We are transplanted New Yorkers who came to San Miguel for a ten-day visit and returned with a rather large souvenir, a house. (This is not unusual, as you will learn when speaking to others who now call San Miguel home.) A few years later, after Mark retired, we realized that our Mexican time was beginning to exceed the time we were spending in New York. We loved being here and being with the many friends we had made. We loved the friendliness, the hospitality and the gentility (there are no traffic lights or stop signs). So we renovated the San Miguel kitchen to accommodate my needs and the cooking equipment I wanted to bring down. Then we pulled up stakes in New York. That was 2-1/2 years ago.
A friend once said that he came to San Miguel to retire but failed. We know this situation first-hand. Mark and I had been advertising and public relations executives, respectively. There was no shortage of opportunities here to pitch in with our skills because San Miguel has more than one hundred nonprofit organizations. In fact, I co-founded a nonprofit umbrella organization (subsequently subsumed by the city’s administration). It served as a clearing house for nonprofits, organized volunteer fairs, and sponsored an annual series of nonprofit training workshops.
While we no longer live there, Mark and I travel to New York three times a year and sometime more often than that. Our family, (two grown daughters, one son-in-law and three grandchildren), is there. So, too, are friends, cultural institutions, theater, favorite restaurants, and much more that always will remain in our lives. That said, we have never regretted buying the souvenir. Our San Miguel life is rich with experiences and discoveries. This historic and beautiful city has much to offer. This country has even more.