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  1. You should use a USB to 12 V adaptor. We use the phone up to the border and back and have plenty of data left. We're on a 2 gb plan.
  2. I stayed at the Fairfield Inn again last week and the gates have been removed, but I still feel the front parking lot is safe. In June we stayed at the City Express Monterrey Norte. They have gated parking and a nice restaurant next door and a Carl Jr's also. The rooms are smaller, but nice. Breakfast included and it was easy to access and exit driving north.
  3. Last month we drove north by the Zacatecas route and returned last Sunday by the SLP route and prefer the SLP route somewhat. The drive from Saltillo to Lake Chapala took about eight hours. We use both Garmin and Google maps on the smart phone. Garmin was showing the speed limit at 80 kph, but with the new, smooth road we could easily drive 120. The SLP bypass was signed 100 kph, but traffic was doing 80. The Lagos de Moreno bypass still sucks. The road from SLP to just north of Guadalajara is still an old road that ten years ago was acceptable, but now seems old and slow, so that's why the SLP route is not an overwhelming preference for us.
  4. I know people Raquet Club, El Limon, Villas Carolinas, Lago Encantado and the village and all say they live in San Juan Cosala. If you're on Facebook you could join the Westenders Lake Chapala page and find people that live in the area you're considering. You'll have to be specific about where you'd like to rent.
  5. I'm resurrecting an old thread as an example of an ongoing problem. Why do this? Clearly places to park on the street, but feel entitled to park in front of my garage signed no parking. Why?
  6. This week I reserved a car with British Car Rental. This was a FAQ on their website: Do I need an international driver's licence? FAQ Answer If your licence is not printed in the Roman alphabet (i.e. Arabic, Greek, Russian or Chinese) you will need to bring an international driving licence and your domestic licence.
  7. I faced the same problem with my Vanguard account last night wanting to text a code to my U.S. cell phone. There's an app for that. I downloaded TextNow to my smart phone and chose a phone number in the same area code as my family. Vanguard was able to send a text to the app. I now have a US phone number to use on accounts and my family can call me without a long distance charge. My mother and old neighbor called me this morning and the quality is great. US and Canadian calls are free. International calls are 10 cents if you have money in your account.
  8. We ate there Thursday night for the first time. Two ordered chicken fried chicken steak and liked it. One ordered chicken fingers and liked it. Another ordered pasta, thinking it was a healthy choice, and it had a lot of butter in the sauce. He'll never be happy in a southern food restaurant. Dinner started with a good salad or soup. Soup was chicken with veggies. Homemade, large veggie pieces, good flavor and chicken fat. Again, southern cooking is not low fat. We had a choice of two sides. I had hush puppies (not greasy) and potato salad (lots of pickle flavor, creamy and very good). Dessert available was peach cobbler, but no one had room. I think we'll go back just to try dessert and take dinner home. Every one wanted to return sometime soon. Service was very friendly. The food did take awhile to arrive, but considering the oil had to reach high temperature to fry my hushpuppies I wasn't surprised. The owner came out for a conversation and said her current staff are very good at helping her.
  9. We as well paid $650 for a taxi to SJC October 8th. Up from $550 in August.
  10. Last night a restaurant charged a friend 6 pesos for a takeout container. I had my own plastic box, so didn't pay to bring food home. I think 6 pesos is a very reasonable price, but maybe raising the price would be more of an incentive to bringing your own box, just in case you'll need it.
  11. Monday we tried to use Uber from the airport to San Juan Cosala. The driver accepted, but once we were in the car he told us that it was Uber policy that they only serve the Guadalajara metropolitan area and couldn't drive to Lake Chapala. I wasn't surprised because last month our friend had a similar experience with an Uber driver that wanted cash payment in addition to the Uber fare. The total would have been more than an airport taxi so he declined. We took an airport taxi, which is now $650 (up $100 since August), instead of the $377 Uber price. Then I was charged a cancellation fee, which Uber reversed this morning after I complained that it was the driver that canceled. Is anyone else having this problem with Uber? Should we just keep trying until we find a driver that will drive to Lake Chapala?
  12. I think anyone interested in the Alto Lago location should drive through the west end of the restaurant row between 7 and 8 pm, after one of the restaurants has opened it's holding tank, and see if you like the smell of the raw sewage. Not exactly a luxury location, in my opinion. We drive through it often coming back from dinner in Ajijic and we've learned to hold our breath.
  13. On the carretera, 1 1/2 blocks east of the stop light, between Juarez and Independencia, next to a party store. I bought caladium plants there last Saturday. https://www.google.com.mx/maps/@20.2877501,-103.338789,3a,37.5y,194.98h,79.16t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s-dPodbWWuKW9nPkMsGlQ8Q!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo0.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3D-dPodbWWuKW9nPkMsGlQ8Q%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D170.26942%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656
  14. We crossed Wednesday at Colombia and had the quickest crossing yet. We were the third car in line and the agent was friendly and efficient. At the second, interior crossing the agent didn't even look at our passports. He just thanked us for stopping.
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