As many of you already know, I am currently living at Calle San Martin 44 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Tomorrow I will be off for a week on the Riviera Maya in Tulum, Mexico but before I got I would like to tell you about Calle del Tesoro. You see Calle San Martin ends just at my building and at a T intersection with Calle del Tesoro. When I take a taxi from somewhere in San Miguel to my apartment, I always tell the taxi driver that Calle San Martin 44 is “a la esquina con Tesore” or at the corner with Calle del Tesoro because they must approach my place from Tesoro because Calle San Martin is a one way street heading away from Tesoro. I always walk along Tesoro when going to the Bridge Studio or going along Calle Stirling Dickinson to the restaurant La Frontera or to the fruteria, or to the panaderia, or further up to Mercado Sano the organic market at the intersection of Stirling Dickinson and Ancha de San Antonio.
I admit that I had to look up the meaning of tesoro and found out that it means treasure so Calle del Tesoro is the street of the treasure and indeed there are many treasures both large and small along Calle del Tesoro. One of the nicest is a very large elementary school that runs all along Tesoro from Refugio to San Martin and is the scene of children and parents coming and going in the morning and the afternoon. It gives a very youthful vibe to the neighborhood and unlike many schools now in the USA there are no security guards or weapons screenings and to my knowledge, never has there been a school shooting in Mexico like the ones in the US.
One of the delights, we will call it the “treasures” of Tesoro are the many small shops, “tiendas” in Spanish, which one finds as one walks along the street. In fact, unless you do walk along the street you wouldn’t even see the many tiny shops tucked in along the street selling all sorts of things like fresh tacos, tamales, clothes of all kinds, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, decorative items, sewing items, laundry shops, little stores selling soft drinks and deli items and really walking along Tesoro you can come up with almost anything for any purpose that you want but you have to walk and you have to look and the people who run these shops are usually very cordial and helpful with my unfortunately still, very rudimentary Spanish. In fact, in my entire visit here to San Miguel, I have been treated wonderfully by the native Mexicans. No bad guys, no shootings, no drug deals just average Mexican people going about their lives and wishing for nothing more than a good family, good food and a roof over their heads-just like most everyone in this world.