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  1. This attitude, among locals and ex-pats, is not exclusive to SMA. I have now lived in 4 areas of Mexico, all with the same approach. Ex-pats always describe their community as safe, but they live with walls and security systems, as I did. Anyone reading the stats for homicides in the state of Jalisco will see that they have the highest rate ever recorded, and no, they were not all cartel related. Live well there but don't pull that particular sheep wool over your eyes.
  2. As per usual no one addresses the fact that not only are there infrastructure issues, but the local Mexicans are being squeezed out of the housing markets. So Mitch, please learn Spanish then explore the rest of Mexico. I lived in Ajijic 5 years, moved to another city in a different part of Mexico with fewer expats and am very happy there. Same general issues but much better management of traffic, roads, jobs, education and so on, ad nauseum. Good luck.
  3. To avoid any issues with pets and hotels, don't stay in hotels. They are not supportive of pets. I have made your same trip several times with 3 large dogs. I don't mention them when checking in (no tels work if you arrive early with food but there are plenty of motels on the coast) and have never had a problem. If you don't speak Spanish (hopefully you're learning?) bring an app that supports translation in case of an emergency. I had a blowout driving North recently which left me facing 3 lanes of oncoming traffic on the side with no shoulder. Luckily the Federales drove by and called a tow truck for me while I waved traffic out of my lane. You never know and as a single woman it's best to prepare for eventualities. Have water and oil in your car and pre-program the numbers for emergency calls in each of the states you will pass through. My final bit of advice: remember Mexico is a big country and each region has value so don't get stuck in an English speaking area rut. Yeah, don't bother with the comments, to some it's a rut.
  4. I wouldn't be surprised if the number of ill people is irrelevant to the success of these two hospitals. They will simply adjust prices accordingly as they have a growing and virtually captive client base. Good luck everyone!
  5. Probably but you can confirm by looking on their website. This is semana santa so it might be busier than usual.
  6. Couldn't agree more with Rick about not driving through McAllen unless you're an experienced, in Mexico, driver. There have been some unfortunate incidents lately on that road South which don't make the English language press....there are reasons for that. Stick to the main routes, use the locations to stay that Rick recommends and don't trust your GPS. The only point where we diverge is in money changing. You can ask your bank to give you pesos for the journey and, depending on the bank, there is usually a very small charge. Anywhere near the border has a surcharge for convenience. However, carry no large sums of money on the journey, just enough for gas, food, motels etc. Good luck!
  7. There are alternatives to your immense knowledge of these women's lives--I would buy bananas, tangerines or any other fruit I could peel and give to the children. Imagine not having the education or confidence that would not permit you, a poor woman in any country, to refuse being impregnated by some :(). Try to think beyond the length of your nose.
  8. You won't loose it but you may well lose it. However, since it has never been legal to receive the signal in Mexico, count all the time you had it and rejoice.
  9. Hey Eazy: There are many telecom companies in Mexico now. You need not deal with Telcel. As suggested, keep the Nokia, a reliable product, and buy services from one of the competitors. I use unefone which costs $150mp per month and includes US calls as well. Good luck.
  10. Just to answer your question-yes, there are classes in the area. You can find the information in the office at LCS or you can send me a pm and I will put you in touch with a friend who supported a woman through the process. Memory says it took 2 years and wasn't cheap, but best to ask someone knowledgeable, not on this board. They're still having trouble staying focused on the question. Good luck.
  11. And above all else, learn some Spanish. Even though many in the Lakeside area pride themselves on not needing to learn the language, this is, after all, Mexico. Your life will be enriched as a result. Buena suerte.
  12. What nonsense. If you don't like what you're reading, don't. This is a forum based on, I hope, freedom of expression. I find Jonny's notes to have meaning at times, at others not so much. But banning? Are there pitchforks and torches next? Shame.
  13. Astonishing that so many expats feel entitled to use the healthcare system (SP) they have never paid into...how, exactly, do you justify that? For those who have worked and paid taxes in Mexico there is a significant difference. If you can afford to qualify for temporal or permanente, can you not buy private insurance, leaving more money in the system for the impoverished?
  14. I found a simpler method. I use Transferwise and they ship money from my US account to my Mexican one (at excellent exchange rates) and for a very low fee. They are London based and started by the same man who began PayPal. I have used them this way for 4 years without a single issue. Good luck!
  15. Did you see the pm I sent you? It is another option. Good luck.
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