Life is an Adventure, Not a Predicament
May 31st, 2012 by Les

Irving Wallace said: “We live in a world full of beauty, charm and adventure.  There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

“Life is a fatal adventure.  It can only have one end.  So why not make it as far reaching and free as possible?”  Thornton Wilder

How lucky we are to have known a place that is so hard to say goodbye to.

We are off on another adventure…a pursuit of life…if you will.  I have often felt we are here on Earth to do good for others.  What the others are here for, surprise, surprise…is the very same thing.  Have David and I fulfilled that thought?  Have we done well for others?  Goodness only knows.  However, we have met so many people who are doing well for others here in this sleepy little former fishing village.  The art community is robust and active.  By far, the Mexican people are the treasure of this land.

When we first told some friends of ours, Charlie and Linda, we were moving here Charlie, who is of Mexican heritage, said you will meet many people in Mexico.  Most of the people are good and caring people.  You will also meet people who are not and you need to bear that in mind.  Charlie’s good counsel stayed with us as we journeyed to this place with weather that can’t be beat anywhere else in the world except, I’ve heard,Kenya.  Charlie was right…we have met gracious and fun loving people here who far out number those that are not.

We have made so many friends in our little corner of the world and have learned something from all of them.

Heck, let’s face it…quite honestly I long for immortality and yet often find myself wondering what to do on a rainy afternoon.  Here, in this place, I’ve learned to relax and simply the life is quite simple and yet so full of warmth and love.

There is no foolproof system of living life…I know this because people seem never to account for the ingenuity of a fool such as myself.  David and I have decided to travel yet again because we do so hate to have our lives disrupted by routine.

Our Mexican neighbors have taught us so much.  Their love of family, their faith and their ability to throw themselves into a celebration…any celebration…with good humor, great music and impromptu parades and I sincerely hope that very attitude will remain with us forever.  I am not sure how many people we’ll be able to convince a parade is in order, but we will certainly give it a Mexican try!!

Yes, there have been problems here, of late, and we sincerely believe they will be dealt with in time as the Mexican government and its military are working hard to curtail the problems.   However, David and my choice to set out on another adventure began as 2012 dawned and the road beckoned.

We live in the village.  We live three blocks from the Ajijic Plaza the center of life here and in any Mexican community…the plaza and the church.  We have spent our days walking hither and yon though, perhaps, not tripping over the cobblestones fantastic…tripping yes….falling too!  We’ve simply enjoyed life here immensely and are so very thankful to these gracious and wonderful Mexican people. Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts
and we are never ever the same.  These people have done just that.

Today I am posting photographs of our house.  We have spent three years here and have loved every minute of it.

The house has approximately 2,000 square feet of space most of which is on one level with a studio located on the mirador (read roof with balcony) that boasts windows that look out over the village, the lake and the mountains behind us.

They grounds, over ¾ of an acre, are lush and green with touches of every color imaginable in the spring and summer months…even more so after the rainy season.  Banana tress, lime trees, orange trees, mangos, peaches and every hot pepper imaginable dot the yard. Flowers beautiful colors are present throughout the year bobbing their head in the gentle winds off Lake Chapala.  A pool to refresh us in the heat of summer and to sit beside throughout the year.

The house itself has a veranda that forms an “L” with doors opening from the grand room, the master bedroom and the guest room with bath or, as David uses it, another studio.  The large kitchen has a huge window in it that brings sunshine but is situated in such a way that it stays cool on the warmest of days.

The home is not new having been built in the 1950’s.  If one is interested in many amenities, this would probably not be the place as there is no dishwasher, microwave or automatically filtered water.  We have water delivered as often as we want it as the water people drive through the streets every day.

There is a large gate with a pad for parking two cars and the place is fully surrounded by the brick walls of other houses and gardens.

Our landlord’s, the Perez family, are well known in the area and the most gracious and friendly of people.  The rent for this house is $850 a month US and includes someone who takes care of the pool and a gardener.

If you are interested in renting our “home”, please let us know and we will put you in touch with the landlord.  If you are in Ajijic now and wish to visit it…just sent me an email at and David and I will be happy to give you a tour.  If you are moving down here and are interested, just email me as well.  We will be leaving here on or around September 4th.

We will continue to write our blog until early September telling you of our new adventures in moving.  A new blog about our move to South Carolina will take the place of this blog once we have moved.  We will post the URL of the new blog for all to read and if you wish to continue to receive blog notices…just let us know at the email address above.

Gilda Radner wrote: “I wanted a perfect ending.  Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end.  Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what is going to happen next.”

Enjoy the photographs of this lovely place.


Hidalgo Street and the Entrance to our Home


Parking Pad and Steps to Yard




House and Mountains


View from Master Bedroom


View from Grand Room


View Looking Toward Master Bedroom


View Looking Toward Guest Room/Studio


Living Room Area


Another View of Living Room Area


Living Room Area and Back Door


Dining Area


Dining Area, Kitchen Entrance


Breakfast Area in Grand Room


Kitchen Entrance






Kitchen Window




Master Bedroom


Master Bedroom


Master Bedroom


Guest Room/Studio


Studio on Mirador


Studio on Mirador

7 Responses  
  • Joe & Jan writes:
    June 9th, 20122:04 pmat

    Les and David,

    It is going to be hard to let you go. We have so enjoyed our time together here in Ajijic but we anticipate your continued blog and David’s wonderful photos when you get to SC. Thank you for being our first friends here in Ajijic over two years ago.

    We are envious of you having yet another new adventure and being closer to family and friends (Mark & Emmie). We will however live in this beautiful village until our new adventure begins (when/where??).

    You will be missed.

    Joe & Jan

  • jaime writes:
    June 1st, 20126:31 pmat

    First of all, my very best wishes to you both on your new adventure.

    That is what is wonderful about life, we choose to make decisions in our lives. When one door closes, another door opens and a new adventure begins.

    Thank you David for your kind comments about my photography, and thank you Les, for allowing me to contribute to your blog.

    It was my pleasure that our paths crossed on your adventure in Ajijic.

    I look forward to hearing about your continued journey.

    Buen Viaje!

  • Collette writes:
    June 1st, 201210:18 amat

    Wow !!! Leslie

    I have been an avid reader and hate to hear that you are leaving The Village 🙂
    We have just rented a casita for the month of Nov there and hope to spend even longer once I retire
    Sooner than later I hope 🙂
    your home is Gorgeous !!!!!!!!
    We live in NC …what part of SC will you be going to ?

    All the best

  • LuAnn and Terry Oburn writes:
    June 1st, 20129:57 amat

    Les and David,

    First of all Les, you write so eloquently! Having lived at Lakeside, we can vouch for your description of the locals and their family values and faith. We should all take a page out of their book of life. It is truly a travesty how the media depicts all of Mexico as we have also been touched by the beautiful people who live there. But time marches on and life is short, and it is time to move on to a new adventure, where you are closer to family and other friends. This is now us being selfish, for we feel that if you are NOB, we can more easily get together again.

    And David, your photography moves us beyond words, how you have managed to capture the essence of the Mexican people and the culture. We know you will continue to touch us all with your work once you are back NOB.

    Goodbyes are always difficult but we know that you will both leave an imprint on the hearts of locals and expats alike there. All have been better for having crossed paths with you two, both the 2-legged and 4-legged variety of mankind. Leave with raised spirits knowing how much you are loved by so many.

    A grand adventure awaits the two of you and we are so happy for you both. We will continue to follow that adventure in your new blog. Did you realize when you opened the door and let us into your lives (we all know it was really Terry stalking David!) that you now can’t shake us loose! You both are stuck with us and man, how lucky we are! We love you both!

  • Karen writes:
    May 31st, 20128:38 pmat

    Judy and David,

    WOW, has it been three years already?! How exciting – for your adventure! I wish only the best for you <3 Please keep me on your blog list, I enjoy reading it and looking at all the beautiful photo's. Do you know where you will be in South Carolina yet?


  • Elin Lawrence writes:
    May 31st, 20123:35 pmat

    Les and David,

    I just read your latest blog with the beautiful photos of your home. Surprised you are leaving- but new adventures are ahead for your both.
    I hope our paths cross someday. Good luck to you. Keep writing NOB, love your columns and photos.


  • Joanna Babiak writes:
    May 31st, 20122:39 pmat

    Hola David and Leslie,

    I just read the online ASA newsletter and I must say I’m a bit surprised that you are leaving such a wonderful affordable place to live to head back to the states but… Just let me say that I’m so glad to have met you both during my first snowbird winter in Ajijic and thoroughly enjoyed the meet and greet dinner on the Malecon and the dinner at your spectacular home on Hidalgo! I’m currently selling my house here in downtown Penticton, British Columbia, Canada MLS 135874/Mike Wood/Fair Realty listed at 309,900K CAN to simplify, simplify, simplify my retirement life so that I can spend seven months on Vancouver Island and about five back in Ajijic. One winter was just a taste of what the area offers. In fact, I really hope that I can return just a bit earlier later this year so that I can experience the Day of the Dead. Beverley Hunt at Laguna Real Estate helped me find/book a charming sunny yellow casita just up from Dona’s Donuts on the careterra in Upper Ajijic, my prospective new ‘hood.’.

    All the very best in I’m sure the bittersweet packing/moving experience and safe travels! I will continue to read about your travelling adventures this time NOB!

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