What Two Things You Should Do To Retire at Lake Chapala – Ajijic?

October 12, 2013

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Actually, since your reading this article you’ve already taken the first step because by becoming a subscriber (or even a regular lurker) you’re in the process of STEP #1 which is doing your research.
More advantaged research can be done in two ways: You can go to the Prior Posts link on our website and begin to read the hundreds of posts from the last 5 years which would be a daunting (but worthwhile) task.
But, you must read them all, because something you read in an earlier post could be completely changed in a more recent post.
The easier, more fun way to get the very latest information available is to
go to this link       
and place your order for “How to Live a Caviar Lifestyle on a Tuna Fish Pension at Safe, Beautiful and Affordable Lake Chapala, Mexico” written as a labor love by yours truly. 
As the author, while I thought it was a good book, I knew that the acid test would be what the people who read it thought. As I write this, there have been 14 reviews from actual book buyers (not my brother in law and the like) who have paid full price and given their reviews.
All 14 of them have given it Amazon’s Highest Rating of  FIVE Stars *****. So, it’s a hit. I feel very blessed not just that folks are buying the book (that’s good), but they like it, and like enough to tell others about it.
I almost always read all the reviews before a buy a book… and I buy a lot of them
OK, so far so good, You’re either doing or soon will be doing your research. Congratulations.
STEP 2 – This step is even more fun than STEP 1. Get your feet wet. Literally you should come and do a bit of wadding along the shores of Lake Chapala and do some in depth on the ground observations of the area, meet some of our local Expats (A good place for this is the Lake Chapala Society which is just a couple of blocks South of the Plaza in Ajijic) and allow one of our team to give you an introduction to the various towns, villages and developments along the North Shore of Lake Chapala.
Of course you should take the time to look at some of the homes to see how they’re different and in most ways far better than homes in (farther) North America. (Yes, I know that Mexico is part of North America so you purists need not tweak my nose.)
Another way to get a feel for the area is to put on your walking shoes and do a “walk About” (An Australian term I like) in and around the Ajijic Plaza & Malecon (waterfront), the Chapala Plaza & Malecon (waterfront), perhaps take a boat ride from the Malecon in Chapala, and or take a visit to the Hot Mineral Water Spas in San Juan Cosala (just West of Ajijic) and rejuvenate your mind and body.
Then a day off to rest and consider all of what you’ve seen and a enjoy a full body massage (that you scheduled earlier) followed by a an evening out at one of our local clubs (try and catch the Tall Boys Group, if they’re in the area when you visit us).
Another local must do is to visit the local street market in Ajijic next to Salvador’s Restaurant on the Carretera in Ajijic on Wednesdays. You can get the feel for this in under an hour or spend hours looking at all the wares on display.
I highly recommend a minimum of a week’s stay. You need to balance your research time with some fun time and some relaxation time. You will get the most done if you travel on Sundays (arrive on a Sunday and depart on a Sunday).
This allows you to avoid many of the folks coming to visit Lake Chapala on weekends
Want to know more? Buy the book, Set Up a Telephone Consultation with me. Come for a visit. I highly recommend all three in the order presented, but you get to choose.
However you learn best is the way to learn. You know you. So, Do it YOUR WAY, but
Please DO IT !
Tu amigo, Sid Grosvenor

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