Why did we sell our house in Mexico? To make a long story short, I never stopped missing my very close friends (virtually family) back in the small town in Colorado where we lived for 10 years before coming to the Lake Chapala area in 2005.
We went back to Colorado for the summer in 2009, and ended up buying a cute little house from a long-time friend. We came back to Mexico and took lots of time to consider whether to keep our Mexican house as well. But ultimately, we both felt that a bi-locational lifestyle of half Mexico and half the US was not for us. We have 2 dogs and 2 cats, and we are very much into simple, sustainable living (link to my website on the topic).
So, with some considerable sadness but also with a sense that we’d made the best decision, we sold the Mexican house. We listed it with local realtors, showed it, took an offer, and closed on it, all in about three months! The new owner wasn’t coming to Lake Chapala right away, and by arrangement with her, we lived in the house for several months, till spring 2010. Then we made the long trek back to Colorado with our pets. I’m writing this now from Colorado.
Mexico in our Future
We both still love Mexico and the Mexican people, and we expect to continue our ties. We are thinking that we could have petsitters for a couple of months in the chilly deep winter in Colorado, fly down to Lake Chapala, and rent a place in Ajijic. We could explore other parts of Mexico too. We’ll see!
There’s a poem by Robert Frost we’ve thought of a lot. It begins,
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim…