Last month….in our last blog…we listed our beautiful home in Ajijic for lease. A wonderful couple were all set to lease it when, for health reasons, they had to step back. The house on Hidalgo is available again with a mid-September rental date. If you are interested…please visit last month’s blog to see the pictures and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
We can learn a lot from a box of crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty; some are dull, while others bright some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box.
Charles Schulz said: “I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it!”
Mexico is a conundrum of sorts. The media would like to portray it one way we, those of us who live here see it in another and Mexicans born and raised here are immensely proud of their culture and their heritage. David and I have been reminiscing about our lives in the tiny village of Ajijic over the past three years.
As you know dear reader, I am somewhat of a sod hemorrhaging from my oral orifice at times thoughts that have no rhyme or reason…except to me….not always…but sometimes. Words tumble around in my head and spew out of my mouth in random order making sense to me…not to others, I’m afraid. Being crazy isn’t easy….I persevere.
Living in Mexico has been effortless…for the most part. The colors of every day life are vibrant…emerald greens, cherry apple reds, luscious oranges (both in fruit and color), rich purples…well, you get my drift…one wakes up to beauty most each and every day.
The weather….it has been said only one other place on this earth…Kenya…has a better climate, is without a doubt phenomenal. I’ve not researched this but would guess the sun shines 98% of the time here. Rains usually come at night cooling off days that range in temperature from the 70’s to 90 degrees. Evenings bring perfect sleeping weather…by that I mean we rarely close our screen doors allowing both the refreshing night air to enter in and the sounds of the evening. Many an evening we have been serenaded to sleep by a chorus of sounds that are hypnotic in nature emanating not from the neighborhood but from our garden full of seriously happy creatures.
The people we have met have been kind, caring, proud of their country, hard working but ready to…well have a parade at a moments notice. Good humor abounds. There have been difficult times over the three years we’ve been here…but not many. Common sense prevails and most days pass quietly.
Sunday, July 1st, the Mexican people went to the polls to vote. Whether for the current ruling party (PAN) or the party that ran this country for over 70 years before this (PRI) and hope is apparent.
Consequently, dear reader, I find it almost (key word “almost”) impossible to verbally describe our Mexico. A while ago our dear friend Mark and his vivacious wife Emmie suggested we collaborate on a video of our life here. Collaborating meant Mark supplying his fabulous music inspired by literally tripping on the cobblestones and David putting music to photographs in his grand ability to capture every day life in central Mexico on this lake they call Chapala. Emmie and I added our collective thoughts….neither of us suffering from insanity…both of us enjoying it immensely. We will be heading to South Carolina in early September to collaborate often with these two wonderful people and dear, dear friends.
Kick back, put your feet up, give yourself some time (it was hard to put this into a shortened version) and enjoy the Mexico each of us have seen with our own eyes, heard with our own ears and fallen in love with in our hearts….
(The slides from Good Friday show images of what looks like golden statues…those status, my friends, are real people painted that color. Amazing!)
Viva Mexico, celebrating its past, loving its present and looking to its future!
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(There will be more posts in July and August talking about the fabulously interesting people we’ve met here that form the expat community. We will share our thoughts on the things we found hardest to get used to…the things we missed….the new things we’ve tried and liked, etc. All to come in the months ahead…be prepared! Les)