Ed Rooney

A Spring Update on Ed Rooney's Fire Crisis

Recommended Posts

8 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

 

Seriously, I'm going to San Miguel de Allende, not northern Cambodia. Lots of the local Mexicans will speak English, and I assume some of the expats will too. :)

 

First time I went to Cambodia it was a case of find the older people because they may speak some French, unfortunately their tragic history meant there weren't so many.

 

Returning a year and half ago a chap in the 7-11 there looked really quite affronted when I asked whether he spoke English. "Well, of course I speak English."

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Marianne said:

Edo, so sorry for your losses.

 

Having suffered the trauma of being in a fire when I was 9 months pregnant, I have to say that when we were finally back in our apartment 4 1/2 months later, it was so very heart-warming every time a neighbor dropped by, particularly those I hardly knew, with a small gift for the new baby (who is now expecting herself - I'm about to be a grandma in September B)). With all the evil in the world, it’s good to know that most people really do care about their neighbors, whether they are next door or across the pond.

 

I hope my small gift to you helps. Sorry to be so late went to PayPal and could not find your email - and now I can't seem to find the other thread again. Kindly post your email here so I can buy you a couple of cervezas or some nice vino and a meal. And truly wish you all the best - it's a harrowing experience. 

 

I'm relying on Google translate here: ¡Ten un buen viaje!

 

 

 

Marianne!  Grandma! Is that the young lady who went to NYU? 

 

If you or anyone wants to keep in touch, I'm at edoruan@gmail.com

 

My finances have pretty much stabilized, thanks to all the help I've received. :)

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I still wear a blue and white Khmer scarf, Funky. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You could be one of these guys -- the older ones on the left definitely look like expats -- in a few days.

A favourite restaurant and café of mine on the main square (El Jardin). Hope it's still there.

 

tourists-in-an-outdoor-restaurant-on-the

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ar19da.jpg

 

I chased this guy away by pointing a camera at him because he was standing right next to us and constantly following. Being there with a 2 year old child this balloon seller was a total nuisance! Searching on Alamy I see that they are more smartly dressed with better balloons these days.

 

A nice place to sit in the shade just by the amazing church 

 

BXJM0F.jpg

 

 

Bring your instrument:

 

A6CFC2.jpg

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

... and don't forget your sombrero.

 

close-up-of-a-mariachi-players-mexican-s

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My Yankee cap won't do? 

 

John, I think that restaurant has moved on. For many years, a sideline to my photography and travel writing was doing restaurant reviews. And I have local contacts down there. 

 

Edo

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
34 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

My Yankee cap won't do? 

 

John, I think that restaurant has moved on. For many years, a sideline to my photography and travel writing was doing restaurant reviews. And I have local contacts down there. 

 

Edo

 

Have to admit, the cap would be a lot easier to pack. B)

 

Too bad about the restaurant. They made excellent quesadillas and salads. There was a good bookstore on that corner for many years before the restaurant took over the space. Who knows what's there now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
19 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

You could be one of these guys -- the older ones on the left definitely look like expats -- in a few days.

A favourite restaurant and café of mine on the main square (El Jardin). Hope it's still there.

 

 

Michael Reichmann (Luminous Landscape) used to retreat to San Miguel de Allende in winter.

Sadly he's not there anymore either.

 

wim

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

I find baseball caps very useful. The peak keeps the sun out of the eyes and the rain off the face. I never carry an umbrella. And I don't eat dinner either. I'm looking forward to some nice lunches at a fraction of the cost of eating out in NYC. Less than buying groceries and cooking in this place, I bet. B)

Edited by Ed Rooney

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Ed Rooney said:

I find baseball caps very useful. The peak keeps the sun out of the eyes and the rain off the face. I never carry an umbrella. And I don't eat dinner either. I'm looking forward to some nice lunches at a fraction of the cost of eating out in NYC. Less than buying groceries and cooking in this place, I bet. B)

 

San Miguel is a lot more expensive than it used to be, but there are still plenty of good budget eateries to be found on the back streets. Just follow the locals (and your nose).

 

¡Buen provecho!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Life on Earth is more expensive. I've been do research, and a meal out in SMA runs about 1/4 to half what it costs in NYC. But I will be looking outside the center. :)

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bond voyage, Edo, or whatever is appropriate for flying. Break a leg, and all that good stuff. Let us know when you are settled.

Betty 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
21 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

Life on Earth is more expensive. I've been do research, and a meal out in SMA runs about 1/4 to half what it costs in NYC. But I will be looking outside the center. :)

 

So true, I don't know how those Earthlings afford it. B)

 

A place I like is La Grotta, a cozy little Italian place with good pasta and pizza. It's owned by a Swiss lady who has lived in SMA for decades. The salads are safe too for sensitive gringo stomachs -- i.e. they "disinfect" their raw veggies. Pretty sure La Grotta is still there. Hidden away behind SMA's very cool-looking Gothic church.

 

steeple-of-the-parroquia-de-san-miguel-a

Edited by John Mitchell
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
On 4/30/2018 at 17:37, Ed Rooney said:

 

Marianne!  Grandma! Is that the young lady who went to NYU? 

 

If you or anyone wants to keep in touch, I'm at edoruan@gmail.com

 

My finances have pretty much stabilized, thanks to all the help I've received. :)

 

It is indeed the young lady who went to NYU, whom you so graciously tried to help find an apartment in your neighborhood. She ended up in Brooklyn but is now out in Columbus, OH working on her Ph.D. in mathematics. You have a fine memory. And I feel so remiss in just replying to you now...that little bell up top when I signed in fortunately sent me here. I've been so busy helping with wedding plans - it's next week - and we're trying to get our house on the market by next month so life has been kinda crazed.

 

Hope you have a wonderful time in San Miguel and I will stay in touch.

Edited by Marianne
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now