Feb 21, 2007, 12:25 PM
Post #10 of 60
Well, in a discussion of neighborhoods, one person wrote the following about one of the neighborhoods he/she had lived in:
Re: [cdubee] living in Lake Chapala area in a more Mexican neighbourhood
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"I loved it for two years, but also love it where we now live, out in the quiet environs of Vista Del Lago, which, unfortunately is 85 to 90% foreigners. "
That seems like an unfortunate remark and I wonder what it is about?
Allow me to explain cdubee:
I cannot speak for the original poster and will not attempt to do so. However, I have no problem re-phrasing the point.
I have lived in the quiet environs of Ajijic for almost six years on a property I love. Unfortunately, Ajijic is overrun with foreigners and this displeases me. That doesn´t mean that there is anything inherently wrong with the large foreign presence in this commnunity, simply that that large foreign presence impacts the community in a way that I personally find unpleasant. During our first years here, it was helpful to live in a place where we could avail ourselves of local goods and services without having to cope with language and cultural barriers and that is a good idea for newcomers. However, it is unfortunate that this in- migration insulates us from the local community and discourages the hard work needed to understand that community and, to the extent possible, assimilate into it over time.
Just the other day, one of us met a Mexican woman in Guadalajara who lives in Los Angeles. She owns a home in Jalisco and her family is encouraging her to sell it and move full time to L.A. She lamented that it is really hard for her to learn English and understand American culture since evereybody with whom she interracts in Los Angeles speaks Spanish.
Human nature is what it is no matter where you are from.
(This post was edited by Bubba on Feb 21, 2007, 1:30 PM)