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North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Ajijic April 18th 2019

April 15, 2019 We have this feeding routine down to a science. First, the hummingbirds have to get their daily fix, two feeders full of 4 to 1 sugar water, 2 bottles. Then, the pups remind us vociferously that it is time for their chow. In the morning, it is all dry and the predicted response is – meh. In the evening, they get canned food mixed in and I have yet to see a speck go to waste. So, today, we are meeting the folks that we are replacing for our second house sit. Actually, while writing this, we have already met. What delightful people. I will post a link to their blog if I can get some Internet later tonight maybe.( ) It is not cooperating with us today and I am writing this ... read more
The Photog Never Gets in the Pic
Inside Viva Mexico
Group of Ladies Planning a Function

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Ajijic April 18th 2019

With this blog, I don't seem to have much control over picture and text placement, either that or I just haven't figured it out yet. Anyway, this is a collection of miscellaneous photos of the pups we are watching right now, some of the foliage around the house, me cleaning the patio table where we eat most of our meals, and some random shots of the Lake Chapala Society grounds and the cafe menu.... read more

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Ajijic April 18th 2019

This is Semana Santa in Mexico (and probably a bunch of other places, as well), and we hear it gets pretty crazy in town during this time. The folks from Guadalajara are all off and one of their favorite places to vacation is Lake Chapala. I don't believe I have previously mentioned that Lake Chapala is the largest lake in all of Mexico. I have even heard stories that they shut off the water in Guadalajara during this time to clean the water transport system since everyone is gone. Anyone who stays knows to fill their tinaco (roof storage) and aljibe (underground storage) and maybe even their bathtubs. The Tapatios (people from Guadalajara - and you thought it was just a hot sauce!) overrun this area, so we plan on spending the next few days at ... read more
What you see upon entry.
Verduras - Produce Dept
Slicing Sandias (Watermelons)

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca April 17th 2019

We left Oaxaca City for Monte Alban one of the first planned urban areas in the Americas. The drove out of the city was a riot of color. Purple jackaranda trees competed with the beautiful orange of the Poinciana and the bubenbilla to use the Spanish spelling. We would never think of putting those colors so close together in our yard, but they work beautifully here. Monte Alban was a large complex with temples; residences, an observatory and all that was required of a bustling civilization. There is evidence of trading with far away places and the walls tell the story of battles and conquests. Smaller carving show people suffering from various diseases and it is believed that these were used as medical texts. It is easy to imagine this place full of life, waiting for ... read more

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Ajijic April 15th 2019

April 11, 2019 We took off from Las Vegas and landed in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Our first homeowner (We are house/pet sitting) was waiting for us in the reception area at the airport. Customs and immigration was super easy and our luggage was waiting for us. I have to say, the overall flight experience was easy and efficient. We met (Let's call her Susie) Susie and drove straight from GDL to her house near Lake Chapala, JAL, Mexico, a pretty simple route and we had a nice conversation the half hour or so that it took us. We arrived at the house and were met by four very exuberant pups, all happy to see Susie and very interested in us. The home is a very nice two BR, two and a half BA at the top ... read more
Jerry Brown
Lori Here!
The Meet Up

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Ajijic April 15th 2019

We are house/pet sitting in (or near) Lake Chapala, JAL, Mexico. So the cleaning gal is coming this morning so I jump out of bed and into the shower. So far, so good. Reach for the towel and, hmmmmmm, what is that burning sensation on the left side of my belly? I was at least bright enough to move the towel away and give it a good shake. Although I did not see it at the time, when I told Rose about it she looks on the counter top by the sink and there is the largest scorpion we have seen so far. We immediately sent him to scorpion heaven (or preferably hell). You are probably aware that scorpion stings are not pleasant but I am here to tell you, these little bastards HURT. Not only ... read more
Getting Her hair Done
Table Vendor
Catching Dinner

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cozumel April 1st 2019

It is the time to drift diving, here you are not going to fight with a current rather you will go with it. It is the quickest and most efficient form of diving. There are a lot of drift driving sites that you can enjoy in your coming holidays. It may seem apparently a very easy job but it is actually not. And that’s why you are suggested to drift at a dive site you know well. If you are trying this for the very first time, you should start with an experienced guide otherwise sudden swept into deeper water or forced down by a down current can take place at any time. It is just like flying under the water. Here you can better enjoy the marine life . If you are completely amateur here, ... read more

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Melaque March 21st 2019

This year we decided to extend our tennis holiday ( I am now playing 3 times a week) to two weeks from February 11th to the 25th. We planned this last fall and the timing worked out quite well given the snow and cold we were able to escape with this schedule. As with all SSI journeys, we had to leave a day early but this time it was in a blizzard. We had a rough ferry crossing and a cold but short wait for the bus. However by Winnipeg standards it probably wasn't that bad... Our journey to Manzanillo was on Aeromexico via Mexico City and the trip started at 0330-a small price to pay for not being routed through the USA. We arrived in Mx at 1210 then got to enjoy the always entertaining ... read more
Jan in action
Boxer number 1
Boxer number 2

North America » Mexico March 6th 2019

Even having local chums - very kind, fun and generous local chums - living in Guadalajara (we'd crashed a party they were hosting in Oaxaca) we hadn't particularly wanted to visit. Guadalajara is a great mass of humanity without - to our knowledge - much in the way of sights or must-dos. Plus, it being mid-week, there was no way we were going to impose ourselves on said new friends, although it was mighty tempting... they certainly know how to party. Our presence in Mexico's second city was purely for financial reasons, it being far cheaper to fly from there to La Paz in Baja California than to take our much preferred route of multiple buses and a ferry. However, we are delighted to relate that it is perfectly charming. Getting from the airport to downtown ... read more
Whale shark ahead
Moon over San Christobal

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