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Making Our Move from San Pancho to San Miguel de Allende

April 8, 2014

Two and a half weeks ago we moved from the ocean breeze of San Pancho, Nayarit to the dry desert highlands of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato—approximately 6400 feet above sea level. 

We are definitely feeling the change.

Making Our Move from San Pancho to San Miguel de Allende

Although we consider ourselves to be a very active and athletic family, we are experiencing our fair share of huffing and puffing and pausing to catch our breaths in the only 2 weeks that we have been here.

The altitude is an adjustment for sure.

Being a colonial city built on a hillside, a lot of the houses in San Miguel de Allende are multi-level and stacked very close to each other, making it common place to have to climb several flights of stairs just to get to your front door. It is a walking city and day-to-day life keeps you active and in good shape! 

Making Our Move from San Pancho to San Miguel de Allende

We pulled into San Miguel after a 10-hour drive from San Pancho with our 14-foot aluminum fishing boat in tow, filled to the rim with our earthly belongings. Even the hula hoop made the cut!

With each move, we are called to examine how “essential” all of our things are, and while we have down-sized with each move, we somehow still manage to have far more than we truly need for a life well lived. 

Arriving in a high desert town with not an ocean nearby, if our wide-eyed faces weren’t enough to identify us as newcomers, the boat… the boat was a dead give-away! 

Making Our Move from San Pancho to San Miguel de Allende

In the two weeks that we have been here–establishing our lives again–we have been settling into our temporary rental, perusing our educational options for Mairead and Liam, checking out the Deportiva (community sports center) with its many after-school activities including taekwondo, soccer, and lucha libre, touring and orienting ourselves around the streets of San Miguel,

Making Our Move from San Pancho to San Miguel de Allende


researching and viewing our long term rental options which has been an all-consuming, and at times tiring endeavor. 

We have made a commitment to stay put for awhile. It is time to allow Mairead and Liam to lay their feet on solid ground and grow their roots. These kindhearted, sweet-natured, loving, forgiving, resilient children of ours have weathered their fair share of life’s changes, and it is time to allow them the comfort, security and peace of mind that in a year or so, they will not be packing it up and moving on again, but instead, staying in the same place, the same house, with the same creature comforts, friends and community.


Comfort, and freedom within that comfort. This is why we moved to Mexico.

It is time for Frank and I to quell our wanderlust, for now. Here in San Miguel de Allende we are perfectly situated to explore so much of the center of this beautiful country—Leon, Guanajuato, Querétero, Mexico City.

Stay tuned…The O’Grady Adventure continues to reveal itself, in the gifts of each day.




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About the author: Together with my Retired Firefighter Husband and our now 19-year-old twins who were just 8 when we immigrated to Mexico in 2012, we have created a joyful life of design and freedom South of The Border. Welcome to Los O’Gradys in Mexico! Saludos, Katie 🇲🇽 ☘️

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