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  1. Awesome. I figured as much, but didn't assume. I'm also exploring the possibilities that living in Guadalajara might afford us. Bottom line, I realize I need to come down and see for myself what might be the best fit for us. That said, y'all in the Chapala area make the transition seem as though it would be pretty seamless. :-)
  2. I'm not sure whether or not I am bringing/planning on buying a vehicle, so I referring to whether or not there is transportation that would facilitate a weekend trip to Guadalajara.
  3. Paco, Thanks for this perspective. It definitely resonates with me. I am imagining weekend trips to Guadalajara for an overnight or two are doable? I have lived in Manhattan and Madrid for extended periods of time, so I definitely appreciate all the cultural that a more urban area allows, but don't necessarily want to live there full-time. Again, I'm pretty adaptable (something I learned at an early age, since we lived mostly abroad during my formative years) and would like to think I've raised my kids to be as well.
  4. A hearty ¡Muchísimas Gracias! to all of you who have replied. I am still researching, researching, researching! I believe the Lake Chapala area may be good fit for us to begin and hopefully allow us the opportunities to explore other areas. I am hoping to make a trip down either solo or with my kids to scout and explore! Thank you all again for you input, wisdom, opinions and suggestions! I do believe I have taken away something valuable from each and every post :-)
  5. Thanks for your reply. I am a U. S. military brat, so I would like to think that I am very flexible when it comes to adjusting to new surrounding and situations. I am doing my best to raise my kids the same way. May I ask the area you live in? It sounds like it might be a good fit for us!
  6. Hi. I'm new here and have done a quick look at old posts on this site regarding moving to the Lake Chapala area with kids and haven't seen a lot. I am a single mom with two children, aged 10 and 12. I am looking for an opportunity to live in a Spanish-speaking community for a year or more. I am financially secure. I am fluent in Spanish and my kids are well-traveled. I have read a lot about the Lake Chapala area being great for retirees and it seems to have a large English-speaking community. I have also researched the local schools and it seems there are great options. What I haven't found is a lot of information about families with children moving to the area. From my research, Ajijic comes across as a place for a lot of retirees. I am curious--are the retirees intermixed with families or others? We currently live in a community where there are a lot of older individuals and I love the relationship my kids have with them. At the same time, I want to make sure that we'd be in a community where my children would find speaking in Spanish a necessity and be able to commune and develop friendships with peers. Any words of wisdom? We are hoping to come and visit the area before committing to the school year....
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