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  1. Yes, the pumice stone called jal locally is cheap and available at many of the ferreterias. In Chapala I buy mine from the construction materials store on Miguel Martinez next to where the buses park at the bus stations.
  2. One drink could mean anything from a light beer to a strong arse margarita. She spent a couple of hours in a very aweful and grungy jail cell with poor hygiene, that sucks, but really it could of been much worse if she was in the states. I didn't read where they took her mug shot, and she had to go to court and hire a lawyer. She also didn't mention how her insurance shot up sky high. In the US, a DUI will cost you thousands of dollars when it is all said and done. Sure Mexican jails are horrible places, but I'd rather spend one or two nights there than face the nightmare of entering into the system of the USA. But if it is for something serious please extradite me to the USA as soon as possible!
  3. It is looking and feeling like something big is about to happen. The sky is looking mighty menacing, the wind is picking up and it has been sprinkling on and off here in Chapala.
  4. One thing that is awesome about living in Mexico is that it is a fairly large country with a large variety of topographies, climates, and the special micro-climates. You can choose locations in low lying sea level areas with the famous beaches and high heat and humidity, the high altitude desert regions and the high altitude cool tropical forest and even alpine pine forest zones. The majority of Mexico's cities are amazing and fascinating all in their own and unique rights. Many of Mexico's cities are, for me, wonderful places to visit and spend extended visits but are not places I would choose to buy a home and live out my years. I love Zacatecas, San Miguel, Guanajuato, and Queretero , all are amazing wonderful colonial places but they are high altitude desert areas basically and dry and brown much of the year. Queretero I would rate as the most affordable and livable out of that group. I prefer the high altitude wet green cities but those that maintain a cool verdant environment. I have just returned from vacation for a week in Cuernavaca and Tepoztlan. I agree with Sonia that it is an excellent city and it has been dubbed the Beverly Hills of Mexico for the Mexico City wealthy elite. It is usually 2 or 3 degrees cooler than Chapala but it stays green and gorgeous year round. The thick forests surrounding the city and much of the state of Morelos almost makes one feel that they are in western North Carolina or some Eastern Atlantic wooded area. Morelia is also a wonderful green forested cool city to consider with wonderful pinkish stone architecture. If you like green with good weather, also consider the nice high altitude cities of Veracruz, I haven't visited this area yet but from the look of the cities I have seen on youtube travel documentaries, I think Orizaba and Cordoba look really promising, especially Orizaba. Check it out out youtube. Also, for those interested in Morelia there is a video on you tube called expats in Morelia.
  5. Mercado libre has a peg board selling for 730 pesos. It looks like it can be used for tools. Just search for peg board in English. Suerte!
  6. All I can say about the offensiveness and downright nastiness of some of our contributing posters here is that I hope and pray that not many of the wonderful and awesome native Chapalenses that daily help and support our robust community are not reading this thread, because if they are, they are going to leave with a bad taste in their mouths towards la comunidad extranjera. And the sad truth is that most of us are truly wonderful people and very satisfied and happy living here. It will always be the loud miserable minority that makes the most ruckus. Maybe, one day they will get so bitter and miserable they will just move on. I could never imagine living among a native culture that I had so much disdain and disgust for.
  7. One of the SAS stores is in the small shopping center where the Sirloin Stockade is right around the corner from Plaza Galerias Mall. I am sure the shoes are absolutely wonderful, they must be to cost around 3000 pesos a pair (if I'm not mistaken). In my first years here I bought quite a few pairs of local Mexican and Walmart brands, usually they would last me 6 months or so before the rubber sole would start cracking. Later on I discovered the Flexi brand, I believe they are probably the most comfortable and long lasting local shoe brand available in the area. I have had mine going on two years and they still look great, tennis shoes that is. After a year the fabric on the upper heel area began to tear and split like usual, so I sent them to the shoe repair in Chapala on Degollado street and they replaced the torn fabric with sewed in leather, for around 50 pesos, and they did an excellent job. The shoes may last me another 5 years it looks like. I haven´t been to it yet, but I heard on this forum once that there is a good shoe store in or near the Outlet Mall coming into Guadalajara from Jocotepec that sells unusual and hard to find sizes and they also carry the New Balance brand which is reknown for their comfortability and durability. Maybe, others will chime in to give more info about that store.
  8. What I want is better sidewalks (and I live in Chapala), better infrastructure, all public works to be finished por completo, not half ### finished like what we are facing now. I would love the govt to continue with the adoquinamiento of the main streets of Chapala which is the continuation of the placement of the smooth pavement stones down like what was done behind the plaza, slowly starting with all the main streets. Better trash pick up. And a focus on environmental issues with reforesting and re flowering of the area. The Chapala area should be a tropical green garden area, full of green spaces. The Chapala malecon has seen some improvement in certain areas in these past few years, but all the beautiful flowers and plants have been removed. The Chapala Malecon needs a lot of work to make it beautiful again. Starting with returning all the flowers and tropical plants.
  9. If you can't find any locally buy them off the Mercado Libre site. You can always select pay in efectivo or cash and pay in the oxxo or seven eleven so you don't have to give them your credit card. It is a fairly simple process. And if your Spanish is not up to par, google translate can help. Check these out: http://listado.mercadolibre.com.mx/binoculares#D[A:binoculares]
  10. It is still there, when you come into Chapala by way of the carretera, just cross over the light and go straight, the name of the street will change to Morelos. The consignment store is about halfway down on your right, two blocks or so before you come to the American Legion.
  11. Does any company around sell clean washed sand, that will be free of saltpeter and black dirt? I am sure there are methods of washing sand to remove the salts and dirt. We gutted much of the inside of our house and have been allowing it to dry out for almost a year now, soon we will have the money to re-plaster it and paint it again, but where can we get washed sand? Also, another technique I've heard about is mixing loose fiber glass fibers into the sand mixture, that is supposed to strengthen the walls. We will be trying that also. We live next to the arroyo and we have serious salitre problems. We had to sacrifice parts of our garden and fill it in with cement sidewalks to cut down on the moisture. When they mix cement NOB they don´t mix sand in it, they just poor the cement mixture from a bag and add water, and they don´t have salitre.
  12. I will say that sand of poor quality will cause you problems. You can have all your walls knocked out and have it filled back in with that river sand and much of it will be ok for a while, but unfortunately, in a few places within a month you may see small sections or spots that are not fairing well, that are puckering up. Even if that is on a wall that you know that there isn't any moisture problem. True salitre takes time to build up. Dirty sand you will see problems very soon. Well, that is my experience and we have been building on our house and remodeling it for the past 6 years. Sometimes the sand will have an over abundance of that salty saltpeter mixed in it or black dirt and with just a little natural occurring moisture it will melt out and bubble up within a month or so of repair. Home Depot sells bags of premixed cement like we get NOB, has anybody ever tried that? Or is that too brittle for walls?
  13. The salitre in the walls is one thing and the crappy river sand is another culprit. The natural ocurring salt peter mixed with black dirt found in all the sand here causes unnecessary problems. Why doesn't a company here sell washed pure sand for construction? Wouldn't pure clean sand work a lot better than the dirty sand they bring you straight from the river banks?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.

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