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  1. In Chapala tonight, there were hundreds of kids all dressed up and trick or treating up and down Madero Ave. I took my 5 year old niece out. Most of the businesses on Madero were dishing out candy. She got so much candy in her little orange plastic pumpkin, that she could barely lift it. It should be enough to last until next year.
  2. Yes, they still set up some altars up along Cinco de Mayo, but each year it seems to be less. Now the majority of them are being erected in front of the San Francisco Church (the big church.) I guess they figured there is more room for large crowds to move about and with more available parking nearby. And for the catrinas, I thought it was awesome that year, which I think it was like two years ago, that they set them all up along the Chapala malecón. Since then, most of the catrinas have been set up around the Municipal Palace area on that wide newly paved margin space (or whatever its called ) between the two lanes of traffic on the avenue.
  3. Sí, queremos jaloguin. (can´t seem to make the diéresis over the u with this keyboard.)
  4. Yeah, I´m sure your neighbors was just getting confused with the Día de los muertos. Halloween will be celebrated on Halloween night which is Tuesday. There should be plenty of Mexican kids out yelling queremos Halloween! Each year it seems that more and more kids are picking up the practice of trick or treating.
  5. In Chapala there are quite a few hotels in and around the malecon area. If you were stationed there you could walk everywhere in the lakes largest town of Chapala and you would be near the bus routes to go into the town of Ajijic. You might even like Chapala much better, too! We certainly do.
  6. It will be held in Chapala in front of their large parish Church. It is the biggest celebration of the year in Chapala.
  7. The night of Wednesday is the grand finale for the Fiestas Patronales de San Francisco in Chapala. At around 10:30 to 11:00 will be the burning of the Castillo or Catherine's wheel. They usually burn 3 castillos on the last night. It will be epic! Anybody up for an awesome party come out to Chapala tonight to celebrate Saint Francis.
  8. The night of Wednesday is the grand finale for the Fiestas Patronales de San Francisco in Chapala. At around 10:30 to 11:00 will be the burning of the Castillo or Catherine's wheel. They usually burn 3 castillos on the last night. It will be epic! Anybody up for an awesome party come out to Chapala tonight to celebrate Saint Francis.
  9. Check on Amazon usa and then check if Amazon mexico carries the same product.
  10. Mudgirl, excellent point! Scientists preaching about the dangers of man made climate change have absolutely nothing to gain except encouraging Americans and the world to search for and adopt cleaner renewable energy sources. But the evil lobbying mega corporations have everything to gain when they convince the public that there is nothing to worry about and to just sit back and allow them to continue fracking, polluting, destroying entire mountains and whatever. Drill baby drill! Let them get filthy rich while everything goes to Hades around the world. Maybe just maybe we are not the entire cause of our climate changing. But please open your eyes, study the evidence, and recognize we are doing great harm to this planet regardless. The giantic island of Sumatra famous for its rain forests and the only place where tigers, elephants and rhinos coexist in the world just recently, mostly in the past ten years has had nearly all of their forest burned down to build palm tree oil farms. Only about 10% of their forest remains. Now they are eyeing Borneo to do the same. Wake up please and recognize that things cannot continue as they are!
  11. My Venezuelan host mom would cook the lunch and my job to help would be to make the drink which could be any number tropical jugos freshly squeezed or blended or just make the agua panela. We usually had a small mini picture or bowl and we placed the panela raw sugar block in it with water over night so it would dissolve into a dark syrup. Then I would fill a large picture up with COLD water and sqeeze several large limes into it. Then I would place a strainer over the picture and pour an amount of panela syrup into the picture straining out the honey bees who would often times get mummied in the panela blocks, pouring until the lemonade reached the right dark color and tasted sweet enough. It looked like sweet iced tea but tasted like lemonade sweeted with dark brown sugar and a touch of molasses. So refreshing!
  12. I tried the arepas today. They were deliciosisimos. For anybody that knows about arepas, you will also know that each region has its on type. Las arepas costenas are usually doughy and deepfried. Her arepas are the andean variety from San Cristobal de Estado Tachira. Her arepas are not thick and doughy but thin and crispy and so much better than any gordita in my opinion. Try the arepas de perico which are arepas with scrabbled eggs with onion and tomatoe, they are the most common in Tachira. She said she can't list them on the menu because in Mexico perico is slang for cocaine and it confuses the Mexicans. I once lived in San Cristobal for a long time and learned my Spanish there. After meeting Duendy from Cafe Verde I learned that she is from the same village that my Venezuelan host mother is from and they are related. What a small world it is! Agua de panela is served all over Venezuela and it is just lemonade sweetened with blocks of panela which is just raw unrefined dark brown sugar sold in blocks similar in taste to piloncillo cones.
  13. I don't anything about celery root, but I do know that chayote root is widely available here in the markets and tianguis. I wonder if it could be a substitute.
  14. In the Chapala plaza today there is a group of people that are wearing Uber t-shirts and have a table set up. I didn't stop by it or anything but it appeared to me, from a far, that they were possibly looking to sign up new drivers. I bet it is infuriating the taxi drivers.
  15. According to Accuweather there are two more hurricanes forming in and around the mid atlantic that could potentially merge with Irma or just follow after her. Their names are hurricane Jose and hurricane Katia. Since my meterological knowledge is bare minimum, maybe some experts could chime in for what is happening and if it will affect us much. And what is happening down here in Jalisco? Maincoons mentioned that a tropical storm was about to come across Mexico, I guess that is what is happening right now, but I don't see any mention of it on accuweather. On the map it shows storm clouds on both coasts of Mexico but no mention of a tropical storm.
  16. What I recommend you do is come down and stay a week or so in a hotel and get to know the area a little better. But February may be a difficult month to find that perfect rental since that is considered high season here. And if the winter is anything like this summer has been like we may very well see a dramatic increase of visitors and newbies. It seems like so many people, of lately, are curiously trying to get out of Dodge for some reason.
  17. Climate change has always been cyclical. It changes through the centuries. But still you would have to be a complete moron to believe that our modern lifestyle and our insatiable greed for raw materials is not harming the planet. That pesticides, fracking and petro extraction tar sands are not harming the planet. During the past 50 years we have been destroying the planet at unprecedented speeds never before seen in the history of the world. But on a side note, I have heard it suggested that global warming could potentially create an ice age. Once the Earth's temperature rises to a certain degree and enough water evaporates into cloud cover, it will blot out the sun and create an instant cooling effect, which eventually, possibly, will terminate in an ice age. For all those people that think everything now is great and that we should continue in the direction we are going in raping this planet to extract as much raw materials as possible, I think you should watch Leo DiCaprio's new documentary called Before the Flood. Then you can tell us what you think.
  18. Facebook and whatsapp is what the locals mainly use.
  19. Betty, I agree with you, this cool rainy weather is truly wonderful after the hot dry sunny weather we´ve had for most of the year. It reminds me of where I come from, from Western North Carolina. But after like two or three days of this dark weather I remember why I left that land to come to beautiful sunny Jalisco where it rains mostly at night and the days are warm, sunny, and surrounded by gorgeous flowers year round. For those that dislike the sunny warm weather here and are becoming disillusioned with Chapala, I encourage them to check out the gorgeous city of Xalapa Veracruz where the weather is cool and rainy throughout the year. They call it the chipi-chipi or constant drizzle. The city offers a much more affordable life style than here and is truly a wonderful place to be, especially for those that hate the sun. During these rainy days, generally on day three, I begin to pray to the ancient Mesoamerican gods beseeching Tlaloc to go away and take his rain clouds with him and I beg Tonatiuh to return with his wonderful rays of sunshine. Mexico is a huge country, with a special place for everyone. If you are miserable here, there are many other wonderful places in this blessed land where you, G-d willing, will be much happier.
  20. According to accuweather, her name is Lidia, and I don't think she is a blond.
  21. On another note, all these ugly strip malls you keep predicting, I don't see that happening anytime soon. It has taken them almost 10 years to fill our small Centro Laguna mall up with businesses, and it still ain't full yet. The small new shopping center they built across from Farmacia Guadalajara in Chapala about 7 years ago has been totally vacant, only one business moved into it, and that was less than a year ago. Where is all this talk of doom and gloom coming from?
  22. Betty, I don't understand the notion you make of them planning on bringing Guadalajara to the Chapala area, that would be physically impossible on more than one level. But they do plan on bringing some modern conveniences that exist in Gdl to our area. But the way I see it, is that available space to build these large developments that you are predicting are drindling. There isn't much more space to build large things here. The area is a small narrow strip, highly populated between the mountains and the lake. The good news is, is that real estate prices are up and rising, so if anyone feels like they need to get out of Dodge before the area becomes too modern, now is a great time to sell and move on to a new quiet corner of Mexico. Mexico is a very large country!
  23. I believe that if you ask most expats that live in Lake Chapala and most expats that live throughout much of Mexico, they will tell you that they feel as safe here or safer than they did in most US cities. Mexico has and has had violent problems related to drug cartels fighting other drug cartels. Usually much of the violence has ocurred in rural areas and sporadically in certain specific cities. And in those specific cities much (of course not all) of the violence has ocurred on the rough sides of town and at hours you most likely will be home asleep (kind of like back home!) I personally feel that you are more likely to be affected or harmed in the many daily shootouts that occur in the US than being murdered here in Mexico. In Mexico, you are more likely going to be robbed, scammed, or taken advantage of, money wise, your first year until you learn the ropes of what to do and what never to do while in a foreign country. After the first year, it should be pretty easy sailing. Just don't walk down dark alleys in the middle of the night, drunk, and try to score some drugs, that is a recipe for an eventual disaster. By not doing asinine stuff like that you dramatically reduce the chances of becoming a casualty in Mexico. Life here is sweet if you use common sense!
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