I’m retired here in Ajijic, and I’m busy all the time.
To give you an example, here is my typical day here in Ajijic. Every morning is my exercise period, so 3 days a week I play golf, which is 10 minutes from my house. My course does not have golf carts because it’s a mountain course, so I have to walk which is one of the reasons why I play golf-- to exercise. I walk 18 holes on a mountain course 3 times a week.
The other 4 days a week my buddies and I walk our dogs, have breakfast and “chew the fat.” Then, I walk home. I live on the side of a mountain so I have to climb to get home. We start at 8:30, and I’m home about 10:30.
I usually have a few hours of chores around the house or things that I need to do in the garden, and then I have a full workshop in my garage. After lunch, I usually go to my workshop. I have little hobbies and fiddle around there for a few hours. I then go back into the house, get in my recliner and watch the news and read. About 5 o’clock I clean up and get ready to start either fixing dinner or going out to dinner. We go out to dinner 2 or 3 times a week, and we go dancing at least once a week.
We have a group of friends that we hang out with quite a lot, and we often go each other’s houses.
A number of people volunteer, and there are many entities that benefit from the "foreign" knowledge base.
The Lake Chapala Society was started back in the 40s or 50s as a welcoming site for visitors and immigrants. They now have the largest English language video library in Mexico, and they also have a significant English book library. They have seminars and talks, and clubs for computer, ancestry, quilting, etc. Volunteers run art classes, English as a second language, and computer lessons for the Mexican community. There are things going on there every day of the week.
Before I fully retired 3 or 4 years ago, I started a free clinic for skin cancer screening at the Lake Chapala Society and recruited a Mexican dermatologist to help me. We screened about 50 patients every other Wednesday, and then on Thursday we would operate. The screenings were free, but patient paid for the surgery. The money that we made from the surgeries was used to fund scholarships. It turned out to be a big business, and we had about 40 students on university scholarships at all times. I don’t do that anymore, but the program goes on because we recruited other physicians.
(Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)