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  1. 5 hours ago, solajijic said:

    We do call Australian family.  Free is good.


    That's great to know.  I call my 91 year old Dad in Australia on Skype and he doesnt hear me too well, sometimes.  We are on the 389 peso plan and moving from Ajijic to Merida soon but will sign up for the more expensive plan when we get there so I can call home on a landline.


  2. Have been to Robertos three times in the last 12 months. Every time it has been sub standard food thrown on the plate...no effort taken to present the food nicely. On our last visit, on plates etc matched and a number of our group including myself had cracked plates or bowls.  

    Never again..

  3. 3 minutes ago, ned small said:

    Merida has a fine skating rink where you can even play hockey to alleviate any tendency towards boredom there.

    LOL, Ned.  I think I AM too old for skating...I was never good at it - either ice or roller skating.  The last time I roller skated, I ended up in a rose bush.  But there is plenty to do in Merida - for diverse interests so thanks,  but I'll leave the skating to the youngsters...


  4. On 27/02/2017 at 1:55 PM, barcelonaman said:

    i am bored to tears here and im 62 !

    Us too, we''re both 66.  My partner has lived here for 16 years, me 3.  So we've sold up and are getting out of town and going to Merida which is a small, lively city 30 minutes from the beach.  The expat community is diverse in terms of nationalities and ages.  Many young families there.   And, yes, we know what the weather is like in Merida.  We have both lived in the tropics before and love it!

  5. 23 hours ago, RVGRINGO said:

    Smarttraveler may also be unaware that there is no regulation or licensing of real estate brokers, agents or agencies in Mexico.  Anyone can sell real estate; no training, no RE license, etc.  Then, there are the different processes used, which are quite different than in the USA.  The familiar office names are purchased to attract foreign buyers; nada mas.

    I'm quite well aware of that.

  6. 9 hours ago, geeser said:

    If you are looking at that quality of work I wouldn't risk anyone locally other than Marta Zoch in Jocotepec tel 387-763-3219.   Otherwise check with the fancy stores with fancy dresses in the windows, on Av. Chapultepec very near Av Mexico. There are also a couple of businesses just the first 2 blocks of Av.Vallarta, west of Chapultepec, on either side of street.  They have dresses in the windows and make to order. They are not cheap but mostly work with very expensive imported fabrics and will represent a good savings over USA/Canada prices.

    Thank you Geeser!

  7. 1 hour ago, ComputerGuy said:

    You may not understand the process here.

    If you dont take any photos before 10 days are up, that is a problem regardless of location as the property is not going to be listed anywhere so it doesnt matter what the process is.  After the photos were actually taken, it was 3 days before they were online which is fine.  Also zero communication from realtor after listing, also unacceptable. My principal would have kicked our asses into next week if we had treated our clients/vendors like that.

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  8. 8 hours ago, ComputerGuy said:

    Truly, most people seem to have no concept how the business or the realtors, or the MLS actually works.

    Well, I actually do know how the business works as I have worked very successfully as a realtor. 10 days and no photography until we complained?  Unacceptable!

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  9. Sonora's Meat Boutique has excellent arrachera and other beef cuts.  You'll find it on the collector lanes on the right hand side when going into Guadalaraja on Lopez Mateos.  It is just before Costco and is set back a little off the road with good parking around it.  We buy all our beef there and have never been disappointed...

  10. For next year....

    We went to Go! for lunch yesterday.  It was superb and had only a small quartet including a harp player so no ear splitting noise.  

    It was $200 pesos without postres, $250 with.  The turkey was tasty, moist and succulent.  Vegies cooked just right...slightly crunchy.  The Christmas pudding with Grand Marnier sauce was to die for.  It was light yet full of fruit.  All served at the table - no buffet lines to contend with.

    Drink prices were very reasonable.

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  11. We use Uber everywhere in the world including Mexico. Have done so for years and have never had a bad or even mildly unpleasant experience..they are generally outstanding. 

    Our recent trip from GDL to west Ajijic was 174 pesos. Taxi.was quoted at 500 pesos. It was easy to get picked up  - just crossed the road from the terminal and waited a few minutes outside the OXXO. 

    I'm sure the OP knows Uber is not big black cars so highly unlikely to.suffer the fate of the cardinal, an incident that happened many years ago.

    However you have not been able to get an Uber in the lakeside area. Ive just looked at the app and it appears that now, Uber SUV may  be operating here although as it is very early morning no cars are available. Will have to check later as this would be great!



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  12. 2 minutes ago, lcscats said:

    Not if you are carrying something fragile like electronics.  In last few years we have had many different airlines destroy our checked in luggage and I mean destroyed.  Ever watch them load or unload the plane??  I use to think like you but don't after the third destroyed bag.  The baggage handlers are rather brutal these days.  

    I carry my very expensive laptop ( I work online), tablet and expensive Canon camera in a small bag which is perfectly acceptable to Volaris..  As I said, I am a VERY frequent flyer so am well aware what baggage handlers can do and I NEVER pack electronics, jewellry, medications or important documents in checked luggage. If you need a larger check in bag, with Volaris you can pay for it...and its not a lot of $$s.

  13. 5 minutes ago, lcscats said:

    I know its a budget airlines but read all the small print regarding luggage.  They only allow free half sized bag on the plane.  Its a little small.  I much prefer Interjet personally. Every time I flew Volaris they had something changed and it cost me money.  I avoid them if possible. 

    I'm aware of that.  You get a check in bag so I just pack accordingly...Easy..   Their booking and then the boarding pass clearly states what you are entitled to..



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  14. 9 minutes ago, HarryB said:

    Last time we flew Volaris I noticed among the taxes and fees was a 70 DOLLAR on line registration fee. Kind of kicks that low fare up a bit!

    You took the option to join V Club.  No need to do this. In fact, I take none of their offered bundles.  Click past this and choose the luggage and seat options you want. 




  15. We flew to Merida and back recently with Volaris.  It was a our first flight with them and had some concerns due to mixed reviews.

    They are a BUDGET airline so you get what you pay for.  Don't expect full service from a budget carrier. However, in Volaris's case, I think they rate highly as a budget airline.  

    They were extremely efficient in checking in and boarding.  We'd paid a little extra for front row seats so had no problems with leg room (we are both tall).  We purchased some food & drinks which were both acceptable price and quality for airline food.   The aircraft was newish and very clean. Cabin crew were friendly but professional  We had a comfortable flight and got there on time.  What more can you ask for the price you paid? 

    I'm an extremely frequent flyer and hold the highest status in the One World Alliance (Emerald) / Executive Platinum with AA.   I've flown many, many of the world's airlines both full service and budget. I'd rate them much higher than most USA based carriers, including the non budget airlines!  To me,  Volaris score more highly than Jetstar which is Qantas's highly rated and awarded budget airline, often named best budget airline in the world.

    Of course, this is based on a single experience but doing our next trip with them to Costa Rica in January.  The price was ridiculously low.   After our last experience, we have no qualms at all.


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