Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Guanajuato - Want a Cruise Ship Schedule?

Last year, I read a forum post in which a lady visiting San Miguel de Allende, in the state of Guanajuato, said that to live in San Miguel was like living on a Cruise Ship. There was something scheduled around the clock and you never get bored.

That hyperbole, I believe, is not too far from the truth.

The problem is that these Gringolandias, in which life is as artificial as can be, create a worldwide view of Mexico that is totally false.

Americans, especially, are led to believe that Gringolandias are universal. That is to say that they believe that anywhere they might go in Mexico will have town after town in which English is the first language, the natives will be waiting with open arms and baited breath for the Gringos to come, and your entire stay, whether as a tourist or expat, will be one of having your every need met by bowing and scraping Mexican servants.

I wish I were exaggerating.

My wife is an advisor for an online travel forum where those wanting to visit the city of Guanajuato, where we have lived for 6 years, can ask questions.

From the reports I get from my Beloved, it is safe to make the educated guess that hordes will be showing up this Spring and Summer for a variety of reasons and are expecting a replication of American Life here.

I have written about this for years now and it seems that no one is getting the picture:

Gringolandias, like Puerto Vallarta and San Miguel de Allende, where you can live in a Fantasy Island Dream Land, are not indicative of all of Mexico.

And yet, there are folks who are coming with their children to the city of Guanajuato expecting just that very thing.

Somehow they are so unable to make the mental jump, it seems, that Mexico is truly a foreign country and is not another America. True, there are places in Mexico, like San Miguel de Allende, that have an intensely and intricately constructed Gringo Infrastructure that caters to the every whim of the American, but Guanajuato does not.

Gringos are coming to the capital of the State of Guanajuato expecting pretty much the following:

Play Groups, Gringo child day care, Children's Clubs, Sports Teams, All manner of child-oriented classes, and generally a country club atmosphere like Boutique shops, golf, a large variety of International Cuisine -- And all of this conducted in English!

In other words, there is this fantasy expectation of Disneyland everywhere in Mexico.

So, if you want a Cruise Ship existence, GO TO SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE because you won't find it in the city of Guanajuato...

¡ Gracias a Dios !


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