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The Surprising Jocotepec Malecón

While almost all expats are familiar with the malecóns (lakefront boardwalks) of Chapala and Ajijic, few have ever visited the one in Jocotepec. And it’s much bigger and more interesting. It was built in 2004, and has subsequently been upgraded with food shops, sculptures, fountains, go-cart/ATV track, an excursion boat (25 pesos for a 20-minute… Keep Reading

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Gardening/Interesting Finds

Cactus Nurseries Worth Visiting

Although many viveros (nurseries) in the Lake Chapala area have cacti, there are two that specialize in them. They’re a treat to visit because, in addition to selling cacti, their grounds are covered with mature specimens, the better to see how high and wide each type will become. Cacti are fascinating in their diversity and… Keep Reading

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Savor the Past at Chapala’s Historical Archives

As both Chapala and Ajijic evolve as vibrant tourist towns, the past holds a special place in the hearts of those who are natives here and those who have lived here a long time. The Chapala Historical Archives, located next to Bancomer Bank near the major Chapala intersection of Madero and Hidalgo, offers nostalgia, perspective,… Keep Reading

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Summary of Lakeside Bazaars and Consignment Shops

When I lived in the US, I didn’t know anyone who shopped at second-hand stores, except women who liked vintage looks. I didn’t shop in those stores. It seemed very déclassé, partly because there was such pressure to buy at the trendy malls and stay current. Not so here. We’re more practical. And, it seems… Keep Reading

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China Offers Online Shoppers Amazing Values

Expats who like to shop online for north-of-the-border products are often deterred by the cost of shipping to Mexico., for one, is very much aware of that, and of the huge market that is here. So, last month, they started Amazon Mexico. But there really isn’t a full range of products there, yet. And,… Keep Reading

Focus on Ajijic

Ajijic Updates

Director Efren Gonzalez is making great strides in upgrading the Ajijic Casa De Cultura on the plaza via his art auctions and cultural events. One of his artistic efforts is the tree mural which he has painted on the left side of the entrance ramp. Anyone can be memorialized there by making a donation and… Keep Reading

Focus on Ajijic

An Interview with Harry Bublin

You work closely with Ajijic Delegado Hector Espána Ramos. How did that come about? When he first took office, he had the idea of having two committees. One would be comprised of expats so he could better connect to that part of the community. And the other would be of local Mexicans. They would be… Keep Reading

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