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  1. I have lived here for almost 13 years. Every rainy season we have a lull in August, which is about half-way through the season. This lull lasts about two weeks, during which time there may be a sprinkle/shower or two. Newbies tend to panic, fearing the rainy season has ended. Never fear! The rains will return. Meanwhile, I have begun manually using my sprinkler system and watering my potted plants. In addition, rain in "other spots" is typical because the north shore appears to be composed of many, many micro climates. I live just west of Ajijic. My best friend lives in Riviera Alta where they often have rain while we don't....and vice versa. Meanwhile, I hope you are enjoying the cool nights and the gorgeous flowers and the mountains that look as tho' they are covered in green velvet. Such wondrous beauty!
  2. What is the latest status on auto emissions testing? Is a testing facility in Chapala open? If so, what days, hours & location.
  3. Four of us enjoyed dinner at Bobby's La Terraza last night. We began with either crab bisque (outstanding!) or mushroom soup, followed by a nice little salad. Three of us ordered the seafood crepes while one had the brisket. Our meals were delicious. The portions were reasonable and left us room for ice cream. We all ordered different flavors and tried each others'. The favorite by far was.....basil ice cream. That's right....basil the herb. It was light and fresh and delightful. Overall we had a wonderful experience
  4. Is it true that the new Jalisco traffic laws will no longer allow right turns at red lights? Are there other changes about which we should be informed?
  5. Oh dear. I can only share my experience. Dr Gustavo first did laparocopic surgery on my knee to repair my meniscus. This was unsuccessful. Before he replaced my knee, I asked him to tell me about my new knee. He obviously was insulted that I asked. My primary doctor told me to trust Dr Gustavo to pick out the appropriate prosthesis. After the replacement, I had a horrible time with physical therapy. My new knee had a very limited range of motion. When I asked Dr Gustavo about this, he replied, "How old are you?" I had just turned 65. He condescendingly responded, "Well aren't you getting to an age where you want to slow down and take it easy." I wanted to slap him. I had been looking forward to once again being able to hike, to bicycle, and to play golf and tennis. I can do none of these activities because my new knee is "an old lady's knee" with a limited range of motion. My primary doctor stopped recommending Dr Gustavo after my experience. On the other hand, Dr Gustavo has done an incredible job of rebuilding a friend's shattered leg and a neighbor's fractured collarbone and arm. I don't know why he exercised such poor judgement when selecting my replacement knee. To this day I am in extreme pain because of this knee. My advice is to question Dr Gustavo very closely. Do not let him get away with not answering your questions to your satisfaction. If he avoids answering a question or if he is condescending toward you in any way, opt for a different doctor. But this advice is true when selecting any doctor! Good luck.....
  6. Claudia Gomez is a very special woman who used to handle much of the customer service and paperwork at Bellon Insurance. Over a year ago she started her own "Personal Concierge" service. Claudia grew up in Guadalajara but spent her weekends at her family's other home in Ajijic. This is when she fell in love with the Chapala area. She studied English in London before getting her philosophy degree from the Univ. of Rome. (She also is fluent in Italian!) Claudia will run errands, do grocery shopping, make deliveries, do online shopping (e.g. tickets), drive you to appointments or shopping Lakeside and in Guad, do airport drop off/delivery, house/pet sit, assist with projects, and perform other services as needed. Claudia is a gourmet cook who once ran a catering company in Guad. On top of that, she is a delightful person with a great sense of humor. I trust her completely. You can reach Claudia on her cell (331-695-4607) or via e-mail (clausgoa@yahoo.com.mx). To me her fees are reasonable, but "reasonable" is a relative term.
  7. Telephones have been out of order (no dial tone) in Los Sabinos since yesterday morning. We also had not internet service until late yesterday afternoon.
  8. Many hardware stores carry fly swatters. I go to the store just west of the TelMex office on the carretera. I buy several at a time since the swatters fall apart after a short time. My neighbor has a battery-operated insect swatter that looks like a tennis racket. It zaps anything that flies. She has so much fun using it! I think she bought it at the variety store across from the Ajijic plaza. She also hangs old-fashioned fly traps (i.e. sticky paper) on her terrace and over the breakfast bar of her kitchen. Within days, the traps will be black. This has been a particularly bad year for flies, especially at some of the restaurants in the area.
  9. There are several people in the area who provide such services as a "personal concierge." My favorite is a lovely Mexican woman named Claudia Gomez. She is a native of Guadalajara whose family had a weekend home in Ajijic, which she loves. She speaks beautiful English after spending a year in London. She graduated from a university in Rome so she also speaks fluent Italian (and is a great Italian cook!). Until recently she worked at Bellon Insurance. Her cell phone number is 331-695-4607. Her e-mail address is clausgoa@yahoo.com.mx. Claudia is happy to run errands with or for you. She will grocery shop, purchase gifts, take you to doctor appointments, buy tickets on the internet, take you to/from GDL, house/pet sit, and provide many more services. She charges more if you use her car, less if you use your car. I cannot say enough nice things about Claudia.
  10. Oh my! According to my American Heritage Dictionary, "lightening" means: 1. To make light or lighter; illuminate or brighten. 2.To be luminous, shine. 3. To give off flashes of lightning. Nothing is mentioned about a uterus.
  11. This is funny...as I submitted my question, I realized I had incorrectly spelled "lightning." Then I decided that "lightening" was more appropriate. This was not lightning. It was as though a light switch was being toggled....day, night, day, night, day, night. The day light was very bright and "smooth," meaning there was no texture to indicate clouds. I have seen many variations of sheet lightning as I have traveled the world. This was not sheet lightning. The mystery continues......
  12. I was awakened about 4:00 this morning by the strangest lightening. The entire sky lit up. There was no thunder. The lightening seemed to pulse at a regular beat like a strobe light. It lasted for a little over half an hour. My neighbor saw it, too. She stood in the middle of our west Ajijic cul de sac. She said the light was most intense over San Juan Cosala. Neither of us have ever seen anything like it before. What was this light? What caused it? Another neighbor said a similar light was reported in Mexico City just before the earthquake. Is there such a link?
  13. Before I moved here full time, I enjoyed staying at the Ajijic Suites Hotel. It is 2 blocks west of the Plaza, a great location. I liked that all rooms have some sort of cooking area, from a full kitchen to a sink, microwave and mini-fridge. I enjoyed fixing my own breakfasts and sometimes wanted to eat dinner in. You can negotiate for a reduced rate, altho' one month is not much of an extended stay. Elaine, the owner, has a web site. You can call her Vonage number at 718-775-3830. Usually her rooms are all booked up by now, but I believe she has had some cancellations.
  14. Another new restaurant that serves excellent pizza is Pale (with an accent on the "e"). It is located on the south side of the carretera, west of Colon, next to the Sherwin Williams paint store. Pale is open Thursday thru Sunday. It is run by delightful Spanish brothers. David is the chef while younger Carlos is the host...and charmer. Carlos is also the creator of their excellent pizzas. These are gourmet pizzas. Some are quite different such as shrimp and spinach. The crust is thin and perfectly crisp because all pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired circular oven which is visible from the small but tastefully decorated dining area. What is very special is the sauce. It is rich and flavorful. They do have carry out. Carlos "researched" all of the other pizzas in the area. He like some of them but said the best ones are the kind of pizza he would want with a beer while watching a futball game on TV. His goal with Pale's pizza was to produce a truly gourmet version that you eat with knife and fork while seated. My friend shared with me a slice of her pepperoni pizza that had long, yellowish sweet peppers on it. It was delicious. Pale's pizzas come in one size....a slightly large small or a slightly small medium, depending on your perspective. It is perfect for 2 people with a light appetite or one person who is a hearty eater. You can order the pizzas to go. Carlos hopes to offer home delivery in the near future.
  15. When I bought a new HP printer in last spring, the computer store did not have the black ink cartridge I needed, so I purchased ink at Walmart. About 6 weeks later I inserted the new cartridge only to be informed that it was defective. I tried to return/exchange the cartridge at Walmart but was refused because a return must be made w/in 30 days of purchase. Lesson learned. Since then I have replaced the ink successfully with cartridges purchased at Walmart. Last Friday I noticed the print was light and the ink was low. I purchased an HP ink cartridge at Walmart, saving the receipt. On Sunday, I installed the cartridge only to ....once again...be told that it was defective. Tuesday I tried to return/exchange the cartridge. It took over an hour to get an response from a customer service rep. I was told that Walmart will not credit/exchange ink cartridges. Warning to all....purchase your printer ink elsewhere.
  16. Charter Club Tours used to periodically offer an all-day hacienda tour. They visited 3 haciendas. One was being refurbished/rehabbed. Another, which had been huge, was destroyed except for the spectacular church. You can still see the enormous courtyard that was circled with buildings. Rosie does an excellent job of painting a mental picture of what these buildings were and how they looked. The third hacienda is now a luxurious hotel/spa and horse ranch. This is where we had a late lunch. You may want to check with Charter Club Tours (now in its new location) to see if they still offer the tour. If not, perhaps they can direct you the haciendas.
  17. Luis Bermudez will take you to/from Laredo. His cell phone number is 331-604-0772. He is very reliable. His English is excellent.
  18. You may also want to contact Nurse Josefina Contreras Mendoza at (cell) 331-115-9615 or josefina84@yahoo.com. She is a wonderful nurse who has a care-giving service as well as owning assisted living/rehab facilities. I highly recommend her.
  19. I drink bottled water at home. I I prefer to use the smaller (11 liter) bottles. Not only can I lift this size, but it exactly fills the ceramic holder. For years I purchased the 11 liter bottles at El Torito. When they began carrying only the larger bottles, I switched to Super Lake. It has been over a week since Super Lake had 11 liter bottles. When I ask the Customer Service young woman about when they will receive more, she tells me (rather rudely) to use the "grande botellas." I can't lift the larger bottles! Do you know where I can buy the refillable 11 liter water bottles?

    1. Pirineos Water Store

      Pirineos Water Store

      Dear  Sir or Madame:

      We certainly refill 11 LTS bottles. Riberas del Pilar Hidalgo 44 across from Moms Deli Resto.

      Please see our store @AguaPirineos at Facebook.


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