Here in Mexico We Enjoy...

John and Judy Snyder's Retirement in Mexico


Where to Begin

The Exploration Trip

Finding THE Place

Steps Toward Making it Happen

Tying Things Up NOB

The Actual Move

Building the House

A Photo Tour of the Building Project

Heads Up

Here in Mexico We Enjoy...



























































Las Posadas (Spanish for "the inn") is a traditional Mexican festival which re-enacts Joseph's search for room at the inn. Each Christmas season, a processional carrying a doll representing the Christ Child and images of Joseph and Mary riding a burro walks through the community streets. The processional stops at a previously selected home and asks for lodging for the night. The people are invited in to read scriptures and sing Christmas carols called villancicos. Refreshments are provided by the hosts. The doll is left at the chosen home and picked up on the next night when the processional begins again. This continues for eight nights in commemoration of the journey of Mary Joseph and from Nazareth to Bethlehem.














































Volunteer potatoes



































Taking Pictures (Judy does, at least)

A trip to Tonala in the state of Jalisco yielded these and many other colorful sites.

The Mexican People

The hospitality of the Mexican people is well expressed by a phrase that they use.  We asked a fairly new acquaintance where she lived.  She responded, "Su casa esta..." (Your house is at such and such an address.)  It took me a few seconds to realize that she has actually saying, "My house is..." but by calling it "su casa", or your house she was expressing how welcome we would be there.  I've found out since then that this a commonly used expression.


Our expat friends and acquaintances

Expats who live in areas with a large expat community may not be interested in chatting with every person they see who looks as if they are of our language and culture.  When we meet any of these folks it's generally at Sam's, WalMart, McDonalds, or Burger King.  Thus, if given the opportunity, we almost always speak to them.  Natually, we don't invite them all home with us, but we have found some who are of kindred minds and interests and thus we have become close friends with them. 


Holidays with friends 

Fourth of July with Expat Friends 

Thanksgiving with our pastor and his family


There are many "posadas" held during the month of December.  There's a description at the left, but many families have adapted the occasion to make their own type celebration, although they somewhat follow pattern described.  There is usually gift exchange, some enactment of the Christmas story, food, and, of course the famous pinata.

 Christmas with Mexican Friends

Celebrating Christ's Birth at Church

Our Church

We have found a great little Bible Church which has also taken us in as their ownThe pastor is an American missionary.  John has had the "opportunity" to fill the pulpit several times when the pastor is out of town.  It always stretches linguistic skills when he brings a message in Spanish.  He never preaches without a great deal of preparation.

 Bible Facts Competition


Living in Central Mexico certainly isn't like living in the jungles of Brazil when it comes to the abundance of living creatures around us, but we do enjoy the ones we have.  We've been hearing the quail for a long time and lately they have gotten brave enough to come and sit on the berm or even on the deck.

One day I was tending some plants and felt something soft cross over my foot.  I looked down and it was a small bunny (smaller than the one in the picture who appeared a different day in about the same place).  The little bunny just sat there so I thought maybe it was hurt.  I slowly reached down and picked it up and examined it for any wounds.  I didn't find anything wrong with it so I set it back on the ground and it hopped away!

Eating off the land

Because I bury our fruit and vegetable peeling, etc. we have a lot of volunteer plants--papaya, avocados, melons, potatoes, tomatoes.  Most of them don't develop into much, but we did have a watermelon get up to over six pounds.  It was really tasty.  We've also had quite a few tomatoes.


What's really kind of fun, though, is eating things that grow naturally.  "Verdo lago" grows wild in the yard and we've picked and prepared and eaten it a few times.  Interestingly, it can also be purchased in the grocery store.  It's so green that it must be healthful.

The barrel cactus, which you have all seen, I'm sure, bears a very sweet and tasty fruit.  It's kind of hard to get there and pick it before the ants come along and eat it all, though.

And then there's the prickly pear, or "nopal" cactus.  We have a lot of it in our yard, but I haven't prepared it in the kitchen.  We do buy it already diced and ready to cook from the grocery store.  My family here in Texas just tasted it and described it as sour.  It does take a little getting used to, but we like it and it is very good for lowering cholesterol levels.  Additionally, the nopal cactus bears lots of fruit (called "tuna" in Spanish) which is also edible and during the season is widely sold in markets.

The Climate  and The Heavens 

The weather here is great almost every day.  We love spending so much time outdoors.  Very few days go by that we don't comment on how glorious the weather is.  We never get used to it.

Local Places of Interest

Plaza Tres Centurias (Three Centuries)

Places of interest in Zacatecas, Zacatecas

Eden Mine


Picnicking with the Sabinales (Bald Cypress)

John barely visible in this huge tree. 


La Charreada (Type of Rodeo)

This is John and our friend, Luis (the one who first befriended on the street).  They joke around so much together that I call them "Los Dos."



The Diaz Getaway at El Potrerillo



 The Berne Getaway at Sierra Laurel



We have made a trip back to the U.S. about once every six months since we moved to Mexico.  We're going to try to stretch that to once a year since the prices of gas have sky-rocketed.


There are still some items that are not available in Mexico that we enjoy having.  Maybe eventually we'll learn to live without them.  We take a lot of vitamins and nutrients and many of these are not readily available in Mexico.  Fortunately the list of items for finishing the house has dwindled to almost nothing.


There is lots of desert between here and the border, but it's not all boring.