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09 | 25 | 2012

About Halloween and Day of the Dead Celebrations

Day of the dead alter 2Mexico’s Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, at first glance sounds the same as Halloween or All Hollows’ Eve in the United States, but in fact, they’re quite different – just as the two cultures who celebrate these holidays have fundamentally different views about death.
09 | 04 | 2012

Payson Couple Lives Part Time In Mexico

Kate Adams from Payson AZMexico, for all the bad press about drug violence, is still a big draw. Payson residents Louis and Kate Adams have a second home there where they live for a good part of each year. The couple made a presentation to members of the Rotary Club of Payson July 25. The Adams’ Mexico home is in one of the many communities on the shores of Lake Chapala near Guadalajara. The lake is the largest in the country and has commercial fishing and some water sports. The climate is temperate and many extras add to the quality of life.

09 | 04 | 2012

How To Quickly Stop Dog Barking

Stop your dog from barkingDog barking is a very common behavior problem that causes serious grief for pet owners. It irritates the neighbors, scares away the postman, leads to neighborhood unrest, and occasionally lawsuits. In this article you will learn why dogs bark and the causes of inappropriate barking. You will find why the debarking surgery is never advised and is considered unethical. I will advise you on what not to do, then you will find the most important solutions to quickly stopping your dog’s barking at home.
09 | 04 | 2012

Understanding the Behavior of Your Pet

Bring your pet to Lake Chapala MexicoIf we love our pets, considering moving without them is not an option for most people. Below are a couple of links to help you with the planning (paperwork, vets, etc.) and a couple of fun articles that might tell you what your cat or dog is thinking!  Decoding Your Dog's BehaviorIs Fido happy, scared, or lonely? Two dog experts divulge the clues to reading canine behavior, and Understanding Your Cat's Behavior: Get a better sense of your complicated (yet cuddly) kitty.

07 | 31 | 2012

Mexico eager for sporting carnival to begin

Mexican diver Paola EspinosaWhile the United States will be battling China for medal supremacy at the 2012 Olympic Games, Mexico will have more modest ambitions, hoping to improve on its 2008 showing in Beijing of  two golds and one bronze.
05 | 03 | 2012

Pitaya season

Pitaya 2It's now pitaya season. The cactus-type fruit enjoys a six-week harvest during May and June. Most that you'll find in this area are grown in the Jalisco highlands near Guadalajara, and sold in local markets and on the streets.
05 | 03 | 2012

Holidays in May including Mothers Day

Happy May HolidaysMay 2012 Holidays include Victoria's Day for Canada, Memorial Day for the United States, and Mother's Day for Canada, United States and Mexico.
05 | 03 | 2012

Spanish 101 Pesos

Pesos are not just moneyThe word peso seeks its derivation in Spanish where the meaning it conveys is that of weight. The word was earlier being used for a Spanish coin but now it is the main currency of many Latin American countries where Spanish is the main language…including Mexico. Here are some other ways the word peso is used. 

05 | 03 | 2012

Michoacan Cuisine

Abundance of fruits and vegetablesMichoacán’s fertile and varied lands bring an abundance of fruits and vegetables to its table. From the northern parts of the state com such staples as onions, chile and tomatoes as well as potatoes, strawberries, blackberries, and apricots. From the southern Sierra come more fruits: watermelon and oranges, melon and papaya. The coast yields coconuts and mango in abundance. Mix this fresh local produce with corn and beans, and the possibilities multiply almost exponentially.   

04 | 05 | 2012

Overcoming Your Travel Fears

Fear keeps us at homeFear. It's what keeps us from living our lives and achieving our dreams. And it's the most common reason why people don't travel. Whenever I talk to people about long-term travel, they tell me they wish they could do what I do. Then they come up with common excuses as to why they can't:

Learning Adventures
Crash Course On Mexico


On your Journey of Discovery to retire in this land of enchantment, we cover topics that will be important to you…immigration, health options available in Mexico, legal and financial topics, and information that will guide you through the decision-making process of buying or renting a house, options for moving, bringing your pets, and a myriad of other details that we have collected during Focus on Mexico’s 15 years of experience guiding our participants through the Lake Chapala area.