OasisCloud is the home of Duane and Mary Ann Hanes. We live in the Lake Chapala area of Mexico "Lakeside", which is near Guadalajara, Jalisco.
We operated the OasisCloud Café in our large home from August 2011 through December 2013. Operating the café was a great two and a half years for us, and we were able to meet many wonderful people during that time. Tax laws changed in Mexico on January 1, 2014, which caused us to re-think our plans for the future, and we decided not to re-open the café.
We continued to live in our large home for the next two years, but it was way too big for us after the café and so we moved to an apartment in the “Penthouse”. The “Penthouse” is what they refer to as an “independent living community”. There are 15 to 20 singles and couples that live here in various apartments on the large property. There are two wonderful meals provided each day.
In late 2020 we were growing antsy and wanting a break from our "locked down" Covid life. We also wanted to be safe and not take unnecessary chances at catching it. We have some long time friends that moved to Mazatlan in 2019, and they helped us to arrange renting a condo for a month in the same building where they live. While there we extended our stay for another 2 weeks, so we had a really relaxing stay of a little over 6 weeks.
We usually have one birthday party in our little community each month for everyone having a birthday that month. We had four Virgos this year, so it was a pretty big party. This year during Covid everyone living here has been very careful only leaving our beautiful on rare occasions. During community meals and times together we practice social distancing as much as possible.
We usually have one birthday party in our little community each month for everyone having a birthday that month. Mimi was the only May birthday this year so she had it all to herself. During Covid everyone living here has been very careful only leaving our beautiful on rare occasions. During community meals and times together we practice social distancing as much as possible.
Mazamitla is a very nice little "Pueblo Magico" in the mountains on the other side of lake Chapala. It is a very beautiful drive of about 1 3/4 hours. We sometimes like to drive up just to eat at our favorite restaurant "La Troje". Mazamitla is kind of a Swiss Alps style town and La Troje has the best fajitas in the world!
Maggie Varlea, a longtime friend that we hadn't seen in many years, visited us and our area in Feb. 2020. We had a number of fun outings with Maggie. On one of these outings we took Maggie to Focal Tonal, which is about an hour away from us, and is considered to have very special "forces".
One of our residents in our community organized a concert after Christmas. The string quartet are all members of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco.
Freedom Chorale's first 2019 Christmas concert held at the Presbyterian church. These are mostly short snippets of the songs because someone else was recording. See the second concert for more complete videos.
Thanksgiving at the beach is kind of a "tradition" in our area. Several travel agencies organize trips to various all inclusive hotels at various beach locations. We don't do this every year, but they are fun every now and then and this was our third trip. They provide a chartered bus to and and from the beach and 5 days at the hotel all for a very reasonable price (around $250 depending on the hotel. We went to Bucerias which is near Puerto Vallarta in 2018.