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Meet the Expat: Bonnie Supan of Mia’s Boutique

Lake Chapala Reporter: Everyone knows Mia’s Boutique on the Carretera in Ajijic, but not everyone knows the woman behind it. How did you get here? Where did you come from? Bonnie Supan: I came from right outside of Denver, Colorado. My partner Bill and I had decided to go to Puerto Vallarta for a three-week… Keep Reading


Traveling the Highway of Death

Our first travel on Mexico Highway 101 was shortly after buying our home in Chapala. The Chapala to San Luis Potosi to Brownsville, Texas trip was memorable for the beauty of the treacherous mountain highways and the magnificent countryside—but, most of all, for our first encounter with the Zeta drug cartel. Two truckloads of “federales”… Keep Reading

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The Bad Expat Award Goes to: Niños Incapacitados

I drive my dogs from Ajijic to Chapala’s beautiful Cristinia Park almost every Sunday. The dogs run around and socialize with the locals there: kids being taught by their parents to ride their bikes on the smooth pavement, and entire extended families playing ball and having their Sunday picnic together. I greet the same families… Keep Reading


I Really Did Come Here to Retire

Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve opened up yet another business—this time, a women’s clothing store in Plaza Bugambilias in Ajijic to be named Su Estilo (Your Style). What the heck am I doing? I’ve been asking myself that for the last few weeks (actually, most of my life), and it’s finally becoming clear to… Keep Reading

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Meet the Expat: Kenn Quinn

Kenn1So, you’re from Canada?
Yes, I’m a good Canadian boy. I was born in Ottowa, the capital. But I’ve also lived in the Toronto area.

How did you end up down here?

I came down in 1998 for a visit with my family and friends. I had been searching the internet about where to go to escape the cold, and Ajijic kept coming up.

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Meet the Expat: Lynda Brown

LyndaHow long have you been here?

As of October 2nd, I’ve been here one year. But, I feel like I’ve been here four or five. I’m from Toronto - a place called The Beaches. I had come for a holiday a year ago this past February to visit a friend. I was here for 10 days, went back home, and thought to myself, “I don’t know what I’m doing here.”

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Yes, It’s Confusing: Applying for Residence Visas

I head into the consulate to file my paperwork for a residence visa in Mexico, part of my now-arrived long-term plan. The consulate is located conveniently around the corner from my condo in downtown San Diego, but that doesn’t seem to help. When things go differently than planned in Mexico, one says “It’s Mexico.” But… Keep Reading


Why We Chose Lake Chapala

In 2000, we suddenly realized we had some big decisions on the horizon regarding our future. It was just 12 years until official retirement age, and there had been woefully inadequate planning for retirement. The good news was we finally realized we had to make some decisions about retirement, but, like most US couples, a… Keep Reading

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