Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays and All the Best For 2010 Dec 2009

Nochebuena (Poinsettia) Christmas Tree 
City Hall, Guadalajara.
 Isn't it beautiful!

The Nochebuena is native to Mexico and was taken 
to the US by Joel Robert Poinsett.
Poinsett was the first ambassador to Mexico (1825 - 1829)

If you had told me last Christmas, that by this Christmas,
I would be writing a blog, and LOVING it - I would have said you're nuts!
I don't even READ blogs, why would I want to write one!

Well, here we are and I would like to take this opportunity to
thank each and every one of you for reading my humble musings 
and for sending such nice emails and comments.  
I absolutely love doing this and sharing my Mexico with all of you.

Meeting and interacting with fellow Mexican bloggers
has been the icing on the cake!

A very special thank you to the people who have trusted me
and supported Cruz Roja Chapala and La Casa de la Sagrada Familia
with their donations.  
I am humbled by your generosity and kind words.

I was inspired by a blog post written some time ago 
by Sparks that told of being lost in Mexico on a road trip
and stumbling upon a town called Santa Maria del Oro.
(Read all about it by clicking on the above link.)

 This simple blog post, resulted in 64 joyful comments!
Most of which were written by Mexicans living in the US, 
who were born in Santa Maria or had family there, 
and resulted in the networking of many many
friends and family members through the miracle of cyberspace.

My goal for 2010 is to attract homesick Mexicans from small rural villages, 
who are now living in other parts of the world, and reconnect them 
with updated pictures and news of their hometowns here in Mexico.
If you know of anyone who fits that description,
please forward this blog to them. 

Don't forget to leave comments, I love to hear from you!
Bloggers love comments.  



  1. Don't let the comments throw you - there are a lot of lurkers out there and you will discover other methods to ascertain readership - not that any of us Bloggers care about that - OH SURE!

  2. Jajaja. That's what StatCounter is for!
    I did get a comment this morning from someone from Amacueca who hasn't been home in 22 years and liked the pics of her town.
    Happy New Year, you!

  3. But the comments sometimes are better than the article as with my post on Santa Maria del Oro.

    To find another such 'undiscovered' might require looking on a map for small DOTS and then searching them in Google. If you find nothing other than the government sites then head there

  4. We have visited Ajijic a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed the people and the area (the food was a little problematic). But now, up here in the Pacific Northwest, we are reading about Mexican drug crime on a daily basis. We are left with the impression that Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana and other border towns are free-fire zones. Guadalajara is said to be rife with narco-traficantes.

    Please comment on the situation in the Chapala area.

  5. It was great to meet you in Melaque. Keep up the good work. Happy new year!