Ajijic, Chapala and Serendipity

[soliloquy id=”30955″]meriah nichols mexico-6Around Christmas last year, we camped next to Tim and Ann, a couple that we came to be good friends with. They are older and very much an inspiration to me with the no-holds-barred way in which they live their lives.

Well, at that time, we were just meeting them and Ann said I really should meet this friend of hers, Karen, who blogs at Acrobatic Thoughts. Karen has 9 kids and travels all over the place.

I was impressed as anyone would be – NINE KIDS!! Boondocking!! All over Mexico! WOW!

Fast forward a year.

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Christmas again and we were driving and I looked up and was like, “hang on – we’re inĀ Ajijic?! Karen said that’s where she is!” and so while in the parking lot of a coffee shop with wifi access, I was able to connect with her and that’s how we came to be hanging out in the hotel they were staying at over the course of Christmas.

How random. How serendipitous.

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What nice people.

It was good getting to know them. We don’t often run into other travelers with kids, let alone with more kids than we have. We were taking notes.

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Ajijic and Chapala are neighboring towns. Ajijic evidently has the largest expat community in Mexico. Since expat scenes aren’t ours, we didn’t go there. Chapala gave us the feeling that it makes its money off of Ajijic and the expat community – people were more cautious with us there.

But it’s still a cute town, by a pretty lake.

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I though Chapala was more physically accessible than most places we’ve been to so far. Everywhere I looked, I saw ramps, Some of them were in kooky angles (like, you’d have to position yourself *just so* to be able to wheel up), but they were there.



Meriah Nichols is teacher and artist who lives in a yurt off the grid. She is deaf, has 3 kids (one with Down syndrome) and a lot of chickens. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done. She likes her tea Earl Grey and hot.


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  • Glad you stopped by, serendipitously. Neat how networking together leads you to new friendships time and again.

    Yeah, this isn’t our ideal Mexican town to hang out near, but for this season in our life when we are committing time to building business to fund more travels, it fits the bill. A time and a season for everything under the sun.

    Oh, and thanks for sharing our blog. Love to make new friends!!

    • I hear you, about it not being the ideal place BUT a good one for what your priorities are right now.
      xoxox looking forward to spending more time with you and yours in the future, so glad we met!

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