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  1. Gracias Ferret for the link. I looks like we don't need to do anything since the CURP that displays on our newer Residente cards is the number they will always want.
  2. Okay, I'll expose my lack of understanding.... what is a CURP form and what is it used for? I know we have a CURP number on our Residente cards, but I don't have any idea what a CURP is? πŸ€ͺ
  3. ThomasHellyer, the screen-grab photo almost brought a tear to my eye! πŸ₯² We live east of Vista del Lago and I've been kicking around the expense of Starlink. Why? My current TelMex - which can not be any faster - is ONLY 1.6 Mbps! True! 1.6 Mbps on average. TelMex technician came out couple weeks back and told us, "Debe pedir TelCel." (You should order TelCel).
  4. πŸ¦‹ πŸ¦‹ Before this season is over in a month we'd like to make a trip to see the Mariposas Monarca. I know Charter Tours is offering a trip but we want to go on our own schedule with some friends. πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹ Any help and suggestions appreciated on the drive πŸš™ or trip itself! What sanctuaries do you like? Suggestions on any hotels or town recommendations to stay at the night prior?
  5. I've used Express VPN for about 20 months down here and where ever we travel. It's not the least expensive but their service has been top notch and VPN reliability is better than others I've used. πŸ‡²πŸ‡½
  6. I agree with barrbower, I'd investigate for errors first. Our electric bill is only about $240 MX every two months but have seen mention of 🌞 Solar Water Heaters on this site before. I admit I don't know much about them. Are they efficient and affordable? Are they practical for two adults to use as a way to get your propane consumption/cost down?
  7. We live east of Vista del Lago in Tlachichilco with good water quality and have a 2-stage filter system for silt, sand, etc. I just replaced these filters after our first year renting (landlord is traveling and not available) and I was told I could get these 20" inch water filters "almost anywhere". So I did.... and now our water tastes like it's fresh from a garden hose!! I'm in the doghouse with my beautiful bride. As in the movie Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade, the bad guy selecting the wrong holy grail chalice and the knight templar says, "He chose..... poorly", and so did I. Can anyone recommend a good Lakeside store for drinking water filters? Mil gracias!
  8. Mi esposa remembers someone offering small group winery tours last year - via boat ride across the lake from Ajijic or Chapala - to visit one or two wineries. She thinks Finca La Estramancia in San Luis Soyatlan and perhaps Vinedo el Tejon. Does anyone know if this still exists in 2022? We'd like to get some friends together and give it a go! Muchas gracias! 🍷 πŸ‡²πŸ‡½ 🍷 πŸš£β€β™€οΈ
  9. Good idea with Betty, I’ve heard she does live close by. Thanks.
  10. We live east of Chapala (and past Vista del Lago) in Tlachichilco. TelMex is our current internet provider and we've had enough. It was only "okay" in the past but over the past couple months service sucks (that's a technical term, lol). Recent TelMex speed tests using their own online program identify our download speed at 1.6 Mbps (they advertise 20 Mbps) and Upload 0.2 Mbps!! That is not a lie, I took pictures and brought them to TelMex. After a few visits to TelMex Ajijic finally a tech came out and said that was the average for the area and maybe try TelCel. I've heard it works out this way so might be the only answer for now. Totalplay is not out this far, Spyder doesn't work out here and not sure I want to give Elon Musk $110 USD/mo. for Starlink. If we're forced into TelCel what office would you recommend? I've heard Ana's name mentioned before but lately more poor than good comments. Feliz Ano Nuevo!
  11. If you're going to use Laredo just over a year ago we used the Laredo–Colombia Solidarity International Bridge (about 15 mins north of Laredo) based on forums we had been following. It was crazy easy and there was no issue when we entered @ 08:30am. Did our INM, got our TIP and over-nighted in Matehuala at the Midway Las Palmas. Really enjoyed the place with a good restaurant...and felt safe. Per www.waittimesnow.com, into and out of Laredo on the Columbia-Solidarity are always quite a bit less than Laredo II Bridge. And a funny note 180 degrees opposite than Southland inspection experience. As we entered into MX with all our possessions in marked bins and suitcases packed like "Tetris". The agent asked me to open the hatch on our Nissan and said, "Do you have any beer or alcohol?" I'm not exactly sure what possesd me but I replied to him on that sunny warm morning in my best Spanglish, "No senor, but if you have a cerveza frio, me gustaria uno!" He just laughed and said we could go... that was a 3 minute inspection. You just never know. LOL!! πŸ‡²πŸ‡½
  12. You're right about not knowing who people are behind their masks? Are they the Covid zealots who think anyone without a jab and a booster - just like they have - is careless and insane and should be punished..... Or do you mean the Conspiracy zealots who think that Covid is all a world order power play and don't understand why others don't see it? It's hard to tell until either zealot opens their mouth.
  13. That amount sounds right to me based on current high prices for propane. It might be a little more than you need but you don't want the tank to run low...below 15-20%. Ask them for $1000 pesos and check the tank gauge to see the volume, they'll always be glad to add more.
  14. And.... Wise.com has an easy to use Mobile App and their rates are very good...maybe not the best but I'll take reliable for moving my money! USD πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ into MXN πŸ‡²πŸ‡½ is muy bueno por mi!
  15. You'll be fine any day of the week if you're there within half hour of opening. Otherwise I agree with the others, line times will run 45+ minutes if you show up later.
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