We arrived in Ajijic by cab from Tlaquepaque with reservations at a B&B other than Casa Blanca hotel, only to find that the B&B, for which we had pre-paid half of our three night stay, was closed. In all fairness, the next day we did get our money back from the B&B, but imagine our surprise to find the doors locked when we tried to get in.
Anyway, to our good fortune, Casa Blanca is located very nearby and we walked in to find the most helpful owner Casa Blanca, Joseph, ready to resolve our problem. We ended up in a wonderful room with a balcony overlooking the front patio and enjoyed his hospitality and that of his staff during our stay. The room was very comfortable, the continental breakfast in the lovely patio area is good. Free internet access is available. and the location of the hotel is perfect for exploring Ajijic village. It is right across the street from the Lake Chapala Society, a must visit for anyone considering becoming an expat. The grounds are beautiful and the services there are extensive.
When it was time to leave Ajijic, we paid Joseph to drive us to the main Guadalajra bus station for our trip to San Blas. After unloading our bags and saying our goodbyes to Joseph we headed into the terminal to wait for our bus, only to discover that I had left my "bolsa", filled with passports, money, camera, eyeglasses and such in Joseph's car. After recovering from the initial shock, I called Casa Blanca and spoke with Jesus who called Joseph. Joseph returned with my bolsa and all ended well. Thank you Joseph!
A few lessons learned from the experience: When you take a cab, be sure to make a note (mental or, if you are over 50, written) of the cab number. If we had been in a cab, rather than in Joseph's car, we would have been sunk. Also, always travel with a public phone calling card, as you never know when you might need to make a call in a hurry.
And a final note about Ajijic. Do not miss dinner at Pampa Tango, a year-old Argentinian steakhouse. We shared 2 margaritas, a 500g (17.5 oz.) sirloin (prepared to perfection) served with french fries, spinach fritters, salad, flan for dessert and a bottle of Argentinian wine (a Cab/Shiraz blend) for about $33, including tip. The steak was less than what one would pay for a martini at home.
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