Staying in Touch in Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico
When our daughter first went to London, England from Ajijic in 2007 she set me up on www.facebook.com so she could send me photos and videos. Since then I have this to be a wonderful site for networking and getting in touch with friends from the past. It keeps you in touch daily with what is happening in the lives of friends and family.
I also have Skype which is a very cheap long distance program from computer to computer and also has a chat feature which allows you to send and receive messages much like MSN. You can leave this chat window open all day and if anyone wishes to reach you they can in an instant.
Lately I have added www.youtube.com to my repertoire. My family has very different tastes in music and on this site you can type in any song or artist and watch videos of all your favorite music. Also if you have missed anything you wanted to see on TV you can watch the video of what you missed.
One of the things that bother some people moving to Ajijic is losing contact with the world we came from. With these and many other sites you can stay connected with everything in the world that is of interest to you.
I remember when we first moved to Ajijic in 1994 our long distance bill from Telmex was prohibitive and I had to do all my Canadian banking with Royal Direct. Therefore, calls to friends and family were cut woefully short.
Now I can talk as long as I like to anyone in the world and share photos and videos with them as well.
I have come a long way with the help of our very computer literate son who took me from being able to send a letter or email to a whole new world of communication skills at the click of the mouse.
One of the most popular uses of the internet now for realtors is the use of the virtual tours of properties. With this tool they are able to show properties to people living in other countries and thereby custom designing properties to have ready to show them when they arrive for in person viewings. This, of course, saves everyone a great deal of time and is a more efficient way to do business.
We all know how hard President Barack Obama fought to retain his beloved Blackberry and I too, would fight to the death to retain my laptop.
Here in our beautiful village in the sun of Ajijic the world is indeed our oyster.