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  1. From Guadalajara, Lagos is about two hours to two and a half and Ciudad Guzman is about the same distance maybe roughtly 30 minutes less.
  2. Maybe, you have a neighbor who is melting down old salvaged wires for their copper or metal filliments. We have a neighbor who likes to do this, it sends out a terrible poisonous stench out into the neighborhood. Fortunately, our guy generally tends to wait till 2 in the morning to melt his.
  3. I also recommend Lagos de Moreno as being the nicest and most interesting colonial city in the state of Jalisco. And for another city, I always thought Ciudad Guzman had a very pretty downtown with colonial flair. Now, take into consideration that we are discussing Jalisco, which has some nice towns and such but other areas of Mexico have much more beautiful colonial cities in my personal opinion.
  4. Yeah, Laura was out of all Black Gold potting soil products. We bought the large yellow bail of Flora Gard peatmoss. I bought some of the large plastic pots and mixed the regular potting soil you get from the nursery behind Super Lake with a mixture of pumice with some composted cow manure, and to that mixture I mixed about 50 percent peatmoss into it. Stirred it real good and added my blueberry bush. It was a good sized one, nice and tall, it looks like maybe 3 plants that had bonded together with roots, I left them together. It even arrived with a few green berries on it. I have no idea what variety it is, but that it came from Veracruz. The plant I was most excited about was my Jamaican cherry because it is supposed to grow super fast, fruit all year long and the fruit is supposed to taste extremely sweet like cotton candy, but alas, it arrived with very wilted leaves and it don't look good. I have it in the shade and it is still in its original pot, once or if it shows signs of life, I'll repot it. Does anybody have any experience with this wonderful sounding tree, it is called the Jamaican cherry or Stawberry Tree? Has anybody seen it here locally, if mine doesn't survive? Thanks.
  5. The pet store across from the Capilla del Carmen on Zaragoza in Chapala, the guy that runs it claims he can get just about anything you want from Guadalajara. Just pay in advance. I bet tokay geckos would eat a ton of spiders if you get 4 or 5. Or ask him to get you el gecko comun de casa. I'm sure he could find what you are looking for.
  6. Chillin here is a guy that sells mostly seeds, for the champaca, all I could find were seeds unfortunately, but go to the bottom of the page where it says ver mas to see his catalogue, he has over 10 pages of some really interesting looking plants. http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.mx/MLM-558379242-10-semillas-de-michelia-champaca-ampac-50-codigo-808-_JM I ordered my live plants from this guy, go to the bottom and click ver mas at the bottom to see his live exotic catalogue. http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.mx/MLM-552120300-1-arbol-de-ylang-ylang-cananga-odorata-arbol-para-perfumes-_JM
  7. Actually, Chillin, several courier companies can ship live plants within Mexico. My plants were shipped Tuesday and arrived today with dhl from Veracruz. I think estafeta also ships plants. I ordered my plants off mercado libre, and if you look below it says see other products this vender sails, many nurseries on mercado libre have quite a large variety of exotic fruit trees and flowering trees. Shipping was cheap, 200 pesos for as many trees as you want. I ordered eleven and they gave me free shipping. I will go check with Laura to see what she has for soils. I'll mix some pumice or jal stone into the mix to prevent root rot. I saved a lot to mix into my pots.
  8. I bought myself a blueberry bush, I ordered it from a nursery in Veracruz along with many other exotic fruit trees that I haven't seen around here. We are going to try to grow it in a container but I need potting soil with 50 percent peat moss mixed in it. Can you buy already mixed, acidic soil for acid loving plants or if not I'll just buy the peat moss. Before I go out hunting, where would my best bet be to find the peat moss. The other exotics I ordered are the ylang ylang or chanel 5 tree, jamaican cherry that is supposed to taste like cotton candy or sugar cubes, ice cream bean tree, black surinam cherry, and the japanese loquat tree.
  9. For those complaining about the traffic backups, the green, wet, cool, quiet, and tranquil summer is fast approaching.
  10. Well, I never walk the Ajijic malecon, but if what Maincoons says about the morning gringo dog walkers, about how they walk in large groups, I can imagine that there are lots of dog poop everywhere. I live in Chapala and I walk the malecon daily and I don't feel that our malecon has much dog poop on it. In fact it doesn't hardly have any dog poop on it at all. I walk my little pooch on it most evenings and she rarely encounters poop, I know because when she does she stops and lets me know she found some. But so far, knock on wood, we haven't had any dog poisoning cases either. To add to that, we have very few expats living in Chapala, so go figure.
  11. Think Benito Juarez weekend, which was two weeks ago, than double the amount of people, and make it for two weeks instead of a 4 day weekend and you've got the perfect recipe for semana santa.
  12. Cold this year? I think this was the warmest, dryest, most pleasant winter we've had in the 6 years I've lived in Chapala. Now last year was the coldest I remember, it was bitter cold, very long and rather wet during the coldest periods.
  13. The weather here is pretty good but many years ago I lived in the nice Venezuelan city of San Cristobal de Tachira State. The city was half way up in the green Northern Andes. The mountains were always green, it always rained for about 30 mins from 5 to 6 pm. There was always a gentle Andean cool breeze. It never felt as hot as Chapala gets in Spring time (as in now) and it never got as frigid cold as it can get in Chapala in the winter months. On most nights a long sleeve shirt or very light jacket would be all you need year round. I realize that most people reading this North of the Border probably don't belive we have the 4 seasons at Lake Chapala, but those that have been here for at least a few years would agree that we most definately have the 4 seasons here, but they are a little different than NOB. But in the tropical Andean cities there are not 4 seasons, only 2, the rainy and the dry season, but honestly it will rain year round, just a little less in the so called dry season. I actually enjoy the Andean climate much better than this one, just remember, altitude is everything in the high Andes, some cities are much higher than others, cities like Cuenca have a cold wet climate. Popayan (a smallish colonial city) and Medellin (a large modern city) both in Colombia, have near perfect climates if that is what you are looking for.
  14. We also had hail in Chapala. My neighborhood also experienced about an hour long brown out.
  15. It is raining and thundering in Chapala. It almost never rains in March. What does that mean for our summer rainy season?
  16. We bought a small portable one at Super Lake last year that still seems to do a good job.
  17. I don't know if you have already visited this area yet or not, but check it out real well google Earth and street views. Look for the carretera the main road that connects all the towns. That is the road that the buses mainly travel on. Some go down past and around the plaza in San Antonio Tlayacapan, and some go a little bit into Ajijic, but they mainly stay on the carretera and Avenida Madero in Chapala.
  18. I always thought botete was puffer fish too. Are there any local sushi guys that are trained in this fish? In Japan it requieres a trained pufferfish expert to prepare these fish and even with their trained expertise accidents and poisonings occur from time to time.
  19. According to the above posted article from the Informador, it happened en El Molino which is pppast Joco on the road to Guadalajara.
  20. I bet she is asking where and how to get her acta de nacimiento......or in other words her birth certificate.
  21. Part of what you say is true. The majority of the population here is not as well educated as in other parts of the world, and lots of people here have poor spelling and poor grammar skills. But if you remember your old high school English teacher, I'm sure she would say the same thing about many Americans today. High School English teachers are generally nazis, and I'm sure many here are the same. But to suggest that Mexicans speak the language poorly is a terrible exaggeration, I don't think they butcher it any more than what the average american does to English. And not every thing you probably hear and think is slang is really slang, most of it is just normal Spanish. I learned the extremely fast speaking Venezuelan Spanish, first, many years ago and I was never very familiar with Mexican Spanish. Since I have been living here, I don't find the two so terribly different. They all speak the same language, Spanish. No more so than an American vs an Australian. Spanish is Spanish, once you learn it fluently you will be able to converse and understand anybody in the Spanish speaking world fairly easily. A term here and there might be different, just like between us and England, but it doesn't create severe problems in communicating. It is exactly the same way in Spanish.
  22. I totally agree with Bmh, the Mexican Spanish or it would be better to say the Spanish spoken in the Jalisco accent is as good a Spanish and equally correct as what American English is. The local people here have a very good grasp of their language and speak it equally as good or better than how a Texan speaks English. There is no problem with a Mexican speaker, the problem lies with the listener. As far as Latin American Spanish goes, Mexico has one of the slowest, best enunciated, and easiest to understand for a begining Spanish learner than most of the accents spoken in the entire region. If you are having trouble with understanding Mexican Spanish, take a little trip to the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela, or even Chile. The only problem with Mexican Spanish is that they have some vocabulary that comes from Nahuatl that is different than in the rest of Latin America which uses a more standard vocabulary.
  23. A ceiling fan on low will deter most of the mosquitoes, many people use mosquito nets on their beds. We live downtown Chapala and have a decent sized garden. I might spot one scorpion a year. Once we put rubber strips under all the doors to our house, in the past 5 years we haven't had any scorpions get in our house (knock on wood). For us, spiders aren't a problem in the house, the house geckos keep their populations almost nonexistant. Outside their are some, but nothing extreme. Black widows get pretty large down here, I just step on them when I see them. If you have every lived in the country in the south east US, there is no comparison. Compared to our lives in NC, their are much fewer bugs here than there. And also, bees are rare and usually not agressive and rarely will chase you. In NC the bees were so many and so agressive we could barely us our porches. The German hornets and wasps in NC were terrifying, here I almost never see them. If you live further out of town or live in a newly developed area the scorpions could be bad.
  24. We always found them near or on the checkout area. But when buying batteries at Walmart, always make sure them make it to the bag. Sometimes, for us, they have a bad habit of disappearing before we get home.
  25. If you search mercadolibre look for asiento para inodoro de madera and one comes up imported from the US and is for sale for $1912 or a little under $100 dollars. It sounds high, but quality imported products usually are.
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