A Day In The Life Of A Lake Chapala Retiree

June 13, 2017

 

What is there to do in Ajijic? All of us already living down here on Lake Chapala know that it is the best place in the world to live out our retirement years, but what, you ask, could we possibly do all day and what makes living here so special? I am glad you asked. Here is a brief summery of some of the wonderful things that keep us all so very busy each and every day. As I always like to say “You need 6 more hours in a day and 4 more days the week to accomplish all you want to do here in Ajijic”.

 

Just simply mix and match the points below to create your awesome day!

 

  • Have an early/late morning coffee and breakfast of fresh locally grown fruit and fresh baked bread from the local panaderia (bakery)

  • Go out for breakfast (it's cheap)

  • Join any coffee group for a morning discussion of American politics and other irrelevant information

  • Go for a walk along the malecón, stroll through town or on the cycling path

  • Lounge in the plaza at one of the coffee shops and enjoy the sights and sounds of Mexico while catching up with friends

  • If it's a Tuesday or Friday you might want to go for a hike with the local hiking group which meets at Dona Donuts at 9:00 am

  • Play golf 365 days per year

  • Go to LCS and take part in one of their daily activities. While you are there be sure to sign up for one of their monthly excursions

  • Play tennis, pickleball, volley ball, go for a swim or go kayaking

  • Teach English as a volunteer, help children shelters and orphanages or families with limited funds to pay for major illnesses, sew dresses for poor girls, etc.

  • Join one of the many clubs like the bridge club or games club

  • Chill out and visit with friends or join them for lunch

  • Find a yummy meal at one of the many outside/inside restaurants

  • Plan a day trip to see a myriad of historical sights like pyramids, drive around the lake, head out to Concepción for a great breakfast or lunch, Mazamitla or wherever. Visit Tonala, or Talaquepaque in Guadalajara for great shopping

  • Have a siesta

  • Volunteer. I do volunteer modeling but there are volunteer opportunities almost too numerous to list. People volunteer with animals, children and the elderly. There are many teaching opportunities as well in everything from English lessons, sewing, cooking, woodworking, etc

  • Help out in the soup kitchen or deliver food to the needy from La Mission Restaurant

  • Volunteer at one of the many furry friend organizations such as cat recovery for Operacion Amor and the free Spay and Neuter Clinic for Mexican pet owners of limited means

  • Help in one of the many thrift shops that raise money for needy causes

  • Do makeup, hair, wardrobe or even act on stage at one of the 3 local theaters, or at the annual Micheal Jackson 'Thrill the World' Zombie performance (Halloween)

  • On Mondays you can go to the Chapala street Market for anything you can imagine and then some, or to the Gringo Market in San Antonio and pick up some prepared foods for dinner

  • If it's Tuesday go to the organic market and buy anything you missed in fresh fruit and veggies on Monday. Walk around, greet people and ask questions

  • Eat lunch for $5 or less a person in one of the many fabulous restaurants or at a taco stand

  • Go to Sam's or Costco in Guadalajara once or twice a month. Drive into Guadalajara on Sunday morning when there is NO traffic. Take your map or use your phone and learn your way around Guadalajara and Zapopan

  • One Sunday visit the Zoo in Guadalajara

  • Attend 'Open Circle' at LCS on Sundays at 10 and expand your mind by listening to expert speakers

  • Take up fishing, sailing or beer drinking

  • Go to one of the many gyms and keep in shape (after drinking all that beer)

  • If the gym is not your thing then attend yoga or Pilates classes

  • Garden 12 months of the year. There are great gardening clubs to help you learn how

  • Take Spanish classes

  • Take up painting and/or attend art classes

  • Go out for dinner and dancing. Available every night of the week

  • Spend the day in luxurious solitude. Read all the books by your favorite authors

  • Play video games

  • Love and care for your adorable sweet puppy (or cat) or take in a 'rescue dog' from a local shelter

  • Take up horseback riding or rent a horse in La Floresta for a few hours

  • Swim in the pool or soak in the hot tub

  • Watch Netflix

  • Go to the movies at one of the two local movie heaters. Only $1.25 USD on Wednesdays

  • Try to teach the hummingbirds to drink from your hand (not strenuous, but very time consuming)

  • Take a weekly therapeutic massage

  • Host dinners and parties

  • Attend the theater or a concert

  • Go to the beach a couple times a year in the "winter". It's only 3 hours away

 

You worked hard all your life for this retirement so now is the time to enjoy every minute of every day.

 

As always, for more information on anything about Lake Chapala living and retiring, please contact me through this website or Facebook and thanks for reading.

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