I'm leaving today for Mexico! But headed inland to the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allende. I had the chance to visit San Miguel in 2011 with Ace Camps. But we only had time for a couple quick day trips. From the moment we arrived there I was smitten. The color, architecture, energy and community was palpable. I nearly ran through the town on those days trying to soak up as much as possible. (Ok true, and buying everything possible! Our flagship boutique even features lighting from San Miguel.) So I am incredibly excited to be spending three weeks in this beautiful town. Ample time to scratch the surface and find may way into the myriads of creative classes, activities and inspiration the area has to offer.These pictures are images I took on those day trips three years ago. San Miguel is visually like the Mexico of my dreams. It is just brimming with creativity and history. As I learn more I surprised it has a mixed reputation. Due to the influx of foreign settlers some say San Miguel isn't "Mexican" enough. I guess I'll explore these ideas while I'm there, and report back.
But in my own country, and when abroad I cherish places that are a strong representation of the country I am in, but also posses the influences of people from around the world. So I am not swayed by the mixed sentiments of this beautiful place. I cannot wait to dive headlong into it. Expats and all. Travel is a funny thing. "Authenticity" can be an even funnier thing. And I celebrate the efforts of any people who strive to live in beauty and community. Ok...enough rambling.
I'll be staying with a small collective of creatives organized by Flora Bowley. The homes and architecture are enough to keep me interested in San Miguel. I cannot wait to meander into the neighborhoods and discover what's behind all those high walls. We've got an art studio in our shared home and I plan on lots of time for floral still life's with watercolors and pencil-face sketches. Also will be a student in Flora Bowleys painting retreat as well! (If that's not spoiled I don't know what is. Feeling very grateful. Thank you all you PAPAYA! supporters out there!) That's what's on the menu. Aside from guacamole, guacamole, guacamole and a wee bit of tequila. Not a shabby way to spend the start of 2014! I am decidedly addicted to Instagram while on the road and if you'd like to follow along on my Mexico journey look me up! I'll be there... See you on the other side of this adventure.