We are feeling a little bit tired today but enjoying the ambiente. There is a fair amount of trudging around involved, in the hot sun. So today is an easy day. Going back to our flight over, I am happy to say that I had a good window seat. The Gulf was clouded over, but that cleared up, and I saw enormous fires (or were they dust storms) and what I would swear is a smoking volcano, although everyone assures me that could not be the case. As we flew into Mexico City, I was astonished to see a sharp line of demarcation between country and city, looking as if it had been drawn with a ruler.
The most amazing thing I saw was the inversion layer over Mexico City, trapping all the fumes and dirt in it, with little clouds floating on top. But the photo did not come out. We got our van immediately to San Miguel de Allende, which is a "sweet little town," as one of the other passengers puts it. Compared to even the most touristic areas of Peru, this place is a piece of cake. The cars even stop for pedestrians. There are fashionable, well-dressed ex-pats and tourists everywhere.
As cousin Jerry remarks, everyone here is an artist or says he or she is. They do not stint on color, and the jacaranda and bougainvillea are in eye-popping bloom. Sun and shade have a playful relationship to each other here, and there is always a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the air and light. I think the temptation to indolence here would be too much for me to resist. Naturally I have way more pictures, the same as in Peru, but I will continue to post them from time to time.
I liked this painting we saw on a house tour.