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San Miguel de Allende

                       A beautiful colonial Mexican city

In today’s episode we are going to tour the beautiful Mexican colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, accompanied by our guide Fabiola, an interpreter of Mexican Sign Language, and before flying with the power of imagination and being able to enjoy this tour, I want to tell you that What we are looking for in this podcast is first of all to create a community that helps and to be able to raise funds so that people with hearing problems have the help they need. It is also a project that seeks to give you a space to learn about different histories, cultures, uses, customs, music, art and gastronomy from around the world and learn something new in each episode.

episode transcription

Hello, I’m glad to greet you, I’m Yael Yancelson and today we fly quickly with the power of imagination and the senses to San Miguel de Allende in the state of Guanajuato, to be amazed by its artistic, architectural, cultural and gastronomic heritage. So breathe, close your eyes if possible and you are not doing anything else, give me your hand and let yourself be guided, we begin!

Located about 4 hours by road from Mexico City, in the popular state of Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende falls in love at first sight as it is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico. The truth is that I think it is one of the places with the most color and bohemian atmosphere in our Republic and I love to return every time I can to visit its beautiful corners.

Beautiful cobbled streets surrounded by viceregal houses and brightly colored baroque facades of the historic center, was declared a World Heritage Site.

What if we start our visit to the old town of San Miguel de Allende in the Main Square or Jardín Allende, center and meeting point between locals and tourists.

Beautiful laurels, a small bandstand and beautiful colonial houses such as the Municipal Palace and the house of the Mayorazgo de la Canal, welcome us at this neuralgic point.

Let’s enter the most representative building of the Jardín Allende, which is undoubtedly the Parish of San Miguel Arcángel, built in 1709, what a surprising Gothic façade! It reminds me of the great European cathedrals. Do you?

As you know, I really enjoy sitting down to watch people go by and what better way to do it than on one of its wrought iron benches and feel the good atmosphere that is breathed at all hours in this square, full of artists, musicians, artisans, tourists and a very interesting mix of people who live in or visit the city.

Obviously our route will be on foot through one of the most beautiful streets in the city, Cuna de Allende.

We have to try a delicious churro in the famous Churrería San Agustín, in front of it is Juárez street where the Temple of San Francisco is located, which stands out for its facade full of saints sculpted in stone, an imposing neoclassical tower and the statue of San Francisco de Asís , located in the highest part.

The impressive facade that mixes the baroque, churrigueresque and rococo styles, contrasts with a sober interior with various paintings and murals.

This street, lined with one- and two-story viceroyalty houses with facades painted in red, yellow, and orange colors, has unique views of the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel.

This street continues with Aldama Street, another of the most beautiful in San Miguel de Allende, although it is best to spend time walking slowly through all the streets located around Jardín de Allende, such as San Francisco, and entering its craft shops and have a drink in cafes like Lavanda Café and taste an exquisite coffee with a touch of lavender and enjoy the best breakfasts. Undoubtedly the joke of this city is to walk without haste, enter each store, boutique, hotel that catches your eye, try different flavors and see how much art exists around here, you should know that several foreigners, both European, American and Canadian They have stayed to live by falling in love with this small town.

In Cuna street, we cannot miss a visit to the Casa Allende Museum to learn about the life of General Ignacio de Allende, one of the main heroes of Mexican Independence. This historic building from 1760, where Ignacio Allende was born and grew up, houses a Valuable collection of pieces from the time of Independence and you can also learn about aspects of the social and cultural life of San Miguel de Allende at that time.

Some cultural spaces that are one of my favorites are the Instituto Allende, a beautiful building built in the 18th century, of great importance in education and the cultural development of the city, and the incredible Fábrica de la Aurora, a renowned center for art and design with more than 40 art galleries and studios, located in an old textile factory, on the outskirts of the old town with the best boutiques and galleries in the area, we will truly find unique things, it is worth visiting calmly.

Going up Insurgentes street we will arrive at the Temple of the Oratory of San Felipe Neri, this church that was an old Indian chapel, marvels for its monumental facade made of pink stone in 1712, presided over by Our Lady of Solitude, the Indian Virgin.After After crossing a magnificent wooden door, you will enter an interior decorated with paintings that recount the life of Felipe Neri, founder of the Congregation of the Oratory, as well as an offering area for the faithful who need a miracle.

Although in the historic center we find numerous shops with beautiful handicrafts, we have to enter the Handicraft Market full of stalls to buy the best souvenir for family and friends.

In this large market you will find all kinds of objects made with materials such as brass, wood, glass, gold and ceramics by local artisans, such as the typical Mexican catrinas.

Another of the churches is the Temple of the Immaculate Conception, known as “las Monjas” for housing a convent for the nuns of the order of the Immaculate Conception. This temple stands out for its dome supported by columns that frame large windows while in the interior preserves a valuable collection of paintings by painters from New Spain such as Miguel Cabrera.

Leaving Parque Juárez, a few meters from there we come across “los lavaderos”, a picturesque square where some people still wash their clothes while they catch up on the news of the town. Let’s go up these stone stairs while we walk among the most spectacular houses in all of San Miguel and with patience we will enjoy the landscape in its impressive viewpoint.

And that is how we leave this beautiful and interesting region of the planet with the desire to return. We will travel every week to another corner of this wonderful world, to discover, enjoy and fly with our imagination, I wait for you every Friday and I ask you if you like me Share the content with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY A UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT SPACE THAT CREATES COMMUNITY. We make a difference. And as I always tell you when helping others, we mainly help ourselves. If you want to know what the Include Me Foundation does for the labor and social integration of people living with intellectual disabilities, enter the link: www. incluyeme.org and if it moves you and interests you, review how you can support this interesting project.

I also tell you that on my page we already have the Amaoir section with capsules from Dr. Gonzalo Corvera: One of the most renowned doctors in Mexico who perform cochlear implant surgery on children, young people and adults with hearing disabilities. Review them and I hope they will help you a lot, you will learn a lot about interesting topics related to hearing impairment. We want this project to reach a lot of people to achieve the objective, so it is extremely important that you subscribe to the YouTube channel, https://youtube.com/@realidadalternativaincluyente all together and with lower case, that you make comments on the page and that you share this project with all your people, the more it grows, the more we can help and that is what interests us the most in RA.

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Below I present the new section by Dr. Gonzalo Corvera, one of the most renowned Mexican doctors who performs cochlear implant surgery in children, adolescents and adults and with his specialty in specialist in Otorhinolaryngology and Neuro Otology, attends to people who live with hearing disabilities, director of the Mexican Association for Hearing “Help us to hear” I am sure that you will learn extremely useful and interesting things about these topics.

I want to thank Fabiola Ruiz Bedolla, our Mexican Sign Language interpreter, and her entire team of collaborators, as well as a very special thanks to Mercedes Obregón, director of the Pedagogical Institute for Language Problems, IPPLIAP. Thank you for joining this project and all of you for making it possible!

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