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  1. I know that there are several mail companies here like Mailboxes, etc. but most want you to sign up with a contract. Is there any company that will bring down a package for a fee without signing up with them. Our kindle broke and Amazon USA says they no longer send kindles overseas because the lithium battery is now no longer allowed to be sent on international flights or something like that. I know we can order one off Amazon Mexico but they say our books that we already have on the old one, will not transfer. What to do?
  2. You being an ESL instructor might possibly know this already, but there is a really wonderful ESL auxiliary site with a Mexican ESL forum on it. It is called Daves Esl Cafe. Just google it, it has a forum with active members currently teaching English in Mexico. Teaching in Guadalajara is frequently dicussed. And maybe you could find somebody on there, locally, who will loan you that manual. Suerte!
  3. There are fireflies or lightening bugs here. There aren't many but a few. Being in the city they are not very visible. But if you lived further out in the country you would see a little more. On the other side of the wall from my garden passes the arroyo here in Chapala, there is some open spaces and lots of trees and plants growing all along. Some nights in the somertime I see them pass over my wall and fly around my yard. Or I spot them from my mirador flying around along the arroyo.
  4. There are fireflies or lightening bugs here. There aren't many but a few. Being in the city they are not very visible. But if you lived further out in the country you would see a little more. On the other side of the wall from my garden passes the arroyo here in Chapala, there is some open spaces and lots of trees and plants growing all along. Some nights in the somertime I see them pass over my wall and fly around my yard. Or I spot them from my mirador flying around along the arroyo.
  5. San Francisco is the big church in Chapala. And for a memorial service being held next Thursday. I may be mistaken, but I believe it was already held Thursday of this week.
  6. Thanks for making and posting the videos. I sit up on my mirador many nights of the week. All I've been able to see are the blinking lights of something slowly moving in a straight line, which are obviously a plane or jet. All I can say is the first video with the blue light which appeared to be spinning around hypnotically was rather disturbing. The second video looked almost like a flying Christmas tree and it also was disturbing. I've never tried those so called magical shrooms before, but if I were to partake, that is the kind of crazy mierda I would most likely see if I were to look up to the heavens at night under the influence of those little suckers. Absolutely cool, but at the same time utterly terrifying!
  7. This is really shocking to hear ! Dr. Heredia was one of the kindest and most caring of souls. He helped a lot of people in this area. He will be truly missed !
  8. I think expats move to Ajijic over Chapala because that is where the majority already have moved. That is where most of the gringo businesses and restaurants tend to be. That is where the higher end neighborhoods and expensive homes are already located. Basically, Ajijic is much more nicer looking! It just boils down to money, that is where all the money happens to be these days. And because of all that money, they were able to build a really cute looking plaza and put up some really nice looking murals all around. Ajijic has its charm, it is predominately artsy, compacted, claustrophobic, with super narrow streets where even the sidewalks are roughly cobble stoned. Chapala, the city itself has much less charm than Ajijic, it is has less of the money, hence less high end restaurants but the infrastructure is much better. That means that the streets are much wider, the sidewalks are wider and better paved, the area is much flatter, much better for walking, it doesn't have that claustrophobic feel. It is a larger town. We have the more classic looking boardwalk which has a lot more action. The shopping is good meaning that there are more stores and shoppes in Chapala, but the fancier stores, the Super Lake and Walmart are in the San Antonio-Ajijic area. I think that Chapala is the next up and coming town, if you NEED to be within walking distance of lots of gringo neighbors and lots of gringo oriented entertainment, shopping, and fancier homes......the Ajijic area is your best bet. If you desire a town with a more real Mexican vibe, with much more affordable living, a city that is more pedestrian friendly and easier on your ankles.....Chapala is your town. The good news is that Chapala and Ajijic are just 10 minutes apart. If you choose to live in Chapala, all the fancy stuff that Ajijic offers is just 10 minutes down the road.
  9. Virgogirl, to shop at Amazon as far as I know you need to use a credit or debit card. With mercadolibre which you will probably be able to find much of the same stuff (the selection might be less) you can pay with a card or choose to pay with cash or en efectivo in spanish. When you click on the comprar or buy button to purchase an item that caught your eye, it will ask you how do you want to pay and you can pay in cash if you want at either oxxo, seven eleven, banamex, or bancomer. They will send you a page to print out, it usually just has two codes and the amount, instead of turning on the printer I usually just write the two simple codes or numbers on a sheet paper with the amount and walk across to seven eleven to pay. They have a system as does Oxxo where you can deposit money into mercadolibre. It is pretty simple and after that wait for the email from mercadolibre, it will say your next step is to just sit back and wait for your order to arrive. Mercado Libre has gotten a lot more user friendly lately, it used to be bitch to use having to communicate through emails with the seller in order to purchase a simple item and determining the shipping cost, now it is all done with the click of the mouse, and the shipping is now automatically added to the price when you click on buy. If you can read basic spanish or use google translate you shouldn´t have any problems using it.
  10. Virgogirl, we buy a lot of stuff online, we are raising two kids here, and when looking for quality stuff, it is sometimes hard to come by here in Chapala without having to run all over Guadalajara looking for it. So we order a lot of stuff online that we can´t find in Chapala. I always recommend people to check and compare prices from Amazon Mex and Mercadolibre. We generally order a lot from Mercadolibre, I like the fact that I can order anything I want and pay in cash. When you hit comprar or buy, you have the option of using a credit card or to pay en efectivo or cash. I just click on the option of paying for it at 7Eleven which is close to my house or Oxxo. The process is easy and painless and so far I haven´t been burnt yet except only once during the years, when we ordered something out of stock and they weren´t going to get anymore in, after sometime we finally got our money back. All other purchases we´ve made have been successful and quick.
  11. Between the lamp store and the Veterinarian store, where there used to be a giant fake cow on Madero Ave here in Chapala which is less than a block North of the plaza. Well, behind the lamp store is a photo studio, and the lady takes good and reasonably priced photos for passports and visas. She speaks English also.
  12. Well Chillin, you mentioned the black sapote, I do have one of those I planted two years ago, still waiting to get some fruit on it though. I also have lychee, guanabana, Surinam cherry, miracle fruit, and pitahaya to name a few of my exotics. With bananas, I have just the Jamaican Red, which is delicious. When we first bought the house, it was producing huge long bananas, two years ago it got so out of control we trimmed it down, got rid of all the tall older stalks. I guess it was pissed and didn't give us any bananas for a year and half, now we are getting a few again, but they are really small like the dominican bananas, but the sugar content is more concentrated so they are extremely sweet tasting. Ned Small, you say you've seen these Java Blue bananas in the Chapala tianguis and at Soriana. I have yet to come across them, but I will keep my eyes open, thanks for the heads up. A few weeks ago I saw some black sapote chocolate pudding tree fruit for sale in the Chapala tianguis, and I bought a couple. They are good but better when you mix a little powdered sugar in them. In ice cream they do taste a lot like chocolate.
  13. So there is nobody here that has seen these in any of the nurseries or perhaps at somebody's house. They sound really cool, blue bananas that taste like vanilla ice cream. They aren't new, apparently they have been around since the 20's in Hawaii at least. And now they are starting to sell a lot of them in the nurseries in the States. I wonder how easy it would be to smuggle down a small rhizome. If I wash all the dirt out of it and just wrap it up in a wet paper towel I wonder if I would get into much trouble if caught at the border, or would they just probably confiscate it and send me on my way? And what about cuttings of certain plants just wrapped up in paper towels and brought down in a car? I know I can order many seeds and they will ship down here, but many plants don´t grow from seeds. Any ideas of how to get one of these?
  14. Has anybody in the Chapala area seen these really cool looking blue bananas that allegedly taste just like vanilla ice cream. I would love to have one but I have not been successful in finding them for sale in Mexico on-line. You can easily order them in the States from nurseries in Florida but can't seem to find them here. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ice-cream-bananas_us_55f8d911e4b0d6492d638853
  15. I don't know what the bottled cactus water tastes like, but with the abundance of cheap nopalitos cactus pads sold on the streets here. Just buy a bag and blend them with water in the blender. Add what ever you want, even aloe vera is great added, add fruit, honey, whatever sounds good to you. There are plenty of recipes on line. Oh by the way I would never buy the cut up nopalitos, I would buy the whole pads and cut them up myself. Sometimes they leave small barbs on them when you buy the pre sliced ones. With a whole pad you can carefully run your hands over them to check for prickers.
  16. I would bet that there are lots of single expats in their 60's living in the Chapala North shore area. The single Mexicans tend to generally live with or near their extended families. If you are looking to see lots of gringo activity, Ajijic would be the epicenter of where the vast majority have chosen to live. If you want less gringos and cheaper living, check out the next towns over and use the buses. Most of the towns here have a gringo presence and most of the expats are mostly 60 and up, but you will find people of all ages here and single folks are not unusual in these here parts.
  17. Hey Sacha, this is Ryan.  My mom would like you to cut her hair. Could you give me your number to make an appointment please.  Thanks.

  18. Manuel Salazar and Manu are one and the same. He also runs a very nice coffe shop with a French twist called Chez Manu on Degollado Street a block from Cristiania Park.
  19. If you are looking to do it cheap you can take the Chapala bus to the old bus station for 50 pesos, from there a taxi to the new bus station in Tonala should run you about 100 pesos, and if you get off at the Alamo instead of going all the way to the old bus station, a taxi from there should cost you 50 to 60 pesos. So the trip shouldn't cost you much over 150 pesos or less. If you want a driver, do a search for Alex Peterson or Manu, they are both highly rated on this board.
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