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
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
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
LCR: Paul, you’re the first expat I’ve met who has actually moved his manufacturing operation down here. Where are you from?Keep Reading
So, 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.Keep Reading
How 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.”Keep Reading
The sculpture you’re working on looks like it’s from a classical museum from Greece or Italy.Keep Reading
You have a bit of an accent. Where are you from? I was born in France, and I spent my first 31 years there. I was a shepherd, and have been all my life. Last year, I went back to British Columbia, where I’m from most recently, and herded sheep. I may do the same… Keep Reading
So you’re the chair guy. Well, some people call me the chairman. What’s your name, and where are you from? Robert Murphy, and I’m from Maryland. Keep Reading
LCR: How long have you been living in this area? RW: We came here about a year and a half ago from Ottawa, Canada. My husband Dale and I used to go on boat cruises every year. Keep Reading
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
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
So you’re the real Mia of Mia’s Boutique? Yes. My mom owns the store, and she named it after me. Keep Reading
What do you do here at Lakeside? Are you retired? I guess you could say I am sort of retired. I sold my business three years ago before I left the US. But, I don’t play golf, and I’m not really a group guy. I go to the gym every morning, and ride my bike, but… Keep Reading