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•Gardening in Mexico?

I am writing because I would like more information about gardening and farming in the area around Guadalajara. I haven't been able to find much about agriculture in Mexico. By "farming", I mean, growing fruits and vegetables, and maybe a few animals for food..... (more) from Frank Hodge

•Shopping for House Furnishings : PV or Guadalajara?

I have recently purchased a condominium in Puerto Vallarta. My decorator and friend Jan will be going to PV, and then on to Guadalajara to shop for furniture, etc. for the new condo. Jan will need help getting around in Guadalajara; translation; and also need help getting the furniture shipped to Puerto Vallarta. I am wondering if you have any helpful information regarding shopping as well as shipping from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta.... (more)

Nogales to Guadalajara & Lake Chapala

Lorena and I have finally returned to Mexico and are living on the shore of Lake Chapala, the country’s largest lake, about 45 minutes by freeway from Guadalajara. This region has long been a magnet for gringo “snowbirds” and expatriates, and thousands of Americans and Canadians live here, either year ‘round or part-time. It is easy to understand why: the quick access to Guadalajara (a city of millions), moderate elevation, near-idyllic climate, and the beautiful lake make a rather irresistable combination..... (more) by Carl Franz

Shopping in Guadalajara

Let’s talk about prices. Lorena and I finally gave in and went shopping in Guadalajara. I say “gave in” because we enjoy the laid-back, Chapala “lakeside” so much that we’ve postponed errands in the city. Also, there is very little that we need here, that can’t be found here. Even such elemental, “can’t live without” essentials as extra virgin olive oil, tofu, popcorn, and an occasional bag of greasy potato chips are available just a few blocks from us....but, as Lorena pointed out, we still didn’t have a carrot juice machine.... (more) by Carl Franz

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