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The Gathering Place for American & Canadian Expatriates living in Guadalajara. This should develop into one of our largest Groups.

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Comment by Kitty Cahill on November 22, 2010 at 7:38pm
Thanks Mercy!
Comment by Mercy Stirling de Duenas on November 22, 2010 at 2:05pm
Check out near Plaza del sol - 3 bdrm, furnished - LOS ALMENDROS -the street is LA GIRALDA I believe.. monthly rate about 1,100 USD I believe...everything included..maid, internet, lights, etc.
Affordable, nice and safe, and close to everything!
Comment by Kitty Cahill on November 22, 2010 at 1:08pm
I will be spending the Holidays (Dec 23 - Jan 4th) in Primavara..just outside Guadalajara. Rio Caliente Spa....and can't wait. Would love to find a more affordable short term rental in Guadalajara to return for the month of April.
Comment by Nora Palomino on May 3, 2010 at 1:08pm
This really is a Magical City. There is never a dull moment here. There is always something to do. There are always sooo many people to see and yet when you need some quiet time you simply go to Chapala or Ajiji and enjoy a Michelada : )
Comment by Mercy Stirling de Duenas on April 25, 2010 at 10:59pm
I want everyone to see the INCREDIBLE work that the JUNIOR LEAGUE of Guadalajara is doing at the Hospital Civil with the new born babies!! The League members in the Chapala area - deliver packets to the new borns and other patients at the hospital with their program MI BEBE Y YO..The spear head here is Elena Cooper of Chapala!! Great work Elaine!!! Hopefully we can get more people to donate to the cause!! she writes this:

Dear friends,

I can't think of a better way to show you how important your contribution to Mi Bebé Y Yo is than to share these photos of our trip to the hospital from last week. You can't imagine how needed your items are and how much joy they bring to the moms.

We distributed 48 packages to newborns and 65 soft toys to the children in the cancer and burn units. Sadly, we delivered 15 Sad Mums packages which is what Gillian calls the packages she makes up for the moms who lost their babies. Imagine? Fifteen out of 63 girls who delivered? These babies truly are born in the poorest of conditions. Many mothers never receive any pre-natal care which accounts for the mortality rate.

You'll notice that the only baby wearing clothes is the little abandoned girl as she had received one of packages the week before. All the other angels are wrapped in a sheet provided by the hospital.

Please share these photos with all the wonderful ladies who made all those blankets and all of you accept a great big hug from your thankful Mexican friends.

Bless you,

Elena Cooper

Junior League of Guadalajara
Comment by John K. Glaab, CIPS on April 20, 2010 at 4:07pm
As for inviting cities in Mexico here are two you might consider. First Morelia Michoacan. It is the city of Fiestas ( Mariachi, Organ, Cine, International Music, Dance etc.,etc.) It has also become known a the Latin America City of lights. This because maybe as many as twenty buildings and monuments are lit up at night. There are some fine universities and great medical support.
Should you want to live beside the sea, La Paz is hard to beat. It has good value for the dollar. The first golf course here has opened and there will be two more within three years. Easy access by air with an international airport. Great for kayaks and other aquatic sports.
I can recommend solid Brokers in both cities.
Comment by Mercy Stirling de Duenas on April 20, 2010 at 3:50pm
Hi Mandy - yes big expat community - the American Society has lots of people that hang out there..there are book clubs, quite a few English churches, there is Jr. League that is always looking for volunteers...we are a big city but you can live in parts of town that are not so " big city" like Cd. Granja, Bugambilias and live a bit more intimate...Chapala is also great cause you can live there and just venture into the city..sometimes I think there is more stuff going on in Chapala than in our city of 6 million!! Let me know and I can refer you to a great realtor!
Comment by Mandy Saffery on April 20, 2010 at 2:32pm
Mercy, you seem to be the resident expert on all things Guadalajara so I have a question for you. I am relocating to Mexico that's a fact, my dilemma is which city?? I explore cities via the internet and each one seems fabulous. My original intent was to find a small city thinking it would be more intimate, easier to get around on foot, and more affordable. However the amenities in Guadalajara are luring me to the big city but I don't want to feel isolated and lonely. It is often very hard to meet people. Do you have expat and native friends? Is there an expat community?
Comment by John K. Glaab, CIPS on March 3, 2010 at 1:32pm
Uruapan THE Place to Be For Semana Santa
By John K. Glaab, CIPS

Uruapan Michoacan has many treasures to enjoy year round. They range from natural and cultural beauty to its very diverse cuisine.
The Purepcha Indians have made major contributions to the culture and the cuisine. At the end of Calle Corregidora is the Mercado de Antojitos. Here you can enjoy many native dishes such as atole, carnitas, pozole, sopa Tarasca and special tasty desert dishes and pastry. The Hotel Plaza Uruapan has fine dining to satisfy all taste buds.
The Parque National is just five blocks from the main plaza. It has hundreds of water falls, some God made and others by humans. These are created as the Rio Cupatitzio rushes though the city.
Semana Santa (Holy Week) is a special time to be in Uruapan. Artesans from over 20 villages come to exhibit and sell their wares, filling the four block long main plaza. These range from copper items from Santa Clara del Cobre, guitars from Paracho, wood carvings from Pichaturo, ceramic dishes from the shores of lake Patzcuaro, Pineapple sculpture from Patamban, primitive sculpture form Ochumicho and from URUAPAN a special type of lacquer like plate.
There are parades including the blessing of the palms. At night dancers come from Uruapan’s eight barrios to perform at the Casa de La Cultura. On Palm Sunday Purepecha people will be on the patios of the two main churches, near the main plaza. These ate Inmaculada and San Francisco They will also be seen at the Huatepera. This building was the oldest hospital in the America’s for Indigenes people. The patios will be lined with embroidered articles for sale. At the Fabrica de San Pedro, winning works of crafts will be seen and also available for sale.
ACCOMODATION: If you want to be in the center of the action, Casa Serenity is the best place to stay. It is a nearly 450 year old adobe, historic home. On Calle Corregidora it is a short walk to all of the activities, you will want to enjoy. Check out the web site
Comment by Mercy Stirling de Duenas on October 26, 2009 at 12:08pm
This is Rancho Contento in Guadalajara - excellent FAMILY oriented neighborhood!

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