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    What area ..... it's terminal to terminal
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    Quick reply from National Geographic: it wasn't them, and it's been asked before. This librarian checked himself anyway, also checking for the article title that was posted as the source. I wonder if the source might be another publication I have in mind and am checking to see when it began to be published. While it's possible some enterprising speculator made the whole thing up, people frequently misremember sources. So if anything comes of this I will report back.
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    We love the climate in Guanajuato City, very similar to Ajijic, maybe a little cooler in the early summer due to altitude and a bit chillier in winter. Nothing a warmer sweater / jacket won't fix. I like Leon for day trips for shopping, restaurants the occasional soccer game. Like it so much we are building a second Mexico home in El Centro in GTO
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    When I first saw the subject line, I assumed the violence referred to was the out of control spring break lot (but that wasn't Acapulco, as far as I know).
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    I believe it is a placating comment, probably propogated by the couple that started Birds of Paradise. If you say a place has or is the second best anything, you don't have to prove that it's the best. And how bad can second best be?
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    Good idea. I would certainly look into the so called rules of the HOA. We typically don't like HOAs. I can see some fees for common grounds maintenance, but that's about all. I don't like being told what I am allowed to do with my own property. This is how we lived in the US and didn't care for it.
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    I have a DVD set of National Geographic that starts from the first publication. There is no mention of this climate claim. I think it was the figment of a realtor.
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    Re Second Best Climate in the World After several exhaustive attempts in the past decade to prove/disprove this quote's link to National Geographic,I am very confident that this comment NEVER appeared in National Geographic - and will happily eat my sombrero if proved wrong. [It is conceivable that the phrase was used in an ad in the magazine at some point, but that would not count]. The claim certainly dates back at least to the mid-1970s, as a previous poster said. It is worth pointing out that at about that time, the main PEMEX station in Ajijic had a slogan painted across its side wall claiming (to the best of my memory) "Ajijic - el mejor clima del mundo" or words to that effect. I have a 35mm slide of that slogan somewhere and other photos of it must exist. How times change! Tony
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    We moved here 18 months ago and only shipped 5000 lbs ($10,000). We wish we had brought more furniture... We ended up with pennies on the dollar for top of the line items when we sent them to auction... If you life modern style than you will find it here. Anything else is a crap shoot... We were able to have our carpenter custom make tables, desks, etc... at a cost approximating NOB.We used Strom White and was most pleased with their service...The stateside carrier had no experience shipping to Mexico which kept us from shipping certain items... If you have good shop tools, bring them! Everything available here is double the price of NOB and mostly of lessor quality...
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    As a university librarian, I searched both our paid databases and National Geographic's online database for any mention of Chapala or Ajijic. Nothing whatsoever (after informing me there were 0 results, the search engine helpfully pulled up every mention of chapel, just in case of a typo). However, it appears to me that their online content only goes back to 1980. I have contacted the library at National Geographic to see if there are cumulative indexes or any other finding aid that would help determine the origin of this story. I also gave them the name of the article supplied above and the information that it likely predated 1975. I will report back if I hear anything. We have print copies here but I am not looking through every issue prior to 1980! Elisabeth, prospective Lakeside immigrant (documented)
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    Oh come on Hud, as El Saltos said, Acapulco has been problematic for close to 20 years. Nobody with a brain would go there.
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    Check the house at various times of day and on the weekends. Talk to the neighbors and ask what houses in the area have been sold recently(indicates there may be problems)
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    This weekend, Guadalajara inaugurated Mexcio’s largest aquarium, Acuario Michin. Story here
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    I'm going to be a minority voice here: before I moved my household to Mexico, I had a couple of garage sales to get rid of things I was no longer interested in owning--but 90% of what I then owned, I brought with me to Mexico. It was important to me and to my partner to have our comfortable 'nest' of furniture, art, kitchen goods, etc. Many of the posters on this thread have talked about their furniture and decor not looking right in a Mexican house. That made me think. What does a Mexican house look like, and what kind of household goods look right in one? My experience has been that homes in this country range from hovels to small city apartments to the most opulent mansions. At Lakeside, homes for foreigners are often of a style--with cupolas, boveda ceilings, talavera tiles, colorful paint--that is particular to that region and to the imaginations of foreigners about what a Mexican home is. I well remember a couple at Lakeside who asked their architect to build a 'typical Mexican home' for them--and never looked at the drawings of the exterior until the house was being built. Imagine their surprise when they saw the architect's idea of 'typical Mexican' was a Luis Barragán house, super-modern, extremely Mexican, but nothing at all like the vision of cupolas and tile that the couple had in mind. Roof exterior, Casa Luis Barragán. Library interior, Casa Luis Barragán. Kitchen, Casa Rodolfo Morales. Casa de la Bola, Mexico City. Vecindad (typical city apartments for the poor). Lake Chapala-style house--one of many kinds of designs. So what kind of furniture, art, and other goods look right in a Mexican house? IMHO, anything goes. You're coming to a new country, a new way of living, a new language. Bring what you love and would feel adrift without.
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    2300 degrees is way higher that the heat in chimneys..and mortar and bricks can melt at that temperature, I am currently involved in the building of a smokeless Japanese kiln to fire ceramic at low temperature. The low temperature for glaze is 900 degrees celsius , at that temperature the base of the kiln goes up to 1300 degree celsius and the brick from Tapalpa start distorting themselves and most bricks we have encountered in Jalisco, Guanajuato and other states does not resist 1300 degrees celsius and start melting. Most mortar does not make it for very long either. The regular bricks are between 2 and 3 pesos the refractario ladrillo are 80 peois a brick on up and we get a special mortar from Monterrey or Mexico
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    Acapulco has had problems for years. I'm surprised the cruise line waited to long to stop visiting there!
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    As you have mentioned Spencer's name you give me the opportunity to respond.. i have never recommend him or said anything against him.. And as he has decided to trash others in his line of work so again he gives me the opportunity to respond. So I will relay my experience with him.. Asset to this board... He trolls this board for business. And to trash others is very unprofessional... Severall years ago I retained him to deal with some issues I had with my TIP. First meeting and I quote "Yes we can help you with that.. " But after paying his fee and waiting months and just getting excuse after excuse I gave up...
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    We have friends, non Spanish speaking expats who managed the whole process without a facilitator? The immigration office staff are extremely helpful! My experience with this law office started out quite well over a number of years, but ended on a 15 minute meeting to discuss new document requirements. After waiting in the outer office for 20 min, our appointment proceeded with continual interruptions. As a conclusion, a request for $500 peso's was tabled in addition to the offices standard fees to move from temporal to permenante. 100 pesos per min?? Come on!
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    One of the most expensive services at Lakeside
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    LOL then you must really dislike the weather at lakeside where it gets to 8C. Maybe you never experienced spring. :-)
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    Some of best weather in Mexico and the world is the City of Eternal Spring, Cuernavaca. https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=ICUERNAV3
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    People aren't afraid.. They just can't be bothered lineing up for hours to get the paper work, going to the bank, back to INM with the receipt.. I have just got my permenant card, took 5 weeks from start to finish using Veronica (She has an office at LCS). While I was sitting there waiting to pick up my card I spoke to people who had done it themselves, they found it frustrating and time consuming .. Their comment was (It wasn't worth saving 2000 peso to do it yourself.)
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    Amanda is very helpful, she is the first one I would talk to regarding your issues, I have no doubt she will help you as much as she can, but she does work for IMN so that limits what she can do for you. Verionca who is at LCS 2 days a week is very well regarded at IMN, she works with her mother who is a retired government employee, I believe she was in IMN. A few weeks ago I needed my card ASAP so that I could register my car, I sat in IMN for 2 hours watching person after person go up to the counter and be told their card was not available, when I went up I was given my card.... I believe I got my card that day because I I explained my situation to Veronica and she said she would see what she could do for me...
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    I would second with Amanda. She seems to have a down to earth approach and have genuine compassion. She is a "people person" and very smart. Second with the facilitators/lawyers warnings - I am under the impression that some facilitators/lawyers are not well liked by immigration here. It shouldn't matter, but it does. Under the stress of enduring a confrontational, entitled, demanding, applicant or facilitator, it doesn't take much to slip your file to the bottom of the list. In fact - it might feel mighty good!
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    Yes, I know of him. Does someone have experience with someone else?
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    I've been here almost 19 years and that line was quoted back then - and was included in some of the earlier Mexico retirement books. Never did find any further info on it.
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    In the 11 years we've been here NO ONE has EVER found any such National Geographic quote.
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    Any magazine that includes any part of wales or scotland having the second best climate cannot be taken seriously.
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    I've looked for it too and in the end decided it was mythical.
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    Folks, this a current list, incomplete, of resale shops / bazars/ consignment shops starting in Ajijic, going east. Please quote and add other stores, addresses, cross streets, store hours, specialties, etc. Barbara’s Bazar, Ajijic, Independencia #7. Largest bazar lakeside. Antiques and Collectibles, household, furniture, electronics. Shop in Ajijic (need store name and location), east of Colon. Good place for clothes. Casi Nuevo, Riberas del Pilar, corner of the Carretera and San Mateo (across the street from from 7-11). Consignment shop. Furniture, clothes, household items. store one door east of Casi Nuevo, Riberas del Pilar, corner of the Carretera and San Mateo (across the street from from 7-11). One of the best places for used books. Also clothes and household items. Pepe's Bazaar, Riberas del Pilar, on the Carretera, by Car City Tepehua, Riberas del Pilar, on the Carretera near Cafe Magañas Upscale Resale, Riberas del Pilar, on the Carretera, half a block east of San Jorge, next to Casa de las Aves, near Maskaras Clinic (now called “____”). Mostly household items. Good place for books. Some clothes. Terry’s, Chapala, on the Carretera (Hidalgo) a few blocks west of Ave. Francisco Madero (Chapala main street), on the north (mountain) side of the street. Clothes and shoes. Chapala's Consignment Shoppe (Tom’s), Chapala, on Morelos, 3 blocks east of Ave. Francisco Madero (Chapala main street) Love in Action, clothing bazar in Chapala.
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