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Holy week, Passion of Christ in San Antonio Tlayacapan

On Holy Thursday I had the opportunity to assist and attend the theatrical representation of the passion of Christ held in San Antonio Tlayacapan.  A good friend from work who is a part of the organizational committee for the past four years, since Ms. Victory Crown after 30 years of being at the forefront of this celebration past over the torch to 4 local youth.

It gave me great pleasure to find many familiar faces of friends and local people whom I did not know were involved in this activity.  I was nice to see them together as a community in an effort to maintain this native tradition held annually.

The event started at 8:30pm and ended at 11pm, I never would have imagined so many people would attend.  My friend and I arrived early; we could not believe how many people were already present, they filled up more than a block with people lined up in two rows.  About 80% percent of the people were already there and there was seating for over a 1,000 persons set up in the grounds of the Cuauhtémoc Elementary School located in front of the Padua of Saint Anthony parish.  There was also seating available for another 100 persons outside of the parish where the theatrical act was screened live.

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Viacrucis (Stations of the cross), San Antonio Tlayacapan

If you are one of the lucky people who live in the Lake Chapala area or you are just in town visiting during the Easter Holidays you should not miss the theatrical show of Viacrucis (Stations of the Cross) in San Antonio, Tlayacapan.

Maria crying for the death of her son

This series of events are a tradition that have been held in San Antonio for over 33 years without interruption.  Independent of its religious significance it is a spectacular theatrical presentation that many people in the area attend.

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Organic Market

Just arriving at 10:30 and there were people who already finished their shopping

Recently I heard about an organic market that had been established at Centro Laguna in San Antonio (the new shopping center we have in town) every Tuesday from 10:00 am to 1:00pm.

I had wanted to go visit the market for a bit now and today I finally had the opportunity to go and check it out.  I was quite overtaken by how many venders were present along with the amount of product that was available.  I have listed some of the products below for those of you living in the Ajijic and Chapala area to have a better idea.

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A visit to Guadalajara and renewal of my FM2

As a foreigner living in Mexico I must renew my FM2 on a yearly basis for the next 4 years to be eligible for immigrant status.  Well, my time had come to renew my FM2 and the law office of Camarena Martinez Associates (they also take care of immigration needs for their clients in Lake Chapala and the surrounding areas) invited me to Guadalajara to present myself to immigration (the building where they are is known as Palacio Federal) so that I may receive my new FM2 card.  The immigration department in the past use to issue ID’s in the shape of a passport now they are laminated forms of FM2 ID that can fit in ones wallet.

Palacio Federal (Immigration office is also here)

The immigration office where one goes to give their thumb prints as the last process prior to receiving their documents is on the fourth floor and yes there is a very long line.  Lots of immigrants like me wanting to check into Mexico I guess.  One thing I am glad of is that the Federal Government will be opening up an immigration office in Chapala as of April 1, 2011.  Now that is news to talk about for those of us who are foreigners living in Chapala, Ajijic and the rest of lakeside. 

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Restaurant “El Cantarito” in Jocotepec Weekends Only

I have been frequently visiting El Cantarito Restaurant in Jocotepec for the past 5 years which is almost as long as I have lived lakeside.  For me, it is without a doubt one of my most favorite restaurants to eat at lakeside.

We arrived a bit early around 12:30 pm this Sunday and there were already people waiting in line for takeout orders. It really starts to pick up around 2:00 pm.

Before I go any further I want to make sure to pass over to the readers of this article the address, phone number and name of the family that runs this weekend hideaway which offers the best Mexican style open pit barbeque I have ever eaten.

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