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  1. To go to Tequila, there was a scenic train that took you there and back from Guadalajara. I heard that they took it off line for awhile. Maybe, someone will know if it is up and running again. That would be a cool and easy way to go to Tequila. And if you have time; check out the small but very cool pyramids called Los Guachimontones. They are the only circular pyramids in México and are in the city of Teuchitlán, not far from Tequila.
  2. In Chapala and Ajijic, LGBT nightlife is almost non-existant, but just about everywhere is very gay friendly. And there is not much in the way of antros and discotecas here. But there are plenty of small bars and cantinas here where you can frequently see gay couples intermingling with everybody else. This area is pretty gay friendly. Now, on the other hand, Guadalajara is viewed by many as a gay Mecca, a somewhat Mexican version of San Francisco, full of gay nightlife, with over 40 gay antros or discotecas, with most being located in el centro histórico.
  3. The cheapest option is to just take an uber to the old bus station or la Central Vieja and come by way of the Chapala bus. I believe the direct Chapala bus is now 60 pesos. Or come to Chapala in an uber and return to Gdl by way of the cheap comfortable Chapala bus or take a taxi for between $500 to $700 pesos which comes out close to $25 to $35 dollars give or take some. We are only 45 minutes or so down the road from Guadalajara.
  4. More Liana, your suggestions and information via the trip up North were wonderful and very informative, thanks, your sarcasm was questionable. And like you said, you never answered la verdadera cuestión. As you suggest, ETN sounds like the better way to get to San Antonio. So we should take ETN from Guadalajara to Nuevo Laredo, take a taxi from the terminal to the border, walk across, and then take a taxi to the greyhound station? Is that how it is done? For newbies, and with kids, it sounds complicated, but doable. Thanks again.
  5. We will be traveling with kids and want a new scenic experience. I am most interested in how one crosses the border on a bus that takes you across the border to San Antonio, Texas. How hard and difficult is it? Thanks in advance!
  6. We fly every summer to visit family in North Carolina. This year we want to try a different mode of transport. We would like to take a bus from Guadalajara to San Antonio and get on the Amtrak train with destination to Greensboro. I have googled it and have read that autobuses Grupo Senda is the way to go. My question is what happens when one gets to the border. Does the bus cross over and an inmigration officer get on to take passports? Or do they drop you off at the border, you take all your luggage and you walk up to the border with your passport and cross over and the bus meets you on the other side. Or do you get on a new bus alll together. How does the border crossing work when you take a bus from Guadalajara to San Antonio. Thanks.
  7. Carnaval is being held in Cristianía Park, where it is usually held. Only last year was it changed to the malecón. Some people complained that it appeared too similar to las Fiestas Patrias that is also celebrated on the malecón and in front of the San Francisco Church, so they brought it back to the park this year.
  8. The Earth indeed is getting greener in the Artic North in places in Iceland and Greenland. Iceland is currently planting forests all over the island. Sounds cool, but I'm still not sold on the suggestion that this is good for the rest of us.
  9. Where is the real dolphin and parrot show located? And is it a permanent feature?
  10. Just out of curiosity, where is Chapala´s old post office? Has it moved from Degollado?
  11. To me, it is pretty simple. You go to a new country or a new city, and you ask around ask what is the going rate for a particular service like a home nurse or a nursing home, and you pay accordingly. What is wrong is when expats choose to change the going rate. It is not fair to your Mexican neighbors.
  12. I assume she is a local, and Rony may be able to advise her, somewhat. He, often times, has contacts for things of this matter.
  13. I felt that the night time temperatures didn't get as frigid, so far, this winter.
  14. If by Chapala area, you mean Lake Chapala and its North shore, then yes, it is more expensive here then in many other parts of México, minus the beach towns. Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Vallarta, among others, are quite a bit more expensive than here. But on the North shore, the Ajijic area is the most expensive and most crowded part of the region. The city of Chapala is cheaper and not as crowed with expats. I live here and hardly even notice the couple extra snow birds on the streets of Chapala during our short winter. It is still mostly Mexican here. Expats aren't so numerous here. You see a few here and there, walking around, but nothing like you see in Ajijic. The rentals are less available here but cheaper when you find one. Walking in Chapala is more pleasant and easier, due to our flatter, wider, and smoother streets. Check out both cities, of course. There was a recent thread about renting with pets in the high season, you can search for it. I think the consensus was that it isn't as hard as people initially think it will be to find. Weather wise, it is wonderful here all year except March through the first two weeks of June. The best time is July through mid November in my humble opinion because of the comfortable temperatures and the lush greenery everywhere. By mid November everything is becoming brown and dry and it is starting to feel quite chilly for us full timers. Good luck on your visit.
  15. Oh well, I guess that this thread is going to get shut down because of the nasty people. But honestly, I seriously doubt that this gas shortage has anything to do with a nefarious socialist agenda, but everything to do with a new government attempting to put the brakes on criminal organizations from stealing the people's natural resources. Yes it sucks! And, yes, I hope they can find a durable solution, and soon!
  16. Has anybody tried to prevent salitre by making long cuts in the plaster above the base boards to give the moisture an excape exit instead of climbing up your walls and causing salitre. Our contractor Gustavo has recommended this approach claiming that it is successful 90% of the time. I just wanted to know who else has tried this remedy, and did it eliminate much of the salitre problems. Thanks in advance.
  17. There are still some mosquitoes around my house in Chapala. In previous years by now most of the mosquitoes would of died off, but this year they seem to be lingering. I owe it to the fact that although we've had some pretty chilly daytime temperatures this year but the nights have not been extremely frigid. As in previous years. This season, I haven't needed two sweaters and a heavy coat to just sit on the malecón at night. Just a long sleeve shirt and a jacket has been sufficient for most nights.
  18. Thanks again bmh, I will keep looking. Yeah, maybe colourful wasn't the right word but they certainly were pretty and unique from a gringo perspective. If and when I locate those guys, the bed spreads or blankets will be christmas presents.
  19. Ok thanks, yes, I am looking for the ones that the guys that are selling from the little carts, I used to see them almost daily on the Chapala malecón, but I guess they are hanging out more in Ajijic these days. The ones I've seen have had mandalas and other cool designs on them and they looked colorful and beautiful to me. This summer I ate at the Garden Restaurant on the Ajijic plaza and spotted that they had set up a table that looked like it had a huge selection of them. I think it was sitting in front of the Casa de Cultura. I guess that is no longer there now. I'll have to search them out in Ajijic now. Thanks again! In Chapala they were selling the queen sized ones for around 600 pesos. I wonder what they will cost in Ajijic, and how much would something similar cost in one of those boutique like stores.
  20. This summer in the Ajijic plaza next to the Garden Restaurant, there was a table selling a large variety of beautifully made Oaxacan artisanal bed spreads. I live in Chapala and see them occasionally selling smaller selections of them on the malecón. But now I want to buy two of them, and everytime I have the money to buy them on the weekends, I can't find them, but everytime I go down and don't have the money, I run into them. So, my question is, is that table that was selling them in the Ajijic plaza, this summer, still there? Thanks.
  21. There is a cohete factory in the neighborhood behind Coppel. They had an explosion and a fire there a few years ago where it was rumored that an infant baby died in the fire. But it was strange, living downtown Chapala, I don't remember being bothered much my the cohetes this morning, I just slept through them, I don't even recall even hearing them. This was the quietest Día de Guadalupe I ever remember. So, someone mentioned on here, that it was the bishop that told them to tone it down this year? It would have had to be the bishop in Guadalajara, since Chapala does not have a cathedral, hence does not have a bishop, so did he tell them to go easy on the cohetes all over the state of Jalisco?
  22. Just a friendly warning. Tomorrow is the 12th of December which is the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. For those unfamiliar with this day, it means its time to look for those ear plugs and an extra sleeping pill perhaps. I don't know how it goes in Ajijic, but in Chapala, explosions and rockets will begin at 6 am usually, they are extremely loud and may last over an hour or longer. So be forewarned. Lots of parties are going on tonight for the Patroness of México. Have a blessed day tomorrow, folks!
  23. If you are unable to find one locally, go to Home Depot in Guadalajara, they will have them there. Ours has a gas tank, like for a gas grill, that just sits in the back and you can just wheel it from room to room. On average, two tanks or so, usually gets us through the winter.
  24. I don´t know exactly which pharmacy the OP was referring to, but here in Chapala many people claim to get the best prices at the Farmacia Ahuacatlán, right across from Santander Bank. And Ahorros Pharmacy right before the bus station is another option for good low prices.
  25. They have quite a few nice looking ones at Super Lake as of today at least. I bought a huge head of napa cabbage for 78 pesos, they even had bok choy. Try cutting off the bottom and placing it in a bowl of shallow water for a few days on your counter top near sun light (changing the water daily, but remember, too much water will cause it to rot) until you start to see some growth, then plant it into a pot with potting soil. You can easily re-grow nappa cabbage. I'm doing that right now. This is the perfect season to do so.
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