We are so happy to be settled in our new home! This was our third move in two years, hopefully it is our last for a very long time.
Our new home is in the little town of San Antonio Tlayacapan. San Antonio (or SAT as it’s sometimes written) is on the shore of Lake Chapala in between the towns of Ajijic and Chapala. We love San Antonio for a lot of reasons – but mostly because of its friendly, small town feel. Our rental house was also in San Antonio but because it was so secluded on the lake we didn’t really feel that we were a part of the town. Now we do.
We had decided we needed more connection and our new location gives us that, especially as it is on the parade route and just two blocks to the plaza. Above is a picture from the parade on Dia de la Revolución and below is one from Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe. There was also a mini-parade last night of decorated police cars, ambulance, and a fire truck all blaring their sirens and throwing candy to the kids.
People might comment that our area is noisy, and it sure is – a lot noisier than our lakeside rental, for sure. But that’s what we wanted and we have no regrets. Our years in Mazatlán trained us to sleep through most anything! There is an eventos place near us that can get pretty loud but they always stop before 11 pm. I even laughed last night that I can now tell which parties are good and which are lame just by a quick listen!
The house itself really suits us – it has two bedrooms and three living room areas as well as several covered and uncovered patios. A garage, too! We really are lucky. One covered patio is entirely screened and we have two hammocks hung there for siestas as well as night time sleeping when it’s hot. It’s not a fancy house and we are really content with our life here.
Our garden is a good size for us but the plants (and dirt, I’m sure) are worn out and tired. We want to turn it in to a tropical garden with lots of different gingers, etc. After the first of the year we’ll start working with someone to make that happen. I plan on growing veggies using some big black tubs that I had on one of the uncovered patios that gets a lot of sun. We have great access to nice produce here so I will pick and choose the things to grow that are hard to find favorites. I have really missed having a vegetable garden.
Our furniture is a mix of new and used – we bought a used modern sectional that suits us perfectly and a used set of three steel coffee tables that are exactly right! A few pieces stayed with the house from the previous owner and along with new kitchen counters and a new dining room light fixture we are comfortable and happy.
The commitment of buying a house is a big one to us, with it we have said that we’re here to stay. Yay!