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!

Rosana

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Sept 22, 2007 — We do errands out in nearby Ajijic regularly. Here’s the story of one day, today…

Traffic in Ajijic was slowed to a crawl, not unusual along the carretera in Ajijic, but it will be even worse when the snowbirds arrive in another couple of months! We continued through the center of town, along the tree-shaded boulevard as we passed through La Floresta, and made a quick stop at our favorite ATM. We went on past one of the most popular grocery stores for foreigners, Superlake, and on to the area known as Riberas del Pilar. There our destination was the Animal Shelter, where we often buy our pet food as all profits go to the shelter itself. I stopped to watch the cats and kittens playing… the dogs live across the street, so I rarely see them.

The Animal Shelter was out of the dog food we prefer (Diamond for large breeds) but that was okay, we were shopping for it before we really needed it. It might come in on Monday, they said. They did have my favorite clumping cat litter, so I got a couple of month’s worth. Things being in or out of stock is a rather common occurrence, particularly in shopping for imported or speciality items, at all the stores here. Just a part of life.

We returned to Ajijic on the highway, and parked near several places we were going. We ordered lunch and I went to pay our internet bill at Lagunanet and get more minutes put on our Mexican cellphone at another store before the food came.

We got to chatting with our waiter, whose English wasn’t yet fluent but was pretty good. He said he finds English difficult and wondered (jokingly, I hope) if Chinese would be easier. We asked him friendly questions about his life, in English, and soon learned that he is 27 and has a passion for photography — not digital as much as old black and white darkroom work. He is from Mexico City and has been here less than a year. He misses it but he does like seeing the stars and the mountains, which he didn’t see there. When our food came, he politely withdrew but I was so much enjoying the interaction that I asked him some more questions. He was a very sweet guy, and chatting with him was one of more interesting bits of the trip. When he learned that Kelly had done a lot of black and white work years ago, he asked if Kelly would look at some of his work sometime. Kelly said sure and gave him his card.

While Kelly went to the hardware store, I stopped in at a well-stocked farmacia for dental floss, Q tips, and lip gloss. I didn’t know all the words for these things but the clerk had no trouble understanding my descriptions and pantomime. Then I popped into a second-hand clothing store which has a lot of stuff from foreigners, but nothing spoke to me. I skipped the bookstore with its selection of books in English — travel guides, books on learning Spanish, books about Mexico, some novels etc.

Noticing that my favorite beggar wasn’t there, I wondered if she was over at Superlake. I hoped her stomach trouble wasn’t any worse. I passed the other beggar I know, a friendly blind man who speaks English. There aren’t that many beggars around here, and the usual ones don’t have the desperate and whiny attitude that I’ve seen in Guadalajara and in cities all over the 3rd world. I suspect they have learned that you can catch more flies with honey.

I did our grocery shopping for the week at El Torito, right there with the other stores. It is another grocery store that caters to foreigners though it has fewer imports than Superlake.  We were about out of produce so I stocked up. A few things, such as Washington state apples, come from the US, but mostly it’s Mexican. I also got meat and other odds and ends.

Kelly joined me, and when done we drove the car over to Prasad, a small shop on the other side of the carretera where we get our vitamins. This actually took some doing as it was about 2 PM, one of the times the highway is most crowded with Mexicans going home for lunch. There isn’t a traffic light there. Eventually we got across and I bought some American and some Mexican brands of nutritional supplements from Gil, the Brazilian owner and a very friendly fellow. The imported things do cost more here in Mexico, as a general rule.

Maybe I should explain about driving the the other side of the street! Many Mexican roads have lateral roads on either side of them, for parking and errands. That was the case here. The laterals are one way in the same direction as the lane of the highway they are next to.

We had thought of going to Barbara’s Bazaar, an interesting secondhand store, but they were already closed for their Mexican-style lunch break from 2 to 4. So we decided to head on home, about a 15 or 20 minute trip from Ajijic.

Home, our Rottweiler puppy went wild with joy. We were pretty glad to be back ourselves.
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At September 26, 2007 elliott said…

something about this post gave me a vivid memory of how indignant I would be if a store was out of something up North. What a waste of time that seems now!  Elliott
www.lifestylerefugee.vidalago.com

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