Walking along the the Lake Chapala waterfront in Ajijic, Jalisco, I cannot help but wonder if the “good old days” in the USA might once have been like this. There are couples strolling along the malecón and families gathered around large concrete picnic tables, feasting on the barbeque that has just come off the grill. Music can be heard, some from boom boxes and some from open windows and doorways on the streets just north of the malecón.
This Mexico is different from the Mexico one reads about in the newspaper. This is a gentle, peaceful Mexico. Certainly, there are criminals and drug lords but they represent a tiny fraction of the people. What I see here are common people, most of them poor, whose greatest joys in life involve doing simple things with their families…walking along the malecón, watching the boats on the lake or perhaps playing games with friends.
The weather in Ajijic is wonderful. Clear blue skies, cool nights and just barely warm days. The view of the lake from where I’m sitting is lovely. I feel like I’ve drifted back in time to a simpler life with simpler people.
There is evidence of the invasion of crass commercialism that promises to alter the attitudes and appeal of this idyllic place, but I will ignore what I cannot change and will simply enjoy my brief time in another century.