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I Am Blessed to Live in Magical Patzcuaro  

Plaza Grande in Patzcuaro, Mexico
Credit: Victoria Ryan

I am blessed to live in magical Patzcuaro. I have a new doggie named Lia, which in my world means a morning and an afternoon walk.  After my Chihuahua Paloma died a couple of years ago, I swore I would never get another pet because I am 75-years-old. Then, like a person who goes to a car dealership saying I am not interested in a car, I am just looking, I found myself looking on-line at rescue and adoption sites for dogs. I kept saying I am not getting a dog, I am just looking. You know how that worked out.

I now have a doggie, a rescue from San Miguel de Allende named Lia.  She is an adorable two-year-old piece of sweetness who has probably added a few years to my life since having her means at least two walks each day for the purpose of you know what.

This morning, after a torrential downpour last night with amazing lightning and thunder, I awoke to the most glorious day with clear blue sky and random church bells. It was one of those mornings when I felt in touch with the universe. Lia and I walked, the sky was dazzling, the grass in the Plaza Grande was an amazing shade of green and the air was crisp and clean. It was magical.

Along with the other early morning dog walkers, Lia and I walk mainly clockwise around the Plaza. I crisscross the grassy areas and am delighted at the dance Lia does when she begins her preparation for relieving herself, kicking her little feet up in celebration of yet another place she has left her scent. Another message left for other furry friends.

There are also joggers and walkers out at the time Lia and I take our morning spin around the plaza.  The “regulars” now recognize us and nod or crinkle their eyes in a “mask” smile.
On our afternoon walk, there are many children who love to pet Lia. They call her “Guau Guau,” which means “bow wow” in English.

During this time of another serious COVID-19 outbreak, another thing I am extremely grateful for are the 90 percent of people in Patzcuaro who wear masks. Patzcuaro has done a great job of vaccinations, but It is frustrating and sad that just as it seemed we were about to be free of this virus we have gotten hit again and have to buckle up once again.

After Lia and I finished our walk, we went back to my Hotel Casa Encantada. I have guests who rent an apartment/suite for two months to get away from the humidity and heat on the coast of Mexico where they live full time.  Just after breakfast, the wife surprised her husband – who is completing 81 years on planet earth – with an hour of Mariachi music.

I found I was crying as they played classics like Las Mañanitas, Guadalajara, Cielito Lindo and Mexico Lindo and Querido.  When in life can one have such a magical experience in spite of such trying times?

I find it easy to love a life that includes my new pal Lia and Mariachi music for breakfast. Isn’t that what life in Mexico is all about?


  1. Thank you for this great missive. We’ve been interested in your area and in the past have listened to your utube info. Sounds like an area for my husband and I to discover. With your ongoing business it is great to read how you can recharge your batteries so well. We plan to investigate the area this coming winter and would love to stop by and stay a while. thank you for this update. Regards, Mary-Jane and Jack Clancy

  2. Victoria, we had planned our third trip to Patzcuaro last year but had to cancel because of the virus. We have reservations for this year and are wondering if Patzcuaro is safe enough for a visit. We are around your age and have been vaccinated and wanted your opinion. Thanks, Craig & Debra Johnson, New Orleans

    • Hi Craig & Debra, I feel safer here than anywhere. As i said, people are mostly masked. Lots of vaccinated people. Mexico has done a decent job with the vaccinations. I wear a mask. I require masks in my hotel and most of life occurs out of doors here. All my restaurants are either patio or portal or garden. I don’t feel unsafe. I avoid crowds. Hope this helps.

  3. Hello Victoria– blast from the past; Hilary from Carmel, circa 1969? Who knew you were such a lyrical and eloquent writer? I’ve been wondering where you ended up. Ever since I got back from the Yucatan I’ve been dreaming of going back to Mexico (living on the Humboldt coast in California) and your descriptions of Casa Encantada are very alluring! Perhaps I will make a reservation soon.

  4. Hello! I am enjoying your blog and trying to learn more about this area, thinking I may be there this summer, to escape the smoky air in California and enjoy some more mountainous regions of Mexico, mostly I’ve explored beach towns. I’m wondering about the lake and if there are a good swimming beaches! I believe your hotel would be where I would stay 🌟 jeanine

    • Hi Jeannine,
      There is not swimming to speak of here. Occasionally I think people swim in Lake Zirahuen. It is a lake in an old volcano.. so deep and cleaner that Patzcuaro.. but the weather is chilly here. There are a lot of swimming opportunities in San MIguel de Allende. Here there are a couple of pools.. you would need to join to use. THe summers are cool to downright chilly. Are you interested in other things?


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