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  1. Used Total Play when I moved to the other side of Mexico and received excellent service. However, I lived in a real city so that might make a difference. I did like their customer service which was readily available and responsive. Good luck.
  2. Didn't see, in the original post, any of the stats now widely available regarding the children developing a syndrome mimicking Kawasaki disease, which is a growing population. If you felt your children were invulnerable you could cheerfully send them off to school. Since many doctors in Mexico have admitted that the published numbers for Mexican infections from Covid 19 are a substantial undercount, again, mingle. What do you have to lose?
  3. I have 3 doctor friends in Mexico who correspond with me regarding the virus, one in DF, one in Cuernavaca and one working in a hospital on secondment in Monterrey. They all confirmed this: they are directed to only count Covid deaths if the patient was tested IN a hospital before they died. Anyone arriving dead or dying is not counted. Therefore, any of your neighbors could die from the virus and not be counted but be a source of infection. Clearly there is a significant undercount in Mexico. While Mexico is often described as a place where expats go to die, I suspect there aren't any of you who would like to go via this disease. Those who refuse to educate themselves, believe in the advice of science or take precautions will shuffle off this not fake mortal coil. Adios.
  4. As per usual no one addresses the fact that not only are there infrastructure issues, but the local Mexicans are being squeezed out of the housing markets. So Mitch, please learn Spanish then explore the rest of Mexico. I lived in Ajijic 5 years, moved to another city in a different part of Mexico with fewer expats and am very happy there. Same general issues but much better management of traffic, roads, jobs, education and so on, ad nauseum. Good luck.
  5. To avoid any issues with pets and hotels, don't stay in hotels. They are not supportive of pets. I have made your same trip several times with 3 large dogs. I don't mention them when checking in (no tels work if you arrive early with food but there are plenty of motels on the coast) and have never had a problem. If you don't speak Spanish (hopefully you're learning?) bring an app that supports translation in case of an emergency. I had a blowout driving North recently which left me facing 3 lanes of oncoming traffic on the side with no shoulder. Luckily the Federales drove by and called a tow truck for me while I waved traffic out of my lane. You never know and as a single woman it's best to prepare for eventualities. Have water and oil in your car and pre-program the numbers for emergency calls in each of the states you will pass through. My final bit of advice: remember Mexico is a big country and each region has value so don't get stuck in an English speaking area rut. Yeah, don't bother with the comments, to some it's a rut.
  6. I wouldn't be surprised if the number of ill people is irrelevant to the success of these two hospitals. They will simply adjust prices accordingly as they have a growing and virtually captive client base. Good luck everyone!
  7. Probably but you can confirm by looking on their website. This is semana santa so it might be busier than usual.
  8. Couldn't agree more with Rick about not driving through McAllen unless you're an experienced, in Mexico, driver. There have been some unfortunate incidents lately on that road South which don't make the English language press....there are reasons for that. Stick to the main routes, use the locations to stay that Rick recommends and don't trust your GPS. The only point where we diverge is in money changing. You can ask your bank to give you pesos for the journey and, depending on the bank, there is usually a very small charge. Anywhere near the border has a surcharge for convenience. However, carry no large sums of money on the journey, just enough for gas, food, motels etc. Good luck!
  9. There are alternatives to your immense knowledge of these women's lives--I would buy bananas, tangerines or any other fruit I could peel and give to the children. Imagine not having the education or confidence that would not permit you, a poor woman in any country, to refuse being impregnated by some :(). Try to think beyond the length of your nose.
  10. You won't loose it but you may well lose it. However, since it has never been legal to receive the signal in Mexico, count all the time you had it and rejoice.
  11. Hey Eazy: There are many telecom companies in Mexico now. You need not deal with Telcel. As suggested, keep the Nokia, a reliable product, and buy services from one of the competitors. I use unefone which costs $150mp per month and includes US calls as well. Good luck.
  12. Just to answer your question-yes, there are classes in the area. You can find the information in the office at LCS or you can send me a pm and I will put you in touch with a friend who supported a woman through the process. Memory says it took 2 years and wasn't cheap, but best to ask someone knowledgeable, not on this board. They're still having trouble staying focused on the question. Good luck.
  13. And above all else, learn some Spanish. Even though many in the Lakeside area pride themselves on not needing to learn the language, this is, after all, Mexico. Your life will be enriched as a result. Buena suerte.
  14. What nonsense. If you don't like what you're reading, don't. This is a forum based on, I hope, freedom of expression. I find Jonny's notes to have meaning at times, at others not so much. But banning? Are there pitchforks and torches next? Shame.
  15. Astonishing that so many expats feel entitled to use the healthcare system (SP) they have never paid into...how, exactly, do you justify that? For those who have worked and paid taxes in Mexico there is a significant difference. If you can afford to qualify for temporal or permanente, can you not buy private insurance, leaving more money in the system for the impoverished?
  16. I found a simpler method. I use Transferwise and they ship money from my US account to my Mexican one (at excellent exchange rates) and for a very low fee. They are London based and started by the same man who began PayPal. I have used them this way for 4 years without a single issue. Good luck!
  17. Did you see the pm I sent you? It is another option. Good luck.
  18. Same thing happened to me. Go immediately to the immigration office in Chapala and report it. They are very helpful and will provide the paperwork to request a replacement. They can also issue a letter to allow your friend to travel in January as the replacement won't arrive by then. Good luck!
  19. Yes, none of these people are doctors and shouldn't be suggesting medications. There are a lot of variables that impact how they work for different people. Consult one of the generally competent young doctors who keep clinic hours at some of the pharmacies and at places like Walmart where they charge $50pesos for a consult. There are a lot of non-pharmaceutical solutions for anxiety and sleep deprivation that you could try first. And no, not a doctor but a psych nurse from a teaching hospital with significant experience of what happens when you embark on a course of meds without guidance. Good luck.
  20. Once you settle the banking issues in Mexico among you, take note of the messages suggesting checks are no longer a necessary or desirable form of dollar transfer. I personally use TransferWise, where I get fabulous exchange rates ($20.48 pesos to the dollar today), low fees (about $9 per $2k transfer) and the money arrives in two days. They are London based and run by the man who originally set up PayPal. Just a suggestion, one of the many.
  21. All papers are bio-degradable as long as you keep your septic tank in good health. SL used to sell RidX which is a biological treatment powder you can use to achieve this. Regardless of the paper you use!
  22. I wouldn't worry so much about the airline, rather whoever will check you through at this border. Nothing is the same now in Tijuana, or so say my friends who live there. I doubt US customs will care but it just takes one :()... Be prepared for either eventuality.
  23. Might be helpful to all to look up these names of medications that you're bandying about as good for this or that. Some are proton-pump inhibitors, some have other means of effect. In any case, they should be used for specific and ongoing conditions-they are not like taking Tums.
  24. In the face of lunacy, politeness is the only option, regardless of citizenship.
  25. Many do use lawyers once they're in the country. Many do not, me included, after discovering that I was wasting money on local law advice. I found that by going to the local immigration facility they were more than happy to tell me what I needed to do-even gave me instructions on where to find a photographer that would meet their standards for photos. Good luck.
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