A Visitor’s View of Lake Chapala

by Judy King 28. May 2010 08:49

rosario 2004 009 A while back we received a letter from one of our Living at Lake Chapala subscribers with a list of the things he experienced and thoroughly enjoyed during his trip to Lake Chapala.

Here are the things Californian Charles Patton liked best on his first visit to our area.

"The Lakeside environment was enjoyable as a result of:

  • Strangers who were willing to engage me in pleasant conversation
  • Shopkeepers, bank tellers, taxi drivers, B&B personnel, and others who were actually considerate, generous, and polite
  • A noticeable absence of "mania" in the behavior of the general populous
  • Engaging a Mexican in conversation and sensing that the person was willing, and interested in communicating even though they may not have good command of the English language and in spite of the fact that I do not have good command of the Spanish language
  • Going out for a meal and lingering without feeling as if the operators of the restaurant wanted me to leave as quickly as possible so that they could seat another customer compounded by the enjoyment of good food at an extremely reasonable price
  • The absence of guilt when I would just hang out at LCS or the lake, or at a restaurant or take a nap. It was OK to rest; it was OK to savor the moment
  • Encountering other Americans and Canadians who were actually interested in having a friendly conversation and who were not consumed by materialism or evaluating others predicated on their material or financial standing
  • The presence of many artists whose works of art have their origins somewhere deep within their souls and spirits and who are so eager to share themselves with others be it for the purpose of commerce or simply the enjoyment derived from sharing their passion with another human being

"Guadalajara, on the other hand, seems to have all of the customary and usual attributes of a big city but then one does not have to spend a lot of time in Guadalajara -- other than for major shopping or occasional forays into various entertainment venues or visits to historical and cultural landmarks.

mkt-8-hamock"While I realize that Mexico is not a perfect country and that it is a country rife with poverty, and bureaucratic bungling, monopolies that can make life a little frustrating (especially for electricity or telephone service, etc.) and that recycling and waste management remain unexplored concepts, it is the culture, the people, the value system in place, the cost of living, and the natural beauty that makes the country so attractive.”

Thanks to Charles Patton for letting us share with you his views of Living at Lake Chapala. We think sometimes it's good for you to hear it what this area is like -- from someone who has just seen it with brand-new eyes.

Readers: We’d like you to share your views of what you have seen and how you feel, what you like or don’t like while visiting or living at Lake Chapala? Email me: judy@mexico-insights.com and tell us your story – we’ll be happy to share it with our world of Mexico Insights Blog readers.


Judy King is publisher of Mexico Insights—Living at Lake Chapala, a monthly online magazine for people interested in Mexico's Lake Chapala region, in the state of Jalisco.

Judy, a 19-year resident of Ajijic on Lake Chapala's north shore, conducts weekly newcomer's seminars and shares her expertise about Mexico in her ezine at www.mexico-insights.com, and in the "Mexico Lindo" column of the Lake Chapala Review.

Judy also is a speaker for local organizations and visiting tour groups about the Lakeside area about Mexican customs and holidays.

About Judy King

Judy King

Hi There — Welcome to my little corner of the world. I'm Judy King and I live in the centuries-old village of Ajijic on the north shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico's largest natural lake.

I've lived here full time since 1990, and... [ more ]

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