Want to bring a sparkle to someone’s eyes? Just mention the word “weekend.” It works in any language. Saturday is for errands and shopping, and Sunday is for church, family, friends, and relaxation.
While parked on a comfortable bench in San Miguel’s main plaza today, we watched a wonderful weekend unfold.
San Miguel’s plazas are bustling places with daily life on display in full plumage. They’re the focal point that draws not only the Miguelinos, but tourists and expats alike. On Sunday, the show reaches a fever-pace, and is truly a pleasure to behold.
Carefully trimmed laurel trees provide a delightful, shady respite as well as soften the feel of the surrounding stone and stucco buildings. These beautiful, mature trees must have taken decades to perfect. And prime benches are a coveted commodity.
No one is excluded from the Sunday stroll. Families are out in force; parents are relaxed, and of course, children are romping in all directions. The ballon vendors are a beehive of activity.
Temptations for the tourists aren’t absent either. Smiling local artisans, with their tourist radar cranked to max, sell colorful folkart of all types.
And this beautiful little girl captured my eye as well as my heart. The church service had just finished, and she was waiting while her parents said their goodbyes. She was the model of patience, but the kiddy chaos around her was almost impossible to resist.
As travelers, it’s easy to get caught up in only taking time to see the famous sights, museums, and other attractions that a city has to offer. But to really know a place, we believe that you have to see the people as well. On Sunday in the Jardin of San Miguel de Allende, we had the good fortune and pleasure to do just that.