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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 3 points
    No problem, quote the post you think I cut and pasted. Also, my post was responding to bmh, not you. I am confident in his/her ability to respond unaided. bmh is not here full time. We are. And the same suggestion applies to you--if you don't like the topic, threads or poster it is easy to ignore all here. You are welcome to continue to be an apologist for the local government and we are equally welcome to not share your opinion on same.
  4. 2 points
    Did you use your telephone to order any soft drinks?
  5. 2 points
    bmh, you don't live here. This board is a local board here and you should expect that local issues will be discussed here. As others have been advised, it is very easy to ignore threads, posts or people on this board if you are not interested or don't agree. What you label as "complaining" from afar is to us affairs that affect our every day life here. I used "gringo" in the broader sense. When we were in San Cristobal, the streets downtown were crowded with Europeans. Reminded me of Playa del Carmen, pricey and packed with young foreigners. I'm glad you like it there. We were not impressed as it appeared to us as a small old town core surrounded by a lot of graffiti covered slums. The general level of prosperity in Jalisco is a lot higher, hence many more resources are theoretically available to provide services, and it is reasonable for those of us paying for those services to expect to receive them. When one visits the tourism oriented towns around us that are similarly prosperous, one sees clean and repaired streets and sidewalks and modern trash pick up services, indicating that this is not an unreasonable expectation for THIS area. It is ironic that of the many local Mexicans i know and interact with here regularly, none of whom are on the local government feedbag, the opinion of the local government from Gardener right on up to Doctor is a great deal harsher than you see expressed here. I wouldn't presume to pass judgment on what you find important in San Cristobal, please accord the same respect here. What you label as "complaining" from afar is to us affairs that affect our every day life here. We have a very real basis for believing that a "Pueblo Magico" designation for Ajijic would simply result in more congestion and tourism and most of the money for improvements would magically disappear without results as most of our tax dollars do now.
  6. 2 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.
  7. 1 point
    Word of warning to those who do their annual IMSS renewals themselves. Arrived today to learn that "because we have a new computer system in place this year, we require BOTH you and your husband to be present so we can take your pictures". Of course, he was not with me. Of course, I had just driven 1 1/2 hours in mostly rain, and did NOT want this obstacle! Also, had more chores to do in Guad after this one. The following conversation ensured: Me: Nobody in Chapala clinic told me about this. Why can't you use the photo on his tarjeton or else on his IFE? Him: We require a photo with no encumbrance -- like the hologram in the IFE, or the staple that is holding his photo in place in the tarjeton. Me: (smiling and polite) But that is a SERIOUS inconvenience for me --- how am I supposed to know this in advance? And do you expect me to go back to Chapala, find him, and return? Besides (holding up my cane) I am partially disabled and this makes it harder. Him: Why don't you take out your cell phone and show me his picture from there? Me: I don't HAVE a cell phone! Him: (incredulous look on his face) Is there a way you can contact him to HE can send ME his photo from HIS cell phone? Me: He doesn't have a cell phone either! We are OLD not technologically savvy! Besides, he's at work. That's why I'm the "titular".... because he is not free to drop everything and come to Guad. This conversation goes back and forth a while longer, until he realizes this polite, smiling, agreeable but apparently determined lady is NOT going away any time soon. So he finally caves, takes MY picture, takes one (I guess he manages to ignore the staple) of hubby's tarjeton, and we proceed to finalize the procedure! (Does he want a photo of hubby NEXT year? NO. This is the only time they will need it....... for now ) Of course, fluent Spanish and long-time familiarity with the system helps. But be sure if you don't both go, the bearer has a cell phone or actual photo to present---- and expect a little fuss about it first! (No idea how facilitators handle this issue.)
  8. 1 point
    I would rather sit in a hot box in the sun than spend an hour in Sayulita, with its' constant noise, polluted water, and raw sewage running in the streets! My group and I used to go for tacos in the street at least once a week, but no more. Just too gross. Check out San Pancho, excellent restaurants there, and Guayabitos just down the road.
  9. 1 point
    And the timing of that Doctor's report in Bucerias? What year? Swimming in the open ocean is hazardous. I remember body surfing with two of my stepkids on the south end of San Pancho Beach, when one of them asked what the fish were eating. There was a lot of rippling on the surface of the water. I said it was more important to know what was eating the fish... and we motored at top speed out of the water. Never swim on the north end of the San Pancho beach because there is always an undertow there.
  10. 1 point
    Cedros, you have to be a guy, if you don't think all those boutiques in Sayulita aren't any fun. It would be helpful when making comments, if people would say the timing of their last visit to a place. Sting rays... never encountered ANY in Bucerias from yearly "visits" between 1999 and 2013. Last visit to Sayulita and San Pancho 2013... lived in San Pancho year round from 2005 to 2011. Both places hoppin' in March but the kids (50's) like Sayulita the best. Neither Rincon de Guayabitos nor La Penita de Jaltemba are my cup of tea. Neither is Puerto Vallarta. There are many places on the coast to go if all you want to do is sit on your butt on the beach... and that's not my cup of tea either. Everybody's different and there's something for everyone.
  11. 1 point
    Yes I have had them over a period of 18 months, My knees are back to my 20,s Now I have to work on the rest of my body to conform to great new knees
  12. 1 point
    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.
  13. 1 point
    Local nationals in Ajijic are very proud of where they live. The impetus to gain this status is quite strong in the Mexican community, and not just with politicians. It really is a source of pride to them.
  14. 1 point
    (1) so people could say they actually live in a Pueblo Magico to their NOB friends/family? (2)so that double the tourist business will come, along with higher real estate/rental prices, higher food costs, LOTS more traffic, etc.?
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  16. 1 point
    What? I thought all notarios in Mexico were lawyers but most lawyers here aren't notarios.
  17. 1 point
    I am sure the Mexican police will take your expectations into consideration. Be sure to let them know that first thing when you get stopped.
  18. 1 point
    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.
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  21. 1 point
    Restaurante Petrita in Chapala.
  22. 1 point
    Of all the restaurants mentioned herein and although we've been to everyone of them over the years and.............. have only been to Elegante once in the short time they've been open, they would, definitely be our choice for Ajijic. However, Bistro Ofelia in Guadalajara is always our special occasion choice........hands down! It's so good that it's worth the cost of a hotel (La Mansion del Sol, as and example) and the unbelievably low cost of convenient Uber rides to and from the restaurant of choice (in Guadalajara). As mentioned in the earlier post, the retirement a few years back of the tired owner/chef of Armando's Hide-A-Way and then, after a tremendous resurgence of business and many accolades by the new "very hard working and skilled" mother/daughter operators, the unscrupulous owner decided that he wanted his restaurant back........and promptly kicked them out. Many, like ourselves have never crossed the threshold since and despite good reviews (by those who don't know the history) likely never will!
  23. 1 point
    Warning. You can't remove the stripes from a skunk! A number of local people were scammed for a very substantial amount of money to the extent that several had to seriously change their retirement plans. Newcomers beware!
  24. 1 point
    Apparently this cat is used to being groomed. No matter what anyone thinks about whether a cat should be groomed or not this vet should never have given medication without a history and permission. Thank you so much for posting this as we had considered using this location for grooming of our dogs when in a pinch at our normal vet's as we had seen recommendations.
  25. 1 point
    And are squatting and not paying rent.
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