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San Luis Potosí

An Expat’s City Guide to San Luis Potosí, Mexico: Things to Do + Where to Eat, Drink, Shop and Sleep

I've hit a year in San Luis Potosí and I am going to finally churn out the post that I started this blog for - a guide to San Luis Potosí.  When I found out that we would be moving to the expat-friendly city of San Luis Potosí, Mexico I was shocked to find next-to-nothing on both the city but also on what life was like as an expat in San Luis Potosí. So my plan was to publish dual…

Real de Catorce view of the city

4 Things to Do in Real De Catorce Other Than Peyote

The village of Real de Catorce is located in the state of San Lui Potosí and sits on the side of a mountain at more than 2,743 meters (9,000 ft). It is located in the Sierra de Catorce range, one of the highest plateaus in Mexico, where summits may extend over 10,000 feet (3,000 m).  Real de Catorce ('Royal Fourteen') is named for 14 Spanish soldiers killed here in an ambush by Chichimeca warriors. Although a town had been there for many years, silver…

Colonia Guadalupe

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

During my third trip to San Miguel de Allende I was finally able to check out the street art located in Guadaloupe where I was meting 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…

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 is a Mexico City expat 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…

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…

6 Tips on How to Land an Expat Assignment

  This post was written by my husband who worked really hard to land us an expat assignment in Mexico. Some of you may have the desire to travel but want to keep your current job or stay in your career field. Not all companies offer international opportunities, but if yours does and you are interested in living abroad, check out this article! 1.) Review your company's "International Mobility" Policy An International Mobility (IM) assignment is ALOT of work so make sure…

Top 10 Meaningful Things to Do in Siem Reap

It can be easy to get caught up in the party scenes when traveling, especially in Southeast Asia. I've never really been big into partying at home or when traveling. Don't get me wrong, I love meeting new people and having a few beers.  That is different. I'm talking about the staying out all night and not waking up until mid-day partying. Partying is not unique to a country despite possibly unique methods. The end game is the same.  When traveling…