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QP PERFECT DAY: The Senior Nomads

Senior Nomads

By Karla Ortiz

The Senior Nomads, a retired American couple who sold all their belongings five years ago and embarked on a journey of a lifetime around the world, have been traveling ever since and don’t see that state of affairs ending anytime soon.

However, San Miguel de Allende is one of the rare places to which Debbie and Michael Campbell have ever made a return trip, due to the kindness and welcoming treatment they experienced here three years ago as they wandered the city’s museums, galleries, restaurants, and streets.

The couple deliberately lives in each city as if they were local—renting Airbnb spaces rather than stay at a hotel, running errands at the supermarket, cooking in their apartment, washing their own clothes, and so on. They blog about their experiences in each place they go.

In this edition of Perfect Day, we decided to ask the Campbells—since they appreciated San Miguel so much that they came back—what their perfect day here would be like. Here’s what they had to tell us:

The couple said they would start early and begin touring the city by 10am (in a non-touristic way, they clarified).

“One thing we love about San Miguel is that there are a lot of free activities to do, so the first thing we would do would be to have breakfast at our Airbnb, then go out and do two activities, then maybe go to a concert, a play—or a movie at the Pocket Theater. After that, we would get something to eat at Taco Lab in the Doce 18 Concept House.

“We would have coffee at Café Colibrí, and as we love walking, we would go see the pyramid [an indigenous historic site] at Cañada de la Virgen. Then we would go to La Posadita for dinner. Since we like to sleep early, we would then go home to update the blog, read a book, and play Scrabble a bit. That would be our perfect day.

“What we do here, we do in every city, [so] the next day, we would repeat our itinerary of continuing to get to know a place from the point of view of a local.”

To read more of the Senior Nomads’ thoughts on our city, visit their website at:, where their next blog post will be about their current visit to San Miguel.


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