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San Miguel de Allende delegation visited McAllen Texas for “Sister City” signing

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According to The Monitor, on Thursday October 20, after hosting McAllen, San Miguel de Allende Delegation visited Valley for sister city signing.

McALLEN — A delegation from San Miguel de Allende walked into Cracker Barrel for breakfast Thursday October 20. While the Old Country Store isn’t exactly the authentic McAllen experience, it’s something the group can’t get in Mexico.

However, San Miguel de Allende, nested in the east of the state of Guanajuato, roughly a three-hour drive north of Mexico City, is home to nearly 12,000 people from the United States. There’s even a barbecue joint in town run by expats, so they get a hint of home in this beautiful central Mexican colonial town.


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Thursday October 20, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and San Miguel de Allende Mayor Ricardo Villareal signed a Sister City Agreement inside the commission chambers. Six days earlier, with the sun peaking over the Sanctuary of Atotonilco through the open windows to San Miguel de Allende’s city meeting room, Darling and Garcia signed the initial document of this new Sister City Agreement, down in old Mexico.

McAllen and San Miguel have similar populations but are different destinations — McAllen is known to many in Mexico as a shopping market, while San Miguel is known as a vacation spot with beautiful sites, smells, art and food. McAllen has been exploring the arts and culinary elements as well for many years, but still is trying to grow both scenes.

The San Miguel delegation, amid a tour of the Convention Center area, McAllen Economic Development Corporation and other local spots, stopped for a lavish lunch at Salt, one of McAllen’s locally owned fine dining restaurants. Salt is in the middle of the art district, which Chamber of Commerce President Steve Ahlenius is heavily focused on. The Creative Incubator is one of the chamber’s proud accomplishments, converting it from the former public library.


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Both mayors on Thursday keyed on how both places are international cities, with San Miguel having a strong international visitor presence while McAllen, being a border town, brings people from across the world for the maquilas over in Reynosa.

“ We learn a lot from all the people from all over the world,” Villareal said. “I heard someone say that 75 percent of people in McAllen are not from McAllen. That’s very much like San Miguel — and in the end, we embrace them all.”

Source: http://www.themonitor.com/

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