January in San Miguel de Allende, MX

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The way to San Miguel de Allende from the Leon airport was mostly fields. There were not a lot of houses. It was a beautiful farmland drive. It was such a refreshing view when the taxi I was in approached San Miguel. San Miguel was covered with colorful buildings. In the city, walking among those colorful buildings was such a joy. The city gave me a feeling of being inside a beautiful painting or a romantic movie. Normally, I use limited color palette, but, in San Miguel, I was very inspired by the colors and tried to reflect that in my photographs. Slow-paced and gentle-mannered locals and the infectious smell of food just added to the experience. If the city was not slow-paced, it would not have been that charming. The city made me want to move in slow motion to capture every moment. I wanted to go to every corner, see every crack, and eat everything.

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Not knowing much about the culture and art of Mexico, it was very interesting to learn about its complex and rich cultural heritage. Visiting the pyramid was a fascinating experience to say the least. I wish I had a bigger brain and a better memory to retain all the information our tour guide shared with us. Art was beautiful. Masks, bead work, painting, sculptural work, etc.. They were charming, well-designed, and just overall wonderful. I was fascinated by the variety of the style and media used.

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Food is always my highest priority when I travel. If food is bad, I have no desire to go back to where I have traveled to. Food tells you how the people have lived and how the people are. In San Miguel, I really enjoyed seeing people gathered at food carts on the streets, day and night, eating and chatting. I had strong desire to join them and be a part of the culture. When a friend recommended that I have churros and hot chocolate for breakfast, I was highly skeptical. Eating sweets in empty stomach did not sound good. However, I tried. The rest was history. I went back to the same place almost everyday to get churros. There was something about those churros. They were just so good.

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The statement that the more you learn, the more you realize how much you do not know was the case of my experience in Mexico. I thought I knew colors. Apparently people in Mexico had different views on colors than I did. I knew I did not know anything about Mexican culture. It was proven that I really did not know anything. I thought I would meet a handsome Mexican man and fall in love. I fell madly in love with churros instead. I had no expectation when I went to Mexico. It was a good thing that I did not because I was able to stay open minded and learn so much. I left Mexico with renewed respect and love for the people and the country.

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