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A Street Art Guide to San Miguel’s Art District: Guadaloupe

I took my third trip to San Miguel de Allende in July to meet up with Lauren from Northern Lauren and Kiona from How Not to Travel Like a Basic Bitch before heading on our road trip in the states of Queretaro and San Luis Potosí.    The previous weekend we were in town for a friend's birthday and the city was super packed as it was the end of July; the prime vacation season for Mexicans. All the parking…

39 Things You Should Know Before Moving (or Traveling) to Mexico

I'm quickly approaching my one year anniversary of living in Mexico and I thought now would be an appropriate time, to sum up, some of the things that I have learned since B and I moved our life here. So if you are moving or traveling to Mexico, or just curious about life down here, feel free to check it out!    Daily Life  1. Almost all bills need to be paid at the Oxxo This includes your cell phone…

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

What Does Gringo Mean Anyways?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the word gringo /a. If you are curious about the meaning or the origin of the word gringo/a this post is for you!  Definition Before we get into the myths and origins of gringo/a let's visit some current definitions. Our first definition is coming from Urban Dictionary a more up to date dictionary when referring to slang or cultural words.    ... and now a definition from Merriam-Webster. From my knowledge and my…

Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato; Mexico’s Most Colorful City

Our short Guanajuato adventure stared with a 2.5 hr bus ride from San Luis Potosí to Guanajuato. Leaving at 7 a.m. and arriving close to 10 a.m. with a few stops along the way. I love taking the buses here in Mexico because they are safe, cheap (around $20-25 USD), and air conditioned! It is easy way to travel if you don't have a car or don't want to worry about driving, since many of the towns close to San…

Always a Gringa

Why I Don’t Mind Always Being a Gringa

My blog often comes up in conversation with locals here in Mexico since my husband works ungodly hours and people are wondering if I’m just hanging out at home sitting on my ass all day. I tell them I teach both online and here in Mexico, as well as blog which in turn brings up the question "What is the name of your blog? I smile and say “Always a Gringa” and watch as their face displays a mix of emotions,…

Saya: Guanajuato, Mexico – Latin American Expat Series

I'm so stoked to announce the next guest on our Latin American Expat Series. Saya lives in Guanajuato, Mexico and I actually met her through Instagram! When I visited Guanajuato last month we were able to meet up in person and she gave me some insider tips on the best spots to eat and visit. Guanajuato is only around 2 1/2 hours from San Luis Potosí, so we have made some future travel plans for this summer. Saya is not…

Lauren sitting on a rock

Northern Lauren: Mexico – Latin American Expat Blogger Series

  This article is the first of a new series on Always a Gringa that features other gringas living as expats throughout Latin America. They will be sharing their experiences, encounters,  and thoughts on living in a Latin American country.  I'll be kicking off this series with Lauren Cocking from Northern Lauren. Lauren lives in Mexico City and blogs about Mexico travel, culture, food, and feminism. Her blog encompasses dreamy Mexican music playlists, reflections on living abroad, and guides to finding the best…

Mayan Dancing

19 Destinations in Mexico You Need to Visit

When considering a trip to Mexico you might picture sandy beaches, beach cabanas, and margaritas. I like relaxing on the beach just as much as the next person, but resorts and tourist towns are such a small piece of what Mexico has to offer. In an effort to crush that status quo belief that Mexico is just overcrowded beaches and taco stands, I collaborated with some top travel bloggers to create a list of the best spots in Mexico. Prepare yourself for some…

San Miguel de Allende Cathedral

A Guide to San Miguel de Allende; An Artist’s Paradise

San Miguel de Allende is in the eastern part of the state of Guanajuato. The town is super artsy and has attracted foreign retirees, writers, artists and tourists alike. There are over 12,000 foreigners believed to live or own homes here. The city is filled with historical buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th century, narrow cobblestone streets and colorful shops.  Getting there and around // San Miguel de Allende San Miguel de Allende is only 2 hours away from San…

jardin botanico

Visiting the Botanical Gardens of San Miguel de Allende

Jardín Botánico El Charco del Ingenio The botanical gardens are about 1.5 km Northeast of the main part of town in San Miguel de Allende. This 88-hectare (over 170 acres) space is not only a garden, but also a recreational and ceremonial space and a wildlife sanctuary. El Charco hosts an extensive botanical collection made up of cacti and other succulent plants, many of which are rare, threatened or in danger of extinction.  In 2004 El Charco del Ingenio was proclaimed a Peace…