First month in San Miguel de Allende

I have been in my new home for a little more than a month. There are days that I love it and days where I struggle but I know it’s all worth it in the end. Isabelle is flourishing both in her Spanish speaking skills and as a more cultured little human-being. We’ve made wonderful friends, some native Mexican, some expats mostly from the US. Everyone’s story is unique but similar– how they got here… why they stayed. It turns out that I am part of the new generation coming through San Miguel, the young professionals. I have met so many families with young kids who are doing this for a year or two, with the possibility of staying longer.

I wake up to church bells and it’s dark. We are pretty far west on the Central time zone so while I’m making breakfast and brewing my french press I look over some buildings and mountains and see a spectacular sunrise. Izzy and I either walk to school with the dogs or take a taxi. The morning bustle is much the same as in the states but every kid you see is in a uniform. Gym tracksuits in every color or the proper uniform which is unique to the school. You see lines at bodegas and food carts of people buying their breakfast and fresh squeezed juices.

I’m trying to find a yoga studio that has the Hot Vinyasa that I like, but the search is rewarding enough. The dogs ordinarily get two long walks a day- Luna is deathly afraid of police officers here with their walkie talkies and bullet proof vests. Bling-Bling has been off leash most of the time, which at 10 years old doesn’t seem to be a problem. They both melt hearts and I often hear “las perras bonita” as I walk them

I am still trying to find a long-term rental but might go into a larger place until December when I my mom will be down here. Here are some photos I took in the last few days, the first being from Mexico’s Independence day, which was the 16th (celebration on the 15th). Mexicans love their fireworks, Luna and Bling… not so much.

If you follow me on social media you’ve seen the street dog my friend and I took in. Dulce has been off the street now for one week and doing very well. She’s gained a good five pounds and has so much energy she’s acting like a puppy (she’s thought to be about 2). See her story here. Even though I’m not keeping this one it begs the question, how many dogs do you think I’ll have in 2 years?

Hasta Luego!

 

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Tres chicas locas

“If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it” – Erada

Traveling has always been a part of who I am. Adventure runs through my veins. For years I’ve made conscious decisions for me and my daughter; laying down roots in Connecticut. However, a mixture of the right time and a desire to live a simpler more meaningful life has manifested itself. It’s time for us to soar and experience a different culture, learn a new language and write our own futures.

On August 15th I will be moving to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with my daughter, my mother, and our two dogs- Bling-Bling and Luna. Three generations moving clear across the country to Mexico. It’s hard to imagine, but fun to picture.

San Miguel is a majestic 16th Century City set 6400 feet above sea level in the mountains of central Mexico. I will be working on my fine-art photography as well as some documentary and wedding work. In pursuit of meaningful artistry and inspiration, I chose San Miguel because of the brilliance of color and light, because of the historic architecture, and most of all because of the warmth and infectious spirit of the people I met while I was there. Observing the the cultural traditions that are still carried out to this day after 500 years is both irresistible and insatiable.

I’ve attached some photographs here and a map so you can get an idea of just where our journey will take place. I will, of course, be continuing with my blog to keep you all informed, but really, my camera will do the talking to continue to enlighten and inspire whenever I can.

This is a two year commitment but… who knows? To stay current and to visit all my loved ones I am booking weddings and portraits for next summer in New England.

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Lexie Berry - I love San Miguel! What an adventure!
It’s also really great for ex pats. Lots of em there. SO much fun to explore! While you are there (assuming you do after 2 years decide to return) may I suggest a visit to the capital of Michoacan, Morelia. Also to Guanajuato (do the theatrical tour) and there is a small town on a lake called Patzcuaro that I HIGHLY recommend. Have fun crazy girls!

Marion Barnes - Coco:

Melissa posted to me.
Wow Wow Wow….to keep track of you now will be inspirational! All my love to you now thou I will see you all before you leave.
Pls install my e address so I hear from you from time to time.
xoxomarion

A Puerto Escondido Wedding | Meet Evan & Lauren

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Fall Wedding at the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Meet Tara & Alex

Wedding Planner: Nancy Swiezy Events

Reception Restaurant: Felice 83

 

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Open Studios November 9th and 10th!

On November 9th and 10th my studio building The American Fabrics Arts Building in Bridgeport Connecticut will be opening their doors to the public. Our building hosts 28 artists who’s focus is in painting, printmaking, sculpture, quilting, jewelry, photography, ceramics, textiles, design, mixed media and more. This is a kid-friendly event. We will be providing food, beverages and live music and my studio will be hosting a photo booth!

I have been working hard printing, framing and creating new pieces for this event. Included in my open studios are framed-works starting at $250 and collage pieces starting at $300. Below are some images from my new portfolios.

Hope to see you there!

We are also hosting a donation event for Bridgeport Rescue Mission who we share a building with. We are accepting clothing and non-perishable donations. Monetary donations will enter you in a raffle to win an original quilt by Denyse Schmidt.

Information:
November 9th & 10th
10am – 5 pm
1069 Connecticut Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06607
Building 4 – Studio 406

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