The photo below is of the main pyramid in the Guachimontones site. This site is located in the town of Teuchitlan. It makes a nice day trip from Ajijic, approximately two hours with stops along the way. I went with a friend on Charter Tours. I have nothing but good things to say about them. I will put more information about them at the end of this article. But they take tours to the site once a week on Thursdays. They have been running trips to this site since the beginning of their tour company in 1993. So they have a wealth of knowledge about the area.
I am going to backtrack now to the trip along the way because we did one of my favorite things, which is to visit a farm for a Pajarete. Pajarete means little bird but it also is the name of a morning gathering where the cows are milked. If you want to know more about a Pajarete, I have written an article about it on this site. (more…)
Today is June 19th, 2016, Father’s Day. I decided to go out this morning in search of a celebration honoring fathers. I thought it would be easy because I remember how exciting Mother’s Day was in Ajijic. But it wasn’t. There were no special celebrations in the plaza for fathers. No banners. No activities. Just one small flower stand.
I know there is a special fathers golf tournament at the golf course but that isn’t what I had in mind. I was looking for a local festival with lots of fathers and sons and daughters. I am glad I decided to make most of this article about fathers throughout the year, not just for today. That stand wasn’t doing a booming business. It was located in the plaza. So I went on, looking for fathers. (more…)
Palm Sunday this year was on the 20th of March. It will be an early Easter. There were many things going on at the Ajijic Plaza on that afternoon and evening. A Verbena Event, which is a food event where all the food is traditional Mexican food prepared without electricity or any synthetic materials, served on baro plates. These plates are made out of red clay. And then later on in the evening there was the procession of Jesus coming into town riding on a donkey.
Some of the food: Tacos, Sopes, Enchiladas, Pozole, Tamales, Fruit water, rice pudding, and many other delicious dishes. The man in the photo below is showing me his meal. Also, I wanted to get a photo of the woman standing behind him with the beautiful Palm icons and flowers. (more…)
This was the 38th annual Chili C00k-off. It was held in the Tobolandia water park in Ajijic on February 26, 27, and 28th, 2016. It is the biggest fund raising event of the year for all the charities in the area. If you would like to be part of next year’s event, please go to their website: www.mexicanchilicookoff.com. Also, if you would like more detailed information about the event, you will find it there.
The first Stand first stand was a real treat, both to the eyes and the stomach. Check out all the food and drinks set out on the table for visitors. Plus the woman with the beautiful smile, was handing out cloth bags to everyone. This was all provided by eSun energy. Thank you eSun…. I was thirsty and I loved the cookies. (more…)
The Fat Tuesday parade, otherwise knows as the Mardi Gras parade, always starts with the running of the boys. What are they running from? The people behind them throwing flour at them. By the time the parade is over, the entire town is engulfed in flour. For ten days before the Fat Tuesday parade, there are smaller parades in town. Just about anytime you walk into town during these ten days, you are likely to run into a parade and a face full of flour. Great fun.
The photo below is of the next group, carrying flour in all kinds of containers. Some of these people are men dressed like women. Some are women dressed like men, some, well I have no idea who or what they are dressed like and I didn’t want to get close enough to take their photographs because I didn’t want my camera or myself to get floured. (more…)
There are thousands of reasons to take a vacation and even more than that when deciding on places to go. Well on a recent trip I think I discovered a small piece of heaven. It’s called Ajijic, Mexico. A small city of 15,000 people, about 45 minutes by car from the airport in Guadalajara, and about 3 blocks from Lake Chapala. We decided to stay for the week at Casa del Sol, a very lovely bed and breakfast some 10 minutes walk from the center square in town. After taking the first day to rest from the flight and getting our bearings we ventured out and made our first friends a couple of streets over from our B&B.
For sure it was a sign of the relaxing trip we were hoping for. It takes a little getting used to the cobble stone streets, especially when it rains, but its just another feel of the culture and history of this historic Mexican area. Many of the shops feature the homemade styles of the area for every buying whim from pottery to blankets and so much more. (more…)
The New Year’s Day parade was fun. I went into town around nine in the morning. I thought the parade started in the morning but it didn’t start until two in the afternoon. The town was practically deserted in the morning until around noon and then it got crowded. There was more traffic here than I had ever seen. Traffic was at a standstill. Lots of people were waiting for the parade too.
I loved the bird float. That took a lot of work and time to make. Check out the detail of the wings. (more…)
I walked into town in Christmas Eve to be part of all the activities and take photos of the Crèches at the church. Surprise, surprise. Very little action was taking place in the plaza this year and there were only four live crèches. Last year the church yard was filled with crèches and the plaza was very busy. We have had weeks of excitement here, including parades and fireworks going off every evening. I have no explanation for the quiet Christmas Eve. I hope you enjoy what I managed to photograph. I apologize that my camera does not take good night photos.
Decorations inside and outside of the church were lovely. Inside of the church there were bouquets of live flowers all along on the tables. Outside were the crèches. Sawdust images on the ground, Christmas trees and many lights. It was very peaceful to walk around in the church yard. (more…)
Mexican Revolution Day was November 16th but the parade and other celebrations didn’t happen until the following weekend. On Monday, the legal holiday, many places of business were closed. But the celebrations didn’t begin until the parade on Friday the 20th. The Mexican Constitution dates back to 1917. When you think about it, that was not very long ago. Not even a hundred years. When people in my generation were growing up, in their 70s, their parents probably remembered living through it.
I love the above photo. The father and sons look so happy to be included in the parade. They do not look to me like Mexicans. The Mexicans are generally very inclusive people and they welcome outsiders. Can you imagine a president being in office for 35 years? I would call that a dictatorship. That was Porfirio Diaz. (more…)
This is the 14th year of the Feria Maestros del Arte. If you have not been to this event, you don’t know what you are missing. Once you see these wonderful works you will never look at art and craft items in the same way again. Your eyes will be educated and you will be much more discerning. You will never again be fooled by poor quality workmanship as you will have seen the best. There were far too many beautiful things and great artists for me to be able to show you more than a fraction of them. But if you see something of interest please go to the web site to learn more. It is www.feriamaestros.com.
This magical paper mache sculpture was at the entrance to the show. It cost fifty pesos to get in and worth every bit of that amount. I went two days. It was held November 13, 14, and 15 th from ten in the morning to five in the evening except Sunday it closed at four. It was held in the beautiful grounds of the Chapala Yacht Club. If this sculpture looks familiar, you would have seen it at the show last year too. (more…)
The Day of the Dead is a big Holiday in Mexico. Some people say that Mexicans don’t celebrate Halloween. Tell that to the little girl in the photo below. She was all ready to go trick or treating in the evening. Just like in the United States, parents take their children out trick or treating to the expensive neighborhoods. I bought enough candy for a hundred children. Only five children knocked on my door. The same ones kept returning.
I live in a Mexican neighborhood with small homes. What they did in my street is to close it off to traffic, string up balloons and put out tables and chairs and have a party for everyone living on the street. My friend and I took out all our candy and gave it to the children. After we went back home, two young men knocked on my door and handed us two bowls of pazole. (more…)
The Ajijic Zombie thriller dance was held at the Ajijic Cultural Center on October 24th at five p.m. on the dot. It always starts at exactly the same time all over the world. No matter what you might think of Michael Jackson, he was the inspiration for this world wide event. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend this year so my friend sent me these photos to put in the article. Wonderful and scary photos. I greatly appreciate seeing them and being able to use them for the article. Too good to miss. Thank you friend.
The first Zombie Thriller Dance was created in 2006. I will be giving you a few facts about the events but they are easy to research online. They have a site with all kinds of useful information and if you want, you can even sign up through them. The site is: www.thrilltheworld.com. (more…)