from the US, ask your vet ahead of time how much he/she will charge for that vet certificate. We didn't ask -- and got ripped off big time in Houston.
  • 22 years old student coming for internship
    I'd rather take my chances in San Miguel than in Odessa, El Paso, Dayton, Gilroy....and that was just in August.
  • Nicolas Cage cancels visit to San Miguel de Allende and Mexico
    Google... don't they have a native English speaker who can translate?
  • Juan's Cafe
    It's great food, you can always find interesting and like-minded people there, and Juan is a gem. No, I'm not getting paid for this, Juan doesn't even know me. But I sure love the place and the "attitude".
  • Lost Cat
    Lola, my email address is
  • Lost Cat
    Lola, do you need volunteers? I have loads of experience volunteering at shelters in Houston.
  • Lost Cat
    You're not half as glad as I am! I was impressed by the outpouring of empathy coming from my neighbors. We're fairly new here and the only gringos on the block, but everybody seemed to know the pain of losing a beloved pet and tried to help and console us.
    I lived in Guatemala for 4 years, and things probably would have been different there, but then, people there are so much poorer than Mexicans. Nobody would have cared about a lost cat, let alone shown sympathy for a gringa. They had this 30-year, incredibly bloody and brutal war which ended in genocide for the Maya. That must have hardened all of their emotions.
    But there, too, sure as heck my towel and my knitting would have disappeared within 1/2 hour. Thieves are thieves all over the world.
  • Lost Cat
    He's BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After he'd been gone for exactly 72 hours, we heard his distinct meow from the carpenter shop smack across this tiny street street (Calle Clavel in San Antonio; doesn't get much smaller). Mazzie is all in one piece, but quite dirty of course. The carpenter has several cats in his workshop, so there was food for him. I waited all night, and at 5 a.m. I heard him call from a very tall wall in the back of the place. I settled in with a towel to sit on and my knitting. Finally got him coaxed down that wall via pindly tree and brought him home. He can't get enough loving now. Meanwhile, somebody stole both my towel and my knitting...…….. They're welcome to it, we have Mazzie. Today we'll buy arms full of flowers for all the neighbors that we met in those last 72 hours, and who were so very supportive and kind.
  • Lost Cat
    Hi Lola, yes, I'm quite hoarse from calling him. Also went around to all the neighbors and alerted them. I'll go make flyers now and post them a bit farther from our house, although cats don't usually roam far from home. But we've only been in SMA for 2 months, and all of our cats are strictly inside. Mazzie escaped via the roof from where he can reach pretty well the whole block. I left out smelly canned food, and I even put his buddy cat in a carrier and left him on the roof overnight, hoping he'd call out to Mazzie too. Nothing so far. I'm trying to shut off my imagination about what all could happen to him...
  • HAIL to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico!
    "Hail" -- another one of those 4-letter words like "snow" -- yuck.
  • Happy Birthday to SMA FAQ
    Happy Birthday, SMA FAQ - and thanks for all your hard work, Glenn + Glenn (since you count as 2 persons):grin:
  • Found dog Heartbreaking Help Needed
    Clisten: what goes around, comes round. You've earned your spot on the other side (I hope there is another side) just with this one dog. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
  • Birdie's Burgers and ComiDomi Delivery
    Just tried ordering from Birdie's Burgers on ComiDomi. Got 14 listings to choose from - none of them Birdie's Burgers. Called BB and they said "delivery is not possible today, because it's raining. Maybe tomorrow" We haven't seen a drop of rain all day over here in San Antonio, so what's the deal???? And why don't they even show up on ComiDomi?????
  • Heavy Weapons and Ammo Seized
    That's "this guy". Thanks.
  • Heavy Weapons and Ammo Seized
    The difference between this incident and the general US approach: they nailed this buy BEFORE he committed a murder or other crime. In the US,since it probably is quite legal to carry around an arsenal like this, generally somebody has to die before the police go into high-speed chases or even deploy drones. Thank you, C4. We love San Miguel.
  • Restaurant 2 x 1 deals
    Wow, great resource! Thank you for compiling all of this.
  • Open Thread 1
    Glenn Wilson:
    Thanks for sending the article, I had run across it before. Here's some input: if you have 3 Jews in a room, you'll get about 6, maybe 7 different opinions on how the synagogue should be run. Conservative synagogues like this one in particular, because they try to stay middle-of-the-road, with orthodox (Chabad) on one end and Reform (no Hebrew, really feels like a Lutheran church) on the other. What that one rabbi said about women not being on the bimha (altar) has not been true for a couple of decades. Conservative synagogues have had women rabbis and cantors for at least 20 years -- I remember one as far back as 1989.
    I am truly in awe of the conversion process here in San Miguel. Generally, Jews do not encourage conversion, as a matter of fact, in the USA they usually make you go see a shrink to sort out your true feelings, before converting. BUT: in the USA also a 6 months class suffices. None of this 2-year stuff, or you'd probably never have converts in the USA. Also, most people who convert in the USA do it to please prospective spouses, not because they believe it's the true religion for them. So yes, in the USA also you see crosses and Christmas trees in Jewish residences. I don't understand why the rabbi interviewed made such disparaging remarks. This SMA congregation's Hebrew far excels mine, and I studied in Israel for a while. Their chanting is excellent, and lay people actually study how to chant the Torah and are allowed to do so, they're doing a fine job. Even woman, fancy that! I'm a woman and I wouldn't dare take on that task. The rabbi's remark that they barely know the blessings (bracha) is absolutely incorrect. These Mexican converts take their Judaism a heck of a lot more serious than about 90% of US Jews.

    Anyway -- so you were in Houston for Harvey, and you sold your house on the west side of the city? Several of my husband's "west side" relatives got flooded as badly as you, and they just walked away from their houses. Half the family now lives in a Greenway Plaza high rise (they have loads more money than we do, losing a house or two didn't hurt them). During Harvey I felt the first impact of that chemical spill on the northeast side of town. Since then, there have been innumerable incidents of chemical spills in nearby Pasadena and Deer Park. Just before we left, a ship loaded with unidentified chemicals capsized in the Houston ship channel, i.e. about 2 miles from our house. My migraines have become almost daily affairs. Our house is on the southeast side and so far it hasn't flooded. SO FAR. It's only a matter of time, though, as the floods come more frequently and hit different parts of town. Just after we left in early May, the west side got hit again, straight up to the north side. I'm trying to persuade my husband to do what you did: sell it while the selling is good. Once a house floods, you can kiss your investment good-bye.

    I'm glad you know the problem with Houston, and you understand my concern about the US politics. I worry that this will not end well. I was born in Berlin in 1944 and saw exactly what a war does to a city and, above all, to people. My parents filled us in on the details, their apartment was bombed to the ground. I do not care to repeat that experience. So, I'm here, sticking my head into the sand, angry that the country I chose in 1970 is now turning into such a horrid mess.
    But thank God for San Miguel de Allende! I feel safe here.
    Marty Garfinkel
  • Open Thread 1
    Thanks for responding, Glenn. It's just that we've only been here since May 5, and we can only stay till the end of August. We left Houston in a mess of chemical explosions (which are still giving me daily migraines) and capsized tankers -- in great part due to the permissive attitude of the Republican State government towards big business and the hefty lobbying fees that go with this. I'm starting to relax and try to stick my head in the political sand, but it's not easy. Even here the emails follow me, my friends and relatives in the USA are as outraged as I am. I hope my stay here will get me more distance to US politics, but I sure dread the end of August. I could stay here forever: it's a healthy climate with plenty of exercise through walking, with an abundance of culture (did you watch "The Madness of King George" last weekend?) which we greatly appreciate, and with gentle people around us, both local and expats. Every single one of the expats we met has been progressive like we are, I feel at home.
    By the way, we are Jewish -- did you know that there's this delightful tiny synagogue right here in town? The people there have been extremely welcoming -- big difference to the mega-synagogues in Houston where they want your dues, and tons of them, but nobody knows your name or ever talks to you.
    So, now I just need to figure out a way to convince my husband of the advantage of a permanent stay in San Miguel! Any help would be appreciated :-) Marty