It’s Hard To Keep Up With Us

May 5, 2018

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.

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. Sounds like a wonderful adventure.

      1. Hi Ingrid, We think it will be fun and hope to see you next winter! xoxo

    1. Wow! Good for you, sounds like a wonderful next step in your adventure.

    1. We spent 2 months in the Chapala area, and ultimately decided that it wasn’t for us. SAT is a sweet town; be sure to find the malecon & take the dogs there. We also went thru a lot of backing & forthing and decided to move to Guadalajara August 15. We have many friends Lakeside, so perhaps we’ll meet up again!

      1. That’s great, Deborah! We are very excited about the new place, and didn’t realize that there was a malecon in San Antonio too! We will check it out for sure! It would be great to meet up again sometime, have fun on your own adventure in Guadalajara.

    1. Congrats…sounds like a great adventure!

    1. So nice that you are able to live this type of life. A little envious but very happy for you. I believe this is the first time I have commented on your blog.

    1. Know the feelings well Nancy! You have chosen a really nice little town for the next phase. I hope all goes well and I am so envious of the weather!!

      1. Hi Anne, People do move around, don’t they? I still miss seeing your smiling face around Maz, but I know you are happy in your new (ish) spot! Thanks for your message, it was great to have breakfast with some of the gang the other day!

    1. Hi Nancy,

      I stumbled upon your blog yesterday as my husband and I are considering being snowbirds in MZT when I retire next year. I was in MZT in April and was very impressed with how much it has changed over the past 15 years. I found a lovely old colonial house just outside the historic center. It’s turnkey and ready to move into. I was wondering if you have any insights or watch outs about buying and moving to MZT. I know it’s recommended to rent and live before buying…but the house just spoke me!

      Thanks in advance for any insights you can share.


      1. Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for your comment. We bought our house in Mazatlan before renting here and we were happy here for 11 years before the wanderlust hit. I think some people just know when somewhere is right for them and maybe you are one of them. I hope you have as wonderful a time living in Mazatlán as we have had… it is a great city and you will make many irreplaceable friends. Have fun!

    1. How wonderful that your plans are so open – you can welcome the most wonderful adventures this way. I’m sure you will make the most of wherever you call home! Enjoy! Miss seeing you here in Maz!!

      1. Kathi, You’re right, we are lucky in so many ways, and we know it. We are looking forward to our little peaceful retreat… but you’ll likely still see us in Maz now and then. xoxo

    1. It’s wonderful that you are so open to changing plans. A year is long enough to decide if it’s a good ft, and if it’s not there is a whole lot of Mexico left to choose from.
      I was thinking about living in Puebla, but now it looks like I am going to live (mostly) in Northern California and visit Merida .


      1. Theresa, I think that sounds like a pretty awesome mashup! I love Northern California, my best friend is in Santa Rosa and I was raised in SF. Thanks for your comment, take care chica!

    1. Best wishes on your adventure! Sounds exciting!

      1. Thank you so much, Grant! We wish you both the best on yours, too!

    1. GDL is a beautiful town, my only gripe is the horrible traffic that it is accustomed to. So are you delaying CDMX? I guess that is the best of both worlds since you are in the middle of CDMX and Mazatlan if you want to go back to the August heat.
      Too bad there is such an issue with pets, specifically dogs, in our travels in Mexico it is very difficult to find decent lodging when you have dogs. Usually the only thing available is either a real dump or very expensive. I don’t get it, all the floors are always tile, so they actually would do less damage than a child with a box of crayons, but no…..
      I think it maybe kind of a culture shock to live in Chapala, probably the most Gringoized commune other than SMA in Mexico.

      1. Hi Tancho! I know it is crazy. We don’t know for sure about CDMX, we started thinking about earthquakes and air quality and walking the dogs for every potty where you encounter a jillion dogs each time. (ours are getting better but still) We think we will do ok in the area because we already know what we will steer clear of and what we’ll embrace. Living right on the water and having to navigate 8 minutes of bumpy road to get to our little retreat will make it all good, I think. Paul and I seesaw country-city city-country and we are delighted to be back in a more country mode. I am thinking I can convince our landlord to let me dig a vegetable garden somewhere once I charm her a bit more 🙂

    1. Hola Nancy!
      Wow, what a surprise! Certainly no one is going to accuse you all of being inflexible, that’s for sure. But I’m a bit confused. I thought the point of moving to CDMX was to be close to your children and granddaughter. What does Chapala get you that Mazatlán didn’t? I realize it’s a fair bit closer to CDMX, but it’s not exactly close. Or perhaps are you thinking ahead to your elder years where you may want to take more advantage of the gringo-oriented elder services available in and around Chapala?

      In any case, I wish you all the best of luck and look forward to reading your continuing adventures.


      Kim G
      Boston, MA
      Where we had somewhat forgotten the totally crazed nature of the traffic.

      1. Hi Kim, Thanks for writing! Yes, it is a bit of a shift, our family in CDMX has a lot going on right now and we don’t want to be a distraction. Once our year lease is up we’ll decide if we move over there. Chapala is MUCH cooler that Mazatlan for the 7 months of the year that Maz is unbearable. And being an hour from Guadalajara is a no brainer. (We actually left our Air BnB at 7:30 am, drove to Ajijic, had breakfast with friends at 9, met our realtor, saw some houses, drove around and walked around Walmart and then headed back to Guadalajara and were home by 4. It is a super easy back and forth)

        One of the things we love about our new place facing the lake is the outward focus – after so many years in an inward focused hacienda style home, the outward focus will be lovely. The lake is fabulous for birdwatching.

        So we’ll see, but we are optimistic! xoxo

    1. Holy cats, Nancy! That’s quite a change in plans! As someone who has followed you from the beginning, I always enjoy reading about the thinking behind your activities. Good luck in the Guadalajara area!
      Neil from Olympia, WA

      1. Hi Neil, I know, I know! Gotta keep our readers on their toes, right? I think it will be a fun place to live for a year and who knows what comes after!?! Take care, Nancy

    1. Actually I think you picked the perfect place to hang out for the next year. It is so centrally located that you can do all kinds of road trips to neat places. Hope that the next month goes quickly and that the weather is not bad in Maz.

      1. Hi Contessa,
        We think so, too! We are looking forward to watching the birds especially, as the lake is so huge and is a migrating stop and nesting spot too. It is heating up in Maz, we are comfortable most of the day but we turn on the AC for a bit in the evenings. Have a great trip!

    1. We lived for 6 months in Ajijic waaaay back in 1979 with two little kids in tow. They went to Oak Hill School that was in Chapala at that time. We were back for a visit a few years ago and found so many changes in that whole area. Wonderful weather there – enjoy your new home.

    1. We have lives full time in Ajijic, after living part time in Vallart for 11 years, and love it! Welcome. I hope you love it too.

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