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  1. I arrived in Ajijic in July of 2007, but didn't get my blog "Jim and Carole's Mexico Adventure" underway until October of that year, so I missed chronicling the 2007 Independencia Fiesta. However I did do 2008 and several other years since. Here are three links to posts I did on several different parts of the Fiesta: The Parade: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2008/10/independencia-16-de-septiembre-fiesta.html The Charreada: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2008/10/independencia-part-2-charreada.html The Globos: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2008/10/indendencia-part-3-globos-rebozos.html
  2. We have an old, but still comfortable, recliner chair that badly needs re-upholstering. We're trying to figure out whether it makes sense to do that or to just look for a new one (or find one for sale among expats). A new one costs approximately $6000 pesos. Does anyone know a good place to get recliner chairs re-upholstered and what might the ballpark cost be? Thanks for you help on this!
  3. Does anyone have an upholstered recliner chair you are interested in parting with for reasonable price? Alternatively, does anyone know of anywhere in the Lake Chapala area that sells such chairs? Thanks in advance for any assistance on this.
  4. Mijo- I have visited all of the cities mentioned above. All are worth a visit. To give you a taste, check out my photo-journal blog: San Miguel Allende: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2008/06/san-miguel-allende-part-1-of-4-parts.html Queretaro: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2009/05/queretaro-part-1-beautiful-city.html Guanajuato: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2008/08/guanajuato-spanish-treasure-city-part-1.html Morelia: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2008/03/morelia-colonial-city-glowing-in-sun.html Patzcuaro: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2008/04/patzcuaro-doorway-to-heaven.html Zacatecas: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2009/10/zacatecas-treasure-of-north-part-1.html San Luis Potosi: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2014/08/san-luis-potosi-part-1-silver-city-on.html One more that was not mentioned but definitely deserves a visit is Aguascalientes. It is part way to Zacatecas and is often overlooked by expats: https://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2014/04/aguascalientes-part-1-centro-historico.html FYI- many of the posts above are the first of a several part series. To go to Part 2 in any series, scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for "newer post" in the lower left corner. Click on that and it will take you to the next part, and so forth. Have fun!
  5. "Is there anyway to buy land completely risk free in Mexico?" The short answer? No. Never invest any amount of money in Mexico that you are not willing to walk away from. Because that's what you may have to do.
  6. Keep in mind that, to fly out of the country, you will first need to go to the immigration window. Sometimes there may be a dozen or more people ahead of you. It helps to have a copy of the form in hand, already filled out, when you show up. If you haven't filled the form in advance, make sure you have your own pen. They won't provide one and other people may or may not be willing to share. Once you get a pen, you'll have to fumble with the forms and your documents in line or even step out of line and lose your place. I usually ask for extra forms when I go to the window so I have them for future flights. Also keep in mind that if you show up at the airline baggage check-in less than 1 hour in advance, the airline staff may have left already. This happened to me with US airlines a couple of different times at Guad airport. I was screwed and had to take a cab home and fly the next day. Take it from me, you certainly don't want to get tied up in the immigration line and end up with no one at the check-in desk when you finally get there, 55 minutes before your flight leaves. Also remember that you still have to get through security before you go to your gate. There may be a big line and you can count on it that your gate will always be in the the most distant part of the airport. If you cut it too fine, the airline may give your seat away to a standby. This also has happened to me.Too bad, so sad, next! It's a drag to have to get to the airport 3 hours before a flight that leaves early in the morning, but it's even more of a drag to miss your flight and have to go later or even the next day. Bring a book or your iPad, and get a cup of coffee. Happy flying!
  7. I don't understand. All of these items mentioned above could be brought here in your checked luggage. Why try to carry it through security?
  8. Actually there are 3 seasons: 1) Cool and Dry (December-March) 2)Hot and Dry (April-early June) 3)Cool/balmy and Wet (late June-November. The ranges in temperatures are narrower than many other parts of Mexico, even at the same altitude and time of year, because the Lake moderates our climate.
  9. Zeb, if you want to check out the places mentioned above, like Morelia, Patzcuaro, Uruapan, Zacatecas, as well as others like Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosi, you can find them on my photojournal blog "Jim and Carole's Mexico Adventure". My wife and I have visited them all and each is good for a several day visit. You can look them up (and more) in the Index of Topics on the right hand side of the blog page Enjoy your vacation!
  10. The hiking group goes out both Tuesday and Fridays. They no longer meet at Donas Donuts, but up the street (Encarnacion Rosas) about 3 blocks in front of Min Wah Chinese restaurant. And they don't meet at 9 am. They meet about 8:30 am and LEAVE at 8:45. If you show up at 9 am, you'll miss the hikes. People that show up are given several trail options from short and easy, to intermediate, to difficult. They can pick the one that suits them. Some of the most interesting, well-traveled, and adventurous people participate in the hiking group. They are also some of the folks who are in the very best physical shape at Lake Chapala. It's a great way to meet people and everyone is very supportive and helpful to newbies.
  11. Do you REALLY want to pay a lot more on your pitifully small property taxes (or perhaps other new taxes) to raise the funds to pay all the new cops and the vehicles they would need? Do you REALLY want a lot more transit police on the streets, pulling you over for all your intentional and unintentional infractions? The beauty of topes is that they are cheap, they are easy to obtain, and they exact punishment for excessive speed every time and the punishment is immediate. I really don't have a lot of problems with topes because they make the lead-footed Mexicans and Gringos slow down. There are probably a lot more people and animals alive because of them.
  12. "The Secret Sex Lives of Mexican Topes" Didn't I see that on the back shelves of a bookstore? I understand that they will mail it to you in a plain paper cover.
  13. A friend of ours who lives in La Floresta would like to share access with a Shaw satelllite TV customer. She would share the cost, of course.
  14. Can I get a sign if I'm morally disabled?
  15. Hi Mitch, all the suggestions I have seen above are good for places to stay. One more would be Casa de la Abuela (Grandma's House). It's reasonably priced, nice rooms, good breakfasts and a good view of the lake and mountains beyond. It is in North Ajijic, right at the base of the mountains, but still only about a 10 minute walk from the Plaza and other locations in Central Ajijic. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g499405-d1794279-Reviews-Casa_de_la_Abuela-Ajijic.html As to a ride from the Airport, I wouldn't bother with Lyft or Uber. When you walk through the doors into the main lobby after going though customs, there will be a taxi ticket office near the exit doors. The price is about $450 pesos (around $25 USD). Just buy a ticket and walk out the door. There is a line of taxis at the curb. Hold up your hand with the ticket and the guy directing the taxis will come over and guide you to the right one. It's very safe and quick, only about a 30 minute drive to Ajijic. I usually tip the driver about $50 pesos (a little more than $2.50 USD). One suggestion, ask the person at Casa de la Abuela (or whatever B&B you choose) to email you directions from the airport to the B&B in Spanish. Then, just give it to your taxi driver and sit back and relax.
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