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    Originally from Washington state (Lake Chelan area), live here with my wife and 3 kids. I work in real estate as the Broker of Chapala Realtors located in Ajijic. I am a member of the Rotary Club of Ajijic. Fully bilingual. Lived in Guadalajara for 5 years. Arrived Lakeside in August 2008.

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  1. We have 2 happy / healthy teenagers here. They go to schools that are safe and have minimal drugs / alcohol / bullying (much much less than when I was in high school). They and their friends are fully bilingual and are just as apt to speak to each other in English as Spanish. They have fun. Some kids will adapt, some won't, just like anywhere.
  2. I have. He provides cleaning and gardening services for my downtown Ajijic office space. I'm very happy with his service, the staff he has provided, and the cost. And I do not have to carry any employee obligation. We had to work out some kinks in the beginning but for months I've only had to transfer him funds once a month...
  3. I also happily recommend Winston @ Lake Chapala Moving...
  4. Here is their FB page, there is a phone number there: https://www.facebook.com/CentroRegionalDeEstudiosMusicales/ My daughter is taking classes there and really enjoys it. -Thomas
  5. All my family and I are participating as are many of my work colleagues! We also became a sponsor... Should be great fun. -Thomas
  6. Hola! Bancomer does not currently allow non-residents to open accounts. You will have better luck at Multiva, Intercam, or Actinver. You will need a proof of address and your ID.
  7. He came in my office a couple of weeks ago to chat as he does ocasionally. He seemed fine. Mentioned he was going back to Canada soon but I didn't catch the timing on that. And more recently I saw him walking in Ajijic close to Gossips in the last week. If I see him again I'll try to get him in contact with his family...
  8. Hola from another Washingtonian... The Xtrails are great, I drive a 2003 currently and it is a very good car. I'll be in the market soon for a new car (Xtrail going to the 16 year old) and am seriously considering the Hyundai and Kia offerings because of their competitive prices, nice styling and superior warranties... Suerte!!! -Thomas
  9. Contact interior designer Cristina Peña. She is really great to work with and her fees are "earned back" in designer discounts. Her shop is on the carretera across from Roberto's restaurant and her email is: casabonita.ajijic@hotmail.com Suerte!
  10. Hola, I sent you a PM. I know someone whose spouse is currently in rehab for a major stroke. She did lots of due diligence sifting through the options available locally.
  11. Hola Crazy, I highly recommend Mercy Stirling de Dueñas for real estate in Guadalajara. She is an American expat and has been in the business for 30 years or so. Her husband Sergio is the broker and is a past-president of AMPI Mexico (similar to the National Association of Realtors in the US). Her email is mercytrilenium@gmail.com and her office number is: 33-3647-5854 Suerte!
  12. Yes, about 3 years ago. All good... After I also got Lasik there. Excellent experience all around...
  13. I have a Nissan Xtrail -- similar to Rav4 or Honda CRV but generally less expensive. The model was never marketed in the US (Canada?) but is quite common here. 4 cylinders (economical), good ground clearance, big enough.
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