My name is Ricardo and I am a Canadian living in Mexico.

The Early Years

I grew up on a mink farm just outside of Vancouver, Canada. Always a bit of a loner, I enjoyed reading books, watching movies and fishing. It wasn’t until I reached University that I started to break out of my shell and become more extroverted. It was there that I met my wife and we spent 23 years together before I got the ‘Dear Ricardo’ letter. But during that time we spent many vacations together traveling to places like Hawaii, Fiji, Mexico (many times), Bahamas (different islands) and Panama, It was her adventuresome spirit and love of travel that I have to thank for giving me the travel bug.

Traveling together
Traveling together

Finding Eden

After the divorce and sale of the house, I couldn’t think of anything else to do but to travel. The world was my oyster and I could go and do as I pleased.

I headed for Barra de Navidad, Mexico first and then Lake Chapala. Onward through Guatemala, and Nicaragua before going back to Canada for the summer.

With all my fishing experience on the water. I became a whale watching tour guide for the summer but once the season was over and I felt the bite of winter, I couldn’t think of anything else but to return to Mexico. I really wanted to go back to Barra de Navidad or some other ocean-side destination but chose to try Lake Chapala for the winter because the cost of living was significantly cheaper than on the beach.

I was only 7 weeks into my time when I met a lovely Pilates instructor from Ontario, Canada by the name of Michaela who had been living at Lakeside for the previous 4 years. As they say, one thing leads to another and the rest is history. We moved in together and we have been inseparable ever since.

Ricardo and Michaela
Ricardo and Michaela

A New Life In Mexico

Ricardo is a personal trainer
Ricardo is a personal trainer

Soon after we met, we both changed careers.

I studied to be a personal trainer and now have a successful business training other expats in their homes to help improve balance issues and overall strength. I had always enjoyed fitness and fitness related activities but never seriously considered it as a career in Canada. She dropped her Pilates classes (which she had done for the past 24 years) to become a local Real Estate agent.

Together we now run Retire In Lake Chapala.net.

An informational website to help expat wannabes make the transition to living in Lake Chapala.

What’s Life Like In Lake Chapala?

In a word, busy! I often wonder how I ever found time for work? My favorite saying is, “You need 6 more hours in a day and 4 more days in a week to live in Lake Chapala”.

My days are consumed by training clients 3-4 hours per day, writing and researching blogs for Retire in Lake Chapala and it’s related Facebook Page, playing pool volleyball and pickleball, and socializing and partying.  In addition, I maintain my own Ajijc Personal Trainer website, the Ajijic Fishing Club website and Pickleball in Ajijic website. This by a person who was completely computer illiterate 4 years ago!

Ricardo and Michaela in Lake Chapala
Ricardo and Michaela in Lake Chapala

How Things Have Changed

Like the caterpillar undergoing a complete metamorphosis, most would not recognize me in this new life.

This transition from living and working in Canada to living an adventuresome and some would say enviable lifestyle in Mexico is ready and waiting for anyone.

You just need to take the plunge. I did and I could never go back. How about you?

Chapala Lake, Mexico
Chapala Lake, Mexico

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