Down Mexico Way

“South of the border, down Mexico way.
That’s where I fell in love where stars above, came out to play.
And now as I wonder, my thoughts ever stray.
South of the border, down Mexico way.”
–Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr.

While most North Americans are trying to escape the harsh winter and making a beeline for the warmth of the beach, not us. We live at the beach.

We’re heading Down Mexico Way to the Colonial Highlands in west-central Mexico, famed for spectacular colonial architecture, rich history, prolific silver mines, monarch butterfly migration, amazing food and gracious people.

First stop – San Miguel de Allende.

See you there,
Terri & James


Photo Credits:
1, 2. By mensatic
3. By Quartl via Wikimedia Commons
4. By slevinr via Wikimedia Commons
5. By Morita Mahiru via Wikimedia Commons
6. By maxime


We're Terri and James Vance - high school sweethearts who went on to international careers and became world nomads. Today, 65 countries later, we're still traveling ... and still in love. Check out Our Story for more of the backstory at

42 thoughts

  1. Terri & James, sounds wonderful!

    Sarah and I will be hitting the road for 12 months in July, 1st stop will actually be Mexico (well technically there may be a day or 2 in the US en route)!!

    As such, I’m obviously looking forward to what beauty you guys unearth 🙂

    Happy travels!

    1. Chris, that’s fantastic news that you and Sarah are hitting the road! I can’t wait to follow along. Do you have an itinerary or are you just going to wing it? We just arrived San Miguel last night, and waking up this morning you won’t believe the sights and sounds. ~Terri

      1. We have in our minds several places that we’re keen to get to, but the rest is going to be on the fly!

        Can’t wait!!

        Very much looking forward to our first Fish Tacos on the Baja Peninsula 🙂

  2. Lucky you! I thought San Miguel was soooo charming! plus I ate one of the most memorable meals of my life there. Enjoy! Looking forward to reading about it.

      1. It’s been well over ten years now so probably not the same, but it was in a little restaurant upstairs somewhere in the main square. Now, I know it seems unlikely to find a yummy restaurant in such a touristy area but it was amazing! I wish I had more specific info for you but it’s been a long time. The menu was heavy on meat – heavenly chorizo and steaks – but not a place to go if you are a vegetarian. 🙂

  3. Oh, have a wonderful time you two! Mexico is on my list of places to go as soon as I can! Can’t wait to read about your adventures when you return. xx

    1. You’ll enjoy Mexico Liz, and should visit if you get a chance. San Miguel reminds me a bit of Asheville on this cool mountain morning. It’s a colorful colonial town, and there’s a strong art presence as well. ~ James

      1. Oh, I was there a few years ago! The mummy museum in nearby Guanajuato is… unique. I’ve literally never seen anything like it, but it also leaves you feeling eery and voyeuristic. San Miguel, on the other hand, was pure, colorful enjoyment. I love that they route the traffic into underground tunnels so people can walks the streets of the centro! Enjoy your Mexican-Asheville excursion!

      2. Thanks for the info Jennie. I had read about the mummies, and will check them out. They probably fit in the same category as the ossuaries in European churches … interesting but a bit creepy. ~ James

  4. That song reminds me of my mom! She loves all the old westerns because she said that when she was a little girl, that and wrestling was all there was on TV! Anyway, I hope you guys have a wonderful time. I can’t wait ti read about San Miguel de Allende–I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go there!

    1. Leslie, you and Steve will enjoy SMA, It’s your kind of place. I’m dating myself here, but I remember only 3 TV channels (OMG! How did I survive?) and a steady diet of westerns … and my super-fav GODZILLA. ~ James

    1. From what people tell us, SMA has changed quite a lot Catherine. We’ve only been here a few days, and can say that it’s no longer cheap. It isn’t expensive, but for people looking for a budget stop, this isn’t it. However, it is a delightful place. It’s incredibly colorful and the architecture is wonderful. And yes, between the tourists and expats, there’s no shortage of gringos, but this makes for lots of nice services and restaurants. ~ James

      1. Terri, the closest we got to San Miguel was chatting with expats at the airport who were on there way back to their home there. At the time it sounded like ‘Little America’ which we were not seeking at the time. Now we are living in ‘Little England’ here on the Costa Blanca in Spain. We have learned not to pre-judge based on impressions. 🙂 – Mike

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