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  1. You only get a ticket if you buy at one of the bus stations. When you get on at the stops you give them money and they will give you your change. Usually everyone knows what the charge will be and gives to the driver. Seniors with a card and children get a discount. I notice if its a friend, one of the music players or very poor family the driver only charges a token price if any. I have seen bus so crowded people had to enter from the back and they would pass the fare up to the driver. Price is very cheap to us but to many poor people with family it is expensive Sometimes I will slip the poor children a few pesos.
  2. One or two of the drivers do not appear to like gringo's and I have been charged higher prices. I give them 20 pesos and they will only give 5 or 6 back. They probably think I do not know the difference or that I should pay more. Most of the drivers are very friendly and no problems. Quite often young people will get up and give us seats.
  3. For clarification when I say 12 to 14 pesos this is for my wife and myself charge is for 2 people. My wife is Mexican so I get Mexican price. Sometimes when I travel alone I get a gringo price which is this much for me alone. I remember one time a woman traveled from Chapala to San Antonio and griped to me the driver only gave her one peso back from the 10 pesos she gave him. She was griping about being charged around 45 cents.
  4. The buses will usually stop at the corner of any block.
  5. First you do not wave, you hold your arm out slightly upward. You will never see a Mexican wave unless they are not at a regular stop. You need to go to the corner of a block on the bus route where you want to go and hold your arm out when you see the bus coming.. Quite often there is already Mexicans waiting. They also have small overhangs which is a bus stop if there is someone there but you still need to hold your arm out. You will soon learn where they are. The fare is so cheap I don't worry about a discount. Usually around 12 to 14 pesos. From Chapala to Guadalajara or Jocotepec is more but still very cheap. When we get on the bus I tell the driver the pueblo I am going to and usually give him 20 pesos and he will give me the change. There are buzzers on the bus, you simply push one and the driver will let you off at the next place he can stop. Again usually at the end of a block. If the bus if full it will not stop to pick you up but they really pack them in so you may be standing in a crowd or you wait on the next bus. In the morning the buses start on time but they are soon backed up and by the afternoon you may see one bus following another. If a new bus has Guadalajara posted on the front coming from Jocotepec it does not go to Chapala it turns at the San Antonio mall and goes to Guadalajara direct. I ride the buses all the time and quite enjoy the people and sight seeing from them. You will not believe the narrow streets the smaller buses go down.
  6. The charm of Ajijic is being able to sit back and relax and forget everything up north. I would not plan to do many things just take a relaxing vacation and do a few things you really like to do. I would recommend riding the Chapala bus to the Chapala bus station in Jocotepec. It will cost around 22 to 25 pesos a little over a dollar each. You can sight see along the way and the station is two blocks from the plaza. At the plaza they are known for selling some great cabrito en birria. This is baby goat in a sauce(soup), I had never eaten goat before but I really like this. You can eat at a shaded outside table and observe the people. There are not many gringo's here but the mexican's are friendly and you will have no problem. Thursday is market(tiangus) day in Jocotepec and on Sunday many people come to the plaza to enjoy it and there is usually entertainment. There are several eating places on the plaza and I like the one on the east side with an old man, who is the owner sitting in front.
  7. As I've said before, sometimes when we stray off the thread, I find the material quite interesting. Just like the movie, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. I like to read all the reviews so I can learn what to expect. So far this restaurant is a 50/50 proposition of whether I will eat there or not.
  8. I am glad to see you on the forum. Wish more restaurant owners would do this. Small suggestion wish your hours were 9:00 to 14:00, I and a lot of other people don't even eat lunch until 13:00 or later.
  9. I recently built in Riberas and the contractor hauled in a truck load of rocks both big and small. They dug down about 4 feet and started the stem walls. The person doing the stem walls was a craftsman, picking out the right size rocks and breaking off from the bigger ones a rock of the size he needed. I was amazed when they got to the top the walls were straight and almost perfectly level. I asked the contractor why they did not use cement, he said because rocks are harder. When completed I gave the rock builder a little bonus for the great work he had done. I do not consider these people illiterate, they are skilled labor and we are lucky to have them.
  10. In Mexico you may be right about palm oil. Never saw it in commercial size in Oklahoma. All of the other oils I mentioned was available. Peanut oil was the most expensive and they would use it to deep fry turkeys. In the states there are companies who will furnish you a dumpster to put used oil in. Once in a while they would even give you a little check for it.
  11. The people who got the good chicken got it when he first opened and the oil was fresh. A decent cook knows when the oil has turned on them and needs to be changed. People going to get the chicken will probably get good chicken each time the oil is changed. Maybe if they receive these comments or receive a lot of customer complaints they will be more prudent about changing the oil. A deep fryer costs about a fourth of what a good pressure cooker costs and I am sure this is why most restaurants use them. It helps if you can have 3 deep fryers and can dedicate one to frys, one to chicken and one to other things. Frying fish in one taints the oil very fast. Type of oil also matters. Most people use soy oil and it is the cheapest. You also have canola oil, corn oil, peanut oil and lard. I liked to use lard as it gave chicken and fish a great flavor but I had to pay a little more for it. III believe I bought it in 5 gallon containers depending on size of fryer whether it took it all or not. I paid around $40 for lard and soy was around $32. Have no idea about Mexican prices.
  12. Warehouse is located on Jose Santana Ote Just before you get to Hidalgo Eje Sur. From plaza you can walk one block south on Hidalgo Eje Sur turn left at Jose Santana Ote and you are there. I bought a sleeper couch and table and chairs at prices cheaper than Ajijic or Chapala.
  13. Already had my doubts after the doggie posting but this has made up my mind. I won't be going. If you don't change your oil timely everything it cooks will be tainted. Oil must be changed when it becomes burnt or tainted by the things cooked in it. Some people simply change every week or so and this is wrong. If the chicken smells it can make you sick so another serious concern. Thanks CG
  14. My father had this problem and after 2 accidents we had to stop him from driving. When you get older you can get confused easily.
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