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  1. Hopefully, this isn't too far off topic because we're having a similar problem. We recently bought Mexican SIM cards (Telcel) for our cellphones and are in the midst of switching over from our US provider (Verizon). Part of this includes changing our numbers for confirming/recovering email accounts, credit cards, banking stuff, etc. By that, I mean when an internet site doesn't recognize your computer (or whatever) and sends a text message to your cell phone with a password for you to use. Okay, here's the problem: none of our friends and family type in the same numbers to text us. Some have to start with +52, some with 0052, and some just start with the actual number. So, can anyone confirm what they've used for this purpose? We're reluctant to ditch Verizon until we know how that works. Thanks.
  2. I don't know the name of the place, but I recently had shorts altered at a lavanderia in San Antonio. Google Maps says the address is González Gallo 69. It's across the street and bit farther down (towards the square) from Mariscos Lety. The work was well done and reasonably priced.
  3. Sorn

    Malta &Grill

    We wanted to try it. Went yesterday (i.e., a Saturday) at bit before 7:00pm. Google said it was open until 8:00pm. They were already closed but we heard what sounded like kitchen staff upstairs. Any idea of the actual hours?
  4. If you end up relying on Google Maps (in whole or part), I recommend downloading offline content for your route. We lost cell reception during several long stretches. The offline maps kept us going and alleviated some (though not all) stress.
  5. Hey there! I was the original poster for this thread oh-so-long-ago and am living down here now. The jiu jitsu situation is, uh, complicated. To answer your question: yes, the place in Chapala seems to be there. However, it appears to be gi-only, and, more problematically, oriented towards children. That's cool but wrecking kids isn't exactly what I'm looking to do, nor consistent with the reputation I wish to develop. Last week, though, I met a guy in a San Antonio bar who said he trained for about 10 years before quitting a year ago. He tried to explain how to contact his former school, which is also in/near San Antonio. But, get this, he said I couldn't really call or go there directly because they're almost never open. Instead, I need to find a bread store because the guy who works there also teaches classes at the school. He'd know when the classes were and could help me out. The problem is that, while the bread store was allegedly just down the street, there's no sign. It's basically just some woman's kitchen. I can't seem to find the bread store, nor have I ran into the guy again. The guy from the bar also said there's another place which, while it does not teach jiu jitsu, specifically, does teach other martial arts. He was complimentary of it as a rival school. I think it is Do No Kai Martial Arts Temple Academy, which is a bit north of Chapala. Another guy, who works out but doesn't train anything, recommended asking at the gym above El Torito in Ajijic. Hope that helps. Wish I could provide more concrete info. I'm working on it.
  6. Thank you all for the tips. I appreciate the shared local knowledge. I hope to be in a position to impart something of similar value in the semi-near future (* fingers crossed).
  7. My wife and I arrived in SAT a couple days ago and are looking for a long-term rental between Chapala and Jocotepec. In the interim, a UFC event this Saturday (UFC 239) promises to be among the best of the year. The places I've contacted so far have been polite but non-commital. I've focused on bars since that's where they show in the US. I realize that might well be different in Mexico but I don't know where else to ask. Does anyone know of a place showing UFC 239 in the area? I'm perfectly fine paying a cover or whatever. Thanks in advance for any tips!
  8. That makes complete sense. I don't mind paying an extra month if it reduces the likelihood of problems. I'll just change the effective date.
  9. Thanks for this useful thread. I've printed the summary to keep in our car. I have a question, though, which I hope is sufficiently related to warrant posting here. I'm in the process of obtaining Mexican auto insurance for when we cross the border into Mexico on July 1, 2019. I have a couple good quotes and am ready to proceed. However, I asked for an effective coverage date of June 28th. Now I've learned, from the Banjercito website, that proof of insurance is required to apply for a TIP. My question, then, is whether I need to make the insurance effective NOW instead of a couple days before we cross. In other words, will Banjercito issue the TIP even though my auto insurance would not be effective until a month or so later? Thanks for any info, and sorry if this is in the wrong place.
  10. Any advice on when to try a crossing and for which bridge? We'd planned to cross as early as possible on July 1st and see if we could make the run from the border in one day. It was unlikely, even without a two or three hour delay to start the morning.
  11. My stateside interview for residency was yesterday. I was told the amounts for permanent residency were $2,361.00 monthly / $94,454.00 liquid. For temporary residency it was $1,416.00 monthly / $23,614.00 liquid. Although I easily exceeded the threshold for permanent, they would only approve me for temporary. They didn't quite seem to understand (or care) that I was retired, had been self-employed, and wouldn't be receiving a pension or social security for a number of years. They wanted to see a pension/SS and a letter from my employer (i.e., me) saying I was on longer employed. Weird, but no biggie. I'll go temporary, which will let me bring in a US vehicle, and my wife, who will have a pension, will go permanent.
  12. My interview to apply for residency is tentatively scheduled for January 3rd. I'll let you know what they say, at least at that place and on that day.
  13. Thanks for the info. I don't see anything from the links to indicate he's selling CBD but...ohhhhh...that could be intentional. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more.
  14. I don't use CBD oil but my wife does. I'm not against it - just don't have anything for which it is medically indicated. From this thread, it sounds like there are no local purveyors in the area. Is that the case? If so, that's disappointing. I hope the trend towards marijuana legalization in Mexico increases the availability of CBD oil, too.
  15. Sorry to resurrect the thread, but has anyone else had ridiculous problems with their Schwab card? I recently obtained one and spent the last three days trying to activate it and set a PIN. Their system was effectively locked over the weekend, it didn't recognize my card yesterday, and today it stated my security number (which is on back of the damn thing) wasn't correct. Their operator is now sending a temporary PIN in the mail but I'm not getting the warm and fuzzies about dealing with this kind of stuff on a regular basis. Once it's operational - presuming it's ever operational - should I anticipate further problems or has it been pretty reliable for those using it? I'd rather pay ATM fees than have my life consumed by this type of stuff.
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