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Susy Wilson

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    Travel, music, botany, music, geology, music, history, music, cooking, music, animal lover and did I mention music?

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  1. We crossed back into Mexico last Monday, a week ago. No problems but obviously before the border was closed to non essential travel. We wanted to go and deal with more permanent visas in Tuscon at the consulate there but were worried about the border closing so just got new tourist visa and TIP and hope we can do the permanent thing within the next 6 months:/ We drove up to Nogales, turned in our TIP and visa, spent the night on the US side and back the next morning to get new ones. No issues at all at that point and no wait at the Aduana/Banjercito office either.
  2. A friend that lives on the south side of the lake in Tuxcueca has had rain a few times in the last week. She says that is very unusual for this time of the year but they have had actual rain on 3 different days when we had lots of wind on the north side over the last 10 day period. Don't know if they heard any cicadas or not:/
  3. We are driving to Tucson actually now. Have to take care of TIP as well and definitely wouldn’t fly even if we didn’t. Thanks for all the info!
  4. Thanks Ferret. I am aware of where the various consulates are. Just want to get to one and be done ASAP in case the US closes its border or makes us wait 14 days in quarantine before we are allowed to move past the border. The drive to Nogales is 18 hours and the drive to Albuquerque is over 20 so one of the Texas border consulates is much more appealing at this point:/ A bit concerned about going to Laredo as I have heard various reports of shakedowns in the last weeks:/ Thinking about Brownsville TX but it sounds kind of sketchy too so was hoping to hear some first hand experience about travel to that consulate. I do appreciate you taking the time to respond however:-)
  5. We had planned on driving to Tucson later this month to deal with our temporary resident visas with reservations already paid for at various pet friendly AirBnB's and a weeks stay in San Carlos and a few days in Mazatlan. Now with the Corona virus issues we feel we need to just drive up and immediately return lakeside as quickly as possible. I have read that Laredo area is sketchy and wondered if anyone would make a suggestion where would be best to try to do this quickly? We have only crossed at Nogales and Mexicali and would prefer to not be gone so long to do that drive. Our tourist visas expire on March 21 as well as our TIP so we have to at a minimum cross the border to try for new tourist visas or best case scenario to get to a consulate in the US, apply for the temporary resident visas and get back home lakeside. Would appreciate any suggestions based on recent experience:-) Thanks so much!
  6. We did stop in Mazatlan for the first night driving north. We stayed in a pet friendly new motel right off the highway. It is called El Descanso Inn and you need to call them directly or book through Booking,com. They have a pool and a small restaurant:-) I am home now. We have to drive to the border ourselves to renew our tourist visa I guess because we do not want to go into the US at this time to deal with the permanent visa while the Corona virus is still an issue. We may head out on Wednesday to do that but should be back in a day or two.
  7. That is pretty much it except I am pretty sure that my service is through Telcel. That is the plan I chose, $499 pesos for 150 GB of data. Still working pretty well here just east of Sanderos de Lagos. I am going to Manzanillo for a few days and am taking it with me so we will see if it works very well there:-)
  8. Yes ComputerGuy. I live on the west end of Lake Chapala and that is my point of reference. Sorry I was not more specific.
  9. Yes Ferret is correct on the location of the shop. According to google maps that street is Boulvard De Jin Xi. Thanks Ferret and I will post how this goes and if my service gets restricted near the end of the cycle:-)
  10. Sandra is in a small office on Boulvard De Jin Xi that runs along the south side of the carretera in Ajijic and the office is a few businesses before Juan Alverez street. She and her husband operate the shop. I think they sell phones, modems and the service for each. I pay $499 pesos for 150 MB monthly for the wireless modem. There is no guarantee that I know of for a certain download speed:/ She just called me and told me it should work better for us in our location and in fact so far it does. The small modem itself cost $2500 pesos. I was paying $499 pesos a month for supposedly unlimited data service for the first wireless modem I had and paid 5 months in advance but it did not work well, lagged terribly or just did not work hardly at all at the end of each monthly pay cycle. If you would like her cell number I can give it to you tomorrow as I forgot my phone today in a friends car. She and her husband both speak pretty good English.
  11. Just a follow up on Telcel wireless modems: I got a call from Sandra with the telcel office I got my first wireless modem from saying she had something better. I was very skeptical as I have such bad service with the one I got but I went in to see what she had to offer. She had an even smaller modem that would easily fit in my pocket. She said it would be faster and not have to be reset all the time. The cost for the new modem was 2500 pesos and you could choose a monthly plan. For $499 pesos I am supposed to get 150 Gigabytes per month. I brought it home and it is faster than the one I bought just 4 month ago. With my VPN going I am getting 5.1Mps download, 39.8 Mps upload and 237 Ping. The best I ever had with the other modem was 2.2 Mps download and it was not consistent. We will see how this works out in the long run but today I am happy with it:-) I am able to stream TV with the VPN operational and the picture is clear. Got my fingers and toes crossed that it stays that way!
  12. Have had a number if people get in touch with me so I am sure our offer will be utilized by someone who will benefit from the experience:)
  13. Just to be clear.....I do not NEED a pet sitter or a house sitter and I am not looking for a professional "sitter" in any way shape or form. We have friends that are more than happy to do either. I am just putting this out there to SHARE our lovely home with someone that might benefit from such a situation as I am sure there are many people that might. Throughout my life I have tried to share wonderful experiences with strangers and it has served me very well, contributing to some of my greatest friendships that I have today:-) So....really we are looking for someone that would benefit by enjoying our home while we are not here. Maybe it will be the start of a friendship, maybe it would just help someone out. Either is fine with us and it is as simple as that🥰 Of course I would communicate extensively with anyone that wants to do so about the cats and their needs and how to keep them safe and everything else that we would consider important about staying in our home when we are not here. Our neighbors will be right next door in any emergency and would be most happy to help anyone staying here:-)
  14. We live in a great location right on the lake west of San Juan Cosala. House is a nice 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath but the real star here is living right on the lake and our beautiful view. We have to travel NOB to deal with our residency requirements as we had just started taking retirement income before we moved here and did not have the required time of bank statements to apply. Now we do, so are leaving mid March for 2-3 weeks. We have great Mexican neighbors who are good friends who could easily watch our house and 2 cats for us and we would be totally confident and happy with that. It seems to me however that with so much interest in the area that perhaps there are folks that would like to come and check out Lake Chapala that might want to use our home for a week or so? I am not asking for money or charging anything. Just thought it would be cool to share our lovely home with someone that does not mind 2 spoiled cats and would enjoy our gorgeous view and relatively quiet location. We live right on the carretera so buses are easy to catch or call a taxi of course. Your own car would be even better. Our house is walled and gated and feels safe. We are not in central Ajijic so if that is the experience someone is looking for they won't find it here. There is room for 4 adults comfortably. We have pretty comfortable beds, a nice kitchen and outdoor bbq area and the home is reasonably furnished. We have Shaw satellite so English speaking TV and sort of flaky internet but it works OK at least most of the time. Just throwing it out there if anyone knows someone that wants to check out what Lake Chapala has to offer or even someone who just wants a great vacation in March:-) inthecolumbiagorge Senior member Posts : 75 Join date : 2018-10-21 Age : 63 Location : Jocotepec
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