|My Life in Mexico -- a Picture Story|
|The near-by Sierra Madre Mountains and Rio Nazas.|
This is a picture story of where I live and what I have seen living in Mexico.
In May 2000, I left Tarzana (Los Angeles) and moved to Lerdo in the state of Durango to live in a little house in the back yard of my friend Juan Enrique Valdepeñas.
is a working-class bedroom community for the two adjacent larger
industrial cities of Gomez Palacio and Torreón. (Total of about
1,250,00 people) Together the three cities are known as Laguna
because they lie on an ancient lake bed. They are located where the
desert meets the Sierra Madre Mountains. To the north and east the
land is pretty blah; ten minutes to the south and west are the
mountains as pictured above.
The rest of the boring text on this page is for those who want to know: Why did you move to Mexico? For those who, wisely, don't care, just look at the pictures and skip on to the next page.
|The street view of our compound.||The front patio and the front of Enrique's house.|
|Oso by my house behind Enrique's. He was Enrique's dog, but now he's mine.||Jason is my sweet pit bull who came with me from California.|
|Bougainvillea by Enrique's house.||My patio and card parlor.|
went to Los Angeles in the late 1980’s for the purpose of making
money to build a house for his family. When I met him in 1991, he had
purchased the land in a new development area of Lerdo.
the seven years that he worked for me (that’s another
saved enough money to build his two bedroom house. His
long-range plan was to add two more bedrooms for his children.
In the seven years that he worked for me (that’s another story), he saved enough money to build his two bedroom house. His long-range plan was to add two more bedrooms for his children.
In 1999 my landlady sold my happy
home of 19 years
of 19 years, so I had to move. I considered various options, among them was Enrique’s invitation to move to Lerdo and live with him and his family. During the years that we worked together, Enrique and I had developed a strong father/son relationship, so the idea of spending my old age with him and his family was very appealing.
had been retired for three years and was in serious need of a new
adventure in my life. So why not? I didn’t speak Spanish, but that
had never been much of a problem on my many visits with friends in
Manzanillo over the preceding ten years.
We agreed that I would build a house in his back yard (of course he did all the work) and live in it as long as
I wished. When I am gone
(moved back to the States or whatever), it will become bedrooms for
some of his 5 children (4 still living at home). So the house was
designed with that eventual use in mind.
lot is 10x30 meters or 34x100 feet. By US standards that is a small
lot, but in Lerdo it is uncommonly large. In the older parts of town
as well as many new developments, homes have no yard or perhaps just a
small patio for hanging laundry. So to have a second house in the back
yard is rather unusual. And to have enough space left over for a patio
and garden is very special.
We elected not to have a lawn. With two big dogs and neither Enrique nor I wanting to mow, grass was not an option. So we have gravel which holds down the dust and avoids mud in the rain season. The dogs kick lots of the gravel on to the sidewalk (as you can see), but it sweeps off easily.