A few days ago, I went on teeny tiny roadtrip with one of my friends and a guy who has lived here around Lake Chapala for about three years but hasn’t done too much exploring. We had lunch at Gloria’s, naturally, and then we took him down to my old pueblo of San Cristobal Zapotitlan on the south shore. Then through Jocotepec “proper” on the way back.
We were talking about all the varied faces of Mexico, even within this small area around the western end of Lake Chapala. James, in particular, noticed it. The other two of us are so well acquainted with the area, that we don’t notice it anymore. But James brought up the concept of taking somebody from the US or Canada, whisking them away blindfolded, and then doing the big “reveals” here around the lake and making them guess what country they were in.
Now that you’ve seen some pictures of my area, you’d probably say “Oh, pshaw, I’d know EXACTLY what country I was in.” [Well, okay, you probably wouldn’t say “pshaw” but it’s just one of those crossword puzzle words that I love and need to work into a post. I’ll be trying to work “stoat” and “etui” in some day soon. Shout out to my friend Warner!]
Anyhow, I’ll bet you think you have a good idea of what “Mexico” is like. But I’ll bet you don’t. Heck, I’ve lived here three years and I’m not even sure what this area of Lake Chapala is like!
So, because I love games even more than I love crossword puzzles, let’s play “Where am I?” I’ll give you two pictures and you guess which one was taken here in this area.
Round two! One of these “doors” was photographed in my neck of the woods. One was photographed in England. Which is which?
Or, how about these lighthouses? One is in Sweden; one is in Roca Azul, here on the western end of Lake Chapala. Which one is which?
Okay, that one was pretty easy, wasn’t it? Well, then, how about this one? One of these rental carriages can be leased in Arkansas, one in Guadalajara. Which one would you think is in Mexico?
Okay, I gave you a HUGE hint with the license plate. But if you hadn’t noticed that, would you REALLY have known?
How about a fishing village? One of these is on the Pacific coast of Mexico; the other is in Greece. Can you tell which is which?
And, finally…..one of these photos was taken in Iran; one was taken in Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico. You DO see the similarities; don’t you?
It really IS a small world after all, isn’t it?