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  1. Ah disregard Fred and no its not a local thing its only local thing in his imagination. No such street or store exists.
  2. Mudgirl, that is actually why I love living in Spanish speaking countries, México especially. Because they are honest, humble, and not politically correct. When I was in HS I once lived in Venezuela for a year as a foreign exchange student. In my host family I had an aunt who was fairly white looking and she had a good friend who looked really dark African black. (If you ever live in South America you would understand how the races mix there) but she would always call him affectionately mi negrito. Once I asked him if that bothered him, he responded why would it? I am clearly black. My other aunt had a live in black maid named Fany that seviced the house. Me being from the South, that was slightly awkward. And they wore uniforms too. I would come home from school and go to my room to lay on my bed to watch Thunder Cats in Spanish and here would come Fany taking out my trash sweeping and mopping around my bed as I layed there watching TV. Now that was awkward feeling coming from our American history. But it was life down there. You either served or had a servent. And we lived in a small appt. Most appts always had a small room by the laundry room where the live in maid would live. That was Venezuela in the 90's. Things in México are different. They rarely call a black Mexican or black person negro cause here they recognize that to be perceived as racist. But a darker skinned mestizo family member or spouse they address here afectinately as mi negrito or mi negrita. But here is the Mexican caveat if you are white looking they don't have a problem affectionately calling you güero or güera. Which means whitey used affectionately for both Mexicans and foreigners. Most expats may never notice this unless they are fluent in Spanish. Most people talking to you may be respectfully addressing you as whitey. Mi güerito cómo estás hoy? My little whitey how are you today. After first moving to México that was weird and strange and I'd be like hey I ain't your little whitey but now I have grown to embrace it affectionately and assimilate.
  3. But on a lighter note gringo or gabacho is not usually meant to be derogatory in any way. But like all terms it depends on the speaker and how it was used.
  4. Yeah just be careful with the word caucasian. Many many Mexicans are caucasian and many are of Euopean blood lines. You will see this a lot in Jalisco and in many more Northern states. Jalisco has something they call ojos Tapatíos which are blue or colored eyes. And if I sometimes have trouble determining who are Americans and Canadians how do you expect Mexicans to be able to, hence why we all just gringos. And yes I have been speaking Spanish since I was young and I know what they call us. And I never get offended.
  5. Mudgirl is technically correct on terminology but way off on terms of usage. Any english speaking person can and will be labeled a gringo or gabacho. They don't ask to see your passport first. Any light skinned European may be called a gringo even if they are speaking a totally different language than English. Because to many Mexicans they might not always be able to distinguish which language a person is speaking while passing them on the streets. Even Afro-Americans can and will be called gringos. Chicanos too. If they perceive you as looking or acting like an American than they will call you gringo. Period. And unfortunately Americans often times do the very same thing. If you look or sound like how Americans think a Mexican should look or sound like, then you are Mexican. It doesn't matter if you are really Guatemalan, Argentinian, or a Spaniard for that matter.
  6. Yeah I might get a little snarky at times with certain posters who I feel are being unneccesarily rude on this board. But I'm glad the geckos are happy.
  7. I would recommend waiting till the rainy season. The mountains turn miraculously green and it is reminiscent of Hawaii. And the summer weather is marvelous. Yeah the silt in the lake might be sturred up by the nightly heavy rains but boy will those mountains look so gorgeous. You could wait for 2 or 3 days without rain to get a bluer looking lake. There will always be periods of several days without rain. Another interesting place to film is the Guachimontones archaeological park. That house the only circular pyramids in all of México. Only 2 hours drive from the lake and not far from Tequila a pueblo mágico. Another fascinating place only 2 hours from here to visit for those that love beautiful colonial architecture is the lovely town of Lagos de Moreno, it is probably the best preserved colonial city in all of Jalisco. All these videos will turn out better after the rains green the area up especially by the pyramids.
  8. Yeah there are lots out on the streets of Chapala at night and on the malecón. But if you can't leave your house for health reasons or cause you don't hardly ever leave your house in the evenings then you won't be affected much hence the attitude certain people have on this board. But at least we have a genuine reason to wear those face masks again folks!
  9. Many folks that live in Chapala get their's at the foto studio behind the lamp store on the main avenue here in Chapala about half a block more or less up from the plaza.
  10. Here is an interesting read about the history of Chapala and its church. Its in Spanish so use Google translate if you need to. https://www.etcetera.com.mx/opinion/convento-de-san-francisco-chapala-jalisco/
  11. The parrish church in Chapala San Francisco de Asis was originally built in 1548 by an Italian Friar Miguel de Bolonia. It was first built with grass mixed adobe. It was altered several times over the years with its last final restauration being done 1968 when the exterior was finally covered in cantera stone. Prior to that it was white covered in limestone. The clock was imported from Europe.
  12. I only took offence because some people use the term gummint to disparage the way Southern Americans may think or speak. But yeah I guess I should just lighten up a little.
  13. Well if they are only somewhat edjumacated some what would work just fine. Don't ya think?
  14. It will get more views if left here a few days.
  15. In the Oxxos and Soriana yes. Face masks are required but in most restaurants busineses and tienditas not so much. It is very lax. Depends on the establishment. The cremery behind the plaza which is owned by Gourmet Garage has just dropped the face mask mandate. Farmacia Ahorros now does not require masks. Mr. Bull doesn't require them. When the workers don't wear one I don't put one on either. Most people in Chapala are not wearing them anymore.
  16. At least not by some what educated folks.
  17. I am only speaking of personal experience of living IN Chapala and walking the streets daily and spending abundant amounts of time on the Chapala malecón. I have not been to Ajijic in over 2 years. I hear that things are different over there. I have heard that there almost everyone wears face masks everywhere all the time. And if you are caught on the side walks sans face mask they are literally capable of confronting you or either spitting on you. I am not sure how the latter is done while wearing a face mask. But here in Chapala things are much more laid back and civil. Now, few people, expats and Mexicans a like, wear the face mask in stores, on the streets or on the male. And I have never seen a confrontation here like you hear about in Ajijic. The ugly Americans and Canadians are loud there. I am just glad to reside with the Mexicanos here in Chapala.
  18. What I want to know is how much oxygen can pass through them.
  19. Ferret I can assure you most aren't doing that anymore if they ever consistently did. Most are out living their lives like normal and the masks are coming off vaxxed or non-vaxxed. Most realistic people have learned to live with it and are no longer worried or afraid anymore. They are just going on with life.
  20. Finally a well researched voice of reason. And also it is important to point out that the KN95s only work if worn correctly and tightly. Probably not ideal for wearing all day long in the heat of summer or our Mexican hot spring.
  21. Isn't cloth made from fibres always porous anyways?
  22. Now the article is totally stupid because it contradicts what you believe. Sounds a little closed minded. For me I found the article well written with very logical with common sense conclusions. This is how I along with many others on this board have felt about the usage of face masks since the start of Covid. All the cloth ones are good for is to give you a false sense of security. Even in many cases the KN95 does very little to protect you and others if it isn't worn with a tight enough fit. I doubt that most people wear it 100% correctly anyhow. The mistake usually is making it loose enough to feel comfortable and in effect allowing germs to pour out of the sides into other people's faces. Another example of false security.
  23. Just ignore the haters, the haters are always gonna hate. Maybe consider giving Chapala town the spotlight over Ajijic, many of the youngerish people coming down that I talk to are starting to prefer Chapala over Ajijic because of its easy smooth flat walkability and its more Mexican vibes.
  24. If you don't want to watch his docuseries by all means don't watch it. There is no need to disparage him for wanting to make a video about the area. I on the hand love to watch videos and documentaries about Mexico and this area.
  25. I would call a plumber before I go to Simapa because if your neighbors are getting water you probably are too but a plumber ought to be able to find the problem.
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