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  1. How will this be paid for? I was told Amlo was closing down the tourism board and all those monies for cities and states to attract tourism will be funneled to the Mayan train. If that is true it would be akin to shooting oneself in the face since Mexioc is highly dependent on tourist dollars and many communities need the tourism dollars now provided by the gvt to attract tourists.


  2. 13 hours ago, Bisbee Gal said:

    You'll be happy to hear that their wine price is now 70 pesos.  We ate there Friday night and enjoyed their shrimp with chipotle tacos and their mushroom tacos; both were great as was the starter tostada we shared.   Their tacos come 4 to a plate and have a really nice hearty fresh corn tortilla.  Their taco menu has about 8 offerings, many of them vegan.  Our meal with 1 wine, 2 coronitas came to 420 pesos.  

    We will return to try more food items (they have a number of starters, sandwiches and a few Asian items in addition to their tasty tacos).   There is a very nice copper shop within the space, as well as other unusual art offerings.  It is a pleasant place to sit as it is a big open space and you can admire the shops' items while you nosh.  They have a full bar as well.  

    We also went there when it first opened and the food was quite good but minimal in quantity. They were still revising their menu. The space is beautiful but it felt like we were eating in too big a space . My wife called it 1/2 a basketball court. The owner and waiter were very cordial and they knew their stuff. My concern is that it may not survive unless they add more items more conducive to what expats want. . Apparently they and the other businesses that are in that massive space from what I can gather are partners in it. We may try it again.

  3. 10 hours ago, Alpha1 said:



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  4. On 8/18/2017 at 12:37 PM, Guiness said:

    Great info.  I have used the services of Jorge Ulloah for many years. He is by far the best here, in my opinion.  I suffer with severe spinal stenosis and without Jorge's bi-weekly treatments, I'd be heading for surgery.   Jorge has an assistant now, his name is Angel - he is excellent as well and will work with you to design a program if you wish at a local gym.  I am glad to hear about River, thanks for the info.


    do you have contact info?

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  5. On 11/20/2018 at 12:04 PM, Ferret said:

    Yeah, it's kinda like bangin' your head against a brick wall. I actually don't care one way or another. But, I also consider being served a meal at a table to be "full service" so, imho, the entire establishment is a service area. The food court at the Laguna Mall is not full service. YMMV.

    It may not be full service but the 2nd day we arrived here we went there to eat and just happened to step in dog excrement which was under our table. Haven't been back to that food court .

  6. On 11/18/2018 at 8:45 AM, johanson said:

    All I know is that I have had a pet since a little kid. Here in Mexico, I have three rescue dogs and 3 rescue cats. And they stay at home because some people would be offended if I took my favorite dog with me. I guess all that talk about the terrible diseases I might catch from them doesn't worry me.  Would I like a dog licking my face or wound while I had surgery or my teeth being cleaned?  Hell no. But if a person truly needs a service dog,, s/he should be allowed to do so if doing so would not be dangerous. The trouble is, that I know too many people who get their dog declared a service dog just because it was and perhaps still is easy to do. And only do it for selfish reasons not true phycological reasons.

    I didn't know it was easy to declare your dog a service dog. My friend had one and the cost was about 20,000 USD form a very reputable organization. Do airlines let a service dog on if there is no proof that it is a trained service dog?


  7. On 11/16/2018 at 8:31 PM, RickS said:

    I have found, and used over the years, Ajijic Auto Body just west of the Waffle House for my detailing. By detailing I mean exterior wash, polish and wax, interior cleaning of every nook and cranny and shampoo rugs, and engine ‘steam clean’. Always satisfied. This service in the past has run ‘around’ 1300 pesos for a mid-sized car.

    Only problem is that you may not be able to get an appointment with them for ‘that quick’.


    Will they pick up and return your car or can I drive it to them and get them to drive me back home and the same later with me driving them back?


  8. 17 hours ago, HarryB said:

    1. If you are stopped, ask for the reason. The officer has to have his ID displayed. If he doesn't, he is probably planning to shake you down. Ask for the ID and photo it if you can. Don't try to photo him. A representative from State Transito was given the available letters, pictures from Facebook and statements presented at the meeting. Ask for the "folio" and NEVER pay a bribe.

    2. If you are harassed in any way , you can call the police to come and protect you. An english speaking officer will answer 332 161 5903. Municipal Transito also can be called 331 566 3440.

    3. Have you paperwork in order. CURRENT licence, CURRENT registration, CURRENT insurance, your emissions sticker if due. If an imported car, your CURRENT visa. If you are missing one of these you can be ticketed. If you are missing two, your car can be impounded.

    4. Municipal Transito will begin enforcing laws December 6. We alerted them to motorcycle drivers and the intersection in La Floresta at the monument.

    5. they will have definitive answers about golf carts in January.



    What perplexed me was they brought 2 cops on stage and asked the audience if any of the 2 tried to get mordida from anyone in the audience and if so they would be immediately fired.  No one raised their hands. Seemed like a bit of theatre there. Especially when one of the cops had a beard . When was the last time you saw a cop with a beard?  Too much talk of Gordo. Why didn't they bring him on stage? It felt for a while like the Gordo show. Why didn't they say that he will be fired? His name was mentioned at least 15 times. What power this guy has. Can someone explain this. Heads of Municipal and transito cops were there. Why wasn't the question raised as to why Gordo will not be fired? They had enough proof in front of them  with pictures etc of him with almost every member of the audience in agreement about this  character. Why didn't anyone come right out and say why aren't they firing Gordo or send him to Mezcala to be a beat cop.  As far as golf carts I wish someone would have brought up ATVs and families riding on one scooter.  I found it interesting that The new chief was not there  and  only had one statement for those in attendance  that it is illegal  to offer a cop mordida. Very embracing message if you ask me. That to me was all I needed to hear. Same as it ever was. How long will that english speaking phone cop be manning that phone and will it be 24 hours. And then they asked someone in the audience to call the number and see if someone will pick up. Tell me that wasn't  planned. I am glad they had a meeting but that all what it was. A Pr campaign. Time will tell. For me evidence of what said beats disbelief. The malecon patrol I hear is already gone.


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  9. 2 hours ago, Arjay said:

    I found white Quinoa in bulk on the Carretera next to Gossips but it was rather bland.

    I'm looking for something more interesting and tasty like mixed or red quinoa.  I did find small pre-packaged quinoa in SuperLake but it was too expensive.  Does anyone know where I can find some, please?



    We have purchased red and mixed quinoa and black quinoa on the way back from Costco at Fresko supermarket a few miles away. You will see it on the way back to the macrolibramiento on the right hand side.



  10. 16 hours ago, Intercasa said:

    We have recently seen two situations where people find themselves in jeopardy of having their immigration papers denied through no fault of their own.  One situation can be avoided but the other one may not be, leaving people in a tough situation.

    This is not a case where Mexico’s National Immigration Institute is to blame but more the legislature as we now have had a full 6 years under the new immigration law passed in 2011 that took effect in November 2012.  There are certain situations that were not anticipated.   These are gray areas or situations where common sense says one thing but the letter of the law says another and that letter of the law must be followed.

    The first situation is where a person applies for a temporary resident visa due to family unity at a Mexican Consulate.  The Mexican consulate in Canada, for example, would ask for a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate if a husband wanted to get his wife a temporary visa as she could get one without having to qualify financially by being married to a temporary / permanent visa holder or a Mexican citizen. 

    Mexican Consulates do not usually ask for documents presented to them to be apostilled or legalized.  A person who applies using a certified copy can get their spouse a temporary visa. 

    Problem comes up when after 2 years on the temporary visa, a person married to a permanent resident or Mexican citizen applies at immigration in Mexico to then change to a permanent resident.  The Guidelines or Lineamientos published on November 8, 2012 state that at the presentation of the request to change to permanent resident you must prove the relationship which means presenting the marriage certificate… but then remember that all documents presented within Mexico MUST be apostilled / legalized and translated into Spanish.  Here many people logically but erroneously assume that the same document that they used in the Mexican Consulate to get their initial visa would be equally acceptable at the National Immigration Institute in Mexico.

    TIP: Any birth / marriage / death certificates or court judgments that you may have the need to use in the future in Mexico should be apostilled / legalized by the State / Province / Country of issue if not Mexico. 

    Apostilling / Legalizing documents has its own world of odd quirks and requirements.  Some states or provinces require certain certifications of the original document by a certain public official or state it cannot be more then 5 or 10 years old or else no apostille /legalization.  At times getting an apostille/legalization can be as easy as spending a few hundred dollars or less and waiting 2 days to 2 weeks.  Other times it can be a complex round of visits to government offices or paying over $500US / Canadian dollars and waiting weeks or longer to have new documents reissued that meet the guidelines then certification then apostille / legalization.

    The second situation also is for requesting to be a permanent resident after being a temporary resident.  The Guidelines or Lineamientos published on November 8, 2012 state that at the presentation of the request to change to permanent resident you must provide your passport that you used to obtain the temporary resident visa you now are asking to change to permanent. 

    This is usually not a problem EXCEPT for people who have had their passports lost/stolen or renewed and they did not get their old passport back or threw it away or lost it. 

    Yes, Mexico’s National Immigration Institute probably does have a copy of the passport you used plus everything else you submitted somewhere, in a file in a box in another state or wherever they store their old files.  There is no requirement for them to send out a search team to locate their copy of your old document.

    TIP: Get notarized certified copies (from any Notary Public, or Notario Publico) of your passport face page, consular visa and FMM you used to enter as we have seen cases where people who have had those documents have been able to overcome this obstacle and not be condemned due to unfortunate or criminal events.

    Another reason to get certified copies of your passport and immigration card and limit the carrying of originals.  You are more likely to lose your originals or have them stolen if carrying them daily.  

    Is the consular visa on the passport on one of the pages or a separate document?


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  11. Thank you kindly for all your responses...  I may have found a place in Chapala called Surtiwash. They say they do a complete detail including using 3M clay and Maguire products and will pick the car up and return it... I am going to go by there and check them out They are on the eastern side of Chapla not far from the old railroad station.

    Avenida Pepe Guizar #104
    Chapala...+52 33 1068 4016
  12. On 10/24/2018 at 1:22 PM, cedros said:

    No one Lakeside can repair old watches. I have 3 older expensive ones that I take to Daniel Jackson, the jeweler. He goes to Guadalajara once a week and will take your watch to a good repair person and return it when it is ready.

    Daniel is at Hidalgo 29 A in Ajijic. 376 766 2223.

    Thank you kindly


  13. On 10/20/2018 at 1:49 PM, johanson said:

    If all else fails, remember that there is a great watch repairman from Chapala who comes to the Wednesday Market in Ajijic. He is part way down on the east side of the street and also sells many different types of great looking, yet economical watches

    Does he repair old watches. I have a few vintage watches from the forties that no longer work. If he doesnt does anyone here know of anyone

  14. 5 hours ago, gringal said:

    My husband set us up with Express VPN, which works until it doesn't (once in a while we have been "outed") , at which time I go to the live chat on their service and they give me a new virtual location.  This has worked for several years.  We have a smart TV, but had to buy a separate portable computer to make Netflix movies work on it.  It does a fine job now.

    I use express VPN streaming on my Laptop which I connect to my smart TV which is basically my screen. I don't watch TV. If you choose a specific site for your VPN service from them the address is basically static.  I use New Jersey 2 for Netflix but it wont work for Amazon and then I pick another site for Amazon. PM me if you have any questions.

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  15. 1 hour ago, Ferret said:

    Yes, iLox will be an option shortly... also the Telcel modem which is discussed in a recent thread has promise. Having options is good and competition may help.

    These are the modems I ordered and the sellers from whom I bought. Both models were recommended by a Telmex tech in Mexico City and both are new (as in a sealed box and sealed plastic with  all the sealed components and instructions). More importantly both work.



    I used the ishop/imail address to send them to and ishop/mail charged me 20 pesos to receive each of them.

    Was there anything special you had to do when you installed the new modem. Was it just plug and play?  I need to get another one also and rather go the new route then play the telmex game of hide and seek.


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  16. On 9/30/2018 at 9:53 AM, HarryB said:

    the adjuster should have been summoned to the scene. You should have legal representation and bond included in your insurance. To see the other side more than a few foreigners deal with negative situations by just getting on a plane. thus the current situation.

    Thank you for the response. Yes, my policy covers legal and bond...Would the police at the scene wait for an adjuster to show up in an hour or longer?

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