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  1. That is a key...... being younger helps . No problem for younger kids. They love it. 16-17 is a difficult age.
  2. I understand your feelings Slainte39..... but you missed the important point.... the essence of the situation. It has nothing to do with loving Mexico.
  3. I am sorry ditch....but you completely missed the point of this conversation .....( and few others). No matter what skin the girls have, they were born and grew up in Mexican society. Every society has its unwritten rules and at 16 they know the ropes how to sail in it. (most likely) The OP's daughter will not have that luxury. Any white faced (or black faced) kid coming here at very young age will be well adjusted at age of 16. . Throwing a 16 years old girl without a language skills into a different culture is asking for trouble. Who will teach her what is right and wrong in her new surroundings?. Probably not her parents if they do not speak Spanish and are not familiar with Mexican culture ( I could be wrong) They will most likely need a help to navigate the system and seek advise on local boards as so many new people here. How about if she choses wrong friends? How about if she gets pregnant at this very young age? She does not have an extended family here to take care of her and her baby. There are just so many things that can go wrong at her age. Of course I am just talking in general terms without any knowledge of OP situation. They only asked about teenage friends for their 16 years old daughter because they want to move to Lakeside. If she fights the idea ...my feelings are that it will be an uphill battle for them. Again ...move to Mexico with kids, by all means...... it is a good thing for them...... but do it when they are young..... and I guarantee they will love it. Thank you mudgirl, you got it . Most is just blah, blah.... Hugs.
  4. You did not moved to Mexico when you kids were teenagers Thomas. Seems like you live Lakeside for long time. Completely different story. Your kids grew up in Mexican society. Your comment has no relevance to OP's situation. When I look around I see a tremendous cultural difference of 16 years old girls (and boys as well) between Lakeside and up North where we live during summer. I can point them out if people do not see them. My comments don't mean to be negative. We love Mexican family dynamics but it takes time and knowledge of the language to understand it. Very different than what most of us grew up with. We have oodles of lovely Mexican friends and prefer to rent our winter stay from Mexican owners or managers. (for many reasons). Despite of all this I would not bring a 16 years old daughter to live Lakeside permanently without her understanding it..(the good and bad). . I still maintain...... If you want to move to Mexico with kids do it when they are very young. They learn fast and perhaps will teach "you" some aspects of getting integrated in the society and being less critical of their ways. All the best.
  5. 16 years old lady will have a new set of friends in a foreign country which language she does not speak. Without knowing the reason for OP's decision to move at this point in their lives I think 16 is a worst age to move her . If she would be 6 years I would say go for it . Kids adjust easy and at that age we can still protect and influence them. . 16 is a rebellious age . Unfortunately parents have no idea or no influence what friends their teenage kids choose. If it was me I would not move with 16 years old girl to a country which culture and customs I am (or her) not familiar with and do not speak the language. I would feel that it is my responsibility to let her to have her "sweet sixteen" ...to to finish her education and start her own life ........ unless....... I could not have that choice. I understand that sometimes it is easier said than done but realize that we have to live with consequences of our actions (good or bad) for rest of our lives.. That said, there are relatively good schools in the area and the permanent disruption of her present life could even be a " good thing'....I just (personally) would not do that at her age. As always, these are only my thoughts on this matter. What ever the decision....all the best..
  6. There is a tribute to him in Mexico News Daily. Its there for couple of days now.That probably prompted this post. I am also curious why now.... this year and not last or the one before. Rolly Brook was a real treasure to all ex-pats (and wanna be ex-pats) in Mexico. He died in February on my (important) birthday). I still remember that day. He deserves to be remembered Happyjilling, Anytime. JFYI: He would have been 89 next year. Not next Tuesday. Born in 1931 according to Mexico Connect. https://www.mexconnect.com/articles/4226-rolly-brook-1931-2015 Rest in Peace Rolly.
  7. really, ???? Rolly passed away in 2015. He was the founder of Mexico Connect forum... So what is your post about?
  8. For most people selling their house they enjoyed and loved for decades is not a practical solution if stair lift or home elevator solves the problem. Moving houses is not an easy chore. Gringal, these lifts are battery operated and charged when in "parking" position. So, power outage is not a problem.
  9. No need for defence HJ. Did not mean to be negative , just an observation and yes, It can be used in multiple ways for rest of our lives. More and more people installing stair lifts and elevators as they prefer to age at home. We used it as expense in our income tax form. I do not think Americans can. I do believe that you pay more for everything in Toronto (and Vancouver) than in rest of the country. All the best.
  10. 7 months of heaven and 5 months of hell..... on yearly basis?? (for all 8 years?)
  11. Some things are just much more expensive in Mexico. Our cost in Canada for the same or very similar unit was around $4000 Canadian(including taxes). Which is in the ballpark of $58000 of Mexican pesos . That was couple of years ago. But, it is very practical unit for people with mobility problems (or asthma) so worth to install it.... if one makes it a priority. In Canada you can use it as medical expanse on the income tax form.
  12. I've always admired your observation Pappy.
  13. I have never paid attention to these symbols , So thank you Ferret.....now I know.
  14. Bonbelle, When you will be on this webboard for a while you will notice that people here are very helpful. There is a large collective wisdom , knowledge, and experience (and of course opinions ). There is also a limitation on posters ignorance and bad attitude. I hope you will be well served here. Best regards.
  15. Thanks, I was able to find his B and B on the internet.
  16. Some of us do Not everybody cares about your priorities. We just move on.
  17. Yes,. Roberto Cerda is the Roberto I miss and his La Tasca .. I am glad to hear that he is doing well in Manzanillo. Roberto (Bobby) who owned Roberto's in several places is owner of La Terraza. As Ferret stated above. Thanks for clarifying Slainte39. I do not think I know Bob Snyder (who is in Cuyutlan?) Is that the same Robert Snyder who wrote an e-book called "Ajijc Mexico Living the Dream"
  18. I have not been to Bobby's place in Cuyutlan but sure miss his La Tasca in Ajijic. (If it is the same Roberto). Good memories from time gone by. It was a place I met " Pedro" .....who used to snort on this webbord and sounded like a complete "#$@&%". I was shocked that he could actually carry an intelligent conversation.
  19. Thank you for expanding on my post conejorapido. I thought that was very convenient central location.
  20. When we were renting in CVN and walked down that little goat trail (along Eldorado) to Superlake, there was some kind of RV park across the Little theater or El parque community . It was mainly open field but there was one RV there. I do not know about the facilities though or if they are still in existence. Maybe someone else knows. When we first came to Ajijic in 1999 there was no El Parque ..... the whole area was a RV park called PAL. The one Mainecoons is referring to is also out of town (closer to Ixtlahuatan ?)
  21. I remember that Jerry and his wife Sally lived in Brisas. Did they move at one point to Chapala Haciendas? or vice-versa?
  22. I understand Gixellia's point. The voice "from the other side." Obviously she is not one of "us" so we can trash her opinion. I personally love to hear the "other side". We can learn that some of our attitude is not welcomed in Mexico and the resentment is bigger and bigger. I have a feeling that the people from the north are not as welcomed these days as they were 20 years ago when we first came. People will choose Ajijic because the old timers created the infrastructure where English only speaking people can exist quite nicely. No need for Spanish. So it is overpopulated and that will only get worse because the area is not "equipped" for new tsunami from North. Just saying.
  23. We spent a little bit of time on" southside" and the property and the views were absolutely beautiful, ( right on the lake.) I liked it there many times more than anywhere on the north side..... but buying and selling there is another story. Maybe if I plan to die there and do not care what happens to the property afterwards. Otherwise, I most likely would not do that. There were cases that indigenous groups claimed properties even if people had (supposedly ) title . One can sell, but only to very new people that are not aware that "things" in Mexico are not the same as back home. . The same on the north side east of Chapala past the golf course...... in Tlachchilco area. We inquired, but it was long time ago, and I do not know how much time has changed. Be careful and good luck. I wish I would have the courage to do that. All the best.
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