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Taking the Bus to Ajijic
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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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May 18, 2006 —  This morning I had an optometrist’s appointment at LCS (Lake Chapala Society) so I walked down to the highway not far from here and waited for a bus. A nicely dressed young woman, maybe in her early 20s, came along and joined me. I noticed she had a small paperback tucked under her arm. As a former librarian, I always notice it when people have books.

“Le gusta leer?” I asked. (“Do you like to read?”)

Her face lit up and she confided that she read as much as she could. She was on her way to work in Chapala and she would read in the bus. I said I sometimes stayed up too late at night reading. She confessed the same. By the time the bus came, we were deep into conversation about reading and languages and where we each live, which is within about 4 blocks of each other. I asked her if she knew any English, and she said only a little but it was necessary for her to learn more.

That got me onto one of my favorite topics with Mexicans here: what do they think of the influx of foreigners? She had good things to say about how we provide work and how we initiate clean-up programs. I asked if it bothered people that real estate prices went up, and basically her answer implied that the kind of places foreigners bought weren’t in the price range she could ever afford anyway.

By the time I got off the bus in Ajijic, I had invited her to come by our house sometime and told her where it was. She works 6 days a week at a retail store, with Tuesdays off. It will be interesting to see if she does. Her desire for self-improvement was palpable.

Next, I did a few errands. I asked at the Ajijic post office if there were any available apartados, or post ofice boxes, and they said come back next week, on Friday. At the LCS, I bought US stamps for several letters that a member will mail from within the US, checked out a few books from the library, and signed Kelly and me up for a bus trip to a shopping mall in Gaudalajara next week.

Then I had one of the best eye exams I have ever had, from a very thorough, very professional woman. I will go back in a week or so to get the two pairs of glasses I ordered. The exam was free; new computer glasses with anti-glare using my present frames were 550 pesos, and bifocal sunglasses with anti-scratch protection on the plastic were about 1300 pesos, so both pairs combined will run me about $170 USD, with cataract and glaucoma checks. I’ve noticed before that glasses are not necessarily that much cheaper here. I really liked how Doctora Luz worked.

After other errands, I walked up to the highway to wait for a bus. It was early afternoon by now, and I was grateful for the slight breeze. It was partly cloudy, and I had an umbrella with me just in case.

I waited ten minutes for the bus. Boring. Then I remembered that my camera was in my purse. Here’s a picture of the somewhat nondescript highway:

And this is looking down Colon toward the center of the town:
It’s always fun to poke around Ajijic, and it was nice to get home.

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