We passed the month of February meandering about the streets of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We felt that we hadn’t been able to properly explore the city while studying Spanish here in January, so we decided to stay for another month.  It’s nice to be flexible

Where will this road lead?

Where will this road lead?

We found a new place to shack up with a respectable view, a rooftop terrace, a 25 meter lap pool, a guest bedroom, and regular maid service, all for ~$1000 for the month. This is on the high end of what I had wanted to pay, but in the peak of high travel season we didn’t find many other options we liked. The backup plan was a really dark and dumpy place a block from the main square for 5000 pesos (about $400.) We even had an offer for a free house if we took care of the owner’s dog, but it was only available for 2.5 weeks.

A royal bed

A royal bed

With access to a private kitchen and high quality appliances, we ate at home more and hosted a few dinner parties, bringing our total food spending down (albeit only slightly.)  Did I mention we love food? It’s a big part of our “entertainment”

Kitchen

Kitchen

A royal feast for our guests

A royal feast for our guests

With more free time, we ventured out to a few of the local attractions:

  • An evening at La Fabrica de Aurora with free wine, margaritas, and music.  La Fabrica is a former textile factory converted into an artists community with 100+ galleries
  • A visit to La Presa with a new friend for a local style cookout and sunset
  • An afternoon with friends at one of the numerous hot springs. Total cost was $100 pesos (~$8) as our friends gave us a ride and offered 1 free guest pass
  • A visit to an eccentric expats home and art gallery, with free Peach Bellinis. We split a taxi with friends for a total round trip cost of $80 pesos (~$6)
  • A day trip to nearby Guanajuato, with a quick visit to El Museo de Las Momias (Museum of Mummies)
  • A small Mardi Gras parade and local celebration for the beginning of lent
  • An evening of guitar and singing at a house party with some longtime expats
Evening at La Presa

Evening at La Presa

Mardi Gras "Parade"

Mardi Gras “Parade”

Our first out of town guest came to visit for a weekend, so we were able to make use of our guest room, and it was a lot of fun being able to share our new stomping grounds.  She had seen all of Winnie’s photos of SMA and decided she had to come visit.  We explored and had many great meals and drinks out

Our guest room with its own private balcony

Our guest room with its own private balcony

Unfortunately both of us also got sick this month with flu-like symptoms.  The only bonus to this was that we had a nice place to rest and look out the window

Good Morning Mexico!

Good Morning Mexico!
Sunrise from our rooftop terrace

Summary of our total spending in February:

Travel Expenses Feb 2013 Notes
Location Mexico San Miguel de Allende
Housing $989 The whole month in a rental condo
Healthcare $233 Our HDHP monthly premium
Transportation $73 1st class round trip bus to Guanajuato & 10 taxi rides
Groceries $259 Includes dinner parties
Dining Out $505 Many great meals out
Alcohol $102 All alcohol consumption for the month
Misc $135 Includes $28 in hand crafted jewelry, a big bottle of Dr. Bronn’s soap, admission to the Museum of Mummies
Gifts $0
Total Travel $2,295 $82 a day
Other Expenses Nonrecurring and atypical travel costs
Family $1,559 Family Funeral Expenses Donation
Total Spending $3,854 $138 per day

The luxurious lifestyle continues. Our $200 cake and coffee expense in January came down to $64, which when combined with sickness and a lot more walking means we may be buying some new clothes in the future.  Our free time increased and we explored more.

We’ve had a great time in San Miguel de Allende.  We have many new friends and a great community to return to, if and when the time comes.

But for now…  the open road beckons.  Onward we go.  Go Curry Cracker!

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