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DOWN MEXICO WAY

Here is a  Google map that shows the location of the city of Colima, where I hang my hat each night. Colima is the capital city of the state of Colima. What? Colima, Colima? Yes. Mexico has 31 states and the Distrito Federal (Federal District–nation’s capital, similar to Washington, D. C.). It turns out that for 12 of the states the name of the capital city is the same as the name of the state itself. Go figure.

Anyway, Colima is a relatively small city, with a population of about 150,000. It hugs tightly with the city of Villa de Alvarez, with another 125,000 residents. The largest city in terms of population in the state of Colima is the port city of Manzanillo, with some 180,000 inhabitants. Guadalajara is about 120 miles, or 2 1/2 hours away by highway

The Financial Times of London named Colima as the most livable small city in Mexico, and 10th in all of Latin America. For me it’s great. Large enough to have everything I need in terms of shopping and services, yet not a huge megalopolis with all the traffic, pollution, and stressed-out people. For me the only shortcoming is the climate. Of course having spent most of my life in San Diego, I was spoiled by that Mediterranean climate. The temperature in Colima is not too high–average 85-90 degrees during the warm months. But the humidity is high. But hey–most of the U. S. is the same in the summer.