Chapala Tidbits–Pueblo Magico?

A new series here! Brief tidbits about life at lakeside.

I arrived here almost four years ago now. During that time, there was a major push to have Ajijic designated by the Mexican government as a “Pueblo Magico” which is an ad campaign to stimulate tourism within Mexico. You can learn more here.

Some of us were stumped; I among them. I’ve visited several Pueblo Magicos and wondered what qualified Ajijic for the designation.

Ajijic did receive the designation two years ago.

But I’m not alone in wondering.

Last week I was shopping at Pancho’s, a local store primarily geared to gringos. I’ve gotten to know one of the employees there and practice my Spanish with him.

He told me a joke that’s widespread among the locals.

Is Ajijic a Pueblo Magico or a Pueblo Trafico?

You can guess which one the locals vote for!



The House Across the Street in Progress

Finally (and by popular demand!), here’s an update on the construction across the street. You can read the first post here.

The men have been very busy. Since that first post, they’ve built an entire second story, added stairs, torn down the old living room, added space for two bathrooms and added an open space for a patio facing the street (and one facing the back).

Here’s a photo of the start of the upstairs building. Note that the front of the house is close to the street. Entering the house in this form took one into the living room.

Construction here is typically done in brick or cement. Wood is for emphasis and decoration.

Here’s a look at the current front.

Note that the “front” of the house in no longer on the street. What was the living room was taken down, a second floor added, and a space for a front patio is on top and a garage now where the living room was.

Now at the rear of the house a backyard patio is under construction. This in comparison to the back of the house when I last visited.

New stairs to the new second floor.

And two bedrooms are under construction on the second floor along with the patio facing the street.

As the house progresses, more updates to follow.




Old Timey Chapala

Hola, mis amigos!

Again, I’ve been a little tardy in writing. I keep thinking I’ve got to have a full post full of profound thoughts or actions or something. I recently realized I can do what I want here. It’s my blog afterall. So you’ll be hearing from me more often (at least I expect so) and sometimes with tidbits, updates, the way daily life works around here.

Today I took my usual walk along the malecon. A beautiful sunny clear day. Just lovely. And by the Beer Garden (a local restaurant primarily for turistas) and the great Chapala sign, I came across a display by the Chapala Archive.

Photos from the turn of the century. The turn of the twentieth century that is, when Chapala was slowly transforming from a sleepy fishing village to a playground for wealthy Mexicans who began to build mansions along the lake that were vacation homes.

D. H. Lawrence visited and stayed here as did many luminaries from that time.

So without further ado, here are photos of the photos with kind permission of the Archive.

Note here the burros being ridden by ladies. This was actually a transportation system that took ladies along lakeside as far as a community called San Antonio Tlaycapan.

Note too the greeting for the arrival of the train to the train station which operated (sadly) for only a couple of years.

And if there’s interest (hint, hint), I could slowly contrast these photos with the same viewpoint in today’s Chapala. LMK.