Is It a Dream or Reality? Perhaps It’s Both !

August 16, 2008

Is it a Dream or Reality? Perhaps Its Both!


Most folks dream of a tropical beach with a hammock strung between two palm trees, with a cool tropical drink in one hand and a good book in the other.


Often there’s a backdrop of pretty mountains marching down to the ocean in the distance as far as the eye can see. Can you imagine yourself in the hammock?


Or perhaps you’re in a lounge chair with warm sunshine warming and tanning your already tan body in a climate that’s not to hot and never too cold.


It’s like this pretty much every day in your dream with just enough of a climate change to avoid being bored.

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As the sunshine warms your body, your spirit is nurtured and calmed by the beautiful tropical flowers that surround you in your garden where the loudest thing you hear is the twittering birds or the occasional sound of Juan, your gardener, clipping away at the Bougainvillea plants that seem to hold back the world.


This simple pleasure is just part of your day because you’ve been invited to dine with new, but comfortable friends you’ve recently met here at their new home.


Sometimes you almost have to pinch yourself to realize that you’re not in fact dreaming at all.


You recall stumbling upon a website which spoke of a thriving community of International ex-pats where your pension income would go a lot farther than you ever imagined it could, and without the stress of high taxes, impossible traffic jams and high crime.


The website also pointed out that you didn’t haveto give up the things you liked; like high speed internet, great restaurants, and the world class amenities of a nearby cosmopolitan city.


After the wonderful meal with your new friends you walk home under the stars pausing to look up from time to time at the glorious night sky and into the heavenly extravaganza.


If this is something close to your dream… you’ve somehow found the right website.


If you’ve not already visited our lovely slice of paradise well it’s time you did. If you’ve been dreaming of finding such a place for your own retirement your search may well be over.


Sixteen years or so ago, my wife Patricia and I, read about Lake Chapala – Ajijic Mexico in an International Travel Magazine.


The magazine spoke of this area as having one of the best climates in the world about a mile above sea level with clean mountain air, where the people were nice and the pace was slow, not to mention that you could live there very well on a retirement pension.


Even though we were about 5 years away from retirement we were so intrigued that we set sail via American Airlines to the Guadalajara International Airport and after a couple of nights in beautiful Guadalajara, the capitol of the Mexican State of Jalisco, we came to Lake Chapala.


It was love at first drink. I say drink because the word “sight” is not a strong enough adjective to describe the way we felt. We were so enchanted by what we saw, heard and tasted that we “drank” it all in wanting to possess it with more than our just our eyes alone.


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Reluctantly we had to leave after all too few days here. But, we returned for weeks and even months at a time after that, waiting for the last day to complete our working responsibilities.


Many years have passed since that first trip and my sweetheart has gone to be with the Angels since then. But, I’ve found a new life here and a new soul mate, Arcelia, to share it with me.


So come and visit our paradise. Drink it all in. You may just decide that it’s what you’ve been dreaming of drinking too.


Arcelia and I look forward to being your guides of discovery.


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