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  1. Don’t know if it ranks as a spa, but the Montecarlo Hotel in West Chapala does feature a thermal pool and an adult clientele although children are not banned. It will be very crowded on the U.S. 4th, however, as Democrats Abroad are hosting their annual 4th of July fundraiser.
  2. Depending on your age, state of health, and, especially, mobility, four days is an excellent starter tour of Mexico City. It is a fabulous metropolis requiring 4 x 4 plus days to begin to experience it’s vast richness. And unless you are younger and possessed of prodigious levels of energy you will need recouperative time built into your schedule. Concentrate your visit on a very few select personal interests, art galleries, museums, historical sites, etc., and even being ‘selective’ the array of worthy sights within a catagory can be overwhelming. Best to plan on a greatly extended stay or multiple visits over the coming years.
  3. Have had a Capital One bank account for several years and a Capital One credit card even longer. Never any problem. Never heard of a verification code. Never have used a vpn for any banking transactions. I do use a Laredo mail forwarding address, but they obviously can see my sometimes daily use of the account is based in Mexico. And I can use the credit card with NO foreign exchange fees applied, unlike B of A. In fact Capital One credit informed me that I didn’t have to bother with updating them about being outside the US periodically, that I can use the card anywhere, all the time. Yes, they do occasionally send an email asking if that was me making a particular purchase, and yes, I have always been able to click the email in the affirmative to verify the transaction. But that’s it. No other bother.
  4. 75 pesos an hour for a reliable, honest and competent cleaning lady.
  5. I am thinking of using Lakeside Master Builders for an upstairs Casita and Mirador.  I was wondering if anyone had any recent experience or knowledge of this contractor they could share with me.



  6. They were around back in 2007/2008. They went under when the economy collapsed nob and numerous of their clients backed out of planned projects.
  7. I did not know Wayne personally, but my lady friend, Liz White, who has been here 20 years plus and was a major actress and board member for many years with the Lakeside Little Theatre in the 90’s and early 2000’s could not say enough good things about Wayne and his involvement with LLT. She had tremendous respect for his insight and intelligence as a director, and his ability to communicate the language of the ‘Theatre’ to both players and audiences. He was an esteemed mentor and teacher in the Theatre community at that time in addition to all his other pursuits. Very obviously he was the definition of a ‘Renaissance Man’.
  8. I found my RFC # on my Mexican car insurance policy. I had it ready when I went into the Chapala office and they used it. They also wanted my eMail and phone #’s. First time that’s been asked for.
  9. Best Rueben sandwich Lakeside is to be found at Penino’s. Not on the menu everyday, however.
  10. Would that he is a ‘Bernie Sanders’ and not a ‘Hugo Chavez’.
  11. I am a Brisis fan also. Very good breakfasts and lunches. Nice people and good service at reasonable prices. I’ve never had a shrinking portion experience there.
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