Casa Piña SMA’s Bluetooth speakers rock!


Casa Piña SMA recently upgraded its guest experience by adding Ultimate Ears BOOM 2, Bluetooth speakers (review) to every bedroom and an Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM speaker (review) to the outdoor living room/dinning room. Actually, they’re wireless and waterproof so you can take them anywhere in the house– even in the shower.

Pair one Bluetooth speaker to your device. “Double Up” two speakers together for stereo. Or “Party Up” by pairing them all together via an app for a fiesta.


How to pair your device with the UE BOOM 2 and MEGABOOM.

Bluetooth Setup for your UE BOOM


How to “Double Up” using two speakers for stereo sound.

Setting up the “Double Up” feature on the UE BOOM without using the UE BOOM App


How to “Party Up” and pair all speakers together using the ULTIMATE EARS App.

Read manufacturer’s FAQs

Download latest version of app:

For Android on Google Play

For iOS on Apple App Store


The Mexican Dream

A San Franciscan relocates to SMA for healing and a wish come true.

Happy Impermanence


San Miguel de Allende came to us like a wish come true. For a bit over a year, David and I had felt the swell of population, the pressurization of inflated prices, the unsettling political demise. My four year return to life in the United States confirmed a lot of things for me:

  1. The Bay Area had lost a bit of charm for me.
  2. Life didn’t have to be this hard.
  3. I thrive seeing the world from new places.

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How to dial in Mexico: ¿Amigo, do you have to make a call? (V1.0) 

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[FIXED] How to dial in Mexico: “¿Amigo, do you have to make a call?” V 2.0

Phoning in Mexico can bring even the most macho individuals to tears. What you dial depends on the type of phone you’re using and the type of phone you’re calling (landline or mobile). This quick guide will help novices gain a better understanding of how to dial in Mexico for a phone call that’s, in fact, bueno.


World’s 5 most walkable cities, San Miguel comes 6th

ImageUnable to be numero uno in every category all the time, the SMA finished sixth in a ranking of the world’s five most walkable cities.

According to Kate Torgovnick’s recent TED Blog post, they are: Venice, Amsterdam, Marrakech, Antigua, and Quebec City.

Extrañamente, San Miguel deserved this honorable mention as one of the most walkable cities not for its cobble-stoned streets but for the triumph of its residential topology of courthouse architecture and the “hidden worlds” which lie behind the centro’s thick adobe walls. “Trespassers delight,” is Torgovnick call.

Thus, the new trend of urban exploration arrives in San Miguel, where the most enthused pedestrian visitors are now likely to dive into any open door they see and wander around a patio. Fear not, they’re largely harmless, the urbexer’s creedo’s quite simple, “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footsteps, break nothing but the silence.”

Also, accompanying the article, is an interesting talk  “The Walkable City”  by Jeff Speck, where the urban planner discusses the numerous benefits of adopting the downtown pedestrian lifestyle.

To sum up: Whether or not trespassing as an urban explorer is an idea worth spreading,   being on foot in a highly walkable city is a good thing.

The Best Time of Year to Go to San Miguel De Allende, USA Today

usa-app-logo-small“People go to Florida to die. They come to San Miguel de Allende to live,” goes an old oft-repeated saying. Optimal year-round climate, historic architecture and affordable amenities are some of San Miguel de Allende’s treasures. February and March are two of the best months to visit, but the 11,000 American expatriates who have made this quaint Mexican locale their home would say the best time to visit is now.

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TEDxSanMigueldeAllende, FUTURE=NOW, 4th edition, Aug 2, 2013



On August 2nd, 2013, TEDxSanMigueldeAllende will present its fourth conference, entitled FUTURE=NOW.

An annual event, where some of the world’s leading thinkers, doers and change makers share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our future.

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.