I love to hear the horses clop clop clop as they go by the front of our house. Our street was formerly known as the Paseo de Caballos. The horses hang out down the street and I think they are for riding but I’ve only seen Mexicans on their backs. Actually I don’t know anything about the horses down the street except that I love to hear them clop clop-ing on their skinny legs and huge hoofs on the cobblestones. As a woman that wore high heels for most of her life, I cannot for the life of me figure out how they don’t twist an ankle.
We bought a house in an area In Ajijic (south of Guadalajara on Lake Chapala) called La Floresta, which is an older, established neighborhood with a reputation for maintaining its value over time. Yesterday, the La Floresta “police” came to our door because there was a puddle of water in the street in front of our house. I immediately looked up Spanish for, “we are innocent.” Apparently some residents drain their pools and let the water run into the street. Fortunately our maid Carmen rattled something off that seemed to calm them down. I think she likes us although her first day was a little confusing. She speaks not a word of English and while we are learning, we are far from being fluent in Spanish. All we had to do was to figure out how to say, “just keep doing the same thing as before.” We figure that by the time we need to change her routine we will know how to speak Spanish.
We don’t want to just be gringos here. We want to become part of this village which is filled with locals and expats from all over not just America. I had heard that there were a lot of Trump supporters here but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Although we didn’t just move to Mexico to get away from Trump that was certainly a check in the plus column. My husband and I are both retired. Our house in Denver was built in 1906 and needs some work. Between climbing stairs and thinking about new plumbing and electric we figured we were going to need to move soon. We lived in that house 35 years with one bathroom, two daughters, and countless dogs and cats that all drank out of the toilet. I am tickled to have 3.5 bathrooms now and a maid to clean them.
But…why Mexico? We wanted an adventure and so far we have not been disappointed!