Landmark Parroquia De San Miguel Arcangel cathedral

How Did a Bug from San Miguel de Allende Alter Art History?  

In the past painters, got their pigments from nature. In San Miguel de Allende, it was red cochineal, a cacti-dwelling bug that expanded scarlet’s...
Panoramic view of San Miguel de Allende

The Long and Fascinating History of Ejidos

My pal volunteers for a countryside agrarian charity and one day received an offer to buy some land there at a very reasonable price, so he...
A five-point piñata in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The Piñata Business in the Pandemic

Much like the cloistered nuns’ tamale business and my neighbor’s chair rental company, the piñata business in the pandemic, equally dependent on social gatherings,...
Tomatoes in Mexico

Mexico Rules the International Tomato Market

The tomato has been an integral part of the world’s diet for over two centuries and is now the most used fruit in international gastronomy....
Crowded street in San Miguel de Allende

How to Decipher Names in Mexico

For new expats, understanding the naming convention used in Mexico is not tops on their list of things to know, but it’s important to...
church

St. Joseph Is the Model for Mexican Masculinity

St. Joseph is the model for Mexican masculinity although mentioned only eight times in the New Testament. Prior to the late medieval period, Church...
Archangel church Dome Steeple.

How Are Expats Coping with the Virus in San Miguel de Allende?

How are expats coping with the virus in San Miguel de Allende? Well, human nature is endlessly fascinating and, given the pandemic, it has...
The caged birds of Mexico

Why Does the Caged Bird Sing?

When my kids were little I sat through all of the Tim Burton children’s movies featuring skeleton women in long dresses carrying birds in...
Woman beautiful sunset

What Mexicans in San Miguel de Allende Want Expats to Know

I’ve wondered what Mexicans in San Miguel de Allende want expats to know. I’ve lived here for quite some time now, so I did...
Drying Vanilla in Mexico

Vanilla Originated in Mexico Centuries Ago

It’s difficult to gambol about town and not be asked if you want to buy a little container of vanilla, that wonderful ingredient that...