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  1. This is going to be an entirely different place in two or three years.  Come visit enjoy it for what it is and what it might be to you.  There is also the very real possibility that immigration rules will change significantly with AMLO in charge.  And the real estate market could change significant with economic and political events.  So stay tuned and make your best plans.

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  2. We are searching for basic Saltillo rules or a more modern proxy that is realistic looking and not a repeatitive photograph. The modern ones would be expected to be fairly uniform in color.

    We haven't ever needed floor tile so I have never paid attention.

    I'd also like a reminder where the upscale tile stores are in Guadalajara which I have been to but it was a decade ago. They have talavera from Puebla and raised talavera.

  3. Employees are not friends.  The minute you befriend an employee that person has the upper hand.  Be nice, be generous and kind.  And put away 30% over what you pay them daily so that you have the finiquitos and aquinaldo when you need and pay the finiquito even if they quit.  I know they are not by law entitled to it, but really do you want to hassle with that argument.  Some people have trouble with gathering a hunk of money at one time but if you collect it from yourself every time you pay and put it in an envelope you will have it always available.  Or you can finiquito the worker once a year and start all over each year.

    The attitude of some expats towards casual labor here has always surprised me.  I pay a flat rate and neither I nor my household help count the hours she is here.  Sometimes it is 5 hours and sometimes it is 8.  Sometimes she has to clean the rental next door and sometimes she doesn't.  She has a rotation of heavier tasks that are hers to control.  I have been known to call her and tell her to take a day off with pay.  When we are away she might come only every other week but she gets paid for every week.  She gets her Aguinaldo on November 1st and in US dollars.  


    The original poster has taken this personal and it isn't.  The employer considered the employee their friend and they weren't.   Old family saying, "I do not pay you for your time I pay you for the value you bring to the hour."  I explain this to every employee I have ever had and regardless of culture they all have understood what they were being told and where my line was drawn.

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  4. There are plenty of well off people who live here and many who live here without much at all.  Generally people who come just to make ends meet are in two camps - those who are adventurous and charitable and accept living on the edge financially AND those who resent not having enough or more.  The first are happy and the second are miserable.


    We are from the Midwest NEOhio and did not experience the "cheap" living here as many of our friends from the west coast have because this was primarily a lateral financial move for us in 2005 with obvious savings in electricity, mortgage and especially property tax and not so much savings in daily life food, eating out, entertainment etc...  The cost of living here has pretty much kept pace with that of NE Ohio.  It is just those big hunky money items that are missing.  Even with that our monthly costs are more than the Mexican government requires to issue a permanente which I thought was around $2700 per couple.

    Enjoy your look-see visit.  Much will change in the next couple of years - especially with a new government with a new philosphy.  What you and a lot of others wanting to come here need to do is to find the NEXT Lakeside area.

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  5. At Viva Mexico two days ago our table of 9 - a Mexican aged 50 along with a naturalized Mexican who has been here almost 40 years and is a renown Mexican food expert and the others all having at least 15 years here - were surprised and shocked to see a couple and a screened stroller roll into the restaurant with two dogs in it who were then invited up onto the table by their couple.  Not sitting off to the side in the stroller.  None of us, all well-travelled, had ever seen anything like this gross impertinence. It was unbelievable and I would hope it would never occur again.  Augustine had an accident and was not at the restaurant that day.  The waiters scrubbed that table like crazy men when they left.  UGH UGH UGH 


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  6. I do not personally know.  However ask Marta at Intercam if they still offer the cards. I bought something with mine yesterday in town to make sure it was still active.  From what I can see on the card it isn't necessarily connected to Intercam but is a VISA product.  This would mean that Intercam acts as the product originator and everything from there, all the financial processing etc.. goes thru VISA.

  7. Computer Guy why always negative.  Breakfast - Moms has more than adequate service.  Several lunch places but the best would be Paninos.  Dinner - there are several depending on the style of service  you want - Adelitias, Tango, Elegante, Pale, Remy, Tecomintle.  The consistently best service around for us is Goshas.


    If a server hasn't had the experience of sitdown middle-priced restaurant meals that are both good and bad experiences they haven't any frame of reference for the timing and flow of waiting table.

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  8. We went for  lunch a couple days ago.  The club sandwich was decent enough.  The cobb salad was not because it was all leafy lettuce and thin strips of meat and cheese, no egg and terrible dressing out of a cheap bottle.  Service was so bad.  We saw 4 different people before we got a menu or could order a drink.  The nice local girl who brought the silverware but no menu.  The young fellow who said hello and left to get a menu. The girl who came to take drink orders but had forgotten the menu.  The older fellow who came to bring the beverages at the same time the girl brought the menu.  I swear the sweetened ice tea had simple syrup in the bottom of it.  Unfortunately no one really knew what to do.  WE won't bother to go back even after a couple more weeks.  There is just too many new places to try and all the old standards to rely upon for a good meal.



    I often think restaurants should take their new staff out to breakfast, lunch and dinner at several places over time that reflect good competent service.  Show them how it is done and what the standards should be for the new restaurant.

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  9. The OP has an ill husband and doesn't need the possible hassle if it goes south.


    I have negotiated multi-year pay-in-advance leases here several times.  The price reduction is generally 30%.  The tenant is responsible for all maintenance unless I specifically require it be done.  They do their own fix-its like running commodes and hot water pilot lights and garbage disposal jams.  We replace actually broken appliances etc...but not the toilet seat. It works but you have to know who is who and what they can do.  They also cannot be new to the area and we run a US credit check and require three month deposit. Because there is no first, last and deposit on a year pay lease.




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  10. We've had this happen before when it has been unusually hot.  The system just can't handle it.  Nice preview for the new residents for the rainy season storm and outages.  Sometimes for hours or days.  Get a lantern or a flashlight and have some candles to see by, not just smelly ones.  


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  11. I did not enjoy Roberto's first effort and almost always refused invitations to join people for dinner there.  I couldn't put my finger on it and even though I ordered an old reliable dish, liver and onions, and it was always good I just never "clicked" with the place.  It got relegated to a ladies lunch venue.  Anyway I am looking forward to trying the new place because I liked the back terrace area at El Serape and think it could go a long way toward adding to the meal.

    Should he have come back for another restaurant - not really, there are plenty but there is new money in town and after the down turn years getting your share of the more money floating around might seem really important.  Good Luck Bobby.


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