The heart and soul of village life in Ajijic, a lakeside community in Jalisco, Mexico, is the central plaza—a communal living room where camaraderie, a meal, and a smile can almost always be found.

Ajijic Plaza at Night by Ellen Barone.

For me, the plaza evokes the easy congeniality of the Mexican people and culture. There, vendors sell their wares, music fills the air, dogs roam freely, families gather and children chase and play—at loose in their world in a manner no longer trusted North-of-the-Border. 

Early evening in Ajijic, where we are living temporarily, is when the plaza really starts to buzz: School is out, the heat of the day has passed, and people arrive with the time and inclination to socialize, grab a bite, and catch up on the day’s news. 

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