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  1. Does this mean that US citizens living in Mexico cannot drive into the US (unless it's for a very specific, approved reason)?
  2. I've been using beta sitosterol since 2011. Had a lot of prostate issues. This made things a whole lot better for me. Beta sitosterol is available on ebay, Amazon, etc. It's also supposed to reduce LDL cholesterol. I take it solely for it's prostate benefits along with saw palmetto daily. If you're interested in a drug free alternative.....
  3. You've done a good job of it, Chillin (as 10,000 pesos is very roughly $500 USD). Yes, they are hard to find. It's probably a good idea to hang on to a really good rental. At least most come furnished with the utilities in someone else's name which is a big help (for me, anyway).
  4. Very handy, thanks a lot. That worked out pretty well. Put the maximum rent amount per month ($800) and got 3 pages of results.
  5. Decent areas: Most places in the greater Ajijic area: La Floresta, Chula Vista, SAT, Mirasol, Riberas, nicer parts of Chapala and Ajijic. One bedroom OK, furnished, secure parking(off street), US style kitchen is a nice extra, small yard OK. Purified water not really neccessary. Quiet area (for Mexico). Is this specific enough?
  6. What should I expect to pay for a small, single house (around 1000 or so sq. ft.) in a decent area closeby to amenities? Prefer Ajijic east to Chapala and points in between.
  7. Quarantine for 14 days even if you're without symptoms (and feel 100%) assuming that you've been exposed to it (hence the positive test result)? Assuming there is no change fee by the airlines, make a new flight reservation for more than 14 days in the future (as you're staying put for at least 14 days to quarantine) and getting retested right after the 14 day quarantine (but within 72 hrs. of your new departure date) and hoping like hell it's not another positive result? Does this sound like the likely scenario following the first positive test result? There sure are a lot of variables with all of this. Probably safest to abstain from travel until the antigen test is no longer required to fly back the US. (Unless you absolutely have to travel, of course). Goodness knows how long that's going to be......
  8. Your visit is almost over and you get positive test results before flying back to the US. What happens then? You can't fly back to the US, obviously, without a negative antigen test result. New hotel, guesthouse Air B&B reservations? Are you charged a change or/rebooking fee with most air carriers? And what about the Covid test itself? You may even be asymptomatic and feel 100%. Do you have to see a doctor and begin a course of treatment and get yourself retested before making a new airline reservation? These are all potential issues right now. Just wondering if anyone on the forum has encountered this scenario......or know of someone who has.
  9. I'm curious as well. What is the average cost to fill the normal- sized tank now? Not sure of the capacity, they're the common size most houses have.
  10. Has anyone not received theirs yet? Now I read where the target date has been pushed back to 4/07 and that some will get a paper check vs. a direct deposit.
  11. At 20 pesos to the USD that's $4 US/gallon. Between the tolls and the fuel costs extended road trips must be pretty costly.
  12. How much is gallon of Magna gas? And what does it usually cost for an LP fill up for a standard-sized tank? Just curious.
  13. What's increased substantially in recent years? Ex. Food shopping costs, rent, healthcare, gasoline, eating out......etc?
  14. Thank you. Not quite as bizarre as I had imagined. Can navigate the heavy traffic with greater ease. 4th world country??
  15. Bike ambulance? I'm trying very hard to envision this. Ayuda por favor.....
  16. And was that with or without the myriad of functioning traffic lights around Walmart? Just curious..... I lived in Riberas for a year. I could be almost anywhere Lakeside (north shore, that is) in minutes then. Some traffic in central Ajijic, but once through that is was smooth sailing east or west bound. It must be half day's drive now from Chapala to Jocotepec...... And this is largely without the added Snowbird traffic this season? OMG is bang on.
  17. I can conclude fro all the helpful posts to this thread that living at Lakeside these days is living the rat race where a trip from West Ajijic to Chapala can now take a very long time due to traffic queues, unsynchronized traffic lights, etc. Am I correct in assuming that the usual issues (dogs, graffiti/weeds, broken sidewalks, poor local gov't., difficulty accomplishing simple tasks sometime) are all still part of daily life? On the upside, it appears to me that the dining/takeout food situation there is considerably more diverse than in bygone years ( and I felt we ate very well then), it seems to be even better now (with the food choices available). Please give me your thoughts....Thank you,
  18. Probably not a lot of places other than the forementioned "podunk towns". It's an ugly part of modern life for some of us hence the reason for my starting this thread. I live in a rat race in New Mexico and simply want to avoid the mistake of trading one rat race for another. The Lakeside I remember was a calmer place (cohetes not withstanding) to be. Not that way anymore obviously from the replies to this thread (even though the term "calmer" is subjective). As a previous poster replied "You can't have it both ways" in referring to a lot more amenities now and the corresponding uptick in the traffic. Sadly very true.
  19. The average price for a 54 oz. container of the Nutiva virgin oil comes out to around 60 USD on Mercado Libre if my math is correct. They can be had for about 20 USD on eBay in the US. The cost of imported products coupled with the effects of the pandemic, I suppose. Nutiva is arguably one of the best but at that price an alternative would need to be seriously considered.
  20. Yes, well put. Not all of us grew up in the ugly rat race of a huge US city like LA. Some moved from the US or Canada a long time ago to a place that was affordable then and peaceful in comparison to now (like myself) and don't neccessarily see more amenities as "progress". There's nothing laughable about it, really, when you've been in an area for 10, 15 years or longer and watch traffic ruin an otherwise nice place to live with a totally clueless local government that hasn't even figured on synchronizing it's traffic signals.
  21. It sure doesn't sound like the way I remember it. Ajijic had traffic then but once through it was smooth sailing east or west, no worries. A shame really, it was always my favorite of the gringo communities in Mexico. A lot of the other places are either too hot (and humid), too cold, or too expensive. It's a shame the local gov't. can't manage the increased traffic situation more efficiently as Lakeside ticks the most boxes (for me). At least it used to......I've lived in several places where speeding and aggressive driving (and the local gov'ts. inability to do much about it) helped to ruin the quality of life for many of the residents. I live in one such place in New Mexico. Sounds like Lakeside is similar in this regard with the traffic headaches.
  22. And walk where you can, leave the car home......
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