About this listing
Private ground floor rooms no stairs in a magical compound, secure, full of birds, flowers, an urban garden in the back patio, a 10 minute to the center of town Your laundry ca done for you, purified water, gas provided. Rooftop to sun or dine..
There is a fully equipped kitchen. You may choose to have breakfast prepared for you-all with organic ingredients some of which could be from Patricia’s urban garden. There is a washing machine on the premises and a maid and gardener available weekly.
The space is very secure quiet and is full of plants and birds. It is within a complex where there are 5 apartments. The apartment is decorated with Mexican folk art and Textiles.
The check-in time is 2pm and the check- out time is 12 noon.The guest will have access to the kitchen and dining area. The guest will have a 1/2 bath to themselves and will share a full bath with a bathtub and shower. There is also reclining chairs and a dining area on the roof.
Interaction with Guests
I give a hour tour of San Miguel de Allende. I also provide information about health care in the area through http://smahealthinfo.com/
I will provide breakfast for additional fee. For long term guest i ask that you help pay for purified water and gas and in the winter gas for the heaters.
The neighbors are mostly Mexican families that have lived in the area for generations. The apartment is 1 and 1/2 blocks form the main street that leads you into town, a 10 minute walk away. There is a Bakery, Deli Restaurants, grocery stores on the main street called "the ancha" two short blocks from the apartment.
One and 1/2 blocks from the apartment there is access to taxis and buses into town -a 10 minute ride into the central part of town.
Other Things to Note
There is maid who come once a week who cleans your room and does your laundry. I speak Spanish at an intermediate level and can recommend an extremely competent Spanish teacher for individual lessons at a very reasonable price. I have an urban organic garden and can provide information about where is buy organic produce. I am a Buddhist and can provide information about the Buddhist community in the area. I have one cat who is very friendly.
I expect quest to respect the quiet peaceful nature of the area. No smoking is allowed anywhere on the property. No pets are allowed.
With a door adjoining to the Hummingbird room, there is a large Sirena (Mermaid) bathroom with a very large tiled bathtub, decorated with my Mermaid collection from around the world. There is second half bath so the only the shower and bathtub are shared
About the Host, Patricia
I am going into my seventh year in Mexico and during those seven years I have travel extensively –many many visits to Michoacán and Oaxaca and Puerto Vallarta, Melaque (four hours south of Puerto Vallarta), Merida and Cancun. The way I travel is to be able to focus on my main interest in Mexico which is the Folk Art of Mexico. I had two quarters to go to finish a BFA with an emphasis on Ceramic Sculpture and Life Drawing. So I have gone to the areas where Mexican ceramics are most famous, Oaxaca, Michoacán and in the state of Mexico, Metepec. I have never been a weaver but I am passionate about learning and collecting textiles-Huiples and rugs. I also make jewelry and I collect beads on my travels i.e. amber from Chiapas.
I stay in simple places to save money and so that I know I will be speaking Spanish and getting tips on finding the artist that I might want to speak to and learn from. I love reading book about artisans and how they make their crafts.
In SMA I go to art opening and because there are so many artist here-this is could be a weekly occurrence.
Simplicity lets me meet people easily. I am a psychiatric social worker so I like to listen to the stories about the lives of the artist and I enjoy hearing what drives them to do the work they do.
SMA offers all kind of music from rock and rolls, blues and jazz to opera and classical music all of which I love.
It also has theatre I particularly like the play readers group –they read plays on stage -a very high caliber of acting. And we must forget the Sunday afternoon Poetry group or the Writing conference and Poetry Conference.
There is also dance, salsa, tango all kinds of Latin dances… Flamenco –you can learn it here are just go out and dance.
Of course another passion is organic gardening-I go to the Tianguis Organica weekly to get the veggies that I don’t have in my own garden.
I also enjoy swimming in the local Hotel Aldea pool and going to the hot springs at La Grueta.
Oh let’s not forget the food in SMA! I just had the best Chiles en Nogada at the Bugambilia Restaurant, a wonderful dish of a stuffed poblano pepper-stuffed with ground meat and dried fruits with a white walnut sauce with red pomegranate seeds in top –traditionally eaten on Independence Day September 16th. There is also a gluten free restaurant –the Good Food Café that is amazing!