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  1. At age 90, I agree with traderspoc's father about staying healthy by avoiding physicians as much as possible. And as a long-retired health care provider in psychology with some experience with medical care in both the U.S. (where I worked for a time with the organization that accredits hospitals and other health-care facilities) and Mexico, I have concluded that, considering all factors--especially that medical care in the U.S., but not yet generally in Mexico, is provided in order to make as much money as possible--the care in one country is not better or worse overall than the care in the o
  2. I greatly enjoyed living in San Antonio Tlayacapan for 13 years, until circumstances forced me to return to the U.S. two years ago. Before that, I had spent every winter somewhere in Mexico since 1993. I still miss living at Lakeside, and I greatly enjoyed visiting there in March. But the greatly increased congestion I experienced--not merely in traffic, but with more building going on everywhere--did not lead to my concluding that it is feasible for me to return.
  3. I thought that I posted this on April 2, but apparently I didn't: On March 10 I crossed the border into Mexico in my toad (the car I tow behind my motorhome) via the relatively new Anzaldúas Bridge, which had been recommended to me and is conveniently near Alamo, Texas, where I have been spending the winter in my motorhome. There was no line or waiting at the bridge, a very positive feature. A single room, however, crowded with people, served both Migración, which issues tourist visas, and Banjercito, which issues Temporary Import Permits for vehicles, and I found it confusing to have to
  4. I thought that I posted this on April 2, but apparently I didn't: On March 10 I crossed the border into Mexico in my toad (the car I tow behind my motorhome) via the relatively new Anzaldúas Bridge, which had been recommended to me and is conveniently near Alamo, Texas, where I have been spending the winter in my motorhome. There was no line or waiting at the bridge, a very positive feature. A single room, however, crowded with people, served both Migración, which issues tourist visas, and Banjercito, which issues Temporary Import Permits for vehicles, and I found it confusing to have to
  5. I thought I posted this on April 2, but apparently I didn't: On March 10 I crossed the border into Mexico with my toad via the relatively new Anzaldúas Bridge, which had been recommended to me and is conveniently near Alamo, Texas, where I have been spending the winter in my motorhome. There was no line or waiting at the bridge, a very positive feature. A single room, however, crowded with people, served both Migración, which issues tourist visas, and Banjercito, which issues Temporary Import Permits for vehicles, and I found it confusing to have to get in one line to apply for my tourist
  6. Many thanks to everyone for the stimulating exchange. The reason I prefer to swim in lakes is simply that I do not like swimming in pools. But as I forgot to bring my aqua shoes, I guess I'll forego Lago de Chapala.
  7. I've been away from Lakeside for two years, but I seem to remember people, though perhaps not gringos, actually in the water at the beach at the west side of the Chapala pier. Does anyone swim there now? Is it said to be safe or unsafe? Has Dr. Strong had anything to say about it? I saw lots of footprints in the beach sand this afternoon, but no one on the beach or in the water.
  8. Thanks, all. I want to return to P.V. via the macrolibramiento, despite the tolls, because the road is so good. I understand that driving toward Guadalajara on the Guadalajara-Chapala highway 23, I take the returno after the "Burrito Triangle." I think I know what the Burrito Triangle is, near the junction of the highway from La Barca, but I can't remember its name, and it would be helpful if someone could tell me what its name is
  9. Sorry, having made some stops in P.V., I didn't note the time when I left, so I don't know the driving time.
  10. Driving up from Puerto Vallarta today, I took the apparently new "corta" Autopista del Sur de Guadalajara from Compostela, which fed into the apparently new Macrolibramiento de Guadalajara and put me right on the Guadalajara to Chapala highway 23, headed to Chapala. The tolls of 588 pesos were significant, and there was a very long backup and delay at one of the toll booths, but the drive was much easier than it used to be. When I drive back toward Guadalajara on 23 to go back to Puerto Vallarta, will I find an entrance to the Macrolibramiento? Will I have to do a retorno or some other
  11. At least the cost of living increases are keeping up with increases in the cost of living. (joke)
  12. But Bisbee, Bisbee Gal, is in virulently anti-immigrant, anti-Hispanic Arizona, where I definitely do not want to be.
  13. First, I want to add two points to my previous post: (1) I remember the high noon shoot-out on Madero in Chapala, the murders in Riberas, the kidnappings from the carretera, the kidnapping and beating of a neighbor in SAT, etc. But having lived in Boston, New York, and Chicago, and having visited 68 countries on all six inhabited continents (and Antarctica, too), including Honduras, Guatemala, and South Africa, including Johannesburg, the violence in Mexico had nothing whatever to do with my leaving or not returning to it. (2) Among the inanities of the far-right-wing government of Texas is
  14. I greatly appreciated the perceptive comments of Michael2595, but I empathize most strongly with the comments of RVGRINGO, whose situation is similar to mine. I spent every winter in Mexico in my motorhome from 1993-94 to 2015-16. Having traveled in every Mexican state in my motorhome, and having enjoyed several winters in Acapulco and then Puerto Vallarta, I began to stay year-round in San Antonio Tlayacapan in 2003. (It saddens me to see videos of people pulling up on jet skis and shooting people on the Acapulco beach where I used to spend most afternoons.) I acquired FM3, now Resid
  15. I had a TURP performed by Dr. Gonzalez at the Clinica Ajijic several years ago and I found him to be entirely competent. I believe he was still seeing patients at the Clinica when I left Lakeside in 2016, though doing surgery in Guadalajara.
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