Not many people here make over 50 pesos an hour. It would take several days for them to make enough to pay for the entrance fees for just a few hours of splashing in the hot waters. No wonder so many children are seen swimming in the lake during the holidays.
Yesterday my friend Don took me out to lunch. I met him when I first moved here and lived in Chapala. He had just moved here too. He said that was ten years ago. So I have been living here for ten years. The time has gone by so quickly. It has been a good ten years. I have mostly been happy here. And I have met quite a few people through my blog. (I have not been doing the blog that long.) Sometimes people stop me on the street and say I was the reason they moved here. That always makes me feel good, like I am contributing something of value. Almost every friend I have here is someone I met because of my blog.
I have also been through some very hard times in those ten years. My ex husband's suicide. Three operations and one of them a cancer scare. Being kicked out of my last house right after falling down the stairs and not being able to walk..... Many many readers wrote to me during these hard times and gave me encouragement and hope to carry on. I can't begin to say thank you enough to express the depth of how those comments helped me. THANK YOU. And I hope this new year has many wonderful surprises in it for all of us.