At every FOCUS seminar we offer modestly priced a-la-carte options that include the following: The Sunday full-day tour of Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque includes a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Hospicio Las Cabañas and a detailed review of the famous murals by José Clemente Orozco, a contemporary of Diego Rivera, including one of his most famous murals "Man on Fire". After a morning in the historic center of Guadalajara, we tour the unique artisan shopping area of Tlaquepaque and enjoy lunch at one of the best restaurants in the area, followed by a performance by the famous local … [Read more...]
Carnaval Lakeside – What’s A Sayaco?
Carnival is celebrated in almost all Catholic countries as the final festivity before the commencement of Lent. At Lakeside we are in full Carnaval season with a series of events including the Sayaca parade in Ajijic on February 25 beginning at 10:30, starting from behind the church. The Sayacos are a pre-hispanic tradition native to Ajijic and there are several versions of the legend about their origins that have been passed down orally from one generation to another. The Legend of the Sayacos One version of this ancient tradition says that the Sayaco and the Sayaca were born prior to the … [Read more...]
Can Mexico Be Fixed?
As widely reported, the Lakeside community is shocked and saddened at the recent murder of a local Canadian resident and we join the rest of the community in offering our condolences to the family and friends of the victim. This incident only added to the anxiety caused among some by recent reports regarding the purported upswing of crime in the area, and recent writings and interviews conducted by visitors to the area. So let's take a closer look at current events Lakeside and address the question of how bad is it and can Mexico be fixed? CRIME In general, there is some level of increase … [Read more...]
Grab Your Suitcase on New Year’s Eve!
If a possible move to Mexico is on your 2019 bucket list, you may want to try the Mexican New Year's Eve tradition of running around the house or block with your suitcase in the first hours of 2019. Or you may want to try some of the other Mexican New Year's Eve traditions shown here. https://www.chimuadventures.com/blog/2017/01/new-year-in-mexico/ Happy New Year to all of our FOCUS alumni and friends, especially to those we haven't met yet. We are looking forward to seeing you at one of our 2019 learning seminars. Many attendees have commented that they found the FOCUS program … [Read more...]
The U.S. and Mexico – Brothers From Another Mother
Jorge Ramos is a well-known Mexican American journalist and newscaster who has written numerous books, including the recent Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era. In this wide ranging interview in Mexico City, he discusses the election of the new Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, commonly known as AMLO, and interviews Americans living in Mexico and Mexicans who have returned from the U.S. This is a great birds eye view of Mexico today and why ~1.5 million Americans choose to make Mexico their home. Check it out and join us for one of our intensive … [Read more...]
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