Impressions of Lake Chapala from a First Time Visitor

October 23, 2013

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“Dear Sid,

We ‘re back home in Texas now  and I wanted to tell you about our trip to Chapala earlier this month.

First, your book was very helpful and I promise to write a review on Amazon for you.  There were parts that I wanted to read over again after we’d returned and I’m still doing that. But I will write a review.

Second, thank you for putting us in touch with Deanne.  She picked us up from the airport and drove us all over Chapala and Ajijic and surrounding areas.  We saw a few homes, but mostly the tour was about giving us a sense of the different neighborhoods.  It helped to shape the rest of the week for us.

It was most helpful and we are starting to refine the kind of lifestyle we would like in Mexico.

After only a couple of days there, Wayne decided he liked it so much he abandoned any ideas of retiring elsewhere in Mexico or Belize, etc.  We both felt that it was perfect for us. We loved everything about the area especially the climate, the food, the beautiful landscape and lake, and most importantly, the people.

I have never felt so welcomed and accepted by people with whom I can’t yet communicate very effectively.

We both decided to learn some Spanish now and make sure we are reasonably conversant before our next trip.

While at Lake Chapala we wandered around via foot, bus and taxi on our own and found that knowing some Spanish would have made things much easier.

We spent a couple of evenings with a bottle of wine and bread and cheese on our terrace at our Bed and Breakfast lodging, with pen and paper in hand,  trying to figure out how to make retirement happen sooner than we originally planned!

In addition to Deanne and Bruce (with whom we had two wonderful dinners), we met many other expats on our trip.  We didn’t even have to try. They came up to us and started talking to us.  It was very nice and quite helpful.

We are already planning a  trip back next October. We may come with our daughter and son-in-law next year. They were quite intrigued by our experience.  And we may try to come down in the spring too. For now, I will say, thank you for all your help, and we look forward to meeting you on one of our future trips.  Who knows, we may be down there for good before too long….

Adios and muchas gracias!

Lucy Graham”

Thanks Lucy, I really appreciate you taking time to share your

impressions of Lake Chapala. Your experience happily was

not unique, but very typical of most of our visitors. Let us know

when we can be of help.  Tu amigo, Sid


  • Carlos Y Astro el Gato

    Nice article. I hope to be visiting by mid November.

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Carlos,
    Thanks for commenting. Let me know if you would like one of our team to show you around and look at some representative homes in your price range. No pressure ever. Everyone starts out as “just looking” and we understand that. Tu amigo, Sid

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