It’s been two weeks since we made the move to San Antonio Tlayacapan in the Lake Chapala area. We’ve had some adjustments but all in all things have gone very easily and we are happy with the move. Here’s our first impressions:
The community – We had never really considered this area as a place to live until recently – but it has surprised us and likely will continue to. Yes, there are lots of gringos here – and a lot of English spoken – but everyone can choose the extent of their immersion into the local life. Lakeside is just a group of small villages, really – except for Chapala which is a small town. We have found everyone to be very friendly and welcoming so far. Our little town is has cobblestone roads and you are almost as likely to meet a horse coming the other way as a car!
The natural environment – I imagine most know that Lake Chapala was very polluted some years ago and there has been an effort to clean it up, with progress made according to various articles I’ve read. There are several malecóns along the lake and various places that have been set aside as bird and wildlife viewing areas/protected zones. Today we walked along the little malecón in San Antonio and then did a few exercises on the outdoor equipment there. That’s a picture from our walk this morning at the top of the post, and below is a fabulous crop of pomegranates hanging out over the sidewalk!
Our home – Our little rented place is suiting us well. We like the rural feeling of the area – there are so many birds that we always find something interesting to watch. Yesterday a random cat climbed up the willow tree in our yard and totally freaked out the family of woodpeckers living there. A couple days ago an egret landed in a tree right in front of us – check out the picture below!
We love that between us and the lake there is a large mostly open field with a few trees. It is a great place to let the dogs out to run and they really feel like they are exploring the wilderness by the way they sniff around. That’s them, below.
Below is a picture from the lake side looking back at the house. Cozy, isn’t it? I think we’ll love that fireplace in the wintertime, too.
Here is a picture of our combined kitchen/dining/living room. You can see we brought all our favorite artworks.
Chapala is East of San Antonio just a couple of miles. Last Sunday we drove down to Chapala to take a walk on their malecón and enjoy the beautiful day. There is a pier you can fish off, boats to take you on a tour of the lake, and we even saw the Danza de los Voladores performed! There was lots of good food and little shops to browse, too. Below is a picture of the voladores as they almost reached the ground.
And here are a few of the boats offering rides.
We’ve been lucky with fun things to do, too! A group of ten former and current Mazatlán residents got together for dinner one evening. One afternoon we went to a play reading at The Naked Stage – it was a truly excellent performance and we will be regular patrons. A picture of the stage is below.
Our social life is kind of quiet right now, but we are looking forward to several meals this month with friends coming into town from Mazatlán and CDMX. All in all, life is good and we are happy. Hasta pronto!