Wednesday, November 26, 2008

We Have a WalMart

Today is market day in Ajijic. A half mile stretch of road on the eastern border of our little town serves as the location for numerous booths selling clothing, spices, nuts, candies, music CD's, computer software, fresh vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood, small electronic gadgets, cosmetics, ART, and other stuff. Local and regional artisans have all the obligatory Mayan masks, paintings, pottery, and tourist kitsch. Several small eateries are also set-up there selling pizza, tacos, and other delicious food.

Our friends at Anita's Animals have a used book and clothing booth whose proceeds are used for the care and feeding of the shelter's cats and dogs. Of course, that's our favorite booth to visit. Victoria Guadalupe, Evita, Isabela, Eenie Meenie, Moinie, Mo, Abby, and Ziva found there way to our house (just a block away) from the cages of puppies and kittens that Anita brings to the tiangius each Wednesday for adoption. We've brought home more kittens than used books or clothing.

I'm told that our market day experience is quite small compared to the tiangius in Guadalajara and the one held in a town across the lake. Someday, I may visit them. Right now, I am content with "small town" life.

The opening of a new WalMart* last week will probable not have any effect upon the sale of items at the tiangius. Our local supermarkets and bakeries, though, now have stiff competition for the hearts, minds, and stomachs of the local Mexican population, American expats, Europeans, and Canadians. We will probably continue buying all of our fresh chicken and carne molida (ground beef) from El Torito's, a supermarket that is on the next block (with Salvadore's, the Cinemas Del Lago, Christina's Pharmacy, Ajijic's Boston Deli, and several small shops). And, if and when we really have any extra pesos we will probably walk the mile or so to shop for household goods and other staples. (Yes, we have a great bus system and there is always a cheap cab ride.)

Yes, we have all the "comforts of home". Before moving to Mexico, we both visited Ajijic and were convinced that we would find few barriers to our pursuit of happiness in this corner of North America. Living in an area with "the best climate in North America", good and inexpensive food, Canadian satellite TV with the Detroit and Seattle local and networks' signal feeds, high-speed Internet, reliable telephone and electric, and more -- is just plain fantastic. Did I mention the people?

Have we yet to regret our move to Mexico? No, nada, ninguna duda --- Never.

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