A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!


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Expedia is my favorite place to book airfare, and they handle hotels, car rentals, cruises, etc. I like the organization of the site for figuring out what flights I want. Click on the suitcase to take a look.

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Tripbase Blog Awards 2009

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Oct. 25, 2006 — I’ve met three readers of this blog. Two were women who were visiting the Lake Chapala area, and one was Kevin Witty. He and I had exchanged a couple of emails while he was still back in New England, and after he bought a house just outside Ajijic, we got together with him for a leisurely lunch in an outdoor restaurant in Ajijic. It was just at the beginning of the rainy season this past spring, and we had to move our table a few feet when a downpour suddenly started splashing on us.

No matter, we enjoyed sitting and talking. We talked about U.S. politics, a subject on which we were in general agreement. We talked about loving the Lake Chapala area. We talked about how we spend our time here. Kevin was happy to be taking photographs for the local little theater group, as that is something he’d done before.

A while later, we invited him over for dinner at our house. We ate on our porch and looked out at the lake. Again, we talked and talked. One of the topics was cats, as his was a very shy one. We shared life stories, to a degree. We did discover that Kevin was four months younger than me.

On October 5, Kelly and I stopped at the Superlake grocery store in San Antonio Tlayacapan on our way home from a dinner party. There was Kevin, going into a restaurant with some other people. He came over and we chatted a while. He was loving some teaching of English he was doing. In fact, he’s the guy I mentioned in a recent blog entry, when I said he wasn’t suffering from “retired expat drift.”

Kevin said he’d call us the next week to plan another dinner together. We didn’t get the call. Not to worry, I figured he’d call us one day soon.

Then today we did errands in Ajijic and I picked up a copy of the weekly Guadalajara Colony Reporter, an English language paper. When we got back to San Juan Cosala, we stopped at the place where we buy our drinking water in jugs. While Kelly was exchanging containers and paying, I glanced through the paper.

There was a photo of Kevin Witty. He had died one week to the day after we had last seen him, “suddenly at his home,” the paper said. The article added that Kevin’s time here was among the happiest of his life. We certainly felt his pleasure at being here.

This afternoon Kelly and I have been appreciating the preciousness of each moment of our lives.

Comments from the old blog:

*At October 27, 2006  Sherrie said…

I am also a reader of your blog and I enjoy it very much, especially your photos. I do not know why I have such a love of Mexico and its people as I have no Hispanic heritage. I’ve been told my people are Scots-Irish; I have blonde hair and blue eyes. I speak a little Spanish, I belong to a catholic church which is largely Hispanic. I sing in the Spanish choir and have many Hispanic friends. My ex-fiance is from Chiapas. I am not preparing to retire any time soon.

Thank you for sharing Kevin’s story. Currently, I have been going through some of life’s “tough stuff” and his story reminded me also to appreciate the preciousness of each moment.

*At October 27, 2006  Rosana Hart said…

Thanks for your comments, Sherrie. I’m not surprised that you have such a love for this country, whatever your background, as it is such an amazing place and the people so full of heart.

Glad Kevin’s story touched you. It did me, even more after I wrote it.

*At June 06, 2008  Bill Treloar said…

Just came across this post, as I was reminiscing about Kevin. We worked together on some database projects and often had long discussions on politics and photography. I cherish the lovely photos he shared with me of his new home in Ajijic. I miss him still.

* At June 27, 2008 Anonymous said…

Thank you for the beautiful story.


Sean (Kevin’s son)

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