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February 27, 2013

Dear Chapala Club Reader
If you’re like many of our readers, you’re retired, soon will be, or doing some serious thinking about doing so soon.
Good for you! There are so many great places in the world to retire where frankly you can live a much better life, for less, than in North America.
Mexico is the choice of most North Americans who actually do so.
And, Lake Chapala, Mexico is the place that most retirees chose in Mexico among the many good choices available.
If you have you been saving, investing and planning your retirement for some time now, you may have come to the conclusion that you better take action soon, or watch your retirement nest egg shrink even more in real terms, instead of growing in value. Is it time to lock in your place in the sun?
I took the retirement plunge back in 1998 at just 57 years old. I’ve never regretted that decision. My wife and I began to explore retirement outside the USA knowing that our pension would go much farther. After a number of “check things out” type trips to various popular retirement countries we decided on Lake Chapala, Mexico.
The choice was not made lightly. I’m big on investigating all the possibilities and big on doing careful planning before I make an important decision. We visited Lake Chapala several times and made the decision to buy a home here.
If you’re familiar with my story, you know that our dream ended with a wake up call when we discovered my wife had leukemia.
She died about a year later, peacefully in her sleep. But she told me just before her death that she wanted me to go to Mexico and find a senorita to marry. That was the farthest thing from my mind, but that’s exactly what happened.
I’ve reinvented my life here and so can you.
I do what I want, when I want, and can afford almost anything I want in reason, including a large home with servants, international vacations, and no money worries at all.
I also feel blessed to have found the second love of my life, to have a large new family, and a lot of new friends, many of which have used my real estate services to find their own place in the sun.
Yes, they had to, as I had to… to think a little out of the box to be able to live such an exciting, fulfilled, and blessed lifestyle.
I’m passionate about sharing my love for Lake Chapala, and while I’m not a fanatic about it, I truly feel a sense of mission, to help as many of you to discover our little slice of paradise as possible.
Our on line E- Zine, is dedicated to this end, as is our soon to be released book, “How to live a Caviar Lifestyle on a Tuna Fish Pension: Safe, Beautiful and Affordable Lake Chapala, Mexico”.
As great as I expect our new book to be, there’s no need to wait for the book to discover Lake Chapala, but what, what’s that I hear some of you saying, “Some of our family and friends think we’re a bit crazy and are worried for our safety and ask questions like. “What will you do there? You’ll have to learn Spanish, etc, etc,”
I understand. They love you, they want to save you from yourself.
Just tell them there are an estimated 20,000 plus North Americans who live here happily, that you don’t HAVE to learn Spanish, but you do plan to learn some, to enrich your life even more, and that you’ve investigated the safety issue, and feel comfortable knowing that violent crime against North Americans is extremely low at Lake Chapala. (If you need proof for yourself or them let me know). 
Remember, as a former Police Officer, personal safety is one of my highest priorities for wherever I live.
Here’s a final couple of ideas to appease your family if you need it. With high speed internet, Skype live video calls, internet telephone services, and knowledgeable tech types here to help you set it all up, you can stay in touch as little or as much as you want with family and friends.
Plus, our international airport is just 25 minutes away with regular non stop flights from gateway cities across the USA. So you can or they can hop on a plane and be together in just hours.
So, why wait longer? Will you be any younger, richer, in better health or more ready to retire in luxury than you are now?
Let’s get the ball rolling by you sending me an e mail to so we can begin to plan your retirement in our little slice of paradise.

All for now, Siempre tu amigo, Sid Grosvenor






  • Mschwalm44

    Heart felt letter Sid. I love your passion for your new life in Mexico. Life can sometimes be cruel and unfair but how we respond tells the world what kind of character we have. You overcame the despair of something you had no control over and moved on to give your love, passion, and drive to others and you have been blessed in your efforts. All the best to you.

  • Judith

    I needed this “empujoncito”!! Thanks for sharing your story in this open letter Sid. “In hora Buena”.

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Judith, Thanks for you kind words. Glad the aarticle helped.

    Tu Amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Mschwalm44,

    Thank you very much for your very kind words. My first wife gave me the strength to move forward as we faced her last days. Thanks again,

    Tu amigo, Sid 

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