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Preparing Your Home for Your New Cat


By Joan DiPiero You’ve fallen in love with a cat, like Albahaca or Tina, and now you’re taking her home. Here’s what you need to know:   1. Supplies: Food and water bowls, litter and tray, scratching post, toys, and a bed/basket.   2. Food: Wet and dry food should be provided. Leave dry food [...]

New Column—On Call: Regular Advice from UC San Diego Health Experts

By Lawrence Friedman UC San Diego Health is delighted to offer this column to provide timely updates on the latest evidence-based developments in disease prevention, medical diagnosis, and treatment. Topics will be chosen based on common medical conditions relevant to San Miguel de Allende residents and from your suggestions. We have world-class experts in every specialty, [...]

Popping the Cork on Tango


By Christina Johnson I finished my Tango Therapy article last week with the memory of a dessert in the Andean plateau of Mendoza, Argentina. The dessert was a parfait Malbec; the layered chocolate genoise was drenched with regional wine and raspberries. I was satiated with earthly food but ready for heavenly tango. The local Mendoza [...]

Travel News

Medieval Croatia

By Judy Newell Mexico Travel News Where to See Live Concerts and Entertainment in Mexico The area around Cancun is, by far, the leading Mexico beach resort destination when it comes to offering large-scale live entertainment. Palace Resorts, in particular, lures travelers with marquee-worthy names. Moon Palace Cancun wrapped up its year of live performances with two shows [...]

SPA Pets of the Month—January 2018


By Lynn Weisberg and Joan DiPiero To start the New Year off right, we recommend adopting an SPA cat or dog! Carlotta and Suerte are special felines who would be wonderful members of your family. Carlotta, a two-year-old beauty, features long tabby and white fur and looks very much like a Maine Coon Cat. With [...]

New Year Figs and Dates

Turkish Yogurt Cake with Figs

By Tim Hazell Figs hold a symbolic position in many world religions, including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. They can represent fertility, peace, and prosperity. Ficus carica, the common fig tree, has thrived in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean climates for at least 9,000 years. Organic material found beneath an apartment block in Herculaneum, a Roman city [...]

The Computer Corner


By Charles Miller On several occasions, I have joined the chorus of professionals who are raising alarms over the Internet of Things (IoT) and its vulnerability to hacking. It is already happening that users suddenly find their Internet connection not working, and when the problem is located, it is discovered that their refrigerator or garage [...]

Help the SPA Provide a Safe Place for Cats and Dogs


By Megan Gabel Thank you, SPA supporters, for making it possible for the Sociedad Protectora de Animales de San Miguel de Allende to exist. Because of you, we are able to help Gema, an SPA resident for more than four years whose shyness and climbing skills make it difficult to find her a permanent home. [...]

Internet Problems? Look Here!


By Charles Miller It seems that no matter how many times I explain how the Internet works, I have to keep explaining it because a few people still do not understand the basics. All too often when I am on the phone with someone and I ask if they can verify whether or not their [...]

Old Québec

By Tim Hazell Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver—Gilles Vigneault Tenth-century Viking navigator Leif Eriksson set out from Greenland on a westerly course and reached Baffin Island, which he named Helluland (Land of Stone). From there his dragon ship and crew sailed on to the timbered shores of Labrador, christened Markland (Land [...]

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