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  1. I have a multi-function printer, color and B/W. I use the scan function quite frequently, rarely print anything at all. Last week I printed 40 pages of handout materials for a tour client. That's probably the first time in 3 months that I've printed.
  2. jguerin, I live in Morelia, Michoacán. Twenty years ago, I lived in Ajijic. Thank you for the compliments!
  3. I keep the drains covered unless I am using either the bathroom sink or the shower. If I left the drains uncovered, I'm certain that they'd come back. I hate these little buggers with my entire heart.
  4. You can call them fruit flies, but they're not fruit flies. They're drain flies. I've had them too, and used all of the remedies recommended on this thread to get rid of them. Nothing worked for me until I started covering my shower and sink drains in the bathroom. That did the trick. They hatch in the drains, but they can't get out.
  5. Gringal, it may not have been "what I was posting about", but it is what's going on now in San Miguel de Allende, in Celaya, in the city of Guanajuato, and all over the state. It's not about home invasion, other types of crime of that sort, or small-time retail drug sellers mixing it up on a corner. The violence during the entire year of 2019 is about murder, including the murder of innocent bystanders. It's about organized crime fighting for the right to control cities, towns, and the state. And if you read my post about having been in SMA three times in the last six months, you will see exactly how this violence directly impacted me--in a psychological, not physical manner.
  6. Gringal, the violence in SMA and the entire state of Guanajuato has nothing to do with home invasions and street crime. And San Miguel de Allende is not a Pueblo Mágico; that title was taken away from the city in 2008.
  7. Bisbee Gal, I moved to Mexico City in 2011 and lived there for 8 years. I moved back to Morelia nearly a year ago. If you want to come to Morelia, do as Mainecoons suggests: drive the cuota until you reach the salida a Salamanca/Morelia. Follow that to Morelia. If you need hotel recommendations, PM me--and let's get together while you're here.
  8. Slainte, when violence dramatically increased early this year in San Miguel de Allende, a regidor in SMA's city government publicly asked residents (a) not to talk about it and (b) to act as if cártel violence was not happening---so that tourism would not decrease. In this particular instance, it's not an urban legend or myth. This is just one of many news reports about it, in which the mayor of SMA finally recognizes this currently year-long terrible violence: https://www.milenio.com/policia/san-miguel-allende-alcalde-reconoce-inseguridad-municipio
  9. Hi ezpz...although I rarely go to San Miguel de Allende, it has been my lot to have gone there three times in the last six months. People--both Mexican and foreign friends--are talking non-stop about the ongoing violence in that city, in the city of Guanajuato, in Celaya, and in the rest of the state. The violence isn't about or between small-time retail drug sellers on the street. It's about three different cárteles fighting for derecho de piso (control of those cities and of the state), and has been escalating since January 2019. It's commonly reported in the press that the two primary cárteles are Jalisco Nueva Generación and Santa Rosa de Lima. The extortion of businesses has also gone through the roof, with the cártel Santa Rosa de Lima demanding as much as 30,000 pesos from tortillerías to continue doing business. In June of 2019, I happened to be in San Miguel when two separate assassinations took place: one across the street from where friends lived (they have since moved to Morelia, due to the insecurity in SMA), and one on a street near the Centro Histórico, where, as I was being taken through town to the SMA bus station, I actually witnessed SEMEFO (the coroner's department) picking up the body. Just two weeks ago, I was on the Primera Plus bus from Morelia to SMA. As we were approaching Celaya, the bus made a U-turn on the highway and then a long detour around the city. I was sitting in the seat behind the driver; he kept his window open and shouted (in Spanish) at all cars going the opposite direction, "Don't go that way! There's big trouble there! Follow me, I know the safe route to get around it!" Due to this long detour, we arrived approximately 1.5 hours late into San Miguel. That evening, I learned when I talked with Mexican friends that there had been an enfrentamiento (gun battle between warring factions of the cárteles) on the bus route. This situation is not to be taken lightly. Driving on a toll road doesn't mean you can blithely assume that you are safe. I won't tell you that should change your plans, but it's imperative that you know what's actually going on in the entire state of Guanajuato. You speak Spanish, ezpz; do you also read it? Google cárteles derecho de piso guanajuato for information in the news media. Here's a good place to start: https://www.am.com.mx/guanajuato/noticias/Guanajuato-con-mas-asesinatos-en-el-pais-van-2-mil-560-muertos-en-2019-20191020-0028.html
  10. Nixtamalization does not mean fully cooked. That process involves simmering dried corn for about an hour, in a mixture of water and calcium hydroxide, then left to cool and rest overnight, then thoroughly washed in several waters. The result is corn for pozole that is partially cooked, and as Bisbee Gal mentioned, needs to continue cooking for quite some time in the pozole broth.
  11. Here's one from about 20 years ago. That year, the theme was, "What if the baby Jesus had been born in...xxx country?" This nacimiento represents Mexico. One represented a Martian birth.
  12. In 1982, I traveled by Élite bus from home (Tijuana) to Nogales, México, by train from Nogales to Guadalajara, and by second class bus from Guadalajara to Uruapan. When we arrived in Uruapan--at about 2AM--we had to sit in the bus station and wait for the first bus out to our final destination, Tancítaro, Michoacán. The 26 kilometer bus trip from Uruapan to Tancítaro took 3 hours on an unpaved switchback-heavy road up the mountain--and the total time for the entire trip was 52 hours. I loved every minute of it, including the women who climbed on board the train in the stations to sell home-made food, the teenagers selling candy, the men selling soft drinks. It was an overnight trip on the train and we didn't have sleepers, but we didn't care at all. We were traveling and having a marvelous time. For me, those were indeed the good old days. But you know what? These days now are also the good old days. Feliz Navidad, group.
  13. "Privatization" simply means that some gas stations have the right to use names other than PEMEX on their signs--BP, FLASH, some others. The gasoline is still from PEMEX.
  14. Call the phone number listed on the ETN website and ask them. Here (01 is no longer needed): 800 8000 386
  15. Good, I'm glad to hear it. Way back then they had no interest in it.
  16. Sorry to be so late with an answer, I've been out of town and not looking at the board. I received citizenship about 15 years ago, when the process was different from the way it is now. I applied for and received citizenship in the state of Colima, which AT THAT TIME was more amenable to foreigners' requests for citizenship. AT THAT TIME, SRE in Jalisco (specifically in Guadalajara) was generally unwilling to process such requests. I have no idea what the situation is like right now. Because I handled my citizenship forms and appointments without a facilitator and entirely in Spanish, I was exempted from the Spanish competency portion of the exam. And there were no Mexican history questions, and no recitation or singing of the Himno. The Colima office pretty much considered me to be Mexican already, just needing to go through the process to formalize it and receive the Acta de Naturalización. AT THAT TIME, as I mentioned, the entire process was very different from the way it seems to be now. My personal process took about 18 months, due in large part to the Federal SRE offices in Mexico City having lost my paperwork for about 10 months. Finally a lawyer, friend of a friend of mine, went over there and "prodded" them, and they found my paperwork. Citizenship came about 6 months later. The year after I received citizenship, SRE asked me to go to Colima to give a speech at the swearing-in of that year's crop of new citizens. Unfortunately the swearing-in was canceled two days prior to its date and no new citizens were received that year--not in Colima or any other state in Mexico. I know several Jalisco people who were denied citizenship at that time, due to internal problems in the SRE. I believe that those people received citizenship the following year. That's the year that the whole application and testing process was changed, everywhere in Mexico, and as far as I know those "new" rules still apply. Not much help from me, I'm afraid.
  17. It's ciudadanía por naturalización, Snowyco. La naturaleza is nature--the beach, the trees, the mountains, etc.
  18. JAJJAJA. The 'poster' says feria. But as I mentioned in my post up there, it does NOT give the hours that the actual expoventa will be open to the public. It gives the times during both evenings that various bands/dance groups will perform. Not enough info IMHO. Suppose I went over there at 8AM to buy tachihual for breakfast and nobody was there to sell it to me?
  19. The times listed on the poster for the festival do not include the festival hours, if there are hours. The times listed are the times for music and dance--not the hours the festival is actually open to the public.
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    Early mexica (later called aztecs) and maya people also ate dog. The xoloitzcuintle was raised for warmth--the hairless dog's body temperature runs several degrees above that of human beings, and the indigenous people slept with the dogs--and they also used the dogs for food. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/11/hairless-dog-mexico-xolo-xoloitzcuintli-Aztec/ Here's a xolo puppy, photo I took in Mexico City about 5 years ago.
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    And at one time, it was common to be sold cat rather than rabbit. Once skinned, their anatomies are very, very similar. To the point that there is a saying about it: "Me vendió gato por iiebre." 'He sold me a cat instead of a hare.' By extension, it means someone cheated you.
  22. Of course, the saying goes, "Can you afford the remodel AND the divorce?"
  23. Kyle, when Mexico's current president took office on December 1, 2018, one of the very first things he did was raise the minimum wage, which at the end of 2018, was 80 pesos per day, everywhere in Mexico. Up until AMLO took office, annual raises in the minimum wage had been approximately 4 pesos. In the area near the USA border, AMLO doubled the minimum wage, to 176 pesos. In other parts of the country, the raise was about 25 pesos.
  24. Ummm...Juan O'Gorman, anyone? (I guess his papá was born in Ireland, though...)
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