A debate goes on in San Miguel de Allende about whether a McDonald's should be built. A group of ex-pats there seem to think it is their duty to boycott or ban the restaurant chain or keep it from coming to the city. Hmmm.
I ask you, "who do we think we are?" We can move into someone else's country and dictate what should or shouldn't be allowed. Funny, a Starbuck's sits on the corner of the "jardin" or main square and it is packed with Mexicans. It appears Mexicans seem to prefer to have a Starbuck's in "their town".
We love San Miguel de Allende and visit at least four times a year. In fact, we love it so much that we would like to someday buy some land in Guanajuato. We couldn't live in San Miguel because there are just too many ex-pats who seem to want to strut their stuff around the city.
Just to give you an idea of how life is there, and please take this with a grain of salt for those who live there and enjoy the city and culture for what it is, Americans move there and then complain about why they can't sell english muffins at the local Mega store. We have many friends who live in SMA and we respect their views and don't seem to fall into the category above.
There has also been recent talk about banning the local cable company because they no longer offer a PBS feed. Can you imagine? In case you don't quite get my view on all this let me give an example of a typical person living in SMA. (I'm going to get slaughtered on this one).
Tall, white, silver dyed hair with bangs and medium length hair that is swept under, a big floppy hat, black slacks with wide bell bottoms, carrying a "red de plastico" (plaid tote bag for groceries) a Spanish book in one hand, and some type of cape. If you go into the local Mega, there is a lot of pointing going on and scowling because the employees don't speak English. Funny though, there are quite a few French and Russian classes going on instead of focusing on the native language of the country.
Some there seem to think that they make the economy. In reality that just isn't so. As I have found out recently, due to changes in Mexican immigration laws and the new income requirements, many ex-pats are pretty much living on the low in Mexico because their incomes just won't make it in their home countries. Sure, there are all kinds of stories and there is nothing wrong with having a low income but don't tell me that if it weren't for "us" SMA wouldn't survive.
Remember this, we live in Mexico and we are guests. If you want the right to vote and change things, become a Mexican. Now you might say that in the U.S. everyone, legal, illegal, resident, etc. seems to have a voice that is very true. Go live there, but this is Mexico. Mexicans want what everyone else in the world would like to have; a home, a good job, flat screen television, a car, well you get the point. To do this, they need jobs. If you expect Mexicans in SMA to continue to carry baskets on their heads and clean your houses for 50 pesos a day you have it all wrong. There is a strong and growing economy and Mexicans are part of it. With or without us, Mexico and SMA will survive.