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  1. I was wondering.....is the peso exchange rate is set in stone at the January 2nd date for temporary and permanent visas or is it calculated at the time you apply? Obviously the financial requirements would be significantly less now for residency if based on the current peso/usd exchange rate then if it wast set on what the rate was last January. A friend is unable to qualify based on the Jan 2nd exchange rate by just a few dollars but if based on the exchange rate today she is good to go.
  2. I absolutely love it😜 Best post here for a long time💖
  3. A great spot to hear what is going on in Mexico and lakeside is the Facebook page "Chapala Health Talk". Kerry Watson gathers all the current data daily and posts it. It is a great resource:-) My family all got a very strange "flu" after my kids flew here. We went to Manzanillo for 4 days and when we got back we all were sick and a variety of symptoms. For my husband and myself we had a severe dry cough that turned into lots of congestion after a few weeks and I am still coughing up thick crud after 2 full months. My husband started with lots of nausea and stomach pains. My 2 adult daughters had coughs and one had nausea. We all had fevers but not for long and not terribly severe. I was pretty sick for over 2 weeks, hardly could eat, nausea and no appetite. My 3 year old grandson had a cough, threw up for a couple of days and a fever for 3 days. The weirdest thing was my husband and my inability to smell anything for weeks. My symptoms were the most severe and definitely not like any cold/flu I had ever had. I still have a cough with sputum that is hard to cough up and sinus discharge every morning. I don't believe for even a second that the Covid-19 virus is biological warefare, but I do wonder if somehow we were exposed to it somehow and that we have already had it. When there is a test available that can test for antibodies I would like to have it done to see if by any chance we did. Long shot I know and I am not espousing any conspiracy theories at all. My kids did fly however and perhaps they were on a flight with someone that had it. Manzanillo is a major shipping port and perhaps somehow we were exposed there. Of course there have not been any reported cases there so I know it is probably not the case but it was just such a different illness than we have ever had previously it just makes us wonder:/
  4. We take an early morning walk each day. Since I started preparing for this in early January we eat well at each meal. Stocked up on beer, wine, alcohol and mota so we are imbibing well too:-) Ordered jig saw puzzles on Amazon and work on one a bit each day. Organizing 10's of thousands of photos. Play with the dogs. Trying to train the stray we adopted which is challenging. Play different card games and backgammon and chess and checkers and Chinese checkers. Keep the yard up. Watching some TV since we hadn't been for months before this. Have Hulu Plus, Netflix, Acorn TV and Amazon Prime with most of the premium channels like HBO, Starz, Showtime, etc. and got UTube premium for music. Also have Napster music with any song I can think of at my finger tips. Trying my hand at drawing with sidewalk chalk and coloring up our house and every hard surface I can reach. Got an above ground pool and cool off in it on the hot afternoons. Facetime with my family every day or so. Keeping our 2 cats, 3 dogs and one bunny fed and happy. Follow news with the internet. Lots of relaxing in the back yard watching the birds on the lake and listening to music. My husband is quite a bit to handle (understatement of the century) and I am happy that I have only had the urge to murder him a few times so far:) Trying to write at least a little every day on my experience to be one of the first legal recreational pot growers in the US in the hopes of having something interesting for others to read. We are getting a boat delivered today or tomorrow so we will be out on the lake quite a bit I imagine. Having a pretty good time all in all but worrying about mostly everyone else:/ My daughters and their family are well prepared for this because we all took it seriously from the first reports out of China but both their spouses have jobs that are considered critical so they have to go into the work place every day which is very scary. Seriously hard being so far away from our kids and my mom and if I had known this was coming we probably would have delayed our move down here so I could be there for them even though I prefer self isolating in our lovely location. Trying to help our Mexican neighbors when we can but wish we could do more. Worried about how hard this will hit folks with less income and no ability to work. We are so fortunate that we retired when we did and have an income no matter what, at least for the time being. If we were back in WA state my husband would still be working at the huge landfill as that is considered critical employment and I would be going back and forth between my moms house 3 hours drive away and our home. Luckily for me my normally looser brothers and sister are stepping up and helping her out. Seeing this thing bring out the best in lots of folks and that is a blessing indeed:-)
  5. 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.
  6. 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:/
  7. 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!
  8. 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:-)
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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:-)
  12. Yes ComputerGuy. I live on the west end of Lake Chapala and that is my point of reference. Sorry I was not more specific.
  13. 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:-)
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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:)
  17. 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:-)
  18. 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
  19. At the tourist area just east of San Juan Cosala there are a number of different boat options. They have party boats, a very large double decker boat and various other boat rentals for a few hours or all day. You could check there:-)
  20. Wondering if anyone that has flown here on Volaris with a small dog in the cabin that can tell me what your experience was exactly? My daughter is flying here on the 18th with her little dog and it will be her first time flying with him so she is very nervous about it. Any first hand experience will be greatly appreciated:-)
  21. We have lived here now for a little over 3 months. Both my husband and I have had dental work that was flat out cheap compared to NOB pricing and good quality work to boot. We chose Dr. Barragan's office after reading various reviews here and other boards/facebook pages and are extremely happy with his and his associates work. I had 3 teeth extracted and a new upper partial plate as well as full mouth ex-rays and 3 exams by 3 different specialists and to date the cost has been $421, crazy cheap for the care I have had. A couple of weeks ago we brought a friend to the Ajijic clinic/hospital for an emergency that included 2 stitches, meds, tetanus vaccination and emergency exam and the cost for that was about $115 US for very good service and care. My 85 year old mother arrived on Sunday the 22nd of Dec. for what we had hoped would be at least a month long visit and an eventual move here. She has a number of serious health concerns with a plethora of physicians NOB including diabetes, high blood pressure, bladder stones, some sort of growth on one of her kidneys, chronic anemia, a couple stents in her heart and a few other issues. She also had an aortic valve replacement 2 years ago and tests done before she came to visit showed that the valve was functioning properly but her heart has pulled away from the valve on one edge and there was some internal bleeding and fluid leakage that would need to be repaired once she returned NOB and the very good cardiologist she sees in Portland, OR gave her a prescription for a light diuretic to deal with that and keep the fluid from forming. Just 2 weeks before she came to visit she had 2 units of whole blood to treat her anemia. I tried to convince her to reschedule her flight until her health was a bit more under control but she would not hear of it. She chose to come as scheduled and we picked her up from the airport in Guadaljara as planned. That night she was very tired and pretty frail and we thought it was due to the stress of flying and the trip. The next day, Monday the 23rd she was much worse feeling like she could not breath and we ended up taking her to the Ajijic Clinic/Hospital where they did an EKG, gave her a different blood pressure medication and sent us home with instructions to call a local cardiologist for a house call. Yes.....I did say house call. I am sure people that already live here are aware that some physicians make house calls here but it was pretty incredible to us. The cost for the visit to the Ajijic Clinic/Hospital was $35 US. I found out that she had chosen not to take the prescribed diuretic because she did not want to have to pee all the time on her trip!!!! That was the cause of her breathing issues with build up of fluids in her chest:/ With the recommendation from the Ajijic Clinic/Hospital we called Dr. Moya and I believe they recommended him because he lives in Jocotepec which is close to where we live. Dr. Moya came to the house with a portable electro cardiogram and an ultrasound and said my mom was suffering from heart failure and needed to be hospitalized. He said she had fluid buildup around her heart and lungs and that is why she was having difficulty breathing which was consistent with her diagnosis NOB. He sent an associate, Dr. Antonio Herrera to go to the hospital in Guadalajara with us. We were checked into the Sanitorio Guadalajara which was an older catholic hospital but the people there were very nice and the room was incredibly large with a kitchenette, 2 bathrooms and an extra room for family to stay. To make a very long story a bit shorter, Dr. Herrera stayed with us in the hospital the full 3 nights my mom was being treated. Unfortunately Dr. Moya chose to do all the same labs and tests that my mother had just had done NOB even though we told him she could access them for him to see. She was released on Friday the 27th and was still pretty frail. We decided she should go back NOB to her own physicians for treatment until she was in a bit more of a stable condition. Dr. Moya took the hospital bill and did not give it to us. That was a big red flag for me. He did not give us any bill even though I continually requested it until Monday the 30th. It was not a separate bill for the hospital, just one bill from his office with the hospitalization listed on it. The total of the 3 day stay and all the labs and tests conducted with his fees was $99,247 pesos, just over $5150 US, and more than half of that was Dr. Moya's fees. We paid by credit card and he came to our home to collect that with his traveling credit card machine. That is of course way less than it would have been for such a stay NOB and we are grateful to the hospital and Dr. Herrera for the care my mom received. I was not really that happy with Dr. Moya or his practice of duplicating expensive procedures. We will not use his services again but he did help my mom all in all and that is what is most important. I am just posting this as a window into dental and emergency care here and the costs we have sustained as a result of it:-) It has been a very good learning experience and we will be sure to find primary care physicians that we feel comfortable with and trust moving forward.
  22. Depending on how long of one you need, I have one you could have. Let me know the length you need and I can drop it off to you if mine is long enough:)
  23. We have made the trip from Green Valley to Lake Chapala a few times now. Very easy trip:-) Stay on the cuota the whole way:-) Get to the border crossing at Nogales about 1/2 hour after they open, so at 6:30-7:00 am and it should be an easy quick crossing. Note your mileage and you will see the aduana/banjercito building at 21 km mark. At that time of the morning it will be quick and very little if any wait. We had 3 cats and 2 dogs and did not want to drive more than 7 hours per day so they could get a break. Stopped at Navajoa the first night. Best Western and Hotel Navajoa Plaza both take pets and the Best Western has a restaurant. We have found a couple decent places to eat but it is not a restaurant mecca, that is for sure. Beds in both motels are Mexico firm meaning not soft and cozy. I do have to say that while I am not that comfortable while in bed my back does not hurt in the morning so there is that. We leave just after day break the next morning and stop in Mazatlan for the night. There are many pet friendly motel/hotels there as well as AirBnB's. We have stayed in a couple of different AirBnB's and one motel just off the cuota with pretty good access to the city for food, hotel El Descanso Inn through booking.com with A/C, pool and a small restaurant. Good for just the night and pretty reasonable cost. Next day it is straight to Lake Chapala in about 5-6 hours depending on stops for pets and driving breaks Tolls add up to between $25-30 US. Lots of bathroom stop options but to be safe bring extra TP. Happy to answer any specific questions about the drive you may have:-)
  24. If you are interested in seeing any of the area outside if Ajijic I would be happy to show you around:) We live in the west end of the lake near Jocotepec and I have a suburban so could show you some of the interesting places outside of Ajijic. My vehicle is pretty large for most of the Ajijic streets so I don’t really venture there much plus I hate the traffic but there are many amazing places all around lake Chapala and I was a born tour guide😜 Happy to share these experiences with anyone interested! Just message me if you are interested and we can exchange contact info. My husband and I have only lived here for 3 months but we have been busy checking out as much as we can:) Susy Wilson
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