St. Miguel de Allenda (SMA)

We just returned from our annual visit to SMA. The primary purpose of our trip is to see Anita’s Integrative Medicine doctor, Yvette. But the second purpose is to see how things are changing in SMA and pass on the news in MexpatLife. While SMA has been a mecca for Canadian and US tourists and …

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Lake Chapala

After three years living in Mexico, we finally made it to one of the Meccas for Expats. In that three years, our lens for how we see places and people is different. There are some advantages for living, here, that are magnified. One feature is that of the scenery of the Lake, ringed by large …

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Guadalajara

The most impressive feature is the cathedral in the Zocalo or Town Center. What I was most looking forward to was the Anthropology museum which is also the Regional museum, so it includes items that provide a context for visualizing the past. This includes a Mastadon, which has even more impact, rembering the recent discovery …

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Pueblo Magico

Tepoztlan is one of 83 towns, in Mexico, that are designated “Pueblo Magico” or Magic Towns. The three qualities involved with this are natural beauty, cultural richness and historical relevance. Tepoztlan has attributes of all three. The Tepozteco Park provides a backdrop for the town, with hills which attract climbers from as far away as …

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Expat Perspective

Will moving to Mexico bring happiness? This question reminds me of the saying that “Money can’t buy happiness….but it helps!” Well, it does help having spring weather, all year. It is nice having a lower cost of living. And there is nothing wrong living in an area which is impressive in its physical beauty. Yet …

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Associations

The State of Morelos and the Federal Government just succeeded in in putting a wildfire out that had been burning out of control. During dry season, folks burn vegetation just to clear it out, but sometimes it gets out of control. The wildfire was burning in steep and rocky areas (volcanic rock) that are accessible …

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If It Ain’t Baroque, Don’t Fix It

We traveled to Pueblo, Mexico’s third largest city, to see a new Baroque museum. It is reputed to be the best of its kind, in the world. I admit that I studiously avoided Arts and Humanities courses whenever I could. I recall with suppressed glee, college freshmen friends moaning about names and styles they needed …

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Networking

It is important to network, to meet folks, after moving, back in the U.S., but seems even more important, living abroad. The more opportunities, the better, and sometimes it takes some innovation and boldness. We joined a Book Review Club, which involves either sharing a a summary of contemporary book or sharing a book review …

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Next Trip to Baja

We are setting our sights on La Paz, the Capital of the state of Baja, California, which is north of Cabo, on the Sea of Cortez. From what I can tell, there are the same attractions that Cabo offers, to include whale watching trips, snorkeling, sailing, and beaches. In addition, it has a reputation of …

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Thar She Blows!

Turns out our balcony is a great place for whale watching. We are on the Pacific coast, just outside the harbor, in Cabo, not far from George Clooney’s house. Early morning and late afternoon are great times for whale watching, and the clue is the gathering of boats – a flotilla that looks like toys …

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