For us the most fascinating people are often those who are doing things that we admire but never would have thought of or be able to do ourselves. This wonderful young mother (below) has started a business in Guadalajara (5 a’s in that name!) called Rebozo (wrap). It’s a very long piece of fabric that wraps around an infant and then wrapped around the mom so that baby cane be snuggled on the front or back of the mom comfortably and leaves the mom’s hands free. Julie has one for Zara.
Anyway this wonderful new friend took me to her beautiful home the morning after our event. Huge glass doors opened the entire living room wall so that could essentially live “outside”. The tree below is in their living room and the outdoors is a step away.
Nice front door!
Next she took me to a beautiful Basilica within a few blocks of her home.
Unlike most basilicas this one was packed with people on a Friday. I was fascinated to hear that most of the people were there to thank the Virgin Mary for interceding on their behalf and granting them the blessings they had asked for. The entire church was dedicated to asking for blessings and then thanking deity for answering their prayers. It was stunning to see how devoted they were to giving thanks for blessings. It occurred to me that most of us could do a much better of that!
That afternoon this terrific guy on the right who was the Chairman of Education for the group we spoke to took us back to two places that are dear to our hearts.
First we went to Tlaquepaque, a beautiful town where there was fabulous shopping. We had bought a lot of furniture there 28 years ago, much of which we are still using today! Now it’s full of fruit stands and wonderful art galleries!
About 45 minutes further down the road was a lovely village called Ajijic (probably the only city in the world that has dots over four consecutive letters) where we lived for one summer with our kids when Eli, who is 29 spent his first birthday. Since Richard was writing a book, we could live wherever we wanted as long as we could get paper and a pen. It was a delightful summer with the luxury of maids who even ironed our underwear and a nice guy who brought us large bottles of what we thought was purified water every week.
Gruesomely, at the end of one of our weeks toward the end of our stay we found a very large dead beetle in the bottom of our 10 gallon bottle and Dad/Richard saw that guy filling up one of our bottles from an outside tap. So much for the purified water! I guess that was the cause of everybody’s uncomfortable digestive tracts!
In any case it was a delight to go back to our old stomping grounds where we had had so much fun with the kids that summer. We hardly recognized the place after 28 years but the beautiful Lake Chapala located in the city limits and the community gathering place with an old gazebo where there were concerts ever Sunday was still there!
Since we didn’t have a car we often rode horses down streets like this:
We took only a handful of pictures while we were there. What were we thinking? Here we are with our little crew in Ajiiic in 1984:
We rented two condos for this mob with a little pool in front which the kids LOVED!
Many thanks to these great friends and especially for giving us a fun trip down memory lane! We like Mexico….a lot!