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.

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November 23, 2006 — I am staying with friends in Las Brisas de Chapala while my husband Kelly is out of the country. Recently I took my camera with me on a walk, to capture something of the feeling of this area.

Not unlike the Baca Grande area of Crestone, Colorado, where I come from most recently, Las Brisas has a lot of natural beauty, some lovely homes, some unfinished ones, both land and homes for sale, and a lot of dogs. It seems to have been developed about thirty years ago.

(My dog Larry is enjoying his stay here less than I am due to the personalities of some loose dogs in the neighborhood.)

Las Brisas is much smaller than the Baca, though. We regularly walk a loop around its upper part in about 20 minutes. It seems that more foreigners than Mexicans live here, though on weekends some Mexicans come out to their second homes, from Guadalajara. It’s a friendly place, above the highway from Chapala to Guadalajara, across the highway from a similar, larger development called Chapala Hacienda.

While I am quite happy here for a while, greatly enjoying how quiet it is, you do need to have a car to go anywhere from these suburban enclaves. It’s not a long drive to either Chapala or Ajijic.

This photo, taken on an overcast day, shows the rolling hills and then the city of Chapala with Lake Chapala behind it.

At this time of year, with the rainy season about over, the wildflowers are everywhere:

We think this is a tamarind tree (but see note in comments):

5 Comments from the old blog:
  • Hello
    How dependable is the water and electric service compared to your home area?
    Are the dogs the kind that bark all of the time?

  • I said…

    Hi Beverly — The electricity never went out but the water did a couple of times. Internet access was not as good as we have, either.
    There was only one time when the barking of dogs bothered me. One thing I really enjoyed was hearing coyotes at night sometimes.

  • adelacruzin said…

    The tree isn’t a tamarind, but I can’t remember the name specifically. When we lived in Mexico, someone handed one of those pods to my baby to shake like a rattle. I recall that they said the name, which in my mind I made the association it sounded like “watches”. So maybe the Spanish might be huaches/guaches. The seeds inside can be cooked, the way you would “habas” /lima beans.
    Arlene J.

  • cardiorudy said…

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  • Cost of medical and surgical procedures in Mexico is very low compared to what is paid in the United States. In most cases, the savings from their medical treatment can give people extra money for vacation. Indeed, a patient and his/her family can take a luxury vacation in a Mexican resort and pay for the trip with the savings they receive on getting their procedures in Mexico. Medical Tourism in the city of Guadalajara can certainly be a win-win proposition. While taking care of health needs at big discounts, shopping sprees, sight-seeing, cultural pursuits, and trips to nearby beaches and spas can all be arranged around a medical appointment schedule. For more information contact www.surgicalcareinternational.com
  • I said… Well, I do wish that cardioruby had found one of my posts that had something to do with health, but I am leaving the post because I checked out the website and it appears fine, and is based in Guadalajara.

One Response to “Las Brisas de Chapala: 1”

  • Therealbatman says:

    it was driving me crazy that i couldn’t find the English name for huache. my grandparents have a huache tree in mexico and it is super delicious. i still remember some of the taste and wish i could make some food with it right now >.<

    anyway, according to wikipedia, its "common names include White Leadtree, Jumbay, and White Popinac."


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