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  1. I hope u saw Enrique's Post showing that older cars CAN be Nationalized. Bad info is worse than no information. Locally attorney Spencer McMullen can assist with getting a Retorno Seguro in order for a Permanente to drive the vehicle legally to the border.
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    RV park Ajijic

    Yea hope the snow drifts clear before winter...
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    vehicle legalization

    Welcome to the Board Enrique. Nice to have this valuable information. Question: In November, does the ‘year’ for the 50% import duty change to 2009 and older vehicles?
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    New 500 pesos bank note

    So it sounds like only the color is similar....
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    Cost of Real Estate

    One of the things that Sonia didn't mention that I find a huge plus is.... entertainment! There is often, not just a few times a year, world class entertainment at the theater and other venues. And the pricing/value is very reasonable for what one gets to see. And it is not just during 'high season'. If I lived there I would be dropping a lot of pesos going to see very good entertainment. Sonia spoke of 'no traffic lights'. There are a few but wjat blew me away first time there several years ago was the fact that everyone at intersections downtown, even without stop signs on them, stopped to let the 'other senior/senora's car enter. And even taxis would stop and let one cross at intersecitons.... both in a car AND on foot. When I marveled about this to a 'young' business woman a few years ago she said to me, with sincerity and pride "it is our culture"!! Don't get me wrong, there is a traffic problem there and it is not just downtown, and weekends are not for the faint of heart. And on any day one could lose their car and life at the traffic circle on the south end of town near La Comer (formerly Mega). Timid drivers will never get through that intersection! But at the end of the day I don't find vehicle travel to be much more difficult than at Lakeside these days. And with respect to good restaurants.... there is no contest. A little higher priced to be sure but..... But on the other hand, air travel with hands down better at Lakeside due to the proximity to GDL.... both routes and pricing. The Queretaro airport 'near' SMA is getting better and Leon is good but both are farther away and more pricey and don't have near the connections that GDL has. OK... I'm through.
  6. (Since this is not about Real Estate Lakeside, hopefully this Post will be allowed to stay for a while) Whenever the cost of real estate comes up someone invariably suggests that it is surely less here than in San Miguel... "by a lot" is often added. I have spent some time there, as here and more here than there, and I just didn't seem to come up with the same general view. Maybe in the overall sense it is but surely not in many specific cases. Below is a Post to the Civil_SMA Board, where such Posts ARE allowed. It kinda makes my point... at least in this one specific case. I have seen many other similar Posts (as well as property while on the ground there) so this is not just a fluke. Other than information, I have no ulterior purpose for Posting this: Hi FOR SALE BY OWNER True Tranquility Water Views, Mountain Views and Animals Grazing, Country Living less than 5 minutes from Comer, Contemporary Style, 2 Floors one can be used for B&B or friends if needed. 4 fireplaces, 2 big patios one down and one up, 2 kitchens, 2 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, 2, laundry areas, 1dining room and 1 eating area, organic garden, Kohler toilets and bidet, tons of light, bright tranquil home, all that for only $270,000 USD
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    Telephone Connections

    No, Zeb, I haven't called your wife lately.....
  8. These are definitely worthy questions....
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    Michoacan Pottery

    Watch This Beautiful Mexican Pottery Emerge from Clay August 2, 2018 See how traditional artistic traditions are being kept alive in the Mexican state of Michoacan. In this installment of Mexican Handcraft Masters by Mariano Rentería, a family of glazed pottery artists explains the process behind their exquisite artistry. Follow Mariano Rentería on Vimeo and Instagram. The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/video/shorts/watch-this-beautiful-mexican-pottery-emerge-from-clay/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=WatchThis_20180907::rid=1030817295
  10. Unless there is some reason why you must ring every minute (day) out of your 180-day Tourist card, just get out a couple of days prior to 180. Trying to cut it that close, IMO, is a problem waiting to happen.
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    Looking for an Ajijic Rental 2 bdrm/2 bath

    I ‘think’ the comment about utilities was meant to mean that the couple did not want to spend over $1,000 including the utilities they would have to pay. Maybe I’m wrong, but.....
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    Safest driving route from New Mexico

    When one sees a "D" associated with a Mexican highway, that is a toll road (cuota). Much of Mexico is 'desolate'.... sort of like NEW Mexico. You would be in the Chihuahuan desert for the first 4-6 hours but you can bet that you will have a lot of company (traffic) on that road. There will not be a lot of towns until Chihuahua City but there will be plenty of Mexican gas stations (PEMEX) as that is a major corridor for trade, etc. It (the road) is mostly flat or rolling terrain all the way to Lakeside..... some pretty good hills in the last few hours before Guadalajara. But no mountainous roads.
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    Safest driving route from New Mexico

    Maybe I am misunderstanding you, but...... If you are truly coming down I25 from ABQ, then Colombus will be out of your way (to far west) and add another extra hour and a half and 65-ish miles to your trip. It will also put you on Mexico 2 'out in the boonies' only to come back to Mexican highway 45.... where you would have been if you crossed at Ste. Teresa. Santa Teresa is the preferred crossing all along that border....
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    New "Limited" US-Mexico Trade Agreement

    " so if Canada is not willing to even the playing field " It is my understanding that as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement, 99 per cent of the trade between Canada and the U.S. is tariff-free and that overall, the U.S. ran a nearly $3 billion surplus in goods and services trade with Canada last year.
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    RV parks?

    You didn't ask this question but...... Mexico in general and surely Lakeside specifically is not very friendly to those using wheel chairs. Cobble stone streets and VERY narrow sidewalks (where they even exist at all!) and very high curbs with no ADA-type mandates for transition from street to sidewalk contribute to this problem. Hopefully you already know this and have decided/know that this will not be a factor in your wife's enjoyment of an otherwise wonderful place to visit.