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Post by CanuckBob on Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:39 am


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Post by coffeeguy on Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:16 am

I recently stumbled on this extremely well-written blog by an expat living in Morelia. This particular post is a good antidote to the endless stream of articles promoting San Miguel, but her whole blog is well worth exploring and bookmarking.

https://redshoesarebetterthanbacon.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/san-miguel-de-allende-v-patzcuaro-2/

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Post by brigitte on Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:24 am

Santa Fe, NM and San Miguel have a lot in common , it is lala land ...

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Post by brigitte on Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:27 am

In 76 we explored living in Santa Fe..saw Santa Fe again a few years ago and we hare happy we did not do it..in the 85 we fell in love with San Miguel and I am happy we did not retire there as well...

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Post by gringal on Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:33 am

brigitte wrote:Santa Fe, NM and San Miguel have a lot in common , it is lala land ...

Having lived in SMA for three years, I agree. However, lala is appealing to some folks. Happily, we're all different.

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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:34 am

I fell in love with Santa Fe once too, in the late 80s, and almost moved there. Had job offers, friends, everything. Other things steered me in a different direction and it never happened. I too am grateful and agree it is much like SMA.
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Post by coffeeguy on Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:52 am

Yes, lots of similarities between SMA and Santa Fe, the most obvious of which are that the central area near the plaza of both places has become a Disneyland fit only for tourists, and that rich tourists and second home owners have so distorted the economy of both places that locals struggle to survive.

The interesting part about the blog I posted the link to is the comparison of SMA with Pátzcuaro, as well as a related post she has about why she chose Morelia over either place. With Lakeside and SMA so thoroughly over-run now (big new wave of newbies plus the much more impactful phenomenon of SMA having become mostly a Chilango playground while Lakeside has been absorbed as a southern suburb of Guad.) it may be time for some to look at other options.

Now if only Colima weren't so bloody hot.... Very Happy

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Post by Lady Otter Latté on Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:59 am

coffeeguy wrote:I recently stumbled on this extremely well-written blog by an expat living in Morelia. This particular post is a good antidote to the endless stream of articles promoting San Miguel, but her whole blog is well worth exploring and bookmarking.

https://redshoesarebetterthanbacon.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/san-miguel-de-allende-v-patzcuaro-2/

Love her writing. Thank you for sharing, Coffeeguy.
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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:10 am

coffeeguy wrote:Yes, lots of similarities between SMA and Santa Fe, the most obvious of which are that the central area near the plaza of both places has become a Disneyland fit only for tourists, and that rich tourists and second home owners have so distorted the economy of both places that locals struggle to survive.

The interesting part about the blog I posted the link to is the comparison of SMA with Pátzcuaro, as well as a related post she has about why she chose Morelia over either place. With Lakeside and SMA so thoroughly over-run now (big new wave of newbies plus the much more impactful phenomenon of SMA having become mostly a Chilango playground while Lakeside has been absorbed as a southern suburb of Guad.) it may be time for some to look at other options.

Now if only Colima weren't so bloody hot.... Very Happy

It would be interesting to know the exact number of expats living here today. I believe the number declined from 2008 to 2014 or so. More people moved away (or passed away) than people moving here. I'm thinking we may just be back to 2007 numbers with maybe more full timers and less snowbirds......

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Post by brigitte on Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:55 am

yes Colima and Comala are very nice but just too hot..

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Post by WillieRae on Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:07 pm

We lived for 2 yrs in Comala...hotter than here but waaay better than Mazatlan.

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Post by brigitte on Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:52 pm

yes it is a little higher..

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Post by Rosa Venus on Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:58 pm

coffeeguy wrote:I recently stumbled on this extremely well-written blog by an expat living in Morelia. This particular post is a good antidote to the endless stream of articles promoting San Miguel, but her whole blog is well worth exploring and bookmarking.

https://redshoesarebetterthanbacon.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/san-miguel-de-allende-v-patzcuaro-2/

Jennifer Rose! A blast from my pre-move-to Mexico past.
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Re: Great PR for San Miguel de Allende

Post by brigitte on Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:37 am

She drove a convertible cadillac and was rude as hell to beggars..she also was a lawyer and a good writer..SHe used to be the moderator on Mexconnect way back then. She banned my husband because he called her la pianiste.. ( if you have seen that sick movie it was not a nice thing to say..) Funny you brought back lots of memories..

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Post by Trailrunner on Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:49 am

Yes, for me too!
MexConnect was my first connection to the area and I well remember Jennifer Rose, Michael D, and RVGringo. Not to mention the infamous Bubba.
Sure is different now!
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Post by gringal on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:07 am

Trailrunner wrote:Yes, for me too!
MexConnect was my first connection to the area and I well remember Jennifer Rose, Michael D, and RVGringo. Not to mention the infamous Bubba.
Sure is different now!

I signed up with Mexconnect back in 2004, prior to moving to Mexico. I remember Rolly Brook's very informative input as well as the folks you mention. These days, it's not very active and I hear it's been for sale for some time.


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Post by brigitte on Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:12 am

Rolly was a great man... we got here in 2001 and started reading Mexconnect then and it was very active but things change, people come and go.

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Post by CanuckBob on Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:43 am

Rolly was a great guy. He contributed a lot to this board too prior to his passing. He was my goto guy for all things Mexico....

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Post by ferret on Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:30 pm

Rolly was a gem. As is RVgringo. I just boil when MC and others put him down for no longer living here... as if all his experience just evaporated when he left.
Jennifer Rose... uh, wasn't she also connected to the International Living rag?
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Post by slainte39 on Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:34 pm

ferret wrote:Rolly was a gem. As is RVgringo. I just boil when MC and others put him down for no longer living here... as if all his experience just evaporated when he left

Well said and ditto from someone who has lived here longer.

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Post by Trailrunner on Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:17 pm

I'll say!
If it weren't for RVG I would have made a lot more mistakes, would know a lot less, and Dr Garcia wouldn't have saved my friend's life. Nor would I be working with him.

Thank you, RVG, I appreciate you.
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