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  1. cstone

    Dr. Advice Please

    Good luck and wishes for great health, whatever your choices, Julie !
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    AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION COST

    I RARELY have a driver pick me up at the airport. That is only reserved for first time or elderly visitors. The airport taxis are perfectly fine for coming home. Going TO the airport I have my favorite drivers and the charge is about 500pesos from San Antonio.
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    Meals on Wheels

    If it is helpful, Lakeside Shopping Services delivers items and food from CostCo on Wednesdays. Order on Monday by noon, delivery paid in cash at time of delivery. Also, Pollos Don David, aka "Dusty Chicken" delivers tasty grilled chicken and sides of rice, tortillas, salsa and it is very, very good.
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    Local Social Media Sites

    On FB ... Gringos in Ajijic
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    Furniture Needed

    Sent you a PM.
  6. I use Lakeside Shopping Services weekly. Highly recommended ! Costs nothing to sign up, and you pay them when you receive your items. WELL worth a look.
  7. Are you looking for a hand mixer or something like a Kitchenaid ?
  8. I'm too old to need organic anything. As for freshness with good prices ... There is a tiny, rather dingy, always crowded vegetable store directly behind the Chapala Central Mercado. The truck with produce from the abastos usually arrives by 11am. Great prices, mostly local people buying, very busy ALL the time. As for fresh meats, I go to the butcher in the mercado and when the worker hauls in a side of beef or pork and hangs it on the hook, I point, and ask for my meat from it. On Sundays, there are a few stalls open in front of the San Antonio Church. We get spinach fresh pulled from the garden. I can smell the dirt as well as see it.
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    good school for kids with adhd

    Well said, RV Gringo.
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    good school for kids with adhd

    I, too, cannot answer your question, but as a retired special education teacher with more than 40 years of in the classroom experience I CAN tell you this. Most teachers are not really trained to work with students who have ADHD. Even when they are trained, the class size and rigid expectations of the school/curriculum might just be too much for the teacher to give your child the attention he needs. ADD/ADHD is a complex set of behaviors, and even with medication, students need one to one or very small group training in order to learn how to work with and around their ADD/ADHD. This "syndrome" comes with gifts as well as behaviors that make traditional schooling difficult. Adaptations for tests, etc., may help in the short term, but you need to find someone who can help your child learn to control himself and develop coping mechanisms. I do not know of a school that would suit your needs. If your child were in my previous school ( The American School in Japan), I would have had him for 1 hour 4-5x a week, in a small group or even one to one, and we would work on time management, on lengthening of his attention span, and on developing behaviors to function more successfully in school.There was parent education model that gave the parents individual time with me to learn how to help their child in school and at home. Perhaps sessions with an educational psychologist or counselor trained in these methods would be helpful. I would not look to the school to adapt to the child, as the child needs to learn to adapt to the school environment. It is not easy, but it is definitely possible. There may be a retired special education teacher who could provide the services on an ongoing basis outside of school. Perhaps home scholing is an option ? I wish you the best of luck.
  11. Whenever you have service people in your home, it is important that they be supervised. I close all bedroom doors except the one with access to the outside, and I follow them as they go through my home. Same for workers. I always put away (in a difficult to reach location) anything of value and I am "omnipresent." They have a job, and that supervision is my job. I pay a fair wage, provide a nice lunch for workers I know well, and I tell them upfront that I am always "around." If that is a problem for them, then we are not meant to work together, The same thing is true of my housekeeper and my painter and the electrician, etc. I am sorry for your loss, as I can only imagine how painful it is to lose sentimental items. I have had Carmen and her helper in my home numerous times, but they have never been out of my sight. Here in Mexico, and in several other countries in which I have lived, vigilance is the key.
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    INAPAM card

    From what I read, it seems that you need to give Martha a "gift" if you want this to proceed. Otherwise, pursue it on your own.
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    UBER "problem," or maybe not?

    I usually pony up the $$$ and hire a driver. If I do, then I run other GDL errands, like going to La Comer, etc. Alternately, I take the nice bus from Chapala and get a cab to my destination. If it is a hospital or clinic, they will often call a cab for you. Back to the Chapala bus station and to home. RT, for example to Old Bus Station/Andares?Old Bus Station about 350pesos. No waiting. Plenty of cabs almost everywhere.
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    North American size Queen bed

    If you just want a bed frame, any local carpenter will make one for you. If you want a mattress, I am not sure. Perhaps CostCo, or ask at a department store such as Liverpool or Palacia de Hierro. Local mattress stores may be able to special order one for you.
  15. I am thrilled to see IKEA. We furnished an entire apartment with it in Tokyo, perfectly suited to the space and place. I don't plan on redoing my kitchen from IKEA nor do I expect the furniture to last 20 years. I don't expect that I will last that long ! 😉However, when I want a piece of furniture for a corner or outside on the sunporch, I don't always want to wait for a carpenter to come and measure, then build it, and deliver it within a month of the promised date. Sometimes I want it NOW !! That's a great thing about IKEA, CostCo, etc. I patronize the local stores as much as I can, but perhaps some will step up their game and become a bit more interested in their customers and a little speedier in their service. Perhaps not. Only time will tell.
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    Best Way to find Rentals

    I have had positive personal experiences with xxxxxxxx Rentals. They are in the same office as XXXXXXXX Realty, on XXXX the main drag . They have an online inventory and XXXX is very helpful. Her English is very good, just in case your Spanish isn't. Sorry cstone. But I had to delete the name of any rental company ETC. Please check at the beginning of this section, you know "Ajijic/Chapala/Guad" you will see that there are rules about posting real estate business recommendations. However there is no rule against sending a private message doing the same Sorry about that Mod5
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    When a Motel is not a "Motel"!

    This same custom is to be found in Japan. They are called "Love Hotels" and it is very obvious what they are. It is possible to book a room for the night, but too many other real hotels are available. I was always tempted to spend the night in one and see what it was like. Never did.
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    caterer

    My neighbor caters and she sells her food at the Monday Market. PM me if you want contact info.
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    Things to bring from states?

    Bring your bed and bring your linens.
  20. kimandjome, please refresh my memory. Did I send the info to you on Hugh Roberts? zippmypackages.com is the website
  21. Hello, All, A friend recently gave me her Magellan's rollaboard luggage. I was visiting and needed an extra suitcase for things I had purchased in the US. She was going to toss it because one of the four wheels was literally shredded. I used it coming home ( side handle is quite sturdy !) and I am hoping I can find a place to replace the wheel, as the luggage is much nicer than what I have right now. I would prefer to go to Chapala. I have used the leather fellow on the carreterra once before, but will not use him again. Enough said. Did a search, but everything seems to be rather old. so I am hoping someone can give me some information here. Thanks in advance !
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    Budgeting costs of reconnaissance

    If you can hang in there and get that pension, your life here will be the better for it. I know how hard it is to stay when you really want to go, but sometimes planning, prepping and researching can soothe the soul as it waits.
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    Budgeting costs of reconnaissance

    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.
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