Best wishes to Kate Karns on her 90th birthday. Descendants representing three generations of the Karns clan flew in from the United States to celebrate the occasion, among them daughter Julie and granddaughters Mareth and Alex, who grew up in Ajijic. Longtime local friends gathered for a festive brunch held on September 25.
Kate and her late husband Rocky settled in Ajijic in the early 1970s, becoming pioneers in Lakeside’s budding expatriate colony. Over the years she has written many humorous accounts of her experiences in adapting to Mexican village life. As for how she has seen the area change in the span of four decades, Kate says she most misses all the quirky characters who once put their special mark on the foreign populace. “They all seem so straight-laced now days,” she muses with a wry chuckle.