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 I'm not apt to leave this bit of paradise anytime soon. In fact, I publish an online magazine called Living at Lake Chapala, to help other folks find accurate, current information about this area. This is the world's largest colony of North Americans — mostly midlife folks who found rich, full, adventerous lives in the string of small fishing villages (Chapala, San Antonio Tlayacapan, Ajijic, San Juan Cosala, El Chante and Jocotepec) nestled between the ancient volcanic mountains and the north shore of this 60-mile long lake.
Most of the folks here are so busy with their new friends, golf, tennis, volunteer activities and the 90 groups and events each month in English that they are happy to be "just retired." By the end of the week they aren't quite sure what all they've done, but they've been happily busy doing it and going to lunch or dinner. Some of us have found a special niche here that allows us to continue following our dreams and practicing our passions.
I was just six when I began dreaming of being a writer and editor. While I dabbled in journalism (and even studied it a bit) I didn't hit my stride until I moved to Lake Chapala, where so many of us finally accomplish our goals. Not only am I the publisher/editor of the Mexico Insights online magazine, Living at Lake Chapala, I also edit the local monthly print magazine, the Lake Chapala Review and am regional editor of an annual tourism publication, Point South.
Some of the posts you read here will one day be reprinted in one of several books about Lake Chapala that I have in process. I've loved learning about the holidays, fiestas, art, customs, history, folklore and music of Mexico. In the process of selling real estate here (from 1990 to 2001) and then developing Living at Lake Chapala to help people learn how to move here without making the common expensive mistakes, I've garnered a great deal of practical information — tips and pitfalls about the area — that I'm anxious to share with you.
Oh what an adventure we'll have here in the pages of Mexico Insights Facts, Fables, Folklore and Fiestas. Come along for the armchair tour of my corner of the world.