The Faces of Bacalar

23 Nov

Two years ago I started this blog to chronical our adventurous move to Bacalar, Mexico. We bought property with the intention of building a retirement home, had never-ending garage sales, quit our jobs and packed. People were endlessly asking, “Why Mexico?” and “Aren’t you afraid?” The Adventures of Dos Tortas was born to address those questions and a million others.

Pulling out of the drive in Austin Texas to live our dream in Mexico.

Pulling out of the drive in Austin Texas, Aug 2013 to live our dream in Mexico.

Today the burning question seems to be, “What do you do all day?” Having given it some thought, I can honestly say, I don’t know. No two days are alike. We try not to be too attached to things looking a certain way because life is full of surprises, like our recent eviction!

This week has been raining and I invite you to ride along while I run errands, and meet some of the people of Bacalar.

First stop, drop off the trash.

First stop, drop off the trash.

Trash is only picked up within the city limits of Bacalar. All others bring trash into town and dispose of it at one of these handy drop offs. It also serves as a punto de reunion which you will find all over Mexico. If there is a fire or earthquake, the idea is to have a central meeting point. It’s a good idea but some of their odd locations have been the brunt of many jokes.

Doctors Leticia

Doctora Leticia

Doctora Leticia is a fixture in Bacalar. She runs a small government subsidized clinic and farmacia. In an effort to shop locally, we asked her to stock the medications we use regularly. It seems that large pharmacies get deep discounts and our request is not an easy one to fill. She is not used to her customers taking her picture.

Pharmacy adjacent to the clinic.

Pharmacy adjacent to the clinic.

Next stop – laundry. Here you meet Carmen who washes, dries, and folds our clothes. Lisa practices her Spanish and Carmen always greets us with a smile. Our new place will have a washer and dryer, so we will have to just stop by and say hi. It’s been nice to be spoiled by Carmen who does a great job with our laundry.

Lavanderia with Carmen.

Lavanderia with Carmen.

Last stop is to visit our friend – the water guy! Drinking bottled water is the norm in Mexico. While we can never remember his name, he certainly knows ours. He hustles business and has earned our loyalty. A new little vehicle allows him to make rounds and provide excellent service. Business must be good because he always has a smile.

Our cute water guy.

Our cute water guy.

Visiting these lovely people makes even a rainy day fun in Bacalar. I will continue to share what it is we do all day, as soon as I figure it out!


Sunrise of the week.

Sunrise of the week.

Friday I met Claire and John, Canadians who are visiting their daughter in Bacalar. It’s a kick to meet blog followers and these two were as sweet as they come.

Claire and John - blog followers from Canada.

Claire and John – blog followers from Canada.

11 Responses to “The Faces of Bacalar”

  1. Kathe November 23, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    So you’ve found a new place. Where? That was fast!


  2. An November 23, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    Sounds like a perfect day in the realm of many… -alicia

    Sent from my iPad


    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 November 23, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      Thanks An. Hope retirement is treating you well. Miss you.


  3. emilievardaman November 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    A lovely day. I love that you put faces on some of the people you see regularly. Fun post! I haven’t met any of my blog followers from afar. Hope I do one day.


    • afish25 November 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed my rainy day! I like becoming a regular in the community.


  4. brucekelley November 23, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Nice meeting some of your people, Alex.


    • afish25 November 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

      Back atcha Bruce. It’s all about the people.


  5. LJones November 23, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    I think this is my favorite blog…lovely! And thank you for highlighting these lovely people of Bacalar – they deserve some fame:) Your photos are gorgeous as well – wish I was able to capture beauty like you can (but you are inspiring me to use my camera more). Blessings – L

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 November 23, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

      Thanks L. I have a really nice camera for sale. I do all my photos w my iPad. Glad you enjoyed the blog.


  6. AnnaBelle November 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    Hello! I just now came across your blog and promptly “followed” you! Our dream, (my hubby and I) is to someday live/retire in or near Bacalar. We have been there once and fell in love with the town on the first day. We stayed at the Amigos B & B. I’m sure you know about it. We are planning to visit there again near Christmas next month, and scope it out a little. We’re not quite till retirement yet, but we can dream, right? I’ll be looking for your posts regularly! AnnaBelle


    • afish25 November 24, 2014 at 5:43 am #

      Welcome, I don’t know Amigos B&B. There are so many little hotelitos and more opening up every day. We’ll be here for the holidays. Let me know if you want to meet for a visit.


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