Well 3 weeks has simply flown by. Our social calendar has never been so full. We’ve reconnected with everyone we know down here either over lunch, dinner or drinks…..actually the drinks have been a part of every reunion.
We are walking every day sometimes doing only 5 km but mostly 7 to 15 km. We are trying to walk away our belly fat but so far we’ve seen little change. The French Patisserie and the new European bakery in town haven’t helped with the anticipated weight loss. There have been some benefits though. Our breathing is less laboured, our skin is tanned and we’ve explored every hidden alley way and path in both Ajijic and Chapala.
This past Monday we picked up our friends Kay and Paul and drove into Tonala, a community in Guadalajara where there is a glass blowing factory and many stores and stalls selling typical Mexican craft ware. They had never been so it was fun to show it off to friends as we have been there several times in the past.
Later in the week we had lunch with Collette, a gal who’s dogs we looked after for a week last winter. After a visit with the dogs, Collette suggested a lovely place called Tabarka. They specialize in Tapas. The chef is a Spaniard. The setting was lovely and the food delicious.
We also had a wonderful “catch up” lunch with John and Joan, the first couple we met in Ajijic the first year we came.
Last night we had a very special reunion at Los Telares Greg’s favourite Friday night place dinner place. We met Gonzolo and his wife and their two lovely daughters for dinner. Gonzolo started out as our rental agent the first year we were here but in true Mexican style adopted us and included us in a Sunday Family Fest that first year, a day neither of us will ever forget. We had lost contact information last year and the year before and hadn’t seen the family but through Lucia the head caretaker at The Ranch we were able to track him down. Daughter number two is a new addition since we saw them last and she is a real little character and had us laughing our heads off all evening long. The singer/guitar player at Los Telares was fantastic as always.
Other happenings include repairing and painting the car. I managed (somehow) to get a huge dent in the front bumper when we were still back home….that’s gone now along with the rust on the hatch door. Everything is all painted like new. It set us back 100. dollars. Greg finally got his new glasses. They are very John Lennonesque and I think they look great on him. Best of all though is the fact that they seem to be correctly done and he can see once again. Night reading was particularly daunting with prescription sun glasses that were two prescriptions past.
Next week it’s teeth cleaning and a hair appointment.
Donna and Douglas are up in California preparing their American home for selling. Lina is also in the States visiting her kids. Both will be back before our departure so we can say our goodbyes.
This week on Wednesday, Susy, the owner of the home we are in returns. We will spend two nights in a beautiful B and B we have always admired. Then another week in the centre of town looking after a dog for a friend of Susy’s in her home.
We are in no hurry to return to what we understand still includes some snow and blow. We have successfully applied for and been given one last house sit. It is in Walter White Land….Albuquerque New Mexico. We’ve always wanted to see Santa Fe and it’s only one hour away. The temperatures are somewhat cooler but there will be lots of hiking and exploring to do. We are looking after a 24 year old cat. Pray it doesn’t die on our watch.
We will leave here on March 20th and head for Arizona where we spend a little time with Ron and Bev We will get to hear first hand about their adventures in Mexico this past Winter. This year our paths didn’t cross here in Mexico but we look forward to seeing them in Arizona.
It’s been quite a while since writing in the blog. These are just a few recent highlights of Lynne and Greg’s latest excellent adventure.