It is becoming habit on a Thursday to leave the condo early while the cleaning crew are in. After enjoying breakfast out with one of our Bird’s neighbours, we hopped on the bus to Jocotepec which is at the west end of Lake Chapala. I really haven’t been on buses much since I learned to drive . . . just a few short years ago . . . so, I am re-learning the rules of bus riding. Like, you get up and offer your seat to an older lady or one with a baby. Surprise Surprise: here, young people get up and offer their seat to Me . . . sigh . . . it’s as sure a sign as it is back home when people hold a door open for me, or call me Sir . . . I am sliding down the other side of the mountain.
The ride takes us through the village San Juan Cosala, right along the lake. Everyone in town has a beautiful view, even many Mexicans who have not been crowded out by condos yet. We discuss plans to come back for a late lunch one day and possibly watch for the sunset.
Jocotepec, although larger than Ajijic and Chapala, is a sleepy but otherwise fairly typical Mexican town: dusty, concrete buildings, a beautiful town square in the centre, with a big old church across the street. The streets are regular width, not as much cobblestone here, and most notably . . not as colourful or picturesque as Ajijic. The town square is a place for everyone to gather, socialize, get a cool drink, etc. On this day as we sit and people watch, the square suddenly comes alive in the early afternoon with vendors, children laughing and playing, music . . . seems school is out.
the church near the square . . .
crazy trees near the church . . .
inside the municipal building . . .
vendors in the square . . .
The best part of this town is down at the lake where they have perhaps the longest Malecon and park area we have seen on the lake so far. Along one side of the walking path is exercise equipment, chin up bars, resistance trainers and the like, making this a pretty special place to get in shape. There are two children’s water splash pools, one at either end of the Malecon; a skate board park; lots of BBQ pits and benches; a pond; and sculpture pieces spotted throughout.
Today, the wind was blowing in across the lake and it just took the edge off the heat of the day. These Malecons are almost empty during the week but are typically crowded when families come to enjoy their time together with strolls along the lake, picnics, games and dancing all throughout the weekend; although most of the activities are on Sunday.