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  1. 14 points
    Maincoons We saw your house being built so we have been in Ajijic a whole lot longer that you have, my husband votes there, I vote in Chiapas and we have residences in both states and are Mexican Citizens so we have a whole lot more to say than you do. We stay in Mexico when sick , do not go back to the States , I work for a Mexican company from Jalisco in Chiapas so if someone has nothing to say it is you. I can see why you would not like San Cristobal.. ..a little too real for you... the number 1 tourists here are Mexicans number 2 are Europeans so you are a little bit out of your element here. My husband spends most of his time in Ajijic and I spend a lot of time in Chiapas we have owned a house in Ajijic longer than you have been around so really if one of us has nothing to say it is you... I could also say the same thing to you in Spanish a whole lot better than you could. It is pretty funny for a man who is always bragging about his house and wealth to say that San Cristobal is pricey.. must have been scared of eating where the locals eat. I live near the market and shop there every day and it is a whole lot cheaper to live here than in Ajijic..it should be , the town is full of poor people. who do not eat in restaurants downtown. You chose to see the tourists area and that is your business but if you live here you know better than eat in the tourists traps.. Comparing a 450 year old town to Playa del Carmen is pretty funny. , they are both tourists towns but the tourism between the two is very different. I can assure you that all the European backpackers are not spending a whole lot of money here. As far as the government affairs in Chapala you really do not have anything to say either and your accusing them of all kinds of things is getting pretty old. They are what they are, if you do not like it vote for someone else. Your doctor and gardner and all other service people are Mexicans , they have the right to criticize their government, you do not. By the way you have no authority to define who is full time or part time here and Ajijic is part of the Chapala municipality like it or not and Ned Small has the same right than anyone else to discuss Ajijic if that is what he wants to do Resident of Ajijic or not.
  2. 12 points
    But you do win the award as most negative comments regarding this area of Mexico, in my opinion. Fred Habacht
  3. 10 points
    I thought some people would find this interesting. If you're not, I am good with that. Although, I don't understand why you bothered to post about something you don't care about.
  4. 8 points
    You guys are so negative you should get out of town and see many other towns, lots of pitiful ones around and see how nice it is when you get back.. So they are building some buildings that are not to your taste, have you see what they did to Guadalajara in the 60´s?Now that was bad.. Yes the place is corrupt and money talks go to the redneck riviera and look at the Destin to Gulf Shores and around there, I remember the place with beach cabins on stilts and now it is sold condos.. I remember Cancun with a few high rise hotels and so on.. that is life things change and that is the way it is. Since most of you are foreigners you have nothing to say about it and most Mexicans do not seem to care or have enough money to fight it.. All of us retirees do not have that many years left so enjoy what you have and let the young people worry about the rest.
  5. 8 points
    The answer to the question of "what would the status bring to the town", besides more tourism? The fact is, all kinds of state and federal money, and that would go into the coffers of the current presidente, and that is the only reason he keeps trying this. If he cared a whit about the towns, then instead of floating foolish and expensive projects like "the bike path" with money "he" doesn't have... he would FIX the roads and infrastructure here.
  6. 7 points
    Yes. Just got response from LCS that this was a "private invitation event" and not publicized. Exactly what I thought. One less renewal for LCS next time around. Too much elitism for me.
  7. 7 points
    Jajajajaja! Love that it's two-way like the checkpoint. Thanks for the levity. I did an airport run last Saturday late afternoon and went through it. They were setting up on the way to, and looked about to open on return. Appeared to be very professionally run. They had even set up a GIGANTIC toldo to protect detainees from sun and rain. That sounds humanely professional to me. Why are people suggesting drivers under the limit were hauled away to jail? Is that actually true or are people blowing it out their ### and it's landing on the inernet? (I hate the school-marmy censorship on this board. It's way over the top.)
  8. 7 points
    The bicycle path in Ajijic has always been and will continue to be way too dangerous for general use. Even in areas protected by concrete barriers you'll often see motorcycles, mopeds, ATVs and even small cars, not to mention cows, horses and other animals. I agree with solajijic; any government plan to widen the road for a bicycle path will be quickly appropriated for a new car lane. As far as the alternative idea to use Emiliano Zapata. Has the OP ever tried to ride a bicycle up 5 de Febrero for 2 blocks? It's exremely steep for a normal bike and is very difficult even with 18 speeds. The first block of Emiliano Zapata is about the only section with sidewalks. One side has trees and the other telephone and electrical service poles. Continuing east at Juarez you have to make a quick, steep jog to get to the 1 lane section heading toward Colon, flattening out a bit there but still essentially one lane until Marcos Castellanos. Things don't improve all that much as you continue to Revolucion. Revolucion is also pretty steep and has a large tree growing in the middle of it as you get near the carretera. Heaven forbid if you try to use that street after a rain. The water comes down from the mountain making the street impassible. The large grate across from Salvador's was built to try to move some of that river down the lateral to the east. The city can't even fix potholes yet they are planning a bicycle path? Doesn't smell right.
  9. 7 points
    Those aren't crosswalks. They're target areas.
  10. 6 points
    Currently there is little that's 'magico' in the pueblo Ajijic...and it seems to me to be losing what little there is ...IMHO...😕
  11. 6 points
    Invite the right people and ones that toe the party line and then they can declare 100% support of the foreign community!
  12. 6 points
    glitz in San Cristobal , even in the center, I have not seen it.. Gringo ghetto is also a poor descriptions as they are not many gringos living there , whatever that is except for the tourists that are all over the center. Say what you want it is a great town to live in and we enjoy it a lot. Chiapas is the poorest state in the union so no wonder it looks poor... Oaxaca is the same way and so is Guerrero in parts.. I really feel sorry for you guys who hate Ajijic and see all of its warts.. I am spending a couple of months in an indigenous village, working in that village and we really feel sorry for people who live in Ajijic...give us a break with all the complaining.
  13. 6 points
    Pueblo Magico used to be a designation of honor given to special towns. There were few designated each year. It was very special. That changed radically and now there are many called Pueblo Magico. Only one block long that is a joke. That is not what this was supposed to be. It is political so Ajijic has a chance because the presidente of chapala is PRI even though he did not have a clean win he could get it. There is a good bit of money involved given to the community to make improvements. I won't touch that. Right now we can't even get a light bulb put into a street lamp that has been out for three months but we recently got more gardeners on the malecon but so far the broken benches, a broken water pipe wasting water, dangerous disintegrating bridges and collapsing low walls are being ignored and the malecon is also in great need of painting the walls. It is rapidly losing its charm. The caraterra if the bike path goes through it will create bigger traffic jams as the roadway narrows and the traffic increases with no place to park. It is a big problem on quiet days. Weekends when the tapatios descend and the snow birds are here will be catastrophic. It oftimes is already. Up until 2003 Ajijic was a charming village. AARP wrote an article about its charm and low cost of living and the death knell of charm was sounded. Every piece of land was built on using poor construction. Cows, horses and burros were no longer as visible. The Mexican culture was and is being overwhelmed by the people who moved here from the north and wanted to live as they did "back home". I am not addressing the rights and wrongs and goods and bads of what has happened to Ajijic, but in my mind it no longer qualifies as a true Pueblo Magico.
  14. 6 points
    I applaud this effort to keep drunk drivers off the roads. We expected the same in Canada. I do however expect to be treated with dignity and respect at any roadside checkpoint. Would also be great if the Police would check for those famous "burnt out tail lights" that are as well dangerous and so very common here.
  15. 6 points
    Great to hear the Police are going after DUI's. If you ever had a friend or relative killed by these incapacitated inconsiderate killers then you too would have a zero tolerance policy.
  16. 6 points
    MEXIKEN--I may be alone in this opinion but I believe people who truly love and care for the wellbeing of their dogs do not let them roam free. I know this flies in the face of what some previous posters wrote but there are too many dangers in the world for dogs to unnecessarily be exposed to. I will never understand why any person who cares about their dog(s) allows him/her/them to run free, despite what others above have said. Nor do I understand why any responsible owner does not put tags on their dog(s.). I commend you for caring enough about the lives of these two to take them off the highway and make an effort to find their owner(s.). I would hope some caring, concerned person would do the same for mine if one got loose accidentally. Oh, wait!! Someone did that and thanks to that person I was able to get my baby back unharmed! I am forever grateful to that person who didn't just leave him to roam the streets as some above suggested, perhaps suffering injury or death.
  17. 6 points
    If this is so lousy why keep going for months. It does not matter others experience, it is yours that count.
  18. 6 points
    They can write all the rules, laws, novenas, chants they want but until the average Mexican decides to incorporate them in their behavior, there ain't no right of way.
  19. 6 points
    mexicans who like loud late & messy: are usually loweclass OR very young teenages. not too much different than many parts of the world. i have been to very clean quiet areas of mexico. there may bave been a few festivals but far few between.
  20. 5 points
    How 4tunate 4 us they have the 4sight to make the e4t to in4m us they have trans4med themselves. I look 4ward to 4kfuls of un4getable com4t food at more a4dable prices than be4 at their 4mer location. And maybe not so 4mal.
  21. 5 points
    Jabonera, thank you for posting this warning. Some people are too kind and compassionate for their own good. The scammers, abusers, and users have an instinct for finding them. I am sorry for your horrible experience and hope others will benefit from learning of your experience.
  22. 5 points
    No need to concern ourselves with this any longer. LCS has chosen our foreign community leaders who have had a private meeting with El Presidente and they will soon tell us what we should think. I am so relieved.
  23. 5 points
    A local Mexican friend told me he did not want this official "pueblo magico" title because it will just bring more traffic and noisy weekends. Aren't most of the existing Pueblos Magicos situated a little more remotely and therefore, maybe able to benefit by more tourism? Millions of people who live in GDL only 1 hour away already come to Lake Chapala, an area which is hardly in need of more tourism. We can hardly handle the traffic as it is!
  24. 5 points
    Geez, I didn't even know we had leaders of the foreign community much less who they are.
  25. 5 points
    I don't ride a bicycle but I see great value in having a continuous bike path tying all the towns at least in this municipio together. I've noticed that many of our Mexican neighbors who do not own cars use bicycles to get around, including our gardener. I suspect this would benefit the Mexican bicycle community much more than the expat recreational users. My only concern about it is safety for the bicyclists. Simply drawing some lines on the pavement is not going to protect the riders from anarchistic drivers. The proposal isn't really going to do anything to ease the car traffic problem. That would require removing all parking and adding two more traffic lanes, plus much improved traffic signalization. That is not going to happen. At least we can remove the bottleneck for the many Mexicans who do use bikes to travel between the towns and get to jobs.
  26. 5 points
    My experience is that Telecable employees experience odd verbal spasms where they promise - that's too strong - they suggest that better speeds are coming. Such and such will get upgraded and higher speeds will be offered. These brief periods of good news and hope are accompanied by possible time periods, always some number of months in the future. They may even sketch out a tiered pricing scheme that includes speeds that leave you swooning. After the allotted number of months have passed and you inquire about the promised upgrades, improved speeds...tier pricing...the girls behind the counter look at you in polite confusion at first. Maybe you have lapsed into Swahili? They shake their heads, frowning slightly, clearly wondering whether you are possessed or just experiencing a mild bout of insanity. They look at each other to confirm they are safe in a public place with you. If you foolishly repeat, with despair in your voice, their promises; their heads shake a sad no. You may ask about future upgrades and speed increases. No, no. The woman at the desk on the side shakes her head no. The woman sweeping the floor shakes her head no. The TV over the counter somehow shakes its head no. Now, this was just my experience, johanson. I wish you much better luck.
  27. 5 points
    Maybe edit to take names off of the post for security reasons? I certainly wouldn't want the world to know when I would be gone.
  28. 5 points
    "We have read comments on the foreigners' webboards and decided to completely change our policies and procedures and rewrite our laws because they are absolutely correct about how unfair, inept, and corrupt we are," said no Mexican official ever. Give it up, guys.
  29. 5 points
    If you reread her version of what happened, she stated she FAILED the breathalyzer test. Law broken, not innocent by her own acountl
  30. 5 points
    Where did I read in the rules that there were to be no personal attacks...........you know, like this outstanding example?
  31. 5 points
    Really. For starters Gerardo Delgollado PRI got the Federal PAN minister of tourism to visit Chapala for the first time in over 20 years and convinced him to release funds for such things as finishing the Chapala Malecon. The mural by the sail which is on the front of a rock slide barrier and engineers were sent all over that slope. Your beloved Ajijic now has a malecon and a park rebuilt so it won't flood again. At relative expense and personnel he put together a recruiting programme to send 150 workers to a plant in Alberta for 2 years, where they were earning $19/hr. and some have become Canadian citizens and stayed in Canada.
  32. 5 points
    Kudos to BMH! Very well stated. Please copy and paste that response somewhere because you're going to need it again in the future. Sigh.
  33. 5 points
    Nothing silly about feeling part of the community. Lets face it Ajijic is a rather ugly, nondescript town. The only things of beauty and interest are the lake, malecon and mountains. The Pueblos Magicos that I've seen aren't like that.
  34. 5 points
    A bike lane connector is NOT needed. We are talking about a MAJOR construction project effecting the ONLY two lane road thru town. During the construction phase (and we ALL know how swift that is here), there will be ONE LANE OF TRAFFIC. Notice how bad that two lane road is this summer. Hummmmm, I wonder what the winter would be like? Look at the number of bikes even using the lane near La Forresta. The proposal is to tear up the road servicing the large number of cars, buses & trucks to accommodate those VERY FEW bikes thru Ajijic. The north side business will suffer greatly with the elimination of the easy access to them during construction and then losing parking. THERE IS NO WHERE ELSE TO PARK. Look at the side streets that are already packed - all this for a VERY FEW BIKES. The money allocated would certainly be better spent to make the sidewalks better!!
  35. 5 points
    Get x-rays and an MRI and see an orthopedic surgeon! Don't let a chiropractor fiddle with your back! Been there, done that.
  36. 5 points
    "Here, however, people dwell on the little knowledge they have by either driving past the event or being checked out by the Police or hearing about the event second hand. " I don't think people are over reacting or need to be calmed down or patronized. "It doesn't mean it is the end of our life as we currently know it. " This forum serves as a major news outlet for this small community. We share all kinds of information here. Thanks to the OP for the heads up.
  37. 5 points
    I don't think it is a bad thing to have DUI checkpoints. I'm not a big drinker, but I do feel it is imperative to take it all seriously. Walk to a nearby restaurant if you can, or take a cab would be solutions I would use. I am seriously concerned about being on the carretera and encountering an impaired driver. The roads are like a three ring circus without adding alcohol. It seems very much on overkill that ya can't have just 1, but since that's the way it is now, I clearly won't be having that occasional "one". In the last month I had my car impounded twice. One was sketchy and controversial, the other clearly my fault due to parking in a restricted zone in pouring rain in the dark. Point is, when you are dealing with authorities, they own you. This is what I experienced. It is no joke. I played the game well enough thanks to my functional Spanish. I pity those who don't have the language. When you have the language you get more respect, IMO. So my comment for the lady who talked her way out of jail with her language skills is "good job, mujer!" I would have done the same. I have worked in prisons in my career as a counselor. One thing I must say is that while no hotel, in the USA you do have sanitation, toilet paper, and food and water. Absense of this is a health disaster waiting to happen and IMO is barbaric and inhumane. Regardless of the crime. And here, you really have no rights. You are at their mercy. So because I like it here, I play a tighter game and lay much lower overall.
  38. 5 points
    This is ridiculous - where is this idea coming from that the cops are thugs, assaulting and beating innocent people? They have gone to the trouble and expense to especially train people to deal with possibly intoxicated or drugged people. Not to aggravate them, etc. This is to be commended - and it works, when Mexico City implemented this program in 2013, one year later alcohol/drug related accidents, including death, dropped by over 30%. Mexico should be training D.U.I/D.W.I crews NOB.
  39. 5 points
    First things first: air quality. There are actually very few days when Mexico City's air is bad, and most of those days are in the winter, when thermal inversions do prevent particulate contamination from dissipating. I think in 2016 we had a couple of days in mid-summer when the air quality was difficult, and there were another few days during the winter. Otherwise, the air quality here is generally ranked 'acceptable' for particulate matter. The World Health Organization list of worst cities for air pollution in Latin America is topped by Lima, La Paz, Santiago, Caracas, and Bogotá, followed in sixth place by Mexico City--despite Mexico City's size, which is much larger and more concentrated than any of the other cities. So 'the land of smoggy air' is pretty generally a misnomer these days. And what keeps me here? My work, which is centered here. My community of socio-economic peers: friends who are well-educated, well-read, like-minded, and well-traveled Mexicans. The beautiful and central area of Mexico City where I live. Ease of national and international travel, both by bus and by air. Uber, for ease of travel within the city. Ease of shopping for as many nationalities and regions of food items as one might want. CHILLIN: the Casa de la Cultura is the most minimum tip of the cultural iceberg in Morelia. Morelia sponsors a two-week international music festival each year, an international classical dance festival, Mexico's best international film festival, an international organ festival, a jazz festival, an international cello festival, has active theater productions, a symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, and many other cultural possibilities--in addition to the Michoacán-based festivals of local and indigenous arts that regularly take place at the Casa de la Cultura. In Morelia, 'culture' is local, national, and international. The largest industry in the city is education, employing hundreds of professors from numerous countries world-wide in its several colleges and universities. When I think of the "ex-pat" community in Morelia, it isn't the English speaking community that first comes to mind. Ex-pats from Eastern and Western Europe, from all over Latin America, and from Asia live and teach in Morelia.
  40. 5 points
    I guess if you like to live like that good for you but if I had to live that way I would have left long long ago.. I have lived in Ajijic for 17 years and have an alarm that will warn me if people approach the house nothing more, we have a big arden with lots of bushes so I like to know if someone is around at night.. We have high walls and dogs but I do not count on them to protect us.. We have a cell phone and a phone and that is it.. I just do not want to be surprised in the midle of the night but if we are not there and we get burglurized have at it.. We do not have any valuable, and the cell phone is with me.. I guess I could lose my laptop and that is about it.. We live 6 to month of the year in Chiapas in a house in town. Without any protection Thee was an alarm but it kept going on and we disconnected it.. We have a couple of patios there and high walls and great neighbors and we sleep with all the windows and doors open, never had a problem in the last 10 years and the neighborhood is smack next to the market area and the indigenous colonias which are not the safest... I cannot imagine living in an armed camp with guard dogs when we do not have valuables..
  41. 5 points
    All the poor OP asked for was a recommendation for an alarm company. She's received grammar lessons, the value of dogs as deterrents, dismissal of the value of private security and home safes, and a sideways slam at living here. Oh, and among 25 responses, one actual recommendation for an alarm company.
  42. 5 points
    You're now upset about noise in Guadalajara? #snark
  43. 4 points
    She and her husband Bubba are in "Mexico" full time and to my knowledge have not been back to the USA but do travel to her home country of France on occasion. You have the option of ignoring this as well,no? And I am not an apologist for the local government. I merely think they do the best they can with the tools and dollars they have.
  44. 4 points
    It appears that you have copied and pasted this verbatim from one of your previous posts and you have also been informed on more than one occasion that bmh has lived in west Ajijic[6 corners] more than twice as long as you have been here and that they have a second home in San Cristobal.
  45. 4 points
    Why would anyone want Pueblo Mágico status for Ajijic?
  46. 4 points
    The problem seems to be that some people have decided the police were just jailing people they felt like jailing based on nothing at all. They believe this because "somebody said...." Nevermind that other people said they were stopped and had had a drink so got the breathilizer and then were let go because they had only one drink. Given a choice of which story to believe some people went with the one that confirmed what they already believe about Mexico and Mexicans. Confirmation bias is real. So, we have the "nobody can ever have even one drink and go anywhere ever again" martyrdom of the downtrodden foreigners. Again according to the OP on this horror show the victim did get to make a phone but that may have been lost in the original tirade and subsequent reinterpretations.
  47. 4 points
    This woman was not "stopped incorrectly for an alleged traffic offense." She was stopped at a DUI checkpoint and flunked the test. She never denied having been drinking. It does not matter what level of confidence we have in the equipment or people administering the tests. They do not need our confidence in order for us to go to jail. Hire a lawyer and fight the arrest if you believe you were unfairly tested and arrested. I doubt you will get anywhere but, hey, lawyers have to eat too.
  48. 4 points
    Aside from the fact there should be no serious belief at this point that loud and late bar noise is some pillar of Mexican culture, I wonder about the implications for this area from the growing crackdown in GDL. Specifically, I think we all know at this point Lakeside is becoming a suburb of GDL and it would be hard to miss the crowds bouncing and jolting down Chapala highway on weekends and holidays all over this area. I would be hard pressed at this time to find any evidence our local government is as concerned about our peace and quiet as the governments in GDL and Zopopan have become. Indeed, we've had several totally inappropriate raves and a number of loud, late concerts inflicted on the area already which were given permits by said local government. I've no doubt we would have more except for the very strong local protests that followed. The kind of noise that has led to the reported shutdowns in these stories are not all that unusual from a growing number of local bars and I see no evidence that any steps have been taken to curb it here. As the customer base from GDL grows, one wonders if the noise will continue to grow along with it. I think we should all be a bit concerned that given this environment it may be only a matter of time before the folks being curbed up there figure out this area is ripe for the taking and follow the Tapatio crowd down. From their vantage point, I would conclude there is little in their way here, just grease the right palms and you're good to go.
  49. 4 points
    this proves that mexican many residents dont like loud music. stories about the 1970s amount to nothing. the be-in was a one time thing. now is now. mexcians are all not young who make a mess & distrub people. some are, but you see that everywhere. this is an expat fantacy & its insulting. guadalajara proved that mexicans have jobs, are professionals, have businesses & have families. same w/ajijic. mexicans are not all here to entertain you.
  50. 4 points
    Since we have been through the same experiences as Gimpy, and found the costs as he/she described, I know from personal experience that he/she is correct. When, Alan, you actually do the process for his/her next student, then report back with your personal experience and we will compare apples to apples.