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Everything posted by dichosalocura

  1. I agree, this area is far from perfect or paradise. The carretera is in a horrendous shape and the highway to Guadalajara is worse. Jalisco is notorious for having the worst roads in Mexico. Trash collection is not so great. We need those compacting new trash trucks Sonia was talking about. Mexico is a large country with many amazing cities and towns. Many are far cleaner and nicer than this area. This area has a heavy concentration of expats for some reason or another. But I don't see this area as being so terrible as some on this board has suggested. Has it changed over 20 years, yes! What area hasn't? The sky isn't falling here. Things will work themselves out. This area will continue being one of the best expat havens in the world. Life here is still great and getting better for many people here!
  2. I have been following this thread for awhile now and admit that life at Lake Chapala is far from perfect. But what place isn't, really? One must come to terms with the reality that Mexico is still a developing country and at this time in its history it cannot be compared to the level of modernity and high standards that is enjoyed in parts of Canada, US, and Europe, not yet anyways. I see Mexico progressing in many ways, poco a poquito, but I prefer to focus on the positives. Many of the complainers, I have noticed, tend to live in the environs of in and around Ajijic. Us that live in Chapala, I've found, tend to be more complacent and accepting of the changes. I realize that mobility can be an issue for many people, but if you are still able to walk, the double parked cars on Madero Ave or on the malecon are rarely an issue for us. In Chapala we can walk everywhere and on mostly flat, mostly smooth, and wide-ish sidewalks. We rarely drive to Ajijic, just perhaps once a week to stock up at Walmart. But most of the basic needs can be met at our many aborrotes grocery stores and markets. Kevin mentioned the smell of raw sewage and the roads being torn up and resurfaced. That is only temporary, Chapala is resurfacing many of its central streets and placing in new piping and wiring. Placing in nice smooth, wheel chair friendly cross walks. I see that as a temporary inconveniance but in the long run, Chapala is making many neccesary improvements to our local infrastructure, which is a wonderful thing. In Chapala, some money is being wasted on bad ideas (like the bridge to the Fisherman Statue) and some things have been poorly built like Cristiana ave in front of the park. But as a whole, I think Chapala is really starting to shine, and we count each day here as a true blessing. And to top it off, the lake is now fuller, cleaner, and looking better than ever! And another nice thing about Chapala that I really like is that they are starting to add more parisian style outdoor seating on the avenues at the many restaurants. Several near the San Francisco Church and also on Ramon Corona facing the malecon. Things here are starting to look really nice here in my opinion.
  3. Thank you so much for your recomendations. We had each one come over and give us a quote and then we picked one to do the job. We chose Gustavo, his quote seemed more reasonable and we liked his knowledgeable answers to our questions. Thanks again.
  4. My father has been seeing Dr Hector Briseno for several years now. But the problem is that apparently Dr Briseno is just too busy, everytime my father emails him about questions and problems,time and time again, he is ignored (he even calls him to tell him to check his email.) My father needs a cardiologist he can count on. Also, Dr. Briseno changed his medicine around so much he feels terrrible all the time, much much worse than how he felt before he began seeing Briseno. Each time he mentions this to Dr. Briseno, he tells him that his body will soon adjust. In two years it hasn't yet. So now he wants to try a new cardiologist. Has anybody been to the Cardiology Center with Dr. Jose Pascual Salas Llamas, and what were your experiences? They are on the carretera near Ajijic, I'm surprised I have never seen anybody mention them before.
  5. What you see listed on the internet sites will be limited and much more expensive than what you will see while on the ground. Most people here always recommend people to come down and stay at a b&b or an economical hotel for a week or two while they are scouting out the various neighborhoods and towns looking for that perfect rental. Many rentals never appear on the internet, you must be here on the ground for the best insight. Those that do show up on the internet usually are the higher end rentals. Also take into consideration that this is our high-season and this season I think may have been one of our busiest seasons in years. It is slowly nearing its end, usually ending in and around Easter Holy Week. I am sure that by now many of the angry dissilusioned first timers have already left the area by now, so hopefully, finding a rental at this moment might not be that difficult. I am sure many good opinions will follow.
  6. We want to build a boveda catalana roof over our porch. Who is the best brick mason to do this task? We have already used more than 3 different teams to build our house. We now want to try using a different group. Who is the best for construction in this area. Maybe we will go with a contractor. Who is the best contractor in the area. Thanks
  7. I could be mistaken, but I always thought they feed them only on the weekends.
  8. I have a small metal plaque that will go on a clock that needs engraving. Does anybody know a person that does engraving, preferably in Chapala. Thanks.
  9. According to the owner, this seed store will be relocating to Miguel Martinez next Monday. They keep raising the rent on her.
  10. Most seed stores or semillas y cereales also sell bird seed down here. If you want something of higher quality you can go to a pet store. There are two on the carretera both on the lake side. Next to Soriana there is one. In Chapala on Zaragoza St. opposite the Carmelite Chapel there is another pet store.
  11. Imagine having a Trader Joe's or a Mega or perhaps a Fresko.
  12. If you are in Chapala as your name implies I would say go to Papeleria del Lago on Degollado street across the street from the wedding and quinceanera dress store, about half a block from Madero St. I say there, because I know for sure they do it. But honestly, many of the larger papelerias around Chapala offer this service.
  13. Yes, naco is the Mexican version of hill billy or redneck. Of course Mexican nacos are somewhat different than their redneck counterparts but both nacos and rednecks can be a bit tacky.
  14. The Chapala train station which serves as the cultural center gave art classes for children at one time. Whether or not they still do, I´m not sure.
  15. I know somebody that might be interested in putting up a small FM repeater internet based English station for Chapala. Does anybody know the laws and regulations to do this?
  16. Perhaps Alfonso..............and don´t forget about Chuy, everybody knows at least one Chuy here, it is short for Jesús. Chela is also very common, but at the moment I forget which names it stands for (there are several I've heard.) I also know a Chela who is an alcoholic, so go figure.......
  17. Sorry it was my mistake, I misspelled his name, it is not Ronnie but instead Rony and he posted above how to find him and his list of renters in Chapala.
  18. Come check out the bigger town of Chapala. We are just 10 mins down the road by bus and things are much cheaper here. More than likely you will find Chapala to be much more livable. Wider and smoother side walks, much flatter, more open areas. The only benefit of living in Ajijic I can see is that the town is better painted with murals and artwork. And has more gringos with more international cuisine options available there. Think of Monterey and Carmel (but in a more humble Mexican way) Chapala is Monterey and Ajijic is Carmel, the little rich bohemian and artistic neighbor down the road. There is a Belgium guy here in Chapala named Ronnie, who makes excellent chocolates and sells a list of rentals for 10 pesos or so (to cover the xerox charges) Rentals he checked out himself.
  19. We bought one at Super Lake two weeks ago. Hopefully, they will get more in soon.
  20. Wrong! The correct answer is ...... It's Jalisco! Jalisco is notorious for having some of the worst roads in the Republic. Think Virginia or Arkansas vs North Carolina and Georgia. The carreteras libres or free roads are atrocious in Jalisco. Go over to other states, even much poorer ones, and the roads are much much better.
  21. In Chapala tonight, there were hundreds of kids all dressed up and trick or treating up and down Madero Ave. I took my 5 year old niece out. Most of the businesses on Madero were dishing out candy. She got so much candy in her little orange plastic pumpkin, that she could barely lift it. It should be enough to last until next year.
  22. Yes, they still set up some altars up along Cinco de Mayo, but each year it seems to be less. Now the majority of them are being erected in front of the San Francisco Church (the big church.) I guess they figured there is more room for large crowds to move about and with more available parking nearby. And for the catrinas, I thought it was awesome that year, which I think it was like two years ago, that they set them all up along the Chapala malecón. Since then, most of the catrinas have been set up around the Municipal Palace area on that wide newly paved margin space (or whatever its called ) between the two lanes of traffic on the avenue.
  23. Sí, queremos jaloguin. (can´t seem to make the diéresis over the u with this keyboard.)
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