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  1. 9 points
    Easy solution fair to all concerned! NO DOGS ALLOWED! Problem solved!
  2. 8 points
    THIS is a unprecedented example of nitpicking semantics!! ...not to mention self-righteousness. Can anyone imagine the level of desperation it must take to drive a person into abandoning their home and their possessions and fleeing to another country where they face a very doubtful reception? (Sometimes one in which their children are taken away) This is something none of us have been likely to have encountered in our lifetimes. Even those of us who had a hard time getting by didn't have to run for our lives from the nation we lived in. How about calling these people what they are: REFUGEES.
  3. 8 points
    My first thought when I saw this post was if you have to budget for a trip you should forget it.
  4. 7 points
    You do realize you are in Mexico, right?
  5. 7 points
    Notaries dont like me getting involved as I have tremendous experience with property due diligence and preparation of property deeds as well as a postgraduate degree in Notarial law. I can critique all parts of a deed and see errors, I have been doing it for quite some time and have the experience. Few if no other attorneys have that experience except for notaries. I catch mistakes all the time and they do not like that, heck if I was a harmless :() there would be no resistance to me reviewing any documents but notaries all the sudden decide they dont know what documents to send to me, even though client says send Spencer entire file, they refuse. I have prepared, reviewed and translated hundreds of property deeds so nobody except for a notary has my level of experience. Also by the time a notary looks at the file the buyer has placed a deposit of 10% and the sellers and agents are breathing down their neck and the poor notary who gets many referrals from the real estate people is in an awkward position.
  6. 7 points
    I have lived in San Cristobal for the last 10 years and have notice no change in the delivery of water. We never had potable water either and the streams have been filled with garbage rats and sewer ever since we have lived here.. The article is misleading and does not address the problem. A very poor and ignorant population that is poluting the water, aging systems delivering water, poor storage capacity of water storage in the house for the amount of water delivery and a huge amoung of loss of water in the delivering of water. A few years ago we ran out of water at the house and the whole barrio was without water for a couple of months. We were out of water at our house for a month and the barrio organized to get the water company to fix the problem. I found out that the water was delivered only at night and 3 times a week at max.. There was some kind of pluf in our area and as we are on a hill the water did not reach the top of the hill..The problem was not due to a lack of water but to a poorly maintain system. We also found out that many people do not have a 10 peso floater that shuts off when the tinaco is full and that people to save on the installation get up at night to turn off the water when the tinaco is full. It goes without saying that most people do not wake up and let the tinaco overflow until the morning when the water shuts off. Another time we had no water was because many hotels in the center do not pay the bills so the water company quit paying CFE and had no electricity to run the pumps delivering water.. this was they were not cutting of the water to the center and on and on.. The water at the start maybe potable but it is not when it arrives .. Some people may drink the water but I see that all my neighbors buy water from the trucks and they told me not to do not drink the water wether it is chlorinated or not I do not smell the cloro but I have a large aljibe , friend with small tinaco told me the smell of the clorine in the water was very strong. I do not drink tap water in Mexico anywhere.. Cocacola is part of the traditional rituals in Chamula and other indigenous communities and also part of all fiesta and gathering amongst the Evangelists who do not drink alcohol but there are tons of other soft drinks that are just as bad. There is no lack of bottle water so the drinking of CocaCola is a cultural things not due to a lack of potable water as there is plenty of bottle water available. People here love to blame the CocaCola plant for the water it uses in the plant but the fact is that they use the water from a different source than the water company so they have no effect on the water delivery. Right now we have a lack of rain but there as been no change in the delivery system so far.. The streams going through San Cristobal are a disgrace, full of rats , sewage and rats but I was in Central Chiapas this week end on the bank of a river in an isolated area and the river banks had garbage and smelled of black water although the water was clear.. The government can be blame for a lot of problems but the fact is that people are the filthhy ones dumping their garbage on the streets , in the rivers and so on.. Instead of bitching about the government people should start caring about preserving their resources and protecting the environement.. Do not start me on my soap box..This month. I have been travelling a lot in isolated areas far from towns and garbage is everywhere...
  7. 6 points
    This is irony at its absolute best.
  8. 6 points
    No they are not just Refugees. Entering between border entry points makes you an illegal. For many years the USA and most other countries would not even consider anyone for refugee status that tried to sneak in. Real asylum seekers go the the border entry points where they can apply for asylum. Whether you are entering at a border point makes you illegal or not. These refugees should stay and change what they don't like about their own government or country. For many years immigration to the USA has been a safety valve against revolution in many countries. You say sometimes their children are taken away. This only ever happened if they illegally entered between border check points. Want to keep the kids with you, then you enter and apply at a border entry point. Many of the children taken were taken from traffickers who badly want them back to fill orders that they have advances on.
  9. 6 points
    Are you serious? You really don't get it? (I can never tell when you're joking) You're driving. You run a red light (on purpose even, you're in a hurry and there's no other traffic). Running a red light is illegal. Do people then refer to you as "an illegal"? It's dehumanizing.
  10. 6 points
    THAT is EXACTLY why they are referred to as ILLEGALS ! THEY are ILLEGALY in the Country because they broke the LAW ! Rarely do "wishes" come true !
  11. 6 points
    We have been here for almost 14 years and I have been visiting Mexico - and many other countries - for more than 50 years. I'll chime in with some comments - purely my experiences and observations. We came here 6 or 8 times before seriously considering moving here. We intentionally stayed in different places each time to get a feel for different neighborhoods. Mostly in Ajijic and nearby. We rented a car on each of those trips so we could do lots of exploring. But we also used buses and taxis to understand what worked for us. I was still working at the time but my wife had an opportunity to house sit for a couple of months and I came down several times during that period. That gave us - mostly her - a chance to "live" here as opposed to "visiting" here. After that experience we were pretty certain this is where we wanted to "retire". We came back and rented a house for a year - and I was still working and coming and going pretty regularly. In most cases I would come down and work from here for a week at a time and then travel for work in the U.S. for 3 weeks or so. After renting for a year we bought a house - and I continued to work for a little bit more than another year. After that I "retired" as I said and moved to Ajijic full time. A couple of clients asked me to work on a few projects and after about 6 months I accidentally had a business. After all this time I still do. I do almost everything over the internet and have a U.S. phone number (Vonage). I have three employees in the U.S. including my 36 year old daughter who has been able to work from home while raising my two grandsons - now 8 & 10. All of my clients are in the U.S., all payments are made in the U.S. and all my clients know that I am in Mexico the vast majority of the time. I go to the U.S. a couple of times a year to see family - especially the grand-kids - and see a few clients while I am there. Works perfectly and has for well over 10 years. Health insurance was important to us and we signed up for the best insurance we could find that would cover us here in Mexico. It is reasonable compared to full, major medical in the U.S. but is not cheap. It goes up every year but the exchange rate has helped us out and the cost in U.S. dollars has been fairly flat. We were both very healthy when we got here. But my wife had knee surgery and then a total knee replacement a few months ago. I have been okay for about two years now but for the 4 years before that I had one serious medical issues - several surgeries for cancer including colon cancer, four rounds of chemo, one round of radiation, a pacemaker, and triple bypass surgery. LOTS of experience with the private Mexican medical resources. Around $2,000,000 pesos in cost covered very effectively by our insurance. The facilities and care we received have been nothing short of extraordinary. We have friends who have used SP & IMSS with very mixed results. Some had absolutely outstanding experiences and some had truly horrible outcomes. Seems like a very hit and miss situation but when it works it is great and very cost effective. The immigration laws have changed a bit since we moved here and as someone said may change again once the new president takes office. But the general framework is sort of the same. You can come down on a Tourist Visa that is good for 180 days. Nothing to do in advance - very simple. But it cannot be extended or renewed within Mexico. You have to leave the country and then get a new Tourist Visa. Some people have done that for years but that option could always change. The next level is a "Temporary" Visa. It is good for a year and can be renewed within Mexico. You can come and go during that year without having to reapply. You have to apply at a Mexican Consulate or Embassy outside of Mexico. And as others have said you have to prove regular income - something around $1,500 - $2,000 per month - PER PERSON. We did that for several years but it was a while back so I may not have the numbers exactly right but that is in the ballpark. And my understanding is that income has to be from a pension, Social Security, etc. Income from a job or business does not count as that income could change or go away completely. Mexico wants to be sure you have ongoing income/resources regardless of how good a job you might currently have. Contact your closest Mexican Consulate/Embassy. I have heard that each one may handle things slightly differently so call them and ask. They are very helpful and you can talk to them by phone or make an appointment to talk with them in person. The next level is a "Permanent" Visa that never expires and you don't have to renew it. Some additional requirements but you are a bit away from that point - and it can always change. Come on down and look around. We love it here and have never regretted our decision to move here. Personally my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. It is definitely not for everyone and we have known some people that left after a few years. Works for us. I'll be happy to answer any questions but hopefully some of this helps.
  12. 6 points
    Such negativity! Please, lighten up!
  13. 5 points
    Often taking food home after dining out (one of us is a light eater, not me), I am getting tired of the styrofoam containers. So I picked up (Walmart) a couple of Tupperware-types, with divided interiors. I'll be keeping those in the car from now on, for every trip to a restaurant. And they don't leak.
  14. 5 points
    We're in touch with MaineCoons about getting in touch with Hope House to see about helping out with this extraordinary event. Numerous other reports of damage coming in and we're coordinating to send larger than normal deliveries to lakeside for any needed supplies of tubes, etc. Would suggest solar (and skylight) owners check / have their systems (tubes, panels) checked visually or via the online monitoring systems and to let us know of any questions or needs.
  15. 5 points
    Well.mr. canadian, I happen to agree with his observation of you, I do not hear what you are saying about the illegals as what the American Citizens are saying. In fact, what I hear is that the people are fed up with the trash from South of the Border coming to Our Country without an invitation. So, we elected a President who promised to keep his promises, (and lots has already been accomplished) and he is taking care of the Supreme Court(as promised), so we think it is just a matter of time before Big changes take place. He is already telling the World to treat us fairly, or kiss our ### (Canada included). One thing my grandpappy taught me was that you do Not mess in the affairs of your neighbors, and to keep your comments about them to yourself. Sadly, you did not have a grandpappy like mine. You have never seem me comment on your country and how it should be or is.
  16. 5 points
    I'm just curious as to why the U.S. should always be the bag holder here. Central America has been a political disaster forever and people have been trying to flee it mostly for economic reasons forever and some for personal danger. The U.S. has taken more immigrants than all the rest of the world combined and there is no where on the planet where you'll find a nation with 10 million plus "undocumented" immigrants. When is enough, enough, and when should U.S. citizens expect their government to put their interests first as the government of Mexico clearly does for its citizens? As for Cubans, they don't come by the millions and then expect handouts. That might have some bearing on their reception. I hope you Canadians and Mexicans will be encouraging your governments to take a big bunch of these Central Americans instead of expecting to dump the problem on the U.S. as usual. Just sayin'.
  17. 5 points
    "stay and change?" The problem is, I can tell you aren't joking. Not to get real political here, but the U.S. created some of those horrendous regimes. However, there was once a time when people being persecuted for various reasons came to the U.S. for a new chance. Ellis Island was often the first stop for many of our ancestors. And...some of them were revolutionaries on the losing side, mine included.
  18. 5 points
    I wish people would stop referring to undocumented migrants as "illegals". They may have committed an illegal act by entering the country without proper documentation and permission, but there is nothing about a person that is illegal.
  19. 5 points
    To recap.... yes, you can Temporarily Import (TIP) your 2014 Infinity IF your lien holder allows that.... it is 'their vehicle' after all. Mexico will want to see either your title or a registration slip in order to get the TIP sticker. Getting a TIP can be done online 30 days prior to your arrival at the border. They will "FED-X" it to your home address quickly. You will of course need to acquire Mexican Insurance on the Infinity. This can also be done easily online and renewed while in Mexico. As you know you will start your Temporal visa process at a Mexican Consulate in the US, then take that paperwork to the Mexican border INM location. Once that is done you will have 30 days to visit INM at Lakeside to finalize your Temporal visas. At the same time, at Lakeside, you will 'attach' your TIP to your Temporal by advising Aduana that you have a car. Once you obtain your finalized Temporal it is good for 1 year, including the TIP. After that, one can renew the visa either annually or for multiple years up to 4 total years. Under current law when that timeframe is over one must either go 'Permanente" inside Mexico or start another Temporal visa process IN THE USA. Once Permanente one cannot have a foreign plated vehicle in Mexico. A way to skirt that law is for only one spouse to go Permanente and the other to redo their Temporal in the US. Just make sure that the vehicle title is in the name of the person staying Temporal. A Permanente spouse CAN drive the TIP vehicle.
  20. 5 points
    I never wrote "A real estate broker will do a closing without a notario". Period. Entiendes? If a cat runs from an attorney, then that makes the attorney a junk yard dog. That is the one you hire. Entiendes? I have had several real estate transactions in various states of Mexico in the last twelve years so I speak from personal experience. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from acquiring independent legal counsel in these matters. Two weeks ago in Chapala, an American real estate agent came into the notario's office acquiring about his "fee" in Spanish. I understood all. End of story. Six weeks ago, in a closing I discovered an error that could have cost me $20,000 USD. The notario's assistant left the room for about 10 minutes then resurfaced with a fraudulent email that he claimed that he had sent me. That did not go well for them. Not a direct attempt to defraud me, but just sloppy work on their part. We are resolving the problem now. If I had not caught the error or if I did not speak enough Spanish to understand the process, then guess what? SOL. There are some reputable brokers at lakeside and there are some who are not so reputable. Does not matter how long they have been in business. The real estate turnover here seems to average about every 5 years, so no problem for them. Buena suerte.
  21. 5 points
    Two of you could eat quite nicely on $25USD a day, and that includes at least 2 meals out a day. As it is your first visit, I do not recommend eating at any local taco stands, as atasty as those might be. We retired here around 2012. We had been here off anf on for 6 years previous. Back then there was no WalMart, no Laguna Mall, and many fewer restaurants. While others often turn their noses up at those who admit to shopping at and being grateful for WalMart, I am NOT one of those. There are places to stay where you can have a kitchenette and have breakfast at home, cool the beer for the evenings and have some snacks in the room. While our house was under construction, we stayed at Casa Blanca in the village. Not fancy, not rustic, but a cross in between. Prety lights in the evening, and, if I remember, a great breakfast, Come in early March and the weather will be warm and dry, but there might still be snowbirds. Come in October and early November and it will also be delightful, and no snowbirds yet. We live without a car, and rely on public transportation. In my opinion, I would NOT rent a car. Driving here is a full on contact sport and no need to subject yourself to that. Buses run up and down the highway and some wend their way through the villages. Taxis are affordable. Grab the card of one you like, tip well and they will come when you call. Rents are definitely going up. There have been many people moving here, lots from Guadalajara. I live in a subdivision ( also called a fracc) midway between Ajijic and Chapala. We can walk to WalMart and to the other stores and restaurants around us. It is not a "gringo ghetto" as is sneered at by many, but a typical middle class neighborhood. Fairly quiet. Kids play in the streets. Dogs bark at the mailman and pizza delivery guy. Pilots, a few doctors, several university professors, lawyers, a few retired business owners, a restaurant owner, construction business,physical therapists and just plain old retired folks. Mix is about 80% Mexican 20% other. Internet speed is not fabulous. That being said, there is new fiber optic cable being pulled all through town. A new hospital is going up about 2 blocks from me, and I think that may just pull up the infrastructure as things move along. I am an editor for an online magazine, and I work wirelessly. It is usually sufficient. One difference here from Tucson is the weather. With the exception of late March to early June, I consider it about perfect. No heater, no AC. In December, I think we took out the small propane heater 1x last year. We have ceiling fans in every room and a house that faces N/S with a long hallway to grab the breeze. Health insurance will be a big deal. We have private international insurance and it is $$$$, but it is a priority for us. We are grateful we do not have to deal with IMSS and Seguro Popular, but understand that many people do so. Medical care is outstanding and modern. I just had eye surgery and foot surgery on the same day, and my doctors coordinated the times so I could get from the eye surgery to the orthopedic hospital witrhin less than 2 hours, so I didnt have to fast more than 12 hours. My doctor answers his own phoner and email. Investigate health insurance that will cover you internationally or at least in US/Mexico . The earlier you do it, the cheaper the premiums are. I am not familiar with Mexican health care policies, but have heard stories that would curl your hair. Come down and check it out. Save your car rental $$ and use cabs and bus.
  22. 5 points
    Also, the problem with a smoking area outside is that the smoke inevitably finds it's way into the interior of the restaurant where it hangs in the air. For someone like myself that is allergic and absolutely can not breathe when around smoke it is impossible to continue eating. I have to get up and leave and my husband then has to have the food bagged and we continue our meal at home. By then, it just doesn't taste the same. So, yes, we tried this restaurant when it first opened and really liked the food but had to leave and will never be back. Our loss but when you can't breathe you can't eat either. That, Gcaschetta, is what the big deal is.
  23. 4 points
    And, how some of us know all the solutions and problems of a neighboring country.
  24. 4 points
    If they are so desperate, did they ask for help in Mexico, first country?
  25. 4 points
    This board is most often used to answer general questions about life here. I would certainly come here first with that kind of question. It is doubtful that if more than one person is experiencing it, that it is a question for a physician. For example, jacaranda allergies: I only experience it about every four years; some experience it every year, and this board is the perfect place to ask about it. And personally, I don't go rushing off to a doctor about every little thing. I have to ask, "Rick": what was your former name here? Every one of your five comments so far has been judgmental or disparaging. A great asset to this community. Please, lighten up.