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Ellen McFarland's Mexico blog

by 190P Prof.Ellen US

March 14, 2014

Lake Chapala

 

Lake Chapala is Mexico’s largest lake.  It’s in the center of Mexico, near Guadalajara, a large city with lovely colonial architecture.  Along the border of the lake are small towns and villages.  Because this area is 5000 feet [more than 1500 meters] above sea level, the temperature is ideal all year – never very hot or very cold.  Lake Chapala is a very popular area for snowbirds [remember that word from my previous blog?], especially those from Canada and Northern U.S.  I’m currently in the town of Ajijic [ah hee HEEK], a small town with cobblestone streets that echo with the sound of horses’ hoofbeats on the stones.  Even small children ride horseback here.

 

Ajijic is known for its artists, their studios and art galleries.   I’m not an artist, but I like the atmosphere.  The small buildings are painted in bright colors and murals decorate the walls.  I am a birdwatcher, so the colorful birds of this area are an attraction for me - birds on the lake and birds in the many trees.  All day long I can hear bird songs.  It’s like living in an aviary [a large structure where many birds live].

 

Near Ajijic are many farms, and some of the towns along the lake have farmer’s markets where wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables are sold.  Yesterday I went to the Wednesday tianguis [market] in Ajijic, where I bought the sweetest strawberries I’ve had since I was in Japan.  Tomorrow is the monthly Art Walk in Ajijic.  Artists and galleries open their doors, invite everyone to visit, and serve refreshments.  I have a map of the different studios and galleries that are participating, so I’ll walk from one place to the next, a glass of wine in one place and a bite of quesadilla [a tortilla filled with cheese, beans, meat, or avocado] in another.

 

Here is a link to a photo gallery showing the colorful buildings and cobblestone streets of Ajijic:

http://www.focusonmexico.com/gallery.aspx?tid=302

 

Hasta luego!  [see you later!]

 

Ellen

 

 

 

 

 

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