San Miguel hosts a hugely fun annual parade called Desfile de los Locos, where everyone dresses up as a crazy person (usually in a hand-made costume and often featuring a papier-maché head) and parades down the street hurling candies at the audience.
The air is full of children screaming ¡DULCES! and up-turned umbrellas positioned to catch the sweets, then there's a mad scramble to pick them up before everyone else.
Glo made us all up as skeletons from Coco, with Clementine as Dante the dog.
In the local Mexican schools, the tradition is for the birthday kid to take a cake and piñata to school, and everyone gathers to sing Cumpleaños Feliz.
Then the birthday girl has to take a big bite of the cake (hands-free) before smashing the piñata and dispersing the dulces to everyone.
We also had a small gathering back at our place with our new Mexican friends, with more cake and piñata.
After the hustle and bustle of Mexico City, we headed a few hours away to San Miguel de Allende, which is a 500-year-old town filled with cobbled streets, 2-storey houses and beautiful churches.
We enrolled the girls into another school, and Nelly even got her first school uniform! Life has settled into a simple routine now with school in the mornings, siestas in the afternoons and visits to the town square most evenings (along with the rest of the town) once the heat dies down.
The only annoyance is the Mexicans' love of fiestas and fireworks - the novelty definitely wears off at 6am on a Sunday!
After 6 months on the road our journey finally took us around the world to Mexico City. Immediately we could feel the difference compared to Spain, with a more vibrant street culture and roadside food vendors on many corners. You must try the fried grasshoppers if you get the chance...
We were staying in the La Condesa region and were pleasantly surprised at how green and leafy the area is, with lots of parks, trees and walkways - it's like a little oasis in the middle of the sprawling and crazy city.
One afternoon we were caught in the middle of a ginormous storm, with lightning, thunder and hail for about 30 minutes. Afterwards the entire city was covered in millions of tiny hailstones, which was pretty cool.
Overall, Mexico City was a lot of fun and hopefully we'll return later during our time in Mexico.