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  1. Be careful, as some of those drivers are old expats with poor vision, slow reactions, and a fear of hills and curves. Some are even afraid to stop to explore small towns, or visit a roadside restaurant, as they might be expected to be able to read a menu in Spanish, or even say 'hola', as etiquette requires in Mexico. Enjoy your trip, and stop to smell the roses.
  2. Back in 2007, our solution was a Smart Car. Loved it! Even though we also had an SUV, we used the Smart Car for trips to the USA, as it was much more economical.....and fun, since the USA didn't get them until a year later.
  3. Like many, we moved directly to Ajijic in 2001 and bought a house. We sold it in 2004 and bought a home in Chapala Centro, where we were much happier for the next ten years. Then, health and related insurance needs forced us to relocate to the USA. Chapala is very walkable, with everything within three blocks of our Centro location; including the lake, park, mercado, bus station, etc. It was also nice to be out of "gringolandia", and in more "normal" surroundings.
  4. A US notary and a Mexican notario are very different. The Mexican Notario is a very highly qualified and specialized attorney.
  5. We faced health issues and moved back to the USA after 13 years in Chapala. We still miss it, but VA and Medicare were needed.
  6. Any Mexican Notario can do that for you. By internatioal agreements, it is perfectly legal in the USA. However, an expat from the USA, who may still have a US State's notary stamp, is not legal outside of his US state. Beware of them, as using them could be challenged. Also; do not make the mistake of asking the US entity if they will accept a Mexican notary, as there is no such thing. A Mexican notario is a specialized, state appointed attorney who deals with wills, real estate and other such personal matters; not criminal cases. Folks in the US won't understand the difference. Just visit the notario of your choice and send it off. We have done that for real estate and other US transactions. Never a problem!
  7. Of course. Butcher shop, too. How far from where? Why not start at the plaza and wander about. You will find what you seek, and enjoy the experience.
  8. Propane tanks are sold at hardware stores. You will find them less expensive if you look in places other than 'lakeside', by as much as 40%, based on our experience some years ago. I doubt much has changed in that regard. Then, your gas supplier will exchange your empty new tank for an old one full of propane. So, why not just call for the one you have to be replaced with a full one?
  9. It seems that Jackie has not changed his habits. I doubt that he will....ever.
  10. It might seem easier to just let him help his father and that you give his father an appropriate 'tip' on those occasions. He can choose to pass it on to his 'helper'.
  11. Good advice. We used Maria's services whenever we encountered new or confusing requirements and forms. She is really good, very efficient, and economical.
  12. Had anyone else noticed that you had a screw loose? Your wife was quite good at spotting it.
  13. That is not an LOL matter in Mexico. They may give you grief, so be brave & keep smiling.
  14. In the USA, townhouses are more and more popular. We live in one, and it does have bars on some windows, walls around the back yard, and locks on the gate. It is rather normal in cities.
  15. Perhaps just dementia. He believes in ghosts, spirits, supernaturals, etc.
  16. Most xray departments practice silver recovery. Take them there.
  17. It is all the sob has, and he revels in what he perceives as 'power'. What a terrible sickness! Not a friend in the world, I suspect.
  18. Merry Christmas to the vaccinated. RIP to the unvaccinated, and certain of those who convinced them to stay that way. Sick, sick, sick!
  19. Most are 'notarios', men who you will find in a 'notaria' (la oficina). I don't know of a notaria working in a local office. But there may be some lady notarias somewhere.
  20. We sold our Ajijic primary residence in 2004, and our subsequent Chapala primary residence in 2014. I do not remember having to present stacks of receipts to prove that both homes qualified. They did. Talk to your notario if you are worried. He, and/or the real estate agent, will tell you what you need for closing.
  21. Resistance is likely to get you killed. Unless you are sitting with your weapon locked and loaded, aimed at the door, and are agile and alert, you may be "toast" anyway. Just comply, and avoid looking at their faces intently. Your life may only be worth 'nada', in their eyes, if they think you may be able to identify them.
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