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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Help The Vaquita!

Indifference to what happens around us is the biggest problem we have in México. Please let us not be indifferent to the Vaquita. There are only 60 left! Yes, you read it right, 60, worldwide! And every day its population is reduced. Would you like to know why? Do you want to know how to help? Check out the video and help

Thursday, July 21, 2016

6 Great Coffee Cafe's in Ensenada

6 of Best Places to Drink Coffee in and near Ensenada

Just like craft beers and artisanal wines have entered the scene at this coastal city so have coffee houses and coffee carts.  I’ve put together a list of my top places.  For me, service has to be as good as what they are serving.  So the places I picked are based on service attitude, cleanliness, and a really well poured Café Misto (half coffee [not espresso] and half regular milk [usually steamed] and 2 regular sugars). 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Spiders of Baja

Spiders of Baja
Karri Moser - July 2010 and UPDATED by BGLC July2016

With such a unique landscape, Baja is naturally home to many creepy and crawly critters. Spiders are undoubtedly a common sight indoors and out. Between the beaches, sand dunes, plains, mountains and desert landscape, you are bound to stumble across a number of varieties. 

It is important to be able to identify certain spiders and to do your best to not get bitten by them. Typically, spiders will not even bother to bite unless they feel cornered, threatened or are injured. It is also important to know that regardless of toxicity, each person reacts differently to being bitten. However, the majority of spider bites are not very painful. 

Baja Wine Country

The wine producing regions of Baja, like wine itself, have gotten better with age. In the past few years there has been an explosion of creative juices flowing south of the border as new and exciting wineries and wines are popping up seemingly overnight. Some have called it the 'renaissance of Baja's wine country' and the excitement is growing.

The Guadalupe Valley just northeast of Ensenada is at the forefront of the Baja wine movement and has over 80 wineries - artisan, boutique, and commercial, both large and small who are producing some remarkable wines. Our guide features an in-depth look at 40 of the wineries. The people of the region are fascinating and they love to share their passion with visitors. So dive in and and discover the magical wine destinations the Guadalupe Valley has to offer!

Baja wine country map available from the Secretary of Tourism.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Deciding Which Visa Option is Best For You

Retiring in Mexico
Deciding Which Visa Option is Best For You

This article addresses visa options for retirees from the U.S. or Canada who do not plan to work in Mexico. If your goal is to work here, whether in your own business or for someone else, there will be additional requirements.

Retirees with Income from Outside of Mexico
The majority of the expats that I know fall into this category. This group includes people living on income from investments, pensions, savings, and/or Social Security.

If you are thinking about retiring to Mexico, you will have to decide whether or not to apply for a resident visa or to simply live here under a tourist visa. I will go through each option and discuss the advantages, disadvantages and costs.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mexico Expects A Water Crisis

Mexico expect water crisis in just 10 years
Mexico News Daily | July 2016 * Source: (sp), Reforma (sp), Quadratín Querétaro (sp)

In just 10 years’ time Mexico could be suffering a widespread water crisis, warns the Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA).

The warning came in a recent presentation on water vulnerability in Mexico in the face of climate change by  Mario López; IMTA’s coordinator of hydrology,

It revealed that expected temperature increases will negatively impact the amount of water that feeds underground aquifers.

SPANISH - Spanish Word of the Day

Spanish Word of the Day
Submitted by bajakat

verb: aconsejar: to advise; to recommend
yo - aconsejo
tú - aconsejas
nosotros - aconsejamos
vosotros - aconsejáis
él - aconseja
ellos - aconsejan
Giving or asking for advice is something we all regularly need to do.
Aconsejar, to advise, is a key word here. It can be followed by a verb

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

President Peña Nieto Signs New Anti-corruption Laws

President signs new anti-corruption laws
Mexico News Daily | Source: Milenio (sp), VICE News (en)

President Enrique Peña Nieto yesterday promulgated the secondary laws of the National Anti-Corruption System, making it a day that “will be remembered as the beginning of a new era for democracy and the rule of law.”

Peña Nieto said that Mexicans are offended by corruption, which was why his administration set in motion the creation of measures to combat corruption and promote transparency. “I am more than committed to combat corruption, hence the importance of the system,” he said.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

La Vaquita Awareness Day!

This is a day JULY 9th; is the day to grow awareness to the plight of the Vaquita.

 - There are only 60 left in the world -

Indigent to Mexico the Vaquita live in the northern waters of the Sea of Cortez. They are innocent victims of poachers who use gill-netting to catch the Totoaba, a fish whose bladder is sold on the black market for upwards of $10,000US. Totoaba bladders are used by the Chinese as a treatment for fertility.

“What’s driving the extinction of the Vaquita is the same thing driving the extinctions of so many other endangered creatures: Chinese hunger for the organs of rare animals alleged to possess magical powers, most frequently, as with the horn of the rhinoceros and the penis of the tiger, those alleged to restore virility to aging Asian wangs.”    Read this

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Pemex Rebranding Begins

Pemex signs are coming down but not so fuel prices
Mexico News Daily | Thursday, July 7, 2016

Rebranding of gas stations operated by the Mexican multinational firm Femsa has begun in Nuevo León, where 50 stations will see the Pemex sign replaced with that of Oxxo Gas by the end of the year.

Most of those are in the Monterrey metropolitan area, said Oxxo Gas general manager Rolando Vázquez. The company is spending between 400,000 and 800,000 pesos (US $21,000-$42,000) on each station to change the signs and introduce other modifications as well. First of the re-branded gas stations was in the municipality of San Pedro Garza García.

The First Rosarito Beach "Baja Good Life Luncheon" was a wonderful success


Thanks to John Sixx Pack and Rachel Pack for speaking about the Baja Good Life Club and for enrolling all who attended... They are the publishers of our Rosarito Calendario. 

Mucho thanks to Aldo Santini and the Bottega Santini Wine Bar in Rosarito Beach for hosting us today at the very first Baja Good Life Rosarito networking luncheon. Aldo let everyone know exactly what he has planned for after his Grand Opening; from Thursdays with Film Noir to Fridays with Wine Classes and Blending, and Saturdays with Jazz Nights. Also the soon-to-be-completed Coffee and Chocolate Shop.

Also to Victor Loza for getting us all up to speed regarding the BajaSand 2016 event and related activities, and to Baja Karina for briefing us on her new business venture, Baja Mail Services, Etc... also located at km40, which even offers home delivery of your mail, and a physical address in

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July 2016 Baja Good Life Luncheon - Rosarito

July 2016 Baja Good Life Club is proud to introduce Aldo Santini and his Bottega Santini Wine Bar as our first monthly lunchen host. Come join us for exciting events and new info about what is happening in Rosarito. We will have guest speakers, announcements and share with you the new July Calendario from the Baja Good Life Club and Rosarito Living.
* Everyone is welcome to join us! *

The Taffetas Are Tantalizingly!

By Anonymous Author

Surely many people have spent a few childhood Saturday evenings cross-legged in front of the prized family console TV watching the Lawrence Welk Show. But there was only one part of his Musical Family that interested me - the Lennon Sisters. Now, a version of the Lennon Sisters has come to Rosarito to transport us back in time.

Taffetas, the first musical production by the RTG in its current location, was written by Rick Lewis.The story line follows a fictitious 1950's girl group, four mid-Western sisters, from Muncie, Indiana. They were very  "square," even for their times, and appeared for the first time on live national TV,

Friday, July 1, 2016

Positive Effects of Beach Walking

by Naomi Black - 2008

There is nothing in the world quite like a walk on the beach to energize your spirit, organize your thoughts and give your body an enjoyable workout. Bare feet sinking into the soft, wet and sun-warmed sand can be a form of exercise that is invigorating and therapeutic.
The massaging effect of walking barefoot on a soft sandy beach has been proven to have major health benefits. Walking barefoot relaxes your soul while putting your mind at ease. But not only that, walking barefoot may prevent varicose veins due to the fact that the natural motion of the foot, unrestricted by shoes, allows for much better circulation of blood in the legs. Your muscles and tendons will work harder as your foot moves to shape itself into the sand on each step. Prevention Magazine, in its July 2008 issue,