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  1. To update the smoking question, it's two young guys who are trying desperately to make a go of it. Immediately upon reading the smoking policy concerns, they responded to this webboard in a mature, positive, and professional way. We went back Friday evening: there is a prominent NO SMOKING sign, they are going to create a two-table area in the open area behind the restaurant's swinging saloon doors for patrons who want to smoke.

    They have been THE most responsive restaurateurs I've seen pretty much anywhere. And, as the topic says, these are DAMN GOOD BURGERS. 

    Please give them a try: have some complementary popcorn as you wait for your meal to be prepared to order, sit and chat with them in their perfect US-accented English, learn who they are and what they are trying to accomplish, then enjoy a DAMN GOOD BURGER.

    Thank you, Beto and keep up the good work.

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  2. We went this past Sunday evening just before dark. There was one table occupied by patrons, all smokers, as was one of the owner-brothers, so we had a Coke, some popcorn, and instead placed our order to go. We chatted for a bit...they're sweet, young guys who for a time lived in Oregon and who are trying to make a go of things while they go to school and, honestly, the made decent and tasty burgers and fries. Thanks for the recommendation...you never know when you'll crave a burger and if you live west and can avoid traffic, all the better!

     

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  3. Any flight, domestic or international, originating in Mexico requires each passenger to show the completed Covid-19 form (either on paper or stored on your smart phone) and the doc is shown to the security agent before you proceed to the x-ray machines at the boarding area. Nobody actually takes the form from you, but they do ask to see ink on paper or a phone screen.

    I find the paper form (Bisbee Gal has it, above) to be easier to handle, what with an electronic boarding pass and ID in hand.

  4. Had our emissions testing done today; appointment for 10:40 and we arrived around 9:30 (expected traffic/accidents did not materialize) and they took us, as there were only 3 cars being tested and one waiting in line ahead of ours. We were out by 10:10 with our sticker and documentation. Station 003 on Mariano Otero is a clean, professional facility where everything is transparent and explained on the tv screen while you wait. Even the toilets were impressively clean and stocked. The only issue to be aware of is that the occupant(s) must exit the vehicle as one of the workers drives the car through the testing stations, and they only allow one person per vehicle to wait in the customer waiting area; any other occupants are directed to wait outside where there is a bench and some standing-room seating.

    Requirements for testing are these documents: printout of appointment confirmation (scheduled by month based on last digit of license plate), original receipt for payment made, printout of their receipt/processing of payment (it comes to you in a confirmation email) and your original plastic tarjeta de circulación.

    As experiences go with Jalisco bureaucracy, this was impressive and easy.

  5. 3 hours ago, bournemouth said:

    I was just there.  One ATM is still missing and the other was out of service.  I sincerely  hope HSBC will get sorted out but I'm  not holding my breath!  The machine for payments and deposits appeared to be working.

     

    Luckily CIBanco had money but this could be a rough weekend on the money front.

    Around 11:30 am when I went, the paper sign on the remaining (non-operational ATM) indicates that they are upgrading their equipment; pardon the inconvenience. 

  6. 2 hours ago, cottoncarpet said:

    Do you have a number to reach an English speaker in the Viva Aerobus Lost Luggage Department?

    Trying to contact Viva Aerobus to track my lost luggage.  Submitted an online "ticket" but no response.  Have called lost luggage number numerous times, but cannot connect with an English speaker.

     

    Have you tried 866-FLY VIVA then asked for an English-speaking baggage rep? This seems to be their USA number and they may be able to route your call.

     

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  7. Here’s my Tuesday morning (7 sept) experience at the Walmart parking lot Covid-19 testing location.
     
    We had the first appt of the day at 9:10. The lone attendant arrived at 10:45, unzipped the tent and took off (maybe to get change for his petty cash box??); our test was administered just after 11:00 am.
     
    If you didn't make one via the QR code or their website https://intl-cvx-scheduler.wal-mart.com.mx/confirmation  you actually do not need an appt; however, you will be attended after those with appts are seen.
     
    You pay at the tent, to the Spanish-only attendant. He did make change and provided a Walmart register receipt, which I kept (see below).
     
    There is a form to complete as you wait, despite all the info provided on the registration website. It is in Spanish but is clear, since the attendant counsels you to leave most info blank. If your test is to comply with travel regulations, you must write in your passport number (but no country of issue)--so have that number ready. Otherwise, you can leave that item blank. They don’t need to see any ID or your passport to confirm any of the data you provide to them.
     
    Other info to provide is your name (as it appears in passport, if that’s your reason for testing), gender, and age. Leave the rest of side 1 blank; on side 2, write full name in top blank and, mid-page, write your name again, sign and date on the three lines. 
     
    Despite the ease of the above, several people (expats and locals, alike) were confused. While we waited, spouse spent about 1/2 hr helping people in line complete their forms. (One lone attendant is insufficient to move the line smoothly, especially with a 2-hour queue--several people by this time had left.)
     
    You are told to come back for results in más o menos 30 minutes, depending on the number of samples ahead of your results this one attendant has to administer/process. They are not set up for emailing results: he says they CAN do it, but that’s not their priority. If you want results emailed, clearly print email address next to the empty box for your reservation number (which he also did not need) on side 1 of the form. Otherwise, return for a paper copy of your results. The results merely is everything recopied from your form to this duplicate paper, this one signed by the attendant. There's no QR code, no official stamp, nothing to note I didn't generate my test results myself, so I am going to hang onto my Walmart receipt for $199 that says "Prueba" and keep it with my test for airline confirmation. 
    NOTE: In the fine print of the Q/A section from the lab, it says to notify the attendant if these results are used for flight and to request email of the results. So, back we went around 5 pm, waited to be sure we got the results so we could check them, and printed them out. Much more official looking than a hand-written report.
     
    There is no way to reach them by phone to cancel/change a reservation (they indicate to call either of the 800 numbers) or find out where the attendant is; apparently he was over an hour late yesterday, also. (He rides the bus.) I tried both the 800 numbers buried in the online small print: one is Sams Club home delivery; the other Superama. Those numbers don’t know anything about how to reach the testing subcontractor who posted their contact number for them.
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  8. 4 hours ago, Bisbee Gal said:

    Not 72 hours.  3 days.  From CDC site, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

    Why does the Order specify 3 days rather than 72 hours? What is considered 3 days?
    The 3-day period is the 3 days before the flight’s departure. The Order uses a 3-day timeframe instead of 72 hours to provide more flexibility to the traveler. By using a 3-day window, test validity does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test was administered.

    For example, if a passenger’s flight is at 1pm on a Friday, the passenger could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after.

     

    Volaris, Delta and United state 3 days but other airlines may differ, including American Airlines, which says on their website that passengers must complete testing within 72 hours of departure.

     

  9. With Covid there is a bit more paperwork at the airport, so I’m including information to speed you through the processes in and out. 
     
    To exit Mexico by air: 4 documents
    With Covid, there's additional documentation you need to present upon departure from Mexico to the US.
     
    Although you’ll go online and check in for your flight to the USA, you no longer can confirm your seat assignment, as this step requires the documents below, as well as your negative Covid test result. Mexico usually suggests arriving three hours ahead of flight time. Before leaving México you have to fill out and present two Covid-related documents, along with your negative Covid test and the FMM (INM) form, to the check-in agent. I’d suggest having these completed and printed before you get in line…all the people who don’t have them filled out (or don’t know about them) slow down the check-in process for all.
     
    As previously, you’ll need the exit part of your FMM (the form you’ll get at the INM window at the airport—write RESIDENTE TEMPORAL  or RESIDENTE PERMANENTE, as applicable, on both top and bottom sections), a Covid-19 antigen (or PCR) test taken within three days of your flight, and two Covid documents—one required by Mexico to get thru security going to your gate at the airport and one for the US before you board your flight. Soriana is the cheapest for the Covid test, but other locations including the airport do Covid tests. The test results from Mexico are in Spanish and are acceptable to the US BUT be very, very sure that the name on the test EXACTLY matches your name that appears on your passport. Exactly. If you have a middle initial, be sure it includes/or doesn’t include the period. Mexico is serious about their forms. The results will be sent electronically to your phone/email; showing the results on your phone should be fine, but you also can print and carry them with you.
     
    The CDC Attestation: Is in English and is required by the US CDC to board, so your agent wants it. https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/attachment-a-global-passenger-disclosure-and-attestation-2021-01-12-p.pdf Print, put a check by the correct boxes, sign and date. One per person. Then download to your phone the app called VeriFLY (a secure health passport app being used by airlines to and from the US), especially for American Airlines. It’s a bit time-consuming as you need to put all your info into the app once it is on your phone: your passport and flight info, then you’ll scan your negative Covid test barcode, and so on. After a bit (sometimes it takes hours, so allow enough time) you’ll get a message saying you are cleared to fly. That is what you’ll start to show to the ticket agent at the counter and will greatly speed your document process and get your boarding pass. It will save you lots of waiting.
     
    Mexico Covid Form: The Mexico Covid document asks for your airline flight number, seat assignments, and Covid-proximity questions. It’s also one per person and you can scan the QR code at the check-in desk and fill it in there on your phone, but that delays you proceeding to Security, where the agent wants to see a signed paper before allowing you to pass. You will be asked for this document as you enter the TSA security area. The whole line of people hanging around, gumming up the works? They didn't pre-fill the document. Show your paper to the agent and they'll wave you by. (NOTE: Lately, they do not collect these forms [audible sigh] but that's on them. I keep mine and reuse...)  Unfortunately, chapala.com won't permit me to attach the pdf of the form but you can print out a blank to show to the agent. The easiest is to go vuelaseguro.com and complete the info, either online or by printing out blanks and completing by hand. (The system now allows you to register a companion passenger on the same form.) Note that the website is squirrely and is a pain in the butt to navigate, so you’ll be wise to do it ahead of time. It may take a few tries because it is poorly designed.) 
     
    To enter Mexico by air: 2 documents
    In addition to presenting the top half (that identifies your Mexico address) of your FMM (INM) form that you got stamped upon departure and the customary customs declaration, you may need to fill out (this week they asked, mostly they don’t) another Mexico Covid questionnaire for landing; but that’s a maybe: we had to on Wednesday. As with departure, you can scan the QR code at the airport or follow the link below and print and complete a hard copy...or reuse the one they likely didn't collect on your departure. 
     
    It sounds like a PITA, but it really is straightforward, if you plan in advance.
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  10. 2 hours ago, bedbug said:

    I don't speak Spanish well. I registered for the vaccination and i know I will get a call. If it is a recorded message, they usually speak too fast for me to comprehend what they are saying. Is there any other way to find out when and where the shots are scheduled? Do I have to bring a utility bill with me?

    As noted above, the ONLY way to get a Covid-19 vaccination here Lakeside is to be alert to social media postings for upcoming vaccines, which is on the municipal government FB page, TV and radio announcements, the Jalisco state government webpage https://coronavirus.jalisco.gob.mx/ruta-de-la-vacunacion/, on the Secretaría de Salud de Jalisco website., or to know someone who is working an upcoming clinic. ( For example, starting tomorrow thru Friday in our Health Region IV, vaccination is open to adults age 40 and above who are getting their second dose of AstraZeneca. The posting went out yesterday afternoon.) Notice usually is posted 48 hours before the start of the clinic. I don't see any first-dose clinics from 30 Aug-Sept 3; next week may be different. One does not have a choice for the brand of vaccine applied—for that you'd have to fly to the US and get your shot there, choosing from those available at the vaccine location. To search what's currently available or to make an appointment, enter your chosen zip code and follow https://www.vaccines.gov/search/?fbclid=IwAR3HEcixXQFRRP7eba7CxqrJFzjDlarhYZ0nuXy1ZZxuHcyQENtCcca3obw

    If you let me know your age group and which Lakeside municipality you are in (choose Jocotepec or Chapala) I'll keep an eye out for you for the next clinic for which you are eligible. I assume from your post you have not yet had a first shot here. Locally, Lakeside, they do not schedule individual vaccination appointments: you will have to go to a makeup clinic for first-shot doses or tag onto the next first-dose clinic and wait your turn on line, so be prepared for a queue. I suggest you gather now to have at the ready to take with you to the vaccine site these documents: your original Immigration card (Temporal/Permanente) and a clear photocopy of front and back; a utility bill within the last 60 days; your CURP (the 8 1/2 x 11" version, not the old small trifold card) and a clear copy; a printout of your vaccine registration from the mivacuna.salud.gob.mx site where you registered; a copy of the Expediente de vacunación (blank vaccination record) with the QR code on it, found at the same mivacuna site.

    If you need assistance, PM me and I'll help in any way I can. 

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  11.  

    Soriana: a person from the city or province of Soria, Spain. A male is a soriano and a female is a soriana. The tienda, named in honor of the family's origins, was called La Soriana, now known as Soriana (and its various subsidiaries.)

    The Martín Borque familia, from Soria, Spain in the early 1900s opened a family business in Torreón, Coahuila selling fabrics "behind the counter". Called "La Soriana," it grew into the multibillion dollar conglomerate it is today...headquartered in Monterrey, publicly traded, over 800 stores across México, more than 90,000 employees.

    http://www.mercadosoriana.com/site/default.aspx?p=2946

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  12.  

    My summary of Alfaro’s press conference today, as he had promised last week to review the state’s position on Covid:.

     
    • Slight decrease in number of cases of Covid-19 in Jalisco over last week, however, there is a slight increase in hospitalizations, positivity rate is at 24.3, and deaths are down slightly. Lethality of this wave is an issue. (Alfaro calls our current situation an extension of wave 2; everyone else on the planet confirms we are in the third wave.) The great increase in contagion in children under age 14 has happened during summer vacation; Alfaro, therefore, concludes that children can go back to school safely.
     
    • The measures that were implemented (at the end of July) are working to reduce cases. PV has reduced its Covid numbers substantially; Guadalajara also down (includes the 6 metropolitan zones). Cihuatlán has reduced significantly; Alfaro and blames the whiners and politicians for over-stating the emergency. 
     
    • Alfaro predicts that this Friday (the end of the two-week federal Semáforo calendar) we will return to orange, albeit by one single point on the scale. 
     
    •Vaccinations are ongoing (shows chart) but number of shots in arms not high enough; it is our responsibility to get the shots to get out of this circumstance. (FYI, my note: the federal charts show Jalisco at one of the 5 lowest vaccination rates in the country.)
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