It's still very Mexican

by Lonnie
(Syracuse, NY, USA)

I've been to SMA a number of times and, although its gringo population is growing (or so it seems), it still retains a very Mexican feel, and for good reason: the Mexicans still vastly outnumber the gringos!

This is as it should be. I see no sense in going to the expense and trouble of going to another country just to see a bunch of people that I could see back home, or to eat food that I can get back home. I go to Mexico because of Mexico and all things Mexican.

San Miguel offers this in abundance.

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by: Donna

This is so true. It's common to hear comments that San Miguel de Allende has become totally Americanized, not a "real" Mexican town, a "gringolandia" (usually from people who have never been there), but what I love most about San Miguel is its very Mexicanness.

Am I wrong? Have Americans truly taken over the streets of San Miguel? I don't think so, but I sometimes put this common misapprehension to the test, just to be sure. I count them. I take a walk, usually starting four or five blocks from the Jardín and walking toward it. I count how many obvious foreigners I see and how many obvious Mexicans. If I can't tell which is which, I don't count them.

And you know what? The Mexicans consistently "win" this one--by a wide margin. There are always [at least] ten or more Mexicans (often many more) to every "gringo" I see on the street, no matter how close I get to the Jardín. Even in the square itself, we never seem to make up more than about 10-12%, and far less in the evenings, when the locals are out enjoying their communal front yard while, I suppose, most of the gringos are home watching TV.

Personally, I know where I'd rather be.

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