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  1. 16 points
    Ok, I'm risking of having hundreds of you slam at me now but this is excessive attention-seeking behavior.
  2. 15 points
    listen guys.... I was 33 when I arrived here in Mexico. I am almost 56 now and as a very young expat, unfortunately I have had to say goodbye to a lot of older Canadian and US friends ( unusual to lose that many friends when you are in your thirties and forties ) and every time it hurt and I never got used to it !! Also, a lot of those people left their pets, which didnt always have the best outcome ! The Mex healthcare system ( like others ) will not be able to cope with this tsunami. Authorities mostly ignore the seriousness and hardly do any testing About myself, yes, I am strong enough to admit that I am scared....but more so ( although at minor risk, I may hope ) to maybe have to leave behind my 15 year old doggie. So, forgive me that I laugh a bit less, when reading the same style and repeated jokes...over and over again. I sincerely wish the best to all of you ( and to myself ! ). No hard feelings. We simply dont have the same sense of humour and a different background Rony
  3. 15 points
    Oh, good god Eric, give it a break. We're all gonna die and thankfully we don't know when or how. Worry is far worse for one's health than all the things one worries about.
  4. 15 points
    Hi Catbird...I lived in Ajijic for about five years (1999-2004) and still visit occasionally. I have lived in Morelia for a total of 8 or 9 years, with a break when I lived for 8 years in Mexico City. I've been back in Morelia for exactly a year. Morelia is home for me. Morelia bears absolutely NO resemblance to Lake Chapala--except that as you mentioned, the weather is similar. It's generally cooler here than there, and can be quite chilly in the winter. Our altitude above sea level is 6400 feet; Lakeside is at 5200 feet. Morelia is a colonial city of 1.2 million people; the English-speaking expatriate community is approximately 300 to 400 people. The city is extremely cultured, with at least 6 major universities, a symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, frequent festivals of importance, including the Morelia international film festival in October-November (considered to be the best film festival in Mexico), the international music festival during the last two weeks of November (concerts range from popular music to classical music, many are free to the public), plus annual jazz, organ, classical dance, and other annual festivals. There is no large body of water close to Morelia--Lake Pátzcuaro is about an hour away. We have a small international airport 45 minutes to an hour northeast of the city. We have a long-distance bus terminal about 15 minutes from Morelia's Centro Histórico. We have excellent taxi service and good Uber service. There is no organized community of English-speaking foreigners, no animal rescue group of foreigners (that I am aware of), no ladies' lunch groups, no little theatre (although we have two theatres that often have traveling companies of concerts, dance performances, and Spanish-language plays), no 'bar scene' for foreigners, no restaurants oriented to foreigners. Really, nothing in Morelia is directed to a foreign community. There is quite a bit of national tourism here, and some foreign tourism---but nothing like the level one sees at Lakeside. We treasure and preserve our history, including our culinary traditions. There is a large indigenous presence here, primarily the Pur'epecha community, whose presence is crucial to our ways of thinking and believing. Morelia's Centro Histórico is considered to be the most beautiful in all of Mexico. Our buildings here are made predominately of cantera stone blocks and date to the mid-1500s. This is not the colorful tourist-oriented town that, for example, is Ajijic. We are typically Mexican: conservative and relatively formal in dress, building exteriors, etc. On the other hand, there are many historical families here, many intellectuals, and quite a bit of non-conservative thinking, music, and art. We have a number of fine museums and many, many historical buildings in the city. Unfortunately, the level of narcoviolencia in and around Morelia is substantially higher than that at Lakeside. Unlike the Lake Chapala area, we in Morelia are very little influenced by foreign ideas of what central Mexico is like. If you have more questions, please ask.
  5. 15 points
    This is just a public Thank you and lots of gratitude to the Riberas Pet Store and people like Sue who work tirelessly and have such a big heart for little innocent animals. I found a little street dog whose leg was broken. Doctor Hector will fix her and they will find a home for her. I would have taken her but already have 3 but my heart ached when i saw her. I just want to say that people like Sue make this world a much better place.....and our little town of Riberas is so blessed to have you in it !!!!! Thank you Sue.
  6. 15 points
    It never ceases to amaze me to observe or hear about expats who bitterly complain about these migrants, as the person described in this comment did. The expats here nearly all have vastly more wealth, power, and opportunities than these unfortunate people. The migrants are, in fact, only trying to better their lives and are suffering danger and privation to do it. People like the person described should be ashamed of themselves and, if they are not, then the people around them should shame them.
  7. 15 points
    I'm sure I will get beat up over this entry, but my "advice" would be to hold off on the planned move -- if at all humanly possible -- until after your daughter graduates from high school. My "observation" is that Lakeside is not a place where teenagers are provided ample opportunities and peer role models to thrive. (Of course there will be exceptions.) Teen pregnancy and drug abuse are at alarmingly high levels here.
  8. 15 points
    Peónes are ranch and farm workers. Albañiles are construction workers. Probably they need the larger stones chipped down to a certain custom size like a jigzaw puzzle to make the wall where the rocks fit together tightly with no overabundance of cement mordar which is ugly and poor workmanship. You could have witnessed a stone craftsman working on his project with pride for all you know. Stewart Stafford
  9. 14 points
    Harry was discreet. You were not. I thought nothing further about his request. You are the one who introduced “the police” and “breaking the news” and telling “someone in a message.” You could have PM’d Harry instead of partially sharing the news on a public board.
  10. 14 points
    My jaw just dropped when I read these comments. The Feria is not a Texas flee market. It is one a marvelous outlet for these artists from all over Mexico that supports their world class art, and two a chance for us to see it and maybe even buy a piece. An 80 pesos entrance fee doesn't come close to covering what it takes to bring these artists and their art right to our doorstep. As for haggling for art.... well I won't go there.
  11. 14 points
    They aren't "expats"- they are refugees. Calling people you don't even know "trash" is despicable. It says much more about you than it does about them. And no, they can't legally work in this country. If they did, you'd probably be ranting about them working without work permits.
  12. 14 points
    I can't believe the crap on this thread. NO ONE was hurt. I was there; spoke with the lady. Yes, she got in the wrong gear, and as bad luck would have it, her brakes repeatedly failed. She has insurance. Pancho has insurance. The woman is incredibly distraught, and Pancho is pretty upset himself... just think of what they are both going through. By the way, she has her driver's license, and the postulation that people come down here and avoid having such a thing is ageist and ridiculous. A gigantic unfounded rumour within a rumour. Shame.
  13. 13 points
    Get your head out of the sand and realize this is not overblown hype. Sitting next to someone at Open Circle who has been exposed to the virus coming from US, UK, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, and many other countries is not particularly safe. It can be spread with no symptoms.
  14. 13 points
    Dichos - the entrance fee does not cover the cost of setting up and running the show. There is a charge for the location, rental of tents, tables and chairs, advertising and so on. The artists do not pay for their booth space, but they do donate two items to the Feria, one of which goes to the raffle, and one of which is sold in the Artists Supporting the Feria booth, the proceeds from that booth go to the operating funds of the show. The artists are housed and fed by local residents. You cannot put on a show of this size without money - how much fund raising would you be prepared to head up in order to have free admission??
  15. 13 points
    Yeah. Because no one should lift a finger to help another human if they would not be able to bring that person to live with them? Do you also tell your residents and their families “the way it is” in the same cold, uncaring way as you do here?
  16. 13 points
    No human being is trash. Even you.
  17. 13 points
    What makes you think the cruel home owner was gringo and what makes you think our very very small population of foreigners should even mess with what has been established as the official standard of wages in this part of México? When a gringo thinks that THEIR maid or gardener deserves to receive a 5 o 6 times increase in wages, more than what is paid to the average worker, how is that really helping things? Paying a local worker US standard pay has the potential to do more harm then good to the other average middle class Mexicans who also need a maid and gardener but can only pay them a fair steady salary by local standards. Some are creating much resentment and boasting where it is not needed. And nor is it fair to the Mexican community as a whole. Think guys, think!
  18. 13 points
    Not wanting to hijack the Small Claims thread, starting this new one. The above is a quote from Ajijic_hiker. I would say that comment might be a bit of an overstatement. The percentage of people who use this board, compared to the number of expats who live here, is miniscule. And of course Mexicans and tourists make up a huge part of the restaurant-going public, and they don't read this board. Sure, a new restaurant may get a nice bump for a week or so from the maybe dozen people on this board who will try it. But to say they have an influence on how well or how poorly a place does... no. A restaurant here survives or dies based on its own merits. The fact that we have so many die has nothing to do with a bad review from one of us. In fact, I know even a cursory overview of past reviews will reveal very, very few negative posts. It usually only happens when something really bad has caused a nasty visit. I personally dislike jumping down the throat of a place I didn't like; rather, you'll see my posts are generally only positive ones. (That doesn't mean I avoid anything negative within those comments.) And most members here are the same. But again, the very small group of people who like to eat out and report their findings here, is far too puny to make any kind of an impact, except for that initial round. Now, it may be misleading for the restaurant owner, who is surprised by having a bunch of guests during the opening week or so, only to discover that the "crowd" has dwindled out the next week. But that should only cause an owner to redouble efforts. Which they often don't, especially when they don't even bother maintaining a firm grip on day-to-day operations. So many of them are off-site, and that just doesn't work. Look at the popular restaurants: the owners are always there.
  19. 13 points
    Texas. It's very close by and you can live happily ever after fondling your weapon 24/7.
  20. 12 points
    I most certainly do NOT hate Americans. I hate misinformation and am really TRYING to get people from EVERYWHERE to pay attention to this virus and to get their heads out of their butts. I don't care if the American President is Republican or Democrat as long as the job is done properly. Therefore, I am not a fan of Trump. I had nothing really critical to say about either Bush or Reagan. Tricky Dicky creeped me out. If you don't know where I'm from then you don't spend enough time on the local forums. And, btw, that was a VERY personal attack and a very twisted message. I have many, many American friends. Why don't you try improve your reading comprehension instead of just reading.
  21. 12 points
    I know that you are a moderator here, and have some power, but please rethink your continuous sarcasm and macho behaviour. It is utterly childish. As a European, I follow VERY closely the unfolding drama in Italy ( where I have friends/direct witnesses in Florence ) and other European countries. Panic no,.... but the non stop jokes about this ...are not even funny anymore and out of place. One bad joke yes, but ... If you still believe that this is not serious and will not hit people here ( especially the poor, who will not have access to good or any healthcare ), you will be in for a big surprise soon. Rony
  22. 12 points
    Hi y'all, I adopted BeeBee this morning. She is wonderful. We feel so happy, lucky and blessed. Buen dia everybody ❤️
  23. 12 points
    @bmh is not being cheap. She is accurately pointing out what real wages are here. Paying 500p for 3 hours work is 167p per hour. As loathe as I am to compare Mexican prices to US prices, 167p is $8.60 USD per hour. The US federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. While you *think* you are being generous, you are in fact creating resentment among the locals who know the value of their work and the value of their neighbors' work. When an expat starts paying 3 times the going rate they are dissing the majority of workers who are being paid a normal wage. Such "generosity" will also create resentment towards the entire expat community. When in Rome (or Chapala), better to live by local rules and mores.
  24. 12 points
    Jim Bowie, good lord, what are you talking about? Ok, your neighbor says they are trash, even if your neighbor is Mexican, that is not ok. Does he know them, personally? I haven´t seen the ones up by La Canacita yet, but the ones I have seen in Chapala look almost African black, as in, nada mulato. Café negro sin azúcar ni leche. I thought they looked Haitian, but some people have said they are from Honduras or Nicaragua. Jim Bowie, just because they are poor and black, do you still want to say they are trash? My goodness! Have some humanity and give the guys a break. They also deserve to live decently and feed their children! Regardless of their skin color!
  25. 12 points
    Mrs. Rupert, not all of us expats are here to take advantage of living in the cheap and poor country of México. In fact, what makes you think México is so cheap, the houses here cost about what they cost in North Carolina, from where I´m from, and with a lot more maintenance required yearly and far less acreage or property included. A decent home there will cost you around 100,000 dollars with a good size yard, you can even find older homes selling for 50 to 60 thousand in the country with a real good sized yard. A nice home will cost you 200 thousand and up. Kind of sounds like here almost but with far smaller yards. Gas here is more expensive, electricity is far more expensive. Fruit and veggies and day to day living is much cheaper although. All and all we live cheaper here, I must admit. But México ain't that much cheaper than rural America. If you want cheap, expats should move to Guatemala or Nicaragua. I, along with many other expats live here in Lago de Chapala because we love the weather, the people are awesome, the scenery is gorgeous, and life is more exotic, stimulating and adventurous. And I love living in a relatively small town (Chapala) where I can walk everywhere and shop at small mom and pop stores and get to really know my neighbors and the people on the street. Something, that is becoming more ever so difficult to do in the US of A. I speak fluent Spanish since I was 18, I speak to the locals and I travel all over the country. I don´t get this negative vibe that you do that Mexicans are all living in fear and they are all being neglected and abused by their government. Sure, life in a developing country (note, I said developing, not 3rd world like perhaps Central American countries) is more challenging in some ways and not always as picture perfect and wonderful as American suburban life. Paradises do not exist, life in México is certainly not perfect but for me, I love it here as do so many other people. There are certainly places in México that may add up to what you are describing for the whole country, but they are a small minority of places. Even in the terrible, frightful , horrible city of Culiacán, if you were living there, it would not seem so terrible and dangerous once you get adjusted, it would seem like any normal city, with bouts of violence flaring up every now and then, but on the whole, just a normal city with just normal happy people going about their daily life. And of course, like always, there will be some people that were touched by violence that may be living in fear, but they would certainly not be the majority and certainly not the majority of Mexicans feel that way. If they did, Mexican immigration to the USA would be up, but as we all know, it is down down down. México is slowly turning into a middle class society and most Mexicans have lost the need to sneak across the border. Most Spanish speaking immigrants to the US now are not Mexicans but Salvadoreños, Nicaraguenses, Hondureños and Guatemaltecos. Oh my gosh, Mrs. Rupert, you aren't describing México at all, I think you were describing Honduras, now that is a country that would come closer to your description of a dangerous country with much of its population hovering in fear and feeling abandoned by their government and living lives surrounded by poverty and horrendous daily bouts of violence.
  26. 12 points
    I am married to a Mexican citizen and we have an extended family in Mexico. What you have missed is the people may be poor but they enjoy a degree of freedom which is worth more than money or gold to most people. I have traveled all over the world and there are many, many countries where the people live in poverty and have no freedom of choice. Here I see the children laughing and playing in school and when I smile and say "hola" to someone my greeting is answered with a smile. When I shop, people try to be helpful and give me good advise. I see people trying to get ahead and here in Mexico they have a chance. More and more educational opportunities are being offered the students. My stepson has graduated with a Masters from the University of Mexico which has over 150,000 students. He has received a fellowship from Germany to work on his Doctorate in Chemical Biology. He is working on a project on aging which will hopefully help all of us live longer. Mexico is an up in coming country which education and modernization which will help it get past its drug related past.
  27. 12 points
    Some people on this board feel that anyone who would shaft a hard working Mexican out of their severance pay are the ones who are mean and nasty. I happen to be one of those who believe in the right thing. You brought it on yourself.
  28. 12 points
    Sounds like you want to treat employees like shit and shouldn't have moved here in the first place. Just saying...
  29. 12 points
    bontepar said: Have some foresight, Get IMSS when you are healthy, like I did, and you will not have any problems, It's apparent you don't KNOW Mexico. Do you really think it's that easy for many Mexicans to pay for IMSS? Do you understand that IMSS requires the entire family to be registered, each at a cost per person depending on age, and perhaps that is more than the family can afford? Do you understand that if a worker is registered in his employment, monthly payments come off their paycheck end the employer pays the premiums, but if a private family registers they have to pay annually like we do and that can be WAY out of their budget? ( In this case the family has IMSS but as Jackie says, there are still many outside costs involved) Do you know that SP requires payment for many medications AND many services if outside the ordinary range of circumstances, so while it is "free" and provides for essentials, it is not "free" in the sense you intimate. A Mexican friend recently needed surgery to repair severe knee injury and was quoted $4,000 pesos over and above the "free" part of SP even though he was a member! So I'm sorry bontepar, but your arrogant attitude towards this situation is unwarranted and does not bode well for your integration into Mexico.
  30. 11 points
    I am a health care professional. If you were ever in the situation 'in the front' lines you would understand the grave concern [ not hysteria ] we have when people willfully ignore health warnings and put others in danger, including those we expect to help us when we are sick. To put it mildly, that pisses me off. Look at Italy as an example..thus far 23 Doctors have died, and approx. 4,824 health workers have been infected by coronavirus, and who knows how many of them will die,, how can hospitals absorb all those sick individuals, and deicisions will have to be made about who gets a ventilator, etc.. To be quite blunt: You can always find a way to fix financial / economic problems, local and global. You can not fix Dead !
  31. 11 points
    Our Delegado, Juan Ramon says many followed directions, some didn't didn't ---human nature, The police checked the malecon every 30 minutes and broke up any groups. Sunday was dead, Good adherence. Mexico may save itself.
  32. 11 points
    I will make no further posts in reference to the Corona-virus. Thank you.
  33. 11 points
    Mainecoons, you are extremely deluded if you think the US response has been "rapid". A couple weeks ago the POS was saying it was all an overblown hoax created by the Dems to derail the election. Today, in his meeting with US governors, he told them if they needed medical supplies, they should find them themselves. And the madness that is taking place at US airports, where thousands of US citizens were forced to wait for hours, in packed conditions, with zero protection as far as spreading diease, was insane and irresponsible and probably substantially upped the number of cases that will surface. It's too late now for US entry travel bans- that should have been done not only by the US, but worldwide, weeks ago. It's now in the US, there have been deaths, and it's the US residents who are spreading it around, some of them still under the impression that it's some "liberal media hype".
  34. 11 points
    It surprises me that the local Mexican business people are not getting upset by the number of expats who are running businesses here.. if there is no local Mexican people offering that service then that’s fair enough, but so many expats are offering rides to the airport and just about everywhere else.. food to be picked up a local bazaar.. moving you from place to place, just to name a few...,
  35. 11 points
    I am so sorry for my comment that sent this thread off on such a tangent. It was not my intent. The area has many things to offer and for seven or so years it was really good for us. Thing is, one morning over coffee and looking out over Ajijic and the lovely lake I came to the conclusion that we had done all the town had to offer too many times and I was restless and it was time to move on. Unrealistic as it sounds I have alway felt the the place I live now is not the last place I ever want to live. One day it will be, I know that (MC we also considered Las Cruces at one time). I worried about telling the husband my feelings, I knew he would not agree. I was correct, he did not! But still we left Ajijic behind and moved back to Texas. It was the correct thing to do as my mom is 95 and we needed to be closer plus there has had several heart events that he might not have survived had we stayed. I don’t want to be without him. I stay on this board because he likes to hear the goings on in the lake area, so do I. We have friends still there. The towns and Mexican nationals are charming. Even the poorest among them are proud and rich with dignity. A true pleasure to have lived among. Smiles are beautiful things. I wish all of you the best and am happy you have found the right place to be. I will always look back at our time in Mexico fondly. We had some good times. Texas is not permanent, we are already looking for the next adventure. Maybe Destin FL or Salisbury MD. Not sure yet, time will tell. Again, live your climate and all the open doors. Best wishes to you all and mostly ENJOY LIFE!
  36. 11 points
    tomgates, I find your comment to be insensitive and not helpful to timjwilson and others in his position. I'm sure if he could afford one, he would have considered that a long time ago. Not everyone can afford to have a vehicle, including me! Or maybe his disability prevents him from being able to drive.
  37. 11 points
    What a strange take away. You could have said, “I’ll think twice before leaving the house without change.” You could have said, “I never realized other people had such strong feelings about this.” Or, even, “I’m surprised people think giving a candy bar is not a kindness.” But, no, you decide to think twice about being helpful. Such an odd response.
  38. 11 points
    Of course I noticed. What I said still stands: take enough cash to give a tip to your bagger. How hard is it to stick 10-20 pesos in your pocket AND take your credit card?
  39. 11 points
    It could as easily have been the libbermento. Or the Wednesday tiangeez.
  40. 11 points
    Quoting Senoir D, "You may love it or you may not but they deserve a chance to serve you , give them a shot . Remember , if you don't like something doesn't mean it's wrong , just not necessarily for you." Quoting Computer Guy, "lectures me on how I should think about it, and how I should give them a chance, and how everyone is different. In my mid-60s now, I think I've figured that part of life out" Sounds like to me Computer Guy you may have it all figured out in your mid 60's but might want to re-read what Senoir D wrote in his comment. I do not see where he LECTURED anyone. Just gave a nice write up about a place he ate today and wanted to let people know his thoughts and impression, PERIOD. Might you be having a bad day, can't read, comprehend or what? You should apologize for your rude remarks.
  41. 11 points
    All I can say about this thread is "oh, brother." Closed.
  42. 11 points
    With all the shortcomings in the European health care system, you can keep yours. I worked there and paid 54 % of my wages into taxes, during 20 years ( without ever needing any help myself ). And I am happy that by doing that, my fellow human beings got great free education, a very good railway system and a fair excellent health care system. Indirectly, well educated and healthy people around me, will also benefit me. Why would it be that every year the Scandinavians rank among the happiest people in the world.... It is probably not the sunlight Why not abolish government all together and return to the wild West. Especially with your health care system, you have nothing to be proud about. Rony
  43. 11 points
  44. 11 points
    Hi everybody. I am Cecilia, the woman who sold berries outside Licores Paz. I miss everybody also, I will not sell berries at that location more. Now I will be at Minisuper Luz with my husband. It's our business. It's a grocery store. I hope you visit us! It's at the corner of Ramón Corona and Ramón Velazquez in SAT 2 blocks down from Sunrise Restaurant. We have good prices the same or better service and any question you can write me at minisuperluz@hotmail.com.
  45. 11 points
    That is not a news source😉
  46. 11 points
    Perhaps after you have been in Mexico a bit longer, if you make it, you will realize how foolish saying something like that makes you look to everyone within earshot. Think of it as "Losing Face" and that's what it amounts to in the Mexican culture. Same as raising your voice in Telmex or CFE. Pay attention to how the locals handle things and you won't stick out like the sore thumb or Ugly American (Canadians are just as guilty). Best of luck in your new life.
  47. 10 points
    The poster is a close friend of mine. There is no person more honest than him. This story is true and he is so generous to share it with you. I am sad to read your reaction/accusation ( fake story ), based on nothing. If I were you, I would do the decent thing and apologize. Rony
  48. 10 points
    Is there a dead horse there too?
  49. 10 points
  50. 10 points
    Some people should NOT get on this forum after happy hour, the tequila just makes them mean and turns them into bullies.
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