When approaching something new you never know what the outcome is going to be. I felt this way when I first signed up for the writing workshop– I was worried that I wouldn’t fit in, or worse, that no one would like me. I’m sure I’m not alone in these kinds of fears, but I told myself that you will never know unless you open yourself to new experiences.
Thankfully, everyone in the workshop is so nice and we immediately had a chemistry that has made it so comfortable to share our writing with each other. And even better, there is one woman in particular who I really hit it off with. I am finding that she is a kindred spirit, and the more time we spend together the more I realize that we share similar ideals and experiences. It has made my time here so much better.
Yesterday after the workshop we decided to hit up some of the boutiques, have a drink at the rooftop bar of the Rosewood Hotel (someplace that was recommended to both of us as a place not to miss), and then try to find La Parada, a Peruvian restaurant that had received high praise from a friend. The view from the Rosewood was breathtaking, and we had the good fortune of arriving right at sunset. After enjoying a drink, we ran into the sous chef at the hotel who was quite charming and invited us to come back for dinner there. We agreed that we would definitely have to take him up on that.
Our meal at La Parada was better than we could have imagined– she had the ceviche which she said was just stunning, and I enjoyed a tasty beef and grilled tomato dish with rice. We also shared the most amazing bottle of Shiraz, and I am kicking myself that I didn’t write down the name of it.
Today was another memorable one– we went to the small town of Atotonilco and then to La Gruta, a hot springs about twenty minutes outside of San Miguel. Designated as a World Heritage Site, it is home to a small but much venerated pilgrimage church. In the indigenous language of the region, Atotonilco means ‘Place of the Hot Waters’ and the site actually began as a hacienda with a spring, from which curative waters still bubble forth.