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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.
  16. I lived year-round in San Antonio Tlayacapan from 2003 to 2016. I lost confidence in the first dentist I went to, and the second one was only at the Clinica Ajijic for a little while. So, on the recommendation of a friend, I saw Dr. Olivera and was very satisfied with him and with the two assistants that he had trained. I am, by the way, a dental wimp who cannot tolerate any dental pain.
  17. Thanks all.. A friend had emailed me that she had been able to call Dr. Olivera's office, so I tried again this morning and was able to make an appointment.
  18. I see that someone just posted about Maskaras, so it is operating. Calling from the U.S., why can't I get an answer at either 765-4805 or 765-4838. At Olivera's number, 765-4800, I'm asked to leave a number for call back.
  19. Until less than two years ago, I was a (very satisfied) patient of "Dr. Don" Olivera at Clinica Maskaras. I have been unable to reach either him or the Clinica by phone. Anyone know if he and the Clinica are still there? Thanks.
  20. I've been advised by two crossers whose opinions I have confidence in that the relatively new Anzalduas bridge, west of the Pharr and Reynosa crossings, south of Mission (though apparently within McAllen) is now the easiest, fastest, and best crossing to use. Random checks of crossing times on the internet have consistently shown it to have the shortest time. Accordingly, it's the one I'll use next month.
  21. Thanks to all. To Mainecoons: I appreciate the advantages of the route you recommend, but I simply cannot drive straight through and must at least stop overnight in Matehuala. (In my motorhome, I had to make two overnight stops, either in San Luis Potosi and Matehuala on that route, or in Zacatecas and Saltillo when going via Aguascalientes. In my car, I've been able to make only a single overnight stop, in Matehuala.)
  22. Is crossing into Mexico at Nuevo Laredo in a car significantly safer or easier than crossing at Reynosa? I ask because Reynosa is much closer than Nuevo Laredo for me. I have crossed at the Columbia Crossing in recent years, and I understand that, while farther away than Nuevo Laredo, it is considered to be easier.
  23. I have driven from the U.S. to Mexico, and vice versa, many times since 1993, using border crossings from California to Texas, but in recent years (most recently in April 2016) only via the Columbia Crossing west of Nuevo Laredo, then via either Matehuala and San Luis Potosi or Zacatecas and Aguascalientes to Lakeside. I used to cross the border south of Harlingen, until I read that any crossing east of Laredo, including Reynosa, was too dangerous. Now I am in Alamo, which is near McAllen in the Rio Grande Valley; I am eager to drive to Lakeside, where I lived year-around for 13 years (until
  24. I subscribe to the Guadalajara Reporter on the Internet. I've kept my subscription acknowledgment email from the Reporter in my email Inbox, and I click on the link given in it to access the paper. But trying to get the paper today, I receive the message that the website cannot be reached. Anyone know anything about this?
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