Yesterday, while taking a coffee break after a long stroll through town, my mom asked my dad to take a picture of us "enjoying the good life." I was worried beforehand that they would try to find something to convince us that our lives back in Texas was more desirable. But between the perfectly sunny weather, the awesome quesadillas, and the mangoes, they couldn't stop gushing about how great it is here.
We did our short visit to San Miguel de Allende, and, yes, I'm eating my words. It was beautiful, tranquil, and so worth visiting over and over again. Like I expected, there were Texas plates all over town. The highlight of our trip was to El Charco del Ingenio, a natural botanic garden, showcasing local fauna and cacti from all over the country. I am so in awe of how diverse cacti can be -- more pictures to come.
Aerial view of San Miguel de Allende from the highway
El Charco del Ingenio
I'm pretty sure my parents are already planning their return trip. Having grown up in Asia, they felt like the way of life here is similar to the way they grew up -- fruit and vegetable markets, walking a lot, taking the bus, boiling the water, noisy streets, and hoards of people. My dad was even able to tighten his belt an extra notch! I'll have to work on adding an extra notch the next visit.