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  1. RV, that's not accurate. It's very misleading, you should check first before you post erroneous information. First, in the mind of INAPAM, Guadalajara to Chapala (or vice versa) IS long distance. The 50% INAPAM discount has nothing to do with interstate routes. Furthermore, even the little buses that trundle around in the north shore villages offer an INAPAM discount of 50%. I just spoke to the Chapala Plus people in Guadalajara. The Chapala Plus employee told me that the cost for the directo from Guadalajara to Chapala (or from Chapala to Guadalajara) is 55 pesos per person. The discount with an INAPAM card is 50%; the cost with the INAPAM discount applied is 27.5 pesos per person. Nothing has changed. If anyone has other questions, call the Chapala Plus people and get the information straight from the horse's mouth. http://chapalaplus.com.mx/ The website doesn't work for many things, but the telephone numbers are there.
  2. About 13 years ago, I went to Guadalajara to get my INAPAM card. The INM office in Guadalajara is very easy to find. I was in and out of the office in about half an hour, card in hand. Since then, I have used the card at least once a month to purchase long distance bus tickets at the 50% discounted price on bus lines ETN, ADO, Primera Plus, and Estrella Roja . No bus line has ever told me there were no spots on the bus for a cardholder. I understand that some bus lines do have that policy, but...well, YMMV. As AngusWhatsis said, buy your tickets in advance and you won't have that problem.
  3. Bisbee Gal, I read the introduction to the photos on that link. It's always a surprise to me to see what mistaken ideas foreigners have about catrinas. Here's a link to an article that explains the origin and history of the catrina, why the skeletal figure is called by that name, and why it is neither emblematic of death nor connected to Day of the Dead celebrations other than by recently popular use. http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2016/10/the-catrina-mexicos-iconic-legacy-from-josé-guadalupe-posada.html
  4. San Blas Questions

    Take a look at the family-run Hotel Garza Canela in San Blas. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, considered to be one of the best in the country; the chef there, a graduate of the Cordon Bleu in Paris, is a judge for Mexico's MasterChef Juvenile section. http://www.garzacanela.com/en/instalaciones/
  5. Pueblo Mágico impossible?

    Why guess at what it takes to become a Pueblo Mágico? All the prerequisites for receiving and maintaining Pueblo Mágico status are online: http://www.sectur.gob.mx/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/GUIA-FINAL.pdf SECTUR Nacional (the federal tourism department) makes the decision. What bmh said is absolutely correct: it is about marketing to attract tourism, not about history or cobblestones or a colonial centro histórico. And furthermore, in recent years it has become about having a political "in", no longer strictly about anything except $$$$. I suppose, if you don't read Spanish, Google translate could help you out with the website.
  6. Basa from Walmart

    I hate to disagree, but 9 out of 10 of the recipes I looked at do indeed call for bagre (catfish) "u otro pescado". Some specify substituting huachinango for bagre, but by and large, bagre is the go-to fish for Caldo Michi. Bagre, of course, is a naturally-occurring sweet water fish, a bottom-feeder, that is common in both Mexico and the USA. I grew up eating catfish and love it; catfish is still fished and eaten today in many parts of central Mexico and the USA. You can recognize it instantly by its fairly flat head, slick body, and its whiskers. Because it is and always has been so common in Jalisco, it's the fish of choice for Caldo Michi. Don Bagre.
  7. Basa from Walmart

    Maybe, AngusMactavish, and maybe not. I'll look further. http://www.wisconsinaquaculture.com/News_Details.cfm?NID=310&LinkType=62
  8. I pay my bill online, by going to https://app.cfe.gob.mx/Aplicaciones/CCFE/Recibos/Consulta/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fAplicaciones%2fCCFE%2fRecibos%2fConsulta%2fDefault.aspx. Is this possible for you guys at Lakeside?
  9. Goat Milk Ice Cream.....So Creamy!!

    Nuez is pecan. Nuez de Castilla is walnut.
  10. Hurricane Frederick

    Last night I talked with friends who live near the coast in Veracruz. They said that Franklin was causing heavier than normal surf and heavy rain along the coastline. The main concern, they said, is the possibility of flooding due to the rains. At the time I talked with them--Wednesday 9 August about10:30PM--they were not experiencing high winds. Here's the current news about Franklin: https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/franklin-may-make-second-landfall-in-mexico-as-atlantics-first-hurricane-of-2017/70002388 Mexico City is currently experiencing moderate to fairly heavy rain due to Franklin.
  11. Need car mechanic vocab

    Barra de acoplamiento
  12. Como a malnecion

    If the worker is asking about you only, he's saying Cómo amaneció, as kbleitch said. If you use the tú form between you, it's Cómo amaneciste? If he's asking about you and whoever lives with you, he's using the plural, Cómo amanecieron?. This is a construction that's only used in the morning, to ask how you 'dawned'--how did you sleep, did you sleep well, etc. You'll also hear this verb used regarding weather. Amaneció nublado, pero a mediodía se despejó el cielo. "(The day) dawned cloudy, but by midday the sky had cleared." Here's a link to the verb conjugation: http://www.wordreference.com/conj/EsVerbs.aspx?v=amanecer
  13. Fast/ Mexican Food

    There is no Taco Bell in Mexico City. In the early 1990s, one opened here and closed pretty quickly. In about 2008, a Taco Bell opened in Monterrey but closed fast due to lack of business.
  14. Spending two nights in Zacatecas

    Zacatecas is a fascinating city--I've always said it's about a four-day city, if you want to take the time. There are several excellent museums: the Pedro Coronel museum, the Rafael Coronel museum, the military museum at the top of La Bufa (you can ride the teleférico up and back!), the Francisco Goítia museum, the theatre, Santo Domingo church, the Felguérez museum, the museum of nacimientos (it looks like a store, but...), etc. Be sure to have a gordita or three at Gorditas Doña Julia on Calle Hidalgo; don't miss the Cathedral. Ask at your hotel about joining a callejonada for an evening--such a lot of fun! Take a taxi to the next town, Guadalupe, and visit the wonderful church there. Go to Jérez. Go to Real de Catorce. Zacatecas is wonderful!
  15. Me? Veracruz is a huge state with many different sorts of places to live in, from the highest mountain in Mexico to the beach, from tiny rural towns to the Puerto de Veracruz, from coffee plantations to the state capital, Xalapa. I was never interested in living in the state, but I surely enjoy visiting any and all of those regions.