Time never stops, it keeps going and going! It’s been four months since Dan and I left the USA for a new adventure and a new lifestyle. Every day I have been busy either exploring the awesome beauty that my area provides for us or busy remodeling our casita. The challenge has been rewarding and I could not be more happy and healthy. Every week we go to the organic market and I have been getting to know the venders… As we walk back the beauty surrounds us with the echoing of the mountains singing happy tunes.
Since the last post, we have been exploring Chapala, which I have taken several pictures of, such as the market place along the boardwalk. This is where you can find a lot of handmade items. The Mexicans are very talented and take pride in their work. Here are some pictures of the last day with our friends, Todd and Sandra before they left to go back to the states.
Days have gone by and now we are off to this town near Guadalajara called Tonala, with our other friends, Gary and Breta.
Tonalá (Spanish pronunciation: [tona'la]) is a city and its surrounding municipality within the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area in the state of Jalisco in Mexico.
The city had a 2005 census population of 374,258 and the municipality had a population of 408,729 and an area of 119.58 km² (46.17 sq mi). The municipality lies adjacent to the east side of Guadalajara. The Guadalajara metropolitan area, which includes eight municipalities, had a population of 4,095,853, the second-largest urban concentration in Mexico after Mexico City. The city and the municipality both rank fourth in the state of Jalisco in population, after Guadalajara, Zapopan, and Tlaquepaque.
On two days a week (Thursdays and Sundays) there is a giant street market covering several of the main streets, with numerous vendors of ceramics, pottery, glass objects and all kinds of handcrafted items and novelties. Most of the art found on Tlaquepaque and Guadalajara was manufactured here.
Due to the clay soil in the area, pottery or alfareria has been a traditional occupation for centuries.
The noted Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante is reported to have his primary studio in the Tonalá area, with his main gallery being located in nearby Tlaquepaque.
Portrait artist and political activist Jesús Guerrero Galván (1910–1973) was born here.
This is the place to go for any pottery or jewelry items, the market goes on forever.