But it was time to unpack and stay for a while. The neighborhood we live in does not have postal service. We’re contemplating getting a P.O. box, but truly, who sends snail mail anymore?
We met our neighbors Luis and Ana Maria, who kindly offered to help us with whatever we needed. Also there is Jim, the “one name only” expat…originally from somewhere in the states…that was 26 years ago. Jim comes and goes, but always returns. He gave us a run down on how water is delivered, how our water system works,…basically, he is the go to guy if anything in the house needs attention. His two black dogs greeted Brad “nippingly” yesterday afternoon, after which they became respected friends.
Dogs are a different breed here. My friend Anne says that all the dogs in Mexico always look as if they know just where they are going…walking with a purpose and destination in mind. This is true. From the street dog to the well groomed purebred…they all walk assuredly.
We also met Paco, the beautiful macaw, the last day we were at the Nuevo Posada. Paco was a bit shy at first, but then became interactive when his caretaker brought his breakfast…speaking both in English and Spanish.
We attended our first yard sale today….Brad found a wonderful pair of green overalls for his landscaping work…we also scored some choice DVDs for a few pesos.
Since we do not watch TV, DVD’s and Netflix will be very treasured here.
Tonight is Good Friday and around this area fireworks have been exploding all evening.
The people here honor the Lady of Sorrows and today is Good Friday. In Chapala there are religious tributes to La Dolorosa—Our Lady of Sorrows—which will mark the start of traditional Easter season observances in the Lake Chapala area.
Traditional Easter season observances will commence Friday, April 3 when many faithful Roman Catholics set up shrines honoring Our Lady of Sorrows.
On the last Friday in Lent, this year on April 3, many local families display artistically-designed doorstep shrines centered on an image of the Virgin Mary dressed in mourning garb. It is a centuries-old national custom to represent the suffering of the mother of Jesus Christ and the hope for human redemption.