Home Sweet Home - Lake Chapala, Mexico
Sometimes we forget that we are lucky enough to live in paradise. After returning from 2 weeks in my native Canada it struck me once again how much I love living in Ajijic, Lake Chapala. Our flight from Toronto to Dallas was without incident but our flight from Dallas to Guadalajara was delayed for three hours and I thought we would not be able to get home at all that night. I quickly made friends with our pilot who was worried about thunder storms in Dallas and Guadalajara but eventually he felt it was safe to take off and we arrived at 1:00 am but arrived nonetheless.
The wonderful smells were what hit me first as we exited the Guadalajara Airport (with all of out luggage which was a miracle). It was pitch black on the ride to Ajijic, Lake Chapala but I could envision when we first would see Lake Chapala and the wonderful feeling it always gives me knowing that I am home.
The house was brightly lit up and our dogs were thrilled to see us very nearly knocking me over in their excitement.
We had had a lovely time with friends and relatives in Canada and the weather was perfect. This was most unusual for Toronto and we were very grateful. Every day I would think of Ajijic, Lake Chapala and how much I missed my life here. I missed the flowers and birds, my daily shopping excursions, my friends, and the relaxed pace of life.
Things are much more hectic up north and we seemed to spend a lot of time in the car getting from A to B. It seemed everything we wanted to do was at the other end of the city and you had a very small window to travel as the rush hour traffic certainly has not lessened in 15 years.
Everyone was rushing around madly with a very glum look on their faces not seeming to take any joy from life. I thought of how much I have enjoyed every minute of every day since moving to Ajijic, Lake Chapala in 1994 and longed to return to my happy life here.
I guess the best way to fully appreciate what you have is to be without it for a time. I will continue to travel north to see friends and family but will always eagerly look forward to returning to my beautiful village in the sun.
Tonight is the celebration of the Mexican Independence Day and all around Mexico people will be enjoying the Grito (cry of independence). Flags are flying and national pride is high. I, too, am very proud to be able to live in this wonderful country.