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  1. 13 points
    Sue Garn - Why would you care why she wants to know??? That type of comment and attitude are why a lot of folks are reluctant to post questions on this forum!
  2. 11 points
    I've lived in six locations on the north side; lake front in Ajijic (2), mountain side Ajijic, Ajijic village, San Antonio, and upper Chula Vista, as well as Jocotepec over eight plus years, and now living (happily) lake front near San Luis. Telmex does have phone and internet here, IF, you can get an available line. I've been on the waiting list for something like six months. I don't know the local speed for Telmex, but they commonly offer only a fractional upload speed, compared to the download speed (10Mb dn/perhaps 0.5Mb up). Spyderweb offers internet in many locations here (needs line of sight from their towers and uses wifi frequencies to a local modem) but their prices are quite high comparatively. However, you can choose your up and download speeds, to a point... I used them in Joco and here in San Luis, but they aren't exactly a customer oriented company, more like a buyer beware, and I haven't experienced a steady, reliable signal from them. Ilox has been here (south shore) for years. Currently, they say they will only install to "businesses", but the definition is not clear, might be that telling them you have a business is enough. Yet, I have a neighbor who's had their residential service for a couple of years. He reported there were some outages from time to time, and, you pay a year in advance. Speeds can be much higher than Telmex. When it's working, it's a good service. Ilox's system was installed at Roca Azul (rv park in Joco) around a year ago, and the residents there report continued, frequent outages of the internet (as well as with the electricity and water) and, it's only provides a 20Mb service for the ALL the RVs, which can number as high as 35 to 40 units when a caravan come in. One full-timer there uses Spyderweb and generally reports a reasonably steady service, but not without occasional calls to fix problems. The new options from both AT&T cellular and Telcel, are cell system based internet modems (essentially Hot Spots) are providing much better speed and reliability (so far). (AT&T less so while they are solving a problem, which might be from overselling their system. I have a modem from both companies. Each offers a choice between 5 and 10Mb speeds, same prices, and both throttle speeds down after passing certain monthly bandwidth usage. These will only work well ( i think), if you are close enough to a cell tower to pick up the 4g service and don't have many buildings between you and the cell tower. The AT&T office in Joco is buried in the downtown buildings and there he seldom gets much speed from his modem. For non-imported groceries, you can find a lot in Jocotepec, as well as a number of restaurants, but, they aren't the gringo oriented ones as in Ajijic. You can also get basic groceries (vegies, breads and meats) in any of the villages. The need for speaking Spanish is most relevant to how you live. If you are spending lots of time interacting with the locals (south shore), you'll need more Spanish but, MANY speak at least a little and others speak a lot of English. At the government offices, less so. Can't offer much about boat docking. I plan a boat in the future, but it won't be until I can build a secure boat house, or long (perhaps) rail based access down to the water. Leaving a nice boat unprotected on the shore is probably a precursor to giving your boat to someone else... However, if you bought something like one of the old fishing boats here, might be less threat of loss. (Like having a rusty old bicycle or rust-bucket car that nobody would want to steal.) One could easily have a trailer sized boat, stored at your home and just get it wet when needed, but if you aren't going to have a car at all, that's more complicated. NOT having a car over also offers complications. Walmart (as a point of reference) is 25 miles by road (8 to 10 miles by water) and can sometimes be driven in 40 minutes, if you drive fast where possible, but will normally take an hour, unless you are east of San Luis. The closet hospital I know of is east of Joco, about 25 minutes by car. Travel time to Costco (in Guad) is no longer, maybe a little faster than from Ajijic, about 50 minutes (+/_). You might want to have a plan in place if you need sudden transportation, such as an unplanned trip to the doctor. And, if you choose east of San Luis, you will learn to hate the road "through" San luis. It's about 1 1/2 miles of narrow two lane, with cars randomly parked on the side causing a one lane event with countless car and trucks (and backhoes/farm equipment) trying to get through. The highway is busy much of the day and night, thus, of you live close to it, means traffic noise, mostly from the countless truck (jake breaks and lost mufflers) and weekend motorcycles (in mass). Otherwise, this side seems quieter to me. And, finally, the view looking north (as compared to looking south from the north shore) is really, quite a lot nicer. One things is seeing the night lights of the far more developed north shore. Another might be just the difference between the mountain ranges on the north and south sides. And in the dark, you see the 'light' of Guadalajara over the mountain top, but you also see lots of stars overhead. Fire trucks will come from Joco, which means you should get your hose turned on while you wait... Real Estate scams and problems can occur anywhere around the lakeside (around Mexico?), caution is obviously needed if you are buying. Still, lots of gringos have purchased properties along the south shore, many have never had any "title" issues at all. A long-term lease would remove those specific concerns. Regarding water and electricity, San Luis appears to pump (pressurize) water (on the west side) three late afternoons each week, Tues., Thur. and Saturday. This water fills your own tanks, and you draw water from them. Of course, some scheduled days they might not pump (it happens), and sometimes the pressure could be lower than other times. If you design a new water storage system here, it might make sense to have a week or more capacity to avoid a possible day or two without water. If renting, buying a second storage tank is easily affordable. Electricity seems normal for Mexico. Voltage (mean voltage target in Mexico is 127v) during the day is commonly lower, and in the evenings/overnight commonly higher. There are occasional brief (a minute or two) outages, and when there's a break in the power line (storms or auto accidents) power can go out for some hours, which isn't significantly different from the other lakeside locations I've lived. However, I have a general inclination for installing a proper voltage regulator (boost/reduce functions). There are many choices and sizes available. You might find voltage Controllers, as well as true Regulators. Iso Solabasic offers both such systems. Both can function with input from about 90 volts to about 147 volts. The output is essentially flat with their regulators, but their Correctors output from 102 to 132v. A 50amp corrector has a retail price around 4,500p and the Regulator is around 8,000p. I've seen them for less in the big Commercial electrical shops in Guad. Lots of Gringos have solar panels and many pay next to nothing each month as a result. Not all include a battery storage system, but having one and a suitably sized inverter can eliminate brown/black outs. In west Ajijic a few years ago I saw voltage as low as 65 and as high as 160. That high isn't normal, but lows aren't uncommon. Also, some will probably have to debate, during the rainy season, I have observed lots more clouds and rain on the north side, then here on the south side. Perhaps I am delusional, as well as decrepit... I prefer being on the south, but, if you think about going out to eat more than, perhaps once a week, or participating in any of the countless groups and activities on the north shore, you'll spend a lot of time on the road and probably tire of it fast. I suggest you consider keeping (or getting) a car, possibly an small economy type, and use it as sparingly as you like, but, have it for when you need it. (trips to Costco?) This side is certainly more peaceful and relaxed and probably represents what the north shore was 30-50 years ago. I expect property values will climb here, but, who is going to live long enough to enjoy that? Last, take all dire warnings about anything posted on this webboard, with a load of sale (or maybe BBQ sauce). There are so many old people here passing on old stories and fears and rumors and guesses, about nearly everything, things can sound a lot worse than they are. If you crossed north by your little boat, getting a ride to shops would be easy by obtaining the local Taxi stand phone numbers (to call ahead), or by learning some of the private driver's numbers or even using Uber. In your 40's, walking might be desirable. If you were ready to motor back south across the lake, and see a big storm, there are plenty of places you could wait it out, possibly with a nice beer or music or just enjoying an art gallery. And if the wind happened to come up when you are half way back across, it's only four or five miles more which might be 10 minutes travel time, even a modest motor boat will likely get you to shore before any real trouble. I expect you're an adult and can make reasonable decisions on the fly... Renting first is one of the best bits of advice for anyone coming here to buy. It's easy be enamored with this or that location/community or house, but taking the time to learn how close that house is to an Eventos or how many dogs live next door or on the roof, or which house has parties till tomorrow all weekend long, will greatly improve your happiness. Unless you're deaf, in which case, who cares? In hunting for a house, be it to purchase or rent, get out of the car and walk and talk to everybody. You speak Spanish. Ask. Most small communities are going to have at least shop that the proprietor will know everybody and (nearly) every opportunity. Start at the corner grocery and work your way down the street. You've already spent time lakeside, you already know it can be a great place to live!
  3. 10 points
    Pancho has a long history with many of us here. He has established personal relationships with so many of his customers who have supported him through his personal and professional ups and, sadly, downs. We are invested in him and his success. Those of us on the east end are also delighted to know we will not have to wrangle high season traffic to shop at his store. We are excited and happy for him and us. It seems petty and mean spirited to complain about that and try to get the thread locked down to stop what you call “free advertising.” I have a better solution for you: STOP READING THIS THREAD.
  4. 9 points
    To all the people who came out for the showing of Cocco, along with buffet, bar and meeting the new presidente. To all the 121 people who came out for the cemetery tour and dance performance. You donations will go to providing the police and village employees christmas food dispensas. To Hector Espana for organizing the whole amazing fiesta. To Nora Hernandez of Experiencas mexico for her wonderful Catrina performance and leading the cemetery tour. To LCS for letting me sell tickets there for three days Thanks to Dale Palfrey for putting our activities in the paper Tp Ronni Copolla for letting the dancers stay at her house. Look for our next BIG surprise
  5. 9 points
    This is everyone sharing their experience in helping a new business owner they care about. you right he is getting some advertising, but that not the issue for the posts. we all want his business to survive, in this competitive market. The only can tell each other about our experiences at his new market is by this webboard. I started shopping at panchos new store, spent $971 pesos this week, i will shop there for the next three months, just to help him start his business. I had lunch there too, bought a sandwich, from his deli and sat outside on his tables
  6. 8 points
    What have the consequences been? I've been denouncing problems here for years and my doctor says I'm relative healthy. The boogie man is a convenient alternative to saying I'm too lazy to do anything even for my self. I get really tired of those who want others to carry the load for them.
  7. 7 points
    Why don’t you go into his store and ask him? You know, face to face instead of anonymously making snide shots on a web board.
  8. 6 points
    It seems that the government has assured us that the Tepalo is safe for the moment. In the process of looking into Tepalo many other irregularities have come to light. La Pueblita was denied the permits needed to build because of the lack of studies of how it would impact the environment .....but construction has begun. The group’s purpose is changing into not just shielding El Tepalo but the entire Ajijic mountainside and lake from illegal construction which will have s negative impact on our way of life. an environmental lawyer from Mexico City will be coming to explain how we can legally protect our green spaces and what steps we can take as a community
  9. 6 points
    , Giving paint to people who cannot keep a place clean is a waste of time.
  10. 6 points
    I want you to stop and think about what you just said. I want you to pretend you are Mexican trying to get into Canada or the United States. The rules here are nothing compared to up north. NOTHING. You just try and tell a Canadian border guard you want to come in look around for six months, driving your Mexican-plated car. But more to the point, where exactly do you expect "someone, somewhere would make it clear"? What, a big sign on the highway as you leave one country and enter the next? A tourist office that sells tickets to stage shows and hands out immigration information at the same time? Not bloody likely. You want to do something different, you ask around. You go to people who might know. You don't blame the other country for not coming to you first. I can't believe the entitlement. Let's say you go, as an American or Canadian, to Iraq. You really expect to walk up to some desk at the airport and have them tell you that you can hang your own country's flag out your hotel window, that women can wear short sleeves and skirts no problem, and not only that but you can get Cdn dollars at any bank machine and everyone speaks English. Uh-huh. This forum is, ostensibly, designed to be a source for that kind of information, a potential first stop.
  11. 6 points
    Hector España Ramos, Expat community liaison, spoke with the Transito Comandante. By now I hope everyone knows the transit police are state employees. The Commandante confronted "El Gordo" with the allegations of the shakedowns and "El Gordo" replied, "Where are the complaints against me". Therefore, Hector is asking for letters relating the events and peso amounts of the shakedowns. He already has four. Just use your first name and last initial only with zip code. No address or phone number. Hector and the Commandante will be the only ones seeing these complaints. They can be dropped off at the Chapala municipal building, Ajijic Delegado's office or Manix restaurant. he would like these ASAP so he can go back to the Comandante.
  12. 6 points
    I am surprised that you seem to be taking this so personally. There are numerous posts on this thread about the inappropriateness of Halloween and it's conflict with a very spiritual celebration of Day of the Dead. That the Thriller event is held in a public place at the same time that the virgin of the rosary procession IS a conflict in the community and I am not alone in my feelings about this. If it was held for instance at the La Floresta Castillo plaza it could be a non issue, that it is held on the Ajijic plaza between the two churches when there is a very important religious procession is at the least insensitive. The fact that the organizers of this event as well as yourself see no issue speaks to the problem. I have no illusion that I can change your opinion or the Thriller organizers on this. This, as I stated, is my opinion and you obviously have yours. The difference is that I choose to present mine politely.
  13. 6 points
    By the way not furnished places do not have stove or fridge usually. Everything has to be negociated before signing a lease and if you do not want to stay 12 months do not sgn a 12 month lease. Yu cannot claim you were pushed on anything , you either agree and sign or do not agree and you do not go by promises here , you use the fact they do not have what you want to lower the time or the price and do not sign until everything is like you like it or be prepare to do it yourself and forget about get the money back. The lease you sign means nothing, what are they gong to do if you leae? sue you? I do not think so.. The guy is a bully and toll advantage of you, walk away and move far away from him.
  14. 6 points
    On the other hand...every time one of us gives a positive restaurant review, that's free advertising, and the same for any other product or event that's posted about.
  15. 6 points
    Because I need some of them.
  16. 5 points
    I only suggested it as i know have stage 4 cancer .wether it was constant use of ppi i dont know for certain,but anyone with persistent gerd or even acid should seek medical advice as to wether an endoscopy is recommended. If my advice can prevent other people going through what i have this year i will be happy. If the op got his original facts correct and is prepared to listen he might learn a thing or two.seems he is rude in most threads. I wont be bothering in the future and i know others have commented the same.
  17. 5 points
    I often hear or read people slagging some business, saying they were ripped off, or lied to, or whatever. When I ask them if they went back to let the business know, and gave them an opportunity to address the problem, the answer is almost always no. Instead, they just go around spreading the word that the business is a rip-off, or incompetent. We all make mistakes. I think it really unfair to try to destroy someone's business, if you haven't afforded them a chance to make it right. If you go back, and they respond with a bad attitude, or refuse to answer your phone calls, etc, then sure, warn people.
  18. 5 points
    So a 660 pesos hotel in Mexico City was not up to 4-star standards. Hmm. Who'da thunk it?
  19. 5 points
    In our 13 years at lakeside; first on Ocampo in Ajijic, then on Lopez Cotilla in Chapala, we never had any children at our doors on the last day of October. Halloween is NOT observed in Mexico and I suggest that it not be encouraged. Join in the dia de los muertos celebrations and enjoy the vast cultural difference. It is a truly beautiful celebration of remembrance.
  20. 5 points
    Please be specific about the 'inexperienced persons in charge'. It's not fair to generalize, judge, and publish it for so many to read. There are two other lady veterinarians at the Pet Place. They are both competent. Saying something bad about a doctor in Mexico is a serious offense.
  21. 5 points
    My wife and I were in San Luis Soyatlan two weeks ago looking at properties. There were two houses for sale in San Luis overlooking the park and Lake Chapala. These had for sale signs on them. I am sure there are more in the area. There were several nice looking fracctions in the area. We wound up buying land near San Cristobal another nice little pueblo. Plans are to build a house in a few years. At the moment we are building in Riberas but this area is getting to crowded. Did not see many realtor signs over there. Most sales were by owners. I think prices on the south side will really escalate in the next few years and buying property here will be a wise investment.
  22. 5 points
    Then, ficklepie, you have no idea of the number of Mexican products in either store. SuperLake was already established in January of 1996 although not, I think, in its current location since I remember it being much smaller. That's a long time business effort by a Mexican with Mexican employees. I applaud his success and wish him the very best. He understands service and customer appreciation.
  23. 4 points
    I have actual knowledge and have lost two mandarins. So you ask for help and when you get it you insult the person. Try Señor Google next time before you bother the rest of us with your problems.
  24. 4 points
    Part of this land is NOT private property, but land belonging to the indigenous community. By Mexican law, this kind of land can never be sold; the permits are illegal and will be challenged in court. The road has been built and the electrical transformers installed above San Juan de las Colinas. Stay tuned for more information and how to help stop this capital venture which will have a grave environmental and cultural impact on our town.
  25. 4 points
    The store is not yet fully stocked. Besides, why should it have the same items as Superlake?