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  1. This is for those looking Lakeside for a COVID-19 PCR test. Just to clarify, this is NOT the same as the COVID-19 Antigen test. PCR is a molecular polymerase chain reaction test and it is not as widely available Lakeside as the antigen test, therefore I am sharing the information I gathered as it may help others. At time of writing, a PCR test is required for entry into Canada and your test results will NOT be accepted at the Canadian border if they are older than 72 hrs. You should check the Canadian Gov't website for most recent info. https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions?utm_source=travel-covid_travel-restrictions_entering-canada-checklist&utm_medium=redirect&utm_content=en The following was accurate on Aug 30, 2021 (you should double check) The PCR test is available at: - San Antonio Hospital - $6800+ pesos, results were offered in 72 hours - not willing to guarantee anything earlier - Ribera Medical Centre (Libremento) - $4800+ pesos, results in 72 hrs but testing was not available on Sunday so this can make it tricky to plan, - Laboritorio Clinico El Lago (behind bus station in Chapala) - $2800+ pesos - results same evening as test, I triple checked this and was told I would receive test results via email within 12 hrs of the test. You can also get a PCR test at the Guadalajara Airport - 2nd level of the parking lot - I did not speak to them as I wanted to get a tested Lakeside. I also did not research anything west of Ajijic. The discrepancy in prices, did not appear to have anything to do with timeliness of results or level of service. Lakeside locations that did NOT offer PCR test: - Ajijic Hospital - Chopo Lab - Go Lab - Best Lab My Experience: My husband and I went to Laboritorio Clinico El Lago because of their pricing and their multiple assurances that we would have the test results the same evening. We called for an appointment and chose to take one a day earlier than they suggested just so we would have a buffer day if something didn't go as planned. (Our back up plan was Guadalajara Airport). This is a very small clinic and the place was hopping first thing on a Monday morning but the process was very efficient. We speak very little Spanish and the staff were helpful and kind. You have to check in at the window upon arrival and they took us right on time. I felt that they knew exactly what the process is - if there was any confusion at all it was due to our lack of experience and language skills. Once inside, we had to fill in a simple form with our address and passport info BRING YOUR PASSPORT (or at least the number) WITH YOU. They will create a sticker with your name and passport number on it - make sure your name is spelled correctly and exactly the same as it appears in your passport. The test itself takes place in a little closet-sized office and is done by a technician in full PPE - hazmat suit, googles, ventilator. The technician sprays and disinfests everything - including you. The test is not pleasant but not terrible either - a swab in each nostril all the way to the sinus and a swab at the back of your mouth. The technician spoke very good English and explained each step before proceeding. He told me the samples are driven to Guadalajara in the afternoon for processing that evening. The whole thing took less than 5 mins and was very professional. We paid cash after the testing and asked for a receipt which was created immediately on an official receipt pad and signed by the head nurse. Turns out we never needed to show it to anyone but it was just another piece of documentation if something went wrong along the way. The whole process for two of us took about 30 mins. Good to their promise, our results arrived the same evening via email - actually earlier than the 12 hrs advertised. They were PDF attachments which we downloaded to our mobile devices and we also printed them. Having a paper copy turned out to be the easiest for airport purposes. We were asked to show them at the AeroMexico check-in counter and we had to present them to Canadian Customs and Immigration upon arrival in Canada. It cost us $5600 pesos for two people, plus ~$400 pesos for taxi from Ajijic to Chapala and back. So all in, $6000 pesos for the two of us. Hope this is helpful to those heading back into Canada. Stay safe! Feewee
  2. Here in upper Floresta, wondering if anyone else is with partial or no electricity this morning? We have a greatly reduced current into the house - major brown out. Would love to know that it is not just me...
  3. hi Zeb If you want to skip the trip to Tonala, I suggest the Indigenous run shop on Colon in Ajijic - it is called Arbol Magico. They have a good selection of authentic Oaxacan rugs on offer. They do not always have the really large ones, but you could ask them to have one brought in for you. They replenish their stock on a fairly regular basis. Or if you really want to fall in love with Oaxacan rugs - take a trip to Oaxaca City/Teotitlan de Valle - Felipe Hernandez is a master weaver and makes all his own natural dyes. He is a Zapotec native and has been weaving since he was 13. This family has been making rugs for four generations. His work is some of the finest in Mexico and he will tour you through his home/studio. He speaks perfect English and runs a very reputable business. I have several of his rugs. They are a fraction of the price that you would pay in the US galleries where he shows them. I don't have it on hand at the moment, but if you are interested, I will send you his contact info.
  4. I recommend Teocintle on the corner of Constitution and Miguel Blanco in Ajijic. Bright yellow and pink building - hard to miss. Authentic, excellent and served by a lovely Mexican family.
  5. If you can get in, GO has a fabulous Christmas lunch - there are three sittings. Ad is in Ojo de Lago. It may be sold out - it is popular...
  6. Gracias everyone! All excellent information. They are starting the trip from Montreal and will take off in early January. They are fairly adventurous folks but would never have thought about the Cdn credit card issues or about gas pumps not taking postal codes.... I will pass this on for sure. Look for their silver Honda van with Quebec license plates and say bonjour/hi! Feewee
  7. Thank you for this RickS - really appreciate you taking the time to share all this great information! I will pass it along to my friends.
  8. Hello Friends are considering driving to Ajijic from Eastern Canada this winter for a visit. Any advice or stories to share about the best place to cross US-Mex border; safest routes through Mexico etc ? They are not moving down here so do not need any of the immigration info. They will however be bringing their dog. Thank you !
  9. Fabulous Females ! They were trail blazers in the '60s and appear to still be trail blazers today ... very cool, thanks for sharing this
  10. Hi Susy I thought you would like to know there is a Cdn woman and her husband who retired to the south side of Lago Chapala and they seem to be loving it ....here is the link to her blog https://casalunademiel.wordpress.com/site-information/
  11. Thank you everyone for your recommendations - I will research them all and share what I learn. Feewee PS: Mary Ann - I am really sorry to hear of your husband's ordeal. My husband is a serial cruiser and I had never considered the risks of cruise boat infections - this one sounds really serious!
  12. Many thanks for information REC - this sounds ideal! I hope your recovery was successful.
  13. Does any one have experience and/or recommendations on in-home care services in Ajijic - preferably someone with formal nursing or elder care training. Things like changing a dressing, helping getting to/from bathroom, light meal preparation. Looking for post-hip surgery assistance in home for 3-6 weeks. The care giver does not need to live in but that would be an option as there is a casita. Thank you!
  14. Thanks Bournemouth - Wonderful - I like this idea a lot - and that the money goes to a good cause is even better. Widesky - I think we'll come to Chapala too ! thanks everyone - much appreciated.
  15. Thank you all for the insights. You are right Liana - Patzcuaro and Oaxaca would have been great ...too late or too far. Does Ajijic do anything? I am with a group of people, some of who are not mobile so Chapala might be too much. I was just hoping there would be something in the Ajijic Plaza. I saw the Thriller event and although it sounds fun, it is really the Mexican traditions that will interest them. Thanks again!
  16. I will be coming to Ajijic over Nov 1, 2 - what can I expect to see or participate in for dia de los muertos?
  17. Another vote for Jim at Glorioso - very pleasant, great cut....listens to your instructions/needs and also a great conversationalist. I understand the eyebrow thing...me it is the ears !
  18. We drove there from Lake Chapala area - definitely stuck out like unilingual gringos depsite Mx licence plates - we were treated respectfully although with some bemusement and felt quite safe.Recommendation for Villa Victoria in Patzcuaro - wonderful B&B. They also provide off street parking down the road.
  19. We found one on line, showed it to our pool service company (JP Home Services) and they ordered it and picked it up for us in Guadalajara. It is getting installed today in fact!
  20. Cheers to both of you for info - we are investigating right now and will post back in case anyone else is researching this in future.
  21. Thanks Go Solar and Cedros. I thought I would have to change out the pump and/or the piping to convert? Am I wrong?
  22. Would you please post the address of the Lakeside Presbyterian Church?
  23. Hi cedros i have "regular" pool but would like to covert it to salt water. Did you do this? Any advice?
  24. Babyface and Wookie Thank you again for your assistance and interest. I wanted to update you .... I checked back on the donkey today. The kids told me the vet (Dr Pepe) had been over yesterday so I was very pleased to hear that. They had her in the covered area and I could tell they love her and were very concerned about her wellbeing. I looked at her close up myself and I could see that her wounds have been cleaned, bleeding is under control, and antibiotic powder administered. I also learned the younger of the two donkeys was also attacked (also got vet's attention) and that it was in defending the younger one from the dog that the female sustained the deep wounds on her nose and jaw. I will spare you all the details but the wounds are to the bone - heartbreaking. She was able to eat a little bit which is a good sign. She seems a very gentle creature. The kids told me the dog that attacked her is from the MinWah restaurant. I have no way of verifying this but it really makes me uneasy that there is a dog with that kind of aggressive nature out loose around kids and other animals. Thanks again Feewee
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