Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Bless those Maple Leafs!

I just returned home after spending four beautiful days in sunny Loreto. There was work to be done, contractors to confer with but there was also a lot of fun. I met a bunch of guys who are from Canada that actually manufacture all the doors, windows and cabinets currently for Loreto Bay homes. They all live in town with either their girlfriends and/or wives and are great people who know how to enjoy life. They invited myself and a friend over to their house and barbecued steaks for us. We sat and traded stories and laughed at all of our foibles until late that night. I really respect their zest for living, their spirit for adventure, the simplicity of it all. They love what they do, they surround themselves with people they enjoy and they live each day to the fullest.......that is in essence what Mexico is all about.

I also got to explore the town of Loreto more this time than I have for the last year or so because I'm so busy attending to details on the house that it occupies all my time. But traveling with a friend this trip allowed us some free time in the evening and we walked and ate at a few different restaurants and enjoyed getting to know the locals who ran the businesses. Some of the businesses are ran by Loretanos, some are transplants from the states or Canada and some have come from all over Mexico to take advantage of the recent opportunities in Loreto that the new residential developments are creating. Most of the businesses that we frequented were owned and operated by Mexicans and I hope to be able to continue to give them business. All of the locals that we talked to were excited about the changes and the opportunities that the commerce has given them. Loreto even has a University now where it didn't before. The Loreto Bay Foundation (funds transferred to help develop the town from a percentage of home sales) has already provided a good start for a modern local hospital as well. I like the idea of giving back because the town has already given us so much beauty and a wonderful community to be a part of........we all hope that it continues.

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