Friday, July 15, 2011

San Miguel de Allende has the best street sounds

The street sounds of San Miguel de Allende are ones you will not find stateside and I would not change it for anything. 

The clanging of the garbage collectors as they drive down the street.  This alerts you grab your bag of garbage and run out of the house to meet them.  No trash cans sitting out on the street in this town!

The high-pitched whistle of the knife sharpener on his bike as he pedals around town looking for business.

The catchy jingle from the truck selling bottled water as they cruise around town.

The click clack of the burro's hooves up and down the street.  Depending on the time of the year, the burros are either loaded with bundles of firewood or burlap bags filled with dirt for your garden.  If you are home, you certainly will not miss them.  The owner of the burros is not shy when he knocks on your front door looking for a sale.  Believe me, he wants to get your attention and he does!

The blaring load speakers mounted on a truck announcing that the circus in town.  Usually there is a tiger, pony or camel riding in the bed of the truck.

A parade going by with people dressed up in their indigenous Chichimeca Indian costumes with the thundering sound of the banging of the drums.

The pop and boom of firecrackers celebrating some saints day.  At all hours of the day and night.

The sounds of the mariachi bands from the jardin (the town's main plaza) wafting through the air.

And of course, the best sound of all, is the ringing of over 100 church bells at different times around town.  It's a wonderful life.

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