It’s been a world of change in our household for the last months. First we sold the house. Then we moved to a tiny space. Then we started doubting whether we wanted to give up the car and become 100% city folks. Then we started realizing we wanted to be able to drive back to Mazatlán easily. Then we started realizing that Guadalajara or somewhere nearby might be a good fit for us for now.
So we just have spent a week in Guadalajara trying to figure out what our next step will be. I know it’s a big switcheroo from our plans for moving to CDMX, but it feels right to us for now. (And remember, there are no wrong answers, every idea is a good idea when you’re brainstorming!)
We made arrangements with a realtor in Guadalajara to show us houses and apartments that would accept dogs. Well, Guadalajara is a great place to visit but unfortunately it won’t be a great place for us to rent. Our realtor did his best to find us something but in the end it was going to be impossible to find something acceptable where they would allow us to have our dogs. (Well, unless we wanted to wait many more days for the key person to decide to unlock the sixth floor unit that we really didn’t want, anyway.) We love Guadalajara, in many ways actually more than Mexico City as it is more relaxed in almost every way. But it just wasn’t to be right now.
We had also made arrangements for a realtor near Lake Chapala to show us rentals in the area. We have spent several weeks a couple of times over the last dozen years in the area and while we loved the climate we’d never considered living there. But there is a lot to be said for a community that has a good inventory of rental properties and that some of them even allow pets! So off we went to look at properties after a nice breakfast with Mazatlán friends who now live in the area.
The first two were very disheartening. One felt cramped and tired and the other needed a huge makeover. We were really getting worried, but then came the third, and it was the charm for us. We are going to be living Lakeside for the next year in San Antonio Tlayacapan in a small community that welcomes both our dogs and us, with a nice fenced yard and a view of the lake. It feels like living in the country but we are just minutes from stores and restaurants.
We are excited to get going but unfortunately the new place won’t be ours until the middle of June. We have some odds and ends to wrap up in Mazatlán so I’m sure the time will pass quickly and soon I’ll be blogging about our adventures in a new home and community.
The photos at the top – a heart shape seed that floated into my hand one evening walking home – our Negronis are a perfect match for the blooms on the flamboyant tree behind – the agave fields – the volcanic area we pass through on our way to Guadalajara – a seed pod.