Mexico Travel Journal Winter 2017 p18

Our next stop was Ajijíc on the shores of Lake Chapalla, back in the state of Jalisco.  The easiest way to get to Ajijíc from San Miguel de Allende is to board a first class bus to Guadalajara.  At the bus station, engage a taxi to Ajijic.  Sometimes it is best to agree on the fare before you enter the taxi.  Some drivers are very honest and friendly, while others are tempted to take advantage of Gringos.  Our driver was quite friendly, and like many of our taxi trips, we had the opportunity to practice our conversational Spgringos.jpganish with our driver.  Most drivers know a bit of English, and it is fairly easy to communicate with our “un poco de español.”

Ajijíc lies at an altitude of  5,000 feet along a tropical latitude that moderates the climate year-round to an average temperature of 72 °F.  With the perfect climate, colorful quaint streets,  and a strong dollar, Ajijíc is a popular haven for retirees, particularly from North America.  If you are looking for an authentic immersion experience into Mexico, this is not a destination for you.  Many Americans live here year round, and that influence has changed  Ajijíc from a sleepy Mexican village to a tourist-catering destination.

My first sketchbook entry for Ajijíc was another “window” view from our bungalow.  Enrique, our landlord, is an artist with carpentry skills.  He is creating a lush tropical sanctuary in his backyard, complete with four bungalows.  He has many contacts throughout Mexico, where he acquires antique furniture in a state of disrepair and building refuse, which he repurposes into charming features, niches, and furniture for his bungalows and courtyard garden.

Dogs repose in along the sidewalk of a charming veterinary clinic

The perfect cup of coffee, Lake Chapalla, & closeup of the vet clinic sign

Author: Cheri Isgreen

I have been a lifelong rider and horse lover. I got my first "horse" at a yard sale; it was a pony actually. It was sometime in the early 60's. I was in 3rd or 4th grade. The pony was perhaps $10. My sister, brother, and I pooled our money and led him home. At the time my parents were traveling, and my Uncle Bill promptly made us return it. (stay tuned...more to come...)

2 thoughts on “Mexico Travel Journal Winter 2017 p18”

  1. HI Cheri,

    I’m enjoying your story! And Pictures, either photos or drawings. I haven’t seen any drawing lately, only photos, so I guess you haven’t been posting the drawings. Anyway, I love it!!!

    Do you still use an edible insect/bug products for your horses to eat? What has been your success of doing so?

    I’m selling Bailey :(. When I’m fixed this next time I’m not going to take any chances of re-injuring myself. This has been 5 months of discomfort and it’s not worth it. I’ll keep Rio because hopefully I’ll be able to ride him a little after I’m fixed :). I plan on putting her up for sale the day after Beau is here to shoe her.

    If you hear of anyone wanting a sweet little naturally gaited mare, let me know, Please.

    Hope you are riding! Linda


  2. The paintings and drawing appear at the top of the post in the featured image. Try going to the home page for the blog, by clicking on CHERI ISGREEN FINE ART at the top of the page. Then click on the preview image, (a drawing or a painting) to see if the image opens. Let me know how that works. Kurt is seeing the images on his computer, and they are appearing on some others’ as I have gotten some feedback about them.

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