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In Search of Virgins

Monday, February 14 HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!

How ironic that I'm writing about Virgins on Valentine's day!

For a few years I have made a photo book commenorating
our visit to Ajijic. One year it was "The Doors of Ajijic" and this year it is "The Virgins of Ajijic." One day last week, we had some free time and it was another beautiful day so we went out on a walk in search of them. They are common decorations on homes, over doors, or on the walls. Here are a few that we found.
A gaggle of virgins we saw in a store!

Some other interesting sights we saw on our walk.
Color, color everywhere!

We celebrated Valentine's Day on the weekend. Sat. night we went to Manix, a popular restaurant with the Gringos. They had a special typical Mexican meal for less that $10.00 each including dessert: chile relleno, beans,tacos, ribs, guacamole, and flan. A fun duo was playing very dancable gringo music too. It was a festive and fun group and I felt a little out of place because we didn't know anyone, but we did dance one slow dance!

Yesterday we went to the Lake Chapala Society (the local gathering place for Gringos and Canadians) for Souper Sunday sponsored by the Rotary. Yes, there's Rotary here and just about every other organization you can think of: Democrats, republican, Animal Shelter, etc.etc. A long time resident (and I will have to research her name) left the lovely hacienda to the Society. It has a video library, book library and it is where the many, many groups have their meetings.

There were supposed to be 17 soups provided by local restaurants for the $10.00 ticket, along with a cash bar for drinks and dessert between 12 and 3. We normally eat lunch around 2 PM so we planned to get there at 1:30. By that time they had run out of soup because they had over-sold tickets! We had the choice of just one, cream of poblano chile, but it was delicious! A little later another soup was delivered, vegetable pasta, so we did get enough to eat with the dessert we bought.

It was the first time for this event and I am sure they will do some tweaking for next year. There was an arts and craft show and music that added to the ambience of the festivity. All and all, I would say it was a big success because over 300 people attended. A nice couple from California sat at our table and they had been Rotarians there for thirty years and continue their volunteerism here.

The weekly open-air market. I am buying fresh coconut. I crave coconut!!
This one's for Doris Chan!

Today I had my first massage of the season and it was sensational. The nice part about it also was that I just had to walk a block to my neighbor's house where she has the whole set-up and supports a Mexican woman who comes there to do the massages. I described this house and its lovely garden in my post on 1/17/11. Surrounded by the incredible garden in full bloom is the small massage room which is right off the porch so it feels like it is open air. Rather than soothing music, I let my mind wander and was soothed by sounds of birds outside. The masseuse was very good. In fact, it might have been my best massage ever, especially since it only cost $24.00!!!! (including tip) I'll be going back in a month or so to fit one more in before we have to think about getting ready to leave here.


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