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Getting a Little Boost

Paul and I were happy to line up for Covid-19 vaccines here in México back in March and May of 2021. Our age group here at Lake Chapala was given the Sinovac vaccine. When it became clear that we would all need booster shots to extend their efficacy, I started watching the news and Twitter for what was being recommended for those of us vaccinated with Sinovac. It took a while, but finally I learned that a number of countries...

Heading to México?

Those of us who have been coming to México for years remember the days when a passport wasn’t needed and you just showed your birth certificate. You could bring your van and park on the beach or travel for months with hardly a care about your immigration status. It’s been on the horizon for a while but finally it seems that Mexican Immigration is tightening up on the length of visas given and also detaining and sometimes deporting those who...

It’s Time to Check-In Again

I’ve been AWOL for too long, sorry about that! It’s been hard to think of interesting things to blog about when we’ve been mostly home and nothing seems new enough or interesting enough to share with you. But that is going to change! I’ve recently been thinking about the reasons that the blog has sort of taken a back seat in my life and I believe one of the big reasons is Facebook. Most of us on Facebook have a...

Thoroughly Modern Us

A friend here in México posted on Facebook that she was excited to receive a book – a hard copy – of Francisco Goldman’s new book Monkey Boy. I’ve read his books before and have been planning on reading this one, too. But that’s not why I bring it up. It’s that she bought a book – a hardback book – and made a bit of an anti- ebook comment. I do miss books once in a while but I...

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Strange Times

These are strange times we’re living in, and not just because of the pandemic. Never could I have imagined living in a time where so many people behave in a way that is contrary to their own best interests. For example, many people in the US are refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19. It just makes no sense to me (or the rest of the world) – but then I guess that’s the point I’m making. People also refuse to...

2020 madness

How is everyone doing? Paul and I are managing, not loving it but grateful for so much. Every day I am thankful for my partner, for our home and pets and friends and food to eat. I am even more aware of my white privilege and am committed to being anti-racist in every way possible. But the truth of this time is that the stress is incredible and we all feel it. Even though I’m not marching in the streets...

Who Am I Now?

I’ve always been a hardworking goal-oriented person and usually accomplish a fair bit every day. I have a hard time sitting still and need various projects on the go. While I’m not an extrovert I have a need for interaction with others on a frequent basis. You are probably much the same. That’s why it’s so hard to stay at home so much. Who am I? Is this me? I do keep busy, as you probably do, too. I exercise...

What I Like About Living Lakeside

Every day I read the news and think about how lucky I am to live here. Today, I will tell you a few of the reasons why. Life is so much simpler. I walk to most places to do my shopping. Within a couple of blocks of us are the Monday Market, the Friday fruit and veggie tianguis, and a Saturday organic market at the vegan restaurant. Also within a few blocks are a healthy supplements store and a mostly...

Getting Settled in Our New Home

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,...

Time for (another) change

In my last post I talked about reading books about people who wanted to find a way to improve their quality of life.  That post perfectly transitions into this one as Paul and I have also been discussing what we want for the next chapter of ours. When we rented our house here in San Antonio Tlayacapan, it was a kind of hurried decision because our plans to live in Mexico City had fallen through.  We have been pleased with...

Finding Your Best Life

  Most people want a good life – a happy life – but inertia keeps them frozen in place.  Some struggle to put their finger on exactly what they need and others jump into change without knowing where they’ll land.  Certainly we are all different but there are more similarities between us than you would think.   Connection and community.  People who make time for each other.  New challenges.  Supportive friends.  These are some of the reasons people yearn for change....

Thoughts after a year living at Lake Chapala

  We are coming up on our one year anniversary of moving to the Lake Chapala area.  I thought you might like to hear my thoughts on living here – nowhere is perfect but we are happy and adjusting. Because the area has been an expat magnet for many years it seems to attract people who are new to México and are just “trying it out.”  That can be a bit frustrating as we overhear thoughtless comments or clueless interactions...

Love Letter to Mazatlán

There are so many things to love about Mazatlán… here are my thoughts as we prepare to move to México City.  The malecón …is an unbelievable and wonderful asset to the city.  I love getting up in the morning and getting out for a fast walk.  The view is incredible, and almost every day is sunny.  Even in the summer when you get out early you can enjoy your exercise like you never would in even the best gym!  I...

Tips on Moving to Mazatlan

Are you thinking about moving to Mazatlán, or are you going to spend some time here this winter to see what you think?  I thought you might like a few tips on how to make friends and find out what is going on.  I hope a few of these will make you feel comfortable in your new home right away. First, I would suggest you check out our Mazatlán Links page. Take your time looking around and you will soon...

Wallet stolen? What to do?

At Christmas time last year Paul had his pocket picked at the Cuernavaca bus station. It’s an all too common story, but the street near the bus station exit was under construction so they funneled exiting passengers through a narrow passage. While Paul trundled our suitcase he got bumped by someone and that was the moment. His wallet was in the front pocket of his Dockers style pants so you know those guys are good. In one of those “wish...