2002 was a life changer for Lorraine Pasini, owner of Estrellita’s B&B in Ajijic. During that year, her husband’s health took a turn for the worse and he ended up dying of cancer.
Shortly after, her dog died and her cat disappeared, along with all the koi fish in her pond. “I had those fish for 10 years,” says Pasini. “I think the universe was trying to tell me something.”
Following those unsettling series of events, Pasini felt rudderless. Then, someone happened to suggest Ajijic, describing it as a charming expat community on a beautiful lake with near perfect weather. She decided to see it for herself, and booked a flight.
Being of retirement age, but hardly retired, cheerful and radiant Pasini has led an extraordinary life. For over ten years, she’s been running Estrellita’s B&B and couldn’t be happier, living what she calls,“the good life in Ajijic.”
The first time she arrived in the village, she knew she wanted to live there. “It felt like a perfect fit. What impressed me during those four days was the bright colors, vibrant energy, and how friendly everyone acted and how easy it was to make friends.”
Pasini became a nun just out of high school, living in convents for 19 years throughout California. Two and a half years later, she switched courses when she met the man of her dreams and became his wife.
She lived in Glen Ellen, California, with her husband, Luis, and her son, Louie, where they ran an award-winning, wine country B&B for four years. When her son left home, she and her husband found themselves alone in a big house.